Pella Chronicle

June 29, 2012

Pella native receives Central College journalism award

The Chronicle

Pella — Central College 2012 graduate Chelsea Grieger was recognized with a journalism award for her work with “The Ray,” Central’s student newspaper. For her role as managing editor Grieger received the Steve and Joyce Bell Excellence in Journalism Award.

Grieger oversaw “The Ray’s” transition from a bimonthly print piece to a digital publication. The staff launched a website in February.

Grieger was nominated by Jane Murphy, “The Ray” faculty advisor and final award selections were made by communication studies faculty.

“The leadership shown by Chelsea this year has been remarkable,” said Murphy. “She earned this recognition.”

The Bell Award is given to a student who, over the course of an academic year, has demonstrated consistent excellence and integrity in journalistic reporting, writing, photography or video news for campus productions. Grieger is recognized for her editorial leadership.

Bell is a 1959 Central graduate and former trustee. During a 21 year career with ABC News, he served as news anchor for “Good Morning America,” was White House correspondent during the Nixon Administration and reported on the Vietnam War from Southeast Asia.

“I was really shocked to learn I had received the award,” said Grieger. “I was very happy and excited to be selected.”

Grieger, an English major from Pella, has served as editor for two years, managing a staff of 15-20 student writers. With the transition to a digital format, she was tasked with reorganizing the story submission process and managing website content.

See Grieger’s work online at