WWU student wins American Horse Publications Award

A talent in journalism
and a love for horses — that’s what American Horse
Publications (AHP) looks for in recipients of
its annual travel awards. This
year, one of the winners was Danielle Moritz, a William Woods University
student.

A non-profit association for
the equine publishing media industry, AHP
gives travel awards to
students who exhibit
exceptional abilities and potential in the equine
publishing industry. Moritz, a junior from
Algonquin, Ill., was one of three student journalists selected. The others are
from the University of Maryland and
Rice University.
 
The award provides $750
and an opportunity to meet leading equine publishing professionals and discuss
career possibilities during the three days of educational sessions and related
activities.  
 
This year the seminar will be held May
31 to June 2 in Colonial
Williamsburg, Va. Given the historic
location, it has been named “Ride into History” in an effort to
combine horses and history.
 
The three travel award winners will be interviewed at the AHP seminar, and one student will be announced as the 2012 Student Award winner. That student wins a cash award of $1,000 plus an all-expense-paid trip hosted by Publishers Press to one of their two-day customer education seminars in Louisville, Ky., to have a unique experience to learn the printing process.
 
The Student Award program, started in 1993, was initiated to promote awareness to students of
the career opportunities available in equine publishing.
 
“This
program has been a win-win for both the students and the association,” says AHP Executive
Director Chris Brune. “Not only
does it offer students a chance to learn about a career they may be passionate
about, but it also has given equine publishing a long list of talented young people who are an asset to our industry and our association.”

“I am so excited to
have been chosen as an award winner,”
said Moritz. “I know the experience of attending this conference and
meeting professionals will help me
become an equine journalist. I couldn’t ask for a better opportunity.”
 
Dr. Aimee Sapp,
communications professor and
chair of the arts and humanities division at William Woods, has worked closely
with Moritz. As her professor and adviser,
Sapp has seen Moritz grow as a journalist.
 
“Dani came to William
Woods with a passion for journalism,” said Sapp. “That has made her a joy to
teach. She has grown in her courses and
internships, and she has a very promising future.”
 
Sapp believes the
seminar will help Moritz
combine her two
passions.
 
“In addition to her passion toward
journalism, Dani is an avid equestrian. That combination
is what brought her to WWU. This
conference will show her how to
combine those areas professionally in a very concrete and
rewarding way.”
 
Mary Ann Beahon,
director of university relations and adviser to The
Talon student newspaper and The Hoot student magazine, agreed with Sapp’s
assessment.
 
“Dani is the editor-in-chief
of both student publications and is completing an internship with me this
semester, as well. She is
articulate, intelligent and dedicated to her work, all
qualities I cherish in an employee.  This young lady has a
tremendous future ahead of her, and I
believe this award will help her to achieve her career
dreams.”
 
Moritz is thankful for
all of the help she has received from William Woods.
 
“I never could have
done this without the help and encouragement of the William Woods University
faculty and staff. I am truly grateful for everything they have done for me. I
know I wouldn’t be where I am without them.”