Three Student Pubs leaders win CMBAM honors

Three student leaders in WKU Student Publications were honored by College Media Business & Advertising Managers during an awards ceremony April 19.

Emma Bayens, Rhiannon Johnston, Abby Loftus

Emma Bayens, a senior photojournalism major from Louisville, received first place in the Best Multimedia Content Creator category. Bayens serves as the co-director of Cherry Creative

Rhiannon Johnston, a junior photojournalism and advertising major from Louisville, received third place in the Best Multimedia Content Creator category. Johnston serves as the video editor for Cherry Creative.

Abby Loftus, a senior advertising and strategic communications major from Troy, Illinois, received third place in the Best Sales Representative category. Loftus serves as the Student Publications advertising manager.

The students’ winning entries, along with a full list of winners, can be seen at

The student staffs of Student Publications Advertising and Cherry Creative, a branded content studio, work together to bring in advertising revenue that provides for the operations of student publications. Assistant Director Sam Oldenburg advises both groups.

WKU Student Publications consists of four student-led areas:

–  Talisman, a life and culture magazine that publishes a printed magazine twice a year, a website updated daily at and a weekly email newsletter. It was founded as a yearbook in 1924.

–  College Heights Herald, a news organization that publishes a daily email newsletter, a 24/7 website at and a monthly enterprise newsmagazine. It was founded as a campus newspaper in 1925.

–  Student Publications Advertising, a sales team that works with clients who want to reach the WKU community. It started along with the Herald in 1925.

–  Cherry Creative, a branded content studio that helps clients craft messages to reach the WKU community through all our publication platforms, special sections and special events. Our newest division, it was launched in 2018.

For more information, contact Sam Oldenburg, assistant director, WKU Student Publications, at [email protected] or 270-745-3055