The Shield magazine, which is planned, written, edited and created by Rochester College students, earned a First Class Ranking from the Associated Collegiate Press, the oldest and largest national membership organization for college student journalists.

Dr. Joanne Simpson, ACP judge, said, “This is an incredible volume of work to review. Your staff is working hard to provide a magazine that is both credible and entertaining.”

The quarterly magazine earned three Marks of Distinction for:

  • Coverage and Content
  • Writing and Editing
  • Layout and Design

Simpson also commended The Shield for issues that “embrace an RC school spirit that is unmatched in other publications,” and for some “daring, yet responsible” articles.

The Shield staff, consisting of about 25 students, was led by Editor in Chief Kayce McClure, Design Adviser Elizabeth Fulton and Managing Adviser Lora Hutson.

“I’m proud and thrilled. Our students are creative and work extremely hard to produce a fun and engaging magazine that also informs and questions,” Hutson said.

The Shield student media staff also produces written content and podcasts for digital platforms at

To read past issues of The Shield, go to