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Northwest Missouri State University


News Release

Nov. 15, 2011

Student newspaper receives Best of Show award, online edition named Pacemaker finalist

Northwest Missouri State University’s student newspaper has again staked its claim among the top college newspapers in the nation, receiving awards from multiple college newspaper associations.

The Northwest Missourian recently was awarded a Best of Show award in the category for non-daily broadsheet newspapers at the 90th Annual Associated Collegiate Press (ACP) and College Media Advisers (CMA) Fall Convention in Orlando, Fla. ACP ranked The Northwest Missourian fourth among 240 entries from colleges and universities nationwide.

For the award, The Northwest Missourian staff submitted its Sept. 8, 2011, edition, which chronicled the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks on the United States. Trey Williams, a sophomore journalism major from Independence, is 2011-2012 editor-in-chief of The Northwest Missourian, and Amanda Schulte-Smith, a junior journalism major from Omaha, Neb., serves as managing editor.

Additionally, ACP named The Northwest Missourian’s online edition as a Pacemaker finalist, based on the spring 2011 trimester. The Pacemaker is considered the highest honor a college publication can receive and is sometimes referred to as the Pulitzer of student journalism.  

The Columbia Scholastic Press Association also recently recognized The Northwest Missourian with four second-place certificates and eight certificates of merit for its work during 2010-2011, including overall design, typography, headline writing and page design.  

Brittany Keithley, a senior journalism major from Falls City, Neb., was editor-in-chief of The Northwest Missourian during the 2010-2011 academic year. Ty Stevens, a senior interactive digital media major from Kaufman, Texas, is The Missourian’s web developer.  

“Being named an online Pacemaker finalist speaks volumes about The Northwest Missourian, the student talent that works there and the mass communications department,” Keithley said. “The student media program provides us an invaluable learning experience, and without the department providing us the opportunity to learn about converging media online and supporting us with the recent renovation of our converged newsroom this award wouldn't have been possible to achieve.”

Last month, Williams, Schulte-Smith, Stevens and Tower Yearbook Editor-in-Chief Erin Funk attended the Orlando conference, which featured more than 300 sessions on a variety of topics including publications trends, staff management and recruiting. The annual convention also provides students with valuable opportunities to network with other student journalists.

“It’s always great when hard work is recognized,” said Laura Widmer, director of student publications and assistant professor in the mass communications department. “It gives them more motivation to improve and make a newspaper the campus can be proud of. Each evening they were talking about new ideas and changes they can bring, so they’re not resting on their laurels by any means. They’re always looking to improve.”


For more information, please contact:

Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager
mhorn@nwmissouri.edu | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

Northwest Missouri State University
215 Administration Building | 800 University Drive | Maryville, MO 64468