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Northwest student media is nationally competitive and regularly garners recognition from college media associations. This month, Northwest's student-run radio and television stations are finalists in a total of six award categories presented by two national associations.

Northwest student media is nationally competitive and regularly garners recognition from college media associations. This month, Northwest's student-run radio and television stations are finalists in a total of six award categories presented by two national associations. (Photos by Darren Whitley/University Relations)

Oct. 3, 2013

KNWT, KZLX selected as finalists for national awards contest

By Kari Sierks, media relations assistant

Student Media

Updated Oct. 25, 2013

Northwest Missouri State University’s student-led television station, KNWT, and radio station, KZLX, this fall were named finalists in six award categories presented by two national student media associations, and KZLX was named 2013 Pinnacle Station of the Year Oct. 24 at the 92nd Annual ACP/CMA National College Media Convention in New Orleans.

In addition, KZLX was a finalist for a CMA Pinnacle Award in the categories of Best Radio Newscast. College Broadcasters Inc. (CBI) also recognized KZLX as a Student Production Award finalist for Best Promo and Best Community Involvement.

KNWT was named a finalist for CMA Pinnacle Awards in the categories of Station of the Year and Best TV Entertainment Program for its “C-Hop Sees the World” travel documentary.

“It’s nice to have national recognition for work put into it,” Dr. Jonathan Pluskota, assistant professor of communication and mass media and advisor for KZLX, said. “It shows that we are building something that is consistent and is a symbol of quality.”

Pluskota added, “Being nominated is the equivalent to making the playoffs for an athletic team. It is a team effort with the leadership of other colleagues and myself constantly pushing the students.”

The CMA Pinnacle Awards recognize excellence in college student-produced television, radio and online media. The nominees are judged by leading national journalists and media professionals. The contest is open to student work produced during the 2012-13 academic year for any college radio or television station, including Internet or closed circuit outlets, and any college media Web site.

CMA has worked since 1954 to help student media professionals improve their media operations. CMA communicates and works with professional media organizations and education associations on the local, state, and national levels.

The CBI Awards will be presented at the annual National Student Electronic Media Convention Oct. 31 through Nov. 2 in San Antonio. CBI represents students involved in radio, television, webcasting and other related media ventures.

This is the second consecutive year that KZLX has been nominated for national awards. KZLX received the 2012 CBI Award for Best Documentary/Public Affairs for Radio. It also was a finalist for two Pinnacle Awards.

“This is such a great accomplishment, and it really shows how hard the KZLX staff works each year,” KZLX general manager Danielle Mullens said. “The entire station is excited and extremely proud to be nominated for a second year.”

Mullens, a senior broadcast and audio production major from Kansas City, said being part of KZLX and making connections through continuous community and campus involvement have benefited her.

“The knowledge and development we gain each year motivates us to work hard and gives us multiple opportunities after graduation,” Mullens said.

KNWT general manager Chance Parsons has been involved with the television station since his freshman year – a hands-on learning opportunity not found at most universities. Participating with KNWT has taught Parsons how to be a leader and provided him with skills that will help him in his career.

“To be a finalist for a national award is one of the greatest feelings in the world,” Parsons, a senior broadcast productions major from Independence, said. “Every one works so hard, spending many hours on a weekly show. It’s our craft and to be honored and just the nomination lets us know our craft is worth watching.”

Northwest student media is nationally competitive and regularly garners recognition from national college media associations. Students involved in Northwest student media organizations gain real-world learning experiences in radio, television and print, through a converged print and online newspaper, a yearbook with DVD supplement, an online arts and entertainment magazine, video and audio recording studios, and through an internships. For more information about the Department of Communication and Mass Media at Northwest, visit www.nwmissouri.edu/communications/.

The complete list of CMA Pinnacle Award finalists is available by clicking here.

The complete list of CBI Student Production Award finalists is available by clicking here.


For more information, please contact:

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

Northwest Missouri State University
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