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Northwest Missouri State University


News Release

April 6, 2014

Student publications capture honors at state media convention

The Northwest Missourian student newspaper and Tower yearbook at Northwest Missouri State University captured 32 awards, including 13 first-place honors, at the annual Missouri College Media Convention, recognizing the top student journalism in the state for 2013,

The awards were announced Saturday at Truman State University.

The Northwest Missourian placed second in the state in Best Overall Newspaper for Division II. College newspaper divisions are determined by enrollment. 

The 2013 Tower, edited by 2013 graduate Kari Kolts, captured 14 awards, including five first-place honors. The Tower and its staff received the following honors:


The 2013 Northwest Missourian, edited by Trey Williams, received 18 honors, including eight first-place awards. The newspaper’s showing in the contest placed it second overall in the MCMA Newspaper Contest Sweepstakes, which is for represents the “best in show” in the contest. The Missourian and its staff received the following honors:

Additionally, Kelsey Schriver, editor-in-chief of the 2014 Tower, was elected student president of MCMA for 2014-2015,

MCMA is a student-led media organization, giving student journalists leadership experience in college media organizations. Morgan DeKeyser, a designer on the 2014 Tower staff, was elected MCMA secretary. Northwest Missouri State University, as a result of the election, will serve as the host university for the 2015 convention.

Steven Chappell, director of student publications at Northwest, will serve as the faculty adviser for MCMA for 2014-2015. Chappell also presented a session at the 2014 convention, titled “Digital First,” about using social media as a breaking news platform.

The Northwest Missourian is published weekly during the fall and spring trimesters at Northwest. It can be viewed online at www.nwmissourinews.com. Tower, published each April, is a traditional, four-color, 300-plus page yearbook with a DVD supplement. 


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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