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Northwest Missouri State University


News Release

The College Media Association awarded Northwest’s student-operated radio station, KZLX LP-FM 106.7, with the 2014 national Pinnacle Award for Station of the Year at the National College Media Convention Oct. 29 through Nov. 2. All of Northwest's student media outlets placed in the top three in their categories.

The College Media Association awarded Northwest’s student-operated radio station, KZLX LP-FM 106.7, with the 2014 national Pinnacle Award for Station of the Year at the National College Media Convention Oct. 29 through Nov. 2. All of Northwest's student media outlets placed in the top three in their categories.(Photo by Darren Whitley/University Relations)

Nov. 12, 2014

Student media outlets receive top honors, KZLX is Station of the Year

For the second consecutive year, Northwest Missouri State University’s student-operated radio station, KZLX LP-FM 106.7, is the best in the nation, while Northwest’s student newspaper, yearbook and television station placed among the top three in their categories at the National College Media Convention in Philadelphia, Pa., Oct. 29 through Nov. 2.

KZLX is the winner of the 2014 national Pinnacle award presented each year by College Media Association, one of two national media organizations that sponsor the annual convention. KNWT Television Channel 8, The Northwest Missourian and Tower Yearbook also received accolades.

“It’s a tremendous honor to be selected as the station of the year,” said Chris Roush, student station manager for KZLX. “I am proud of the work that everyone has put into the station to get us to this point. I've seen how much these people care to get better and this award shows how hard they have worked.”

KNWT placed second in the TV Station of the Year Award category for the second consecutive year and second for Best Television Newscast.

“It really means a lot to see the KNWT’s staffs hard work pay off,” said Catie Drummund, student station manager for KNWT. “Most of us do this for fun, and because we like to learn how to make great TV. The award proves that we really are learning how to make great television.”

The Channel 8 newscast that earned the finalist award was produced by Drummond, and the reporter behind the package was Adam Bochart. Chance Parsons, who graduated in May, was general manager of the station last year.

The Northwest Missourian placed third for Best Display Ad, and The Missourian placed fifth in the convention’s Best of Show category for four-year newspapers.

“It is a great honor to be recognized on a national scale for all of the hard work our staff puts into the paper each week,” said Brandon Zenner, The Missourian’s editor-in-chief. “To receive such an honor so quickly with only a handful of returning staff members from previous years really shows the ability our editorial board and staff has to work together. Now that we know where we stand among the best newspapers in the country, it has made our staff that much more eager to continue improving each and every week.”

Tower placed third for Best Yearbook Feature Page Design and eighth in Best of Show for yearbooks at the convention. Tower also was a finalist for a national Pacemaker award from the Associated Collegiate Press, an award considered the collegiate journalism Pulitzer Prize.

“It is a real honor to be recognized as one of the best,” said Kesley Schriver, Tower editor-in-chief. “Sometimes it’s hard to see the light at the end of the tunnel as we are working throughout the year, but this was a real eye-opener for my staff and me.”

Leslie Murphy is the business and underwriting manager for Northwest Student Media. Phil Beskid is the KZLX adviser, Will Murphy is the adviser for KNWT, and Steven Chappell serves as adviser to Tower and The Missourian.

A full list of all winners and their work is available at http://bit.ly/orgPinnacles14.


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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