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Northwest Missouri State University

News Release

April 17, 2015

Student media hosts state convention, capture awards

Northwest Missouri State University’s student newspaper, The Northwest Missourian, and Tower yearbook hosted the 2015 Missouri College Media Association Convention on the University campus April 11 and captured a total of 32 awards, including nine first-place honors.

Kelsey Schriver, a junior interactive digital media major from Kansas City, Kan., and editor-in-chief of Tower, served as student president of MCMA for 2014-2015. 

Tower placed first for Overall Theme Development, which equates to best yearbook in the state. It’s the 10th consecutive win for Tower in that category.

“I really enjoyed being the MCMA president for 2015,” Schriver said. "It was nice to share our beautiful campus with other colleges in Missouri. I was even more honored with the awards that my staff won at the conference. We work hard all year without much recognition, and it was a nice change of pace. I am extremely thankful for everyone who helped make this year’s conference a success.”

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

Steven Chappell, director of Student Publications at Northwest, who also served as the faculty advisor for MCMA for 2014-2015, said the honors recognize the hard work students at Northwest put into their jobs with student media.

“These students spend countless hours in the newsroom and the field, taking photos, reporting, writing, editing and designing the newspaper and the yearbook,” Chappell said. “These honors are sort of a vindication for all of the lost sleep and hard work these students commit to their jobs throughout the year and reward their dedication to their craft.” 

Tower is a traditional, four-color, 300-page yearbook published each April. The 2014 yearbook, edited by Schriver, captured 14 individual awards, including two first-place honors, at the convention. The Tower and its staff won:

The 2014 Northwest Missourian was edited by 2014 Northwest graduate Trey Williams during the spring trimester and by Brandon Zenner, a senior multimedia journalism major from Platte City, Mo., during the fall trimester. The newspaper received a total of 13 individual and staff honors, including six first-place awards.

“Our whole staff is grateful to see our hard work pay off against such stiff competition,” Zenner said. "To win awards for writing, photography, multimedia and design shows how diverse The Missourian is and will make for exciting awards ceremonies in the years to come.”

The Northwest Missourian is published weekly during the fall and spring trimesters at Northwest Missouri State University. It can be viewed online at  

The Missourian and its staff won:

For more information, please contact:

Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

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