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Northwest Missouri State University

News Release

    Feb. 23, 2016

    Missourian captures top newspaper award at national convention

    The Northwest Missourian won first place in the Best of Show category for four-year weekly newspapers Feb. 21 at the Associated Collegiate Press National College Media Convention in Los Angeles.

    The Missourian was selected from dozens of college student newspapers who entered the category at the convention, which included schools from throughout the country.

    Steven Chappell, an instructor of mass media and Northwest’s director of student publications, said he was extremely proud of the newspaper’s staff.

    “This staff, led by Editor-in Chief James Henderson III, is a young staff, and most of the editors, including the editor-in-chief, are in their first year of leadership positions,” Chappell said. “For them to go to this convention and take the top honor really speaks to their hard work and dedication.”

    Chappell said it is gratifying to see the students’ time and energy pay off.

    “Most people on campus have no idea how many hours these students put into the paper each week,” Chappell said. “They are in the newsroom every Tuesday evening for eight or more hours and spend at least another 20 hours during the week working on content, design, photography and advertising. It’s really a team effort.”

    Henderson, a sophomore from St. Joseph, Missouri, who is studying a mass media major with an emphasis in multimedia journalism, said The Missourian staff set a goal to win the award.

    “Winning Best in Show means a lot to myself and the entire staff,” he said. “At the beginning of the year we wrote that down as a goal, thinking it was a long shot at best. Actually achieving it is a massive boost to our young staff's confidence and validation that all the hard work we've put in, and the battles we've faced were worth it.”

    A complete list of winners and their work is available by clicking here

    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