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April 12, 2016
Northwest Missouri State University Student Media left the Missouri College Media Association Convention Saturday, having swept all three of the organization’s top individual honors – Journalist of the Year, Photojournalist of the Year and Adviser of the Year.
Additionally, Tower Yearbook nabbed 10 yearbook honors, including Best Yearbook/Best Overall Theme Development, and the Northwest Missourian nabbed 28 honors, including third place for Best Student Newspaper.
Missourian Editor-in-Chief James Henderson III, a sophomore mass media major with a multimedia journalism from St. Joseph, was named Journalist of the Year. The selection committee cited his work covering campus crime, including his editorial coverage urging for names to be included in campus crime reports and their eventual release by University Police.
“Winning this award far exceeds what I thought I would accomplish in college, especially this early,” Henderson said. “I'm extremely grateful for this award. It's an extreme honor and huge motivation.”
Hannah Woodson, a senior art education major from Kansas City, Missouri, and a Missourian photographer, was named Photojournalist of the Year. The selection committee cited the breadth and depth of her work, and particularly the action her sports photography captured.
“This was a very difficult category to judge because all of the entries were impressive,” said Teri Maddux, a journalism instructor at St. Louis Community College-Forest Park who chaired the selection committee. “It was her diverse portfolio that really pushed her to the forefront for the committee, and her sports action photos were outstanding.”
Said Woodson, “I am extremely honored to have even been considered for such an award, and winning it reflects all the hard work I have put into my photos and I am so grateful to have been selected,” she said.
Steven Chappell, director of student publications at Northwest and adviser to the Northwest Missourian and Tower Yearbook for the last four years, was named Advisor of the Year. Latonia Bailey, a faculty member at Crowder College, cited Chappell’s 23 years of advising and dedication to his students.
“This past year, his students have seen a lot adversity and challenges, and Steven has stood by them throughout,” Bailey said. “He’s willing to do whatever it takes to make certain his students’ First Amendment rights are protected, and he stands by them no matter what.”
Chappell said he was honored and humbled to receive the award.
“I’ve advised college student media this long because it’s something I love to do,” he said. “It’s not a job for me; it’s a passion. I do it because I strongly believe in training the next generation of journalists, and hands-on experience in student media is the best way to do that. The School of Communication and Mass Media at Northwest has one of the best journalism training facilities in the country, and this year’s honors for my students, I think, prove that.”
The awards presented at the 2016 convention are for work published by Missouri student media during the 2015 calendar year. Awards were presented to student newspapers, yearbooks and their respective websites.
In addition to the awards presented, Henderson, who will continue as editor-in-chief of the Northwest Missourian next academic year, also was MCMA student vice president for 2016-2017, and will serve on the student planning committee for next year’s conference.
A complete listing of MCMA award presented to Northwest students and publications appears below.
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