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April 12, 2017
Northwest Missouri State University student media organizations left the annual Missouri College Media Association (MCMA) convention April 8 with 31 honors, including Photojournalist of the Year for the second consecutive year.
Shawna Kingston, a senior from Liberty, Missouri, majoring in mass media major with an emphasis in multimedia journalism, received the top photojournalist award during the convention at Missouri Western State University. She has served as photo editor of The Northwest Missourian student newspaper for the last three years.
“This award means everything to me, and I am so honored that they even chose me as a finalist, let alone the entire award,” Kingston, who will graduate from Northwest this spring, said. “I’ve worked so hard for the last three years, which all has led me up to this point.”
In addition to the Photojournalist of the Year honor, Northwest Student Media, which comprises The Missourian and Tower yearbook, captured an additional 30 individual and publications awards at the MCMA convention, including first place for Yearbook Theme Development, which is the title for the best yearbook category, and second place for Best Overall Newspaper in Division II. Tower Yearbook also swept the sports spread category, winning first, second and third place.
Missourian Editor-in-Chief James Henderson said he was proud of his staff members, and particularly Kingston. Henderson was named Journalist of the Year at last year’s MCMA convention and said he understood how difficult the selection process was. Hannah Woodson, who received two individual photography awards during this year’s convention, was last year’s Photojournalist of the Year.
“It is always great to receive recognition for the countless hours of hard work our staff puts into the paper, and I was delighted our staff was once again able to capture that recognition,” Henderson said. “The awards our staff and paper won at the MCMA conference was a result of not only diligent work but a strong commitment to improvement. I’m proud of the staff as a whole and each of our individual winners for helping The Missourian to another great year serving the people of northwest Missouri.”
Haley Vickers, editor-in-chief of the Tower yearbook, said staff members spend countless hours in the newsroom to produce the annual book, which chronicles the past year at Northwest.
“I’m so grateful,” Vickers said. “We work so hard all year to create something amazing. Our staff never quits working, and it’s awesome to know our hard work pays off.
Director of Student Publications Steven Chappell said he remains impressed with the students’ performance across all publications.
“These students give their all to their work, and their achievements speak to the quality of education they receive in the School of Communication and Mass Media,” he said. “This isn’t just about them, but the faculty who prepare them across the board for their future careers in mass media and journalism, in particular.”
Northwest students began producing The Northwest Missourian, which was known as the Green and White Courier until 1926, in 1914, and the weekly newspaper is published each Thursday. Tower yearbook was first published in 1917 and has been in continuous publication since 1921.
A complete list of MCMA awards won by Northwest student media and its members follows.
Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager
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