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Northwest students, left to right, Morgan Jones, Ben Moran, Angel Trinh and Brett Peters show off the Pinnacle Awards Northwest Student Media earned at the ACP/CMA Fall National Media Convention. (Submitted photo)

Northwest students, left to right, Morgan Jones, Ben Moran, Angel Trinh and Brett Peters show off the Pinnacle Awards Northwest Student Media earned at the ACP/CMA Fall National Media Convention. (Submitted photo)

Oct. 29, 2018

Student Media captures multiple national honors


Northwest Missouri State University’s Student Media captured eight Pinnacle Awards Oct. 26 at the 2018 Associated Collegiate Press/College Media Association Fall National Media Convention in Louisville, Kentucky.

KNWT, Northwest’s student-led television station, received three of the honors – a first place award for Brianna Daniels for Best TV Special Event Coverage, second place honors for Nate Quick for Best TV Entertainment Program and an honorable mention for Max Moore for Best Viral Video. 

“I’m very proud of all the students who are involved in KNWT productions,” said Brett Peters, a senior broadcast production major from New London, Missouri, who is general manager of KNWT. “Their hard work is very encouraging as we go into the next school year. We just keep improving, and I’m excited to see what we can do next.”

The 2018 Tower yearbook earned four national honors. Courtney Leinen earned second place for Best Yearbook Division Page Spread, and the staff placed second for Best Yearbook Feature Page Spread. Emily Noyes brought home two design awards – a third place honor for Best Yearbook News Page Spread and an honorable mention for Best Yearbook Sports Page Spread. 

Ivory Lacina, the 2018 advertising graphics manager for the Northwest Missourian, received second place for Best Online Ad.

Director of Student Publications Steven Chappell said the awards validate the students’ hard work during the past year. 

“Winning at a national level against schools with enrollments four or five times our size with much bigger budgets is very impressive,” Chappell said. “Additionally, these awards just add validation to our profession-based learning model and show that our students leave here able to compete against anyone in the country for top-level media jobs.” 

In addition to the student honors at the convention, Chappell, a mass media instructor in Northwest’s School of Communication and Mass Media, was sworn in as treasurer for the national College Media Association board for a two-year term. 


For more information, please contact:

Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager
mhorn@nwmissouri.edu | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

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