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April 19, 2019

Student Media groups, members claim awards at state, national contests

Northwest Missouri State University Student Media captured nearly 50 awards this spring at state and national college media conventions, and Tower Yearbook placed in all eight categories at the Missouri College Media Convention April 13 in Springfield, Missouri. 

At the Associated Collegiate Press (ACP) Midwinter National College Journalism Convention, Feb. 28 through March 3 in La Jolla, California, Tower Yearbook placed third in the convention’s Best in Show Competition. At the College Media Association (CMA) Spring National College Media Convention, March 6-9 in New York City, the yearbook placed second for Best Yearbook Cover. 

Also at the CMA spring convention, The Northwest Missourian student newspaper earned a third place for Best Newspaper. 

At the College Media Business and Advertising Managers (CMBAM) annual convention, held jointly with the ACP convention in La Jolla, the Northwest Missourian earned an Honorable Mention for Best Sales Incentive Program and second place for Best Sales Strategy of a Special Section

Northwest Student Media brought home 43 awards from the Missouri Broadcast Educators Association and Missouri College Media Association (MCMA) convention April 13, including 11 first place awards. Tower Yearbook won for Best Theme Development/Best Yearbook at the convention. KNWT won first place for best video commercial, and the Missourian took second place in the overall convention sweepstakes. 

Madi Nolte, a junior multimedia journalism major and Missourian photographer from Chamois, Missouri, placed second in the MCMA Photojournalist of the Year competition.

Elizabeth Brown, who served as editor-in-chief of the 2018 Tower yearbook, said the accolades were a recognition of the staff’s commitment to telling Northwest’s story.

“When you’re creating a yearbook you aren’t thinking about the awards it might win,” Brown said. “All you think about is capturing the year and telling your school’s story. The awards are something that is just icing on the cake for all of your hard work. I am so proud of the book we produced and cannot thank the staff enough for being so awesome.”

Missourian Editor-in-Chief Darcie Dujakovich, a senior multimedia journalism major from Lawson, Missouri, said the entire staff contributed to the award-winning year. 

“I am so proud of the hard work each and every staff member has put in to this publication, it has definitely paid off,” she said. “This is my fifth and final year on staff, and I am proud of the progress we’ve made and the awards we’ve won. But I am even more excited to see how the staff will build on the progress we’ve made and what they will accomplish in the future. They are all so talented and dedicated, I can only imagine how well they will do moving forward.”

Northwest Student Business Manager Leslie Murphy serves as CMBAM’s vice president for conventions. Director of Student Media Steven Chappell serves as CMA Treasurer. 

A full list of state awards earned by Northwest Student Media are listed below. 


Missouri Broadcast Educators Association


Missouri College Media Association

Tower Yearbook

Feature Photography

Sports Photography

Feature Writing

Personality Sketch

Student Life Design

Sports Design

Portrait Design

Overall Theme Development/Best Yearbook


Northwest Missourian


News Writing

Editorial Writing

Feature Writing

Sports Writing


Sports Column

News Photography

Political/Editorial Cartoon

Nonpolitical/Entertainment Cartoon

Information Graphic

Page One Design

Editorial/Op-Ed Page

Sports Page

Feature Page




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