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April 8, 2020

Northwest Missourian named best college newspaper in state

The Northwest Missourian was named the best college newspaper in the state of Missouri by the Missouri College Media Association (MCMA) annual awards April 7 during a virtual awards ceremony on Facebook.

The Missourian and Northwest’s Tower yearbook claimed a total of 45 awards during the ceremony, which had been scheduled April 4 during the annual MCMA convention in Cape Girardeau, Missouri. The convention was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

In addition to being named best newspaper in the state, Gabi Brooks became the seventh Missourian photographer in eight years to be named MCMA Photojournalist of the Year for her portfolio of sports photography appearing in fall 2019 editions of The Missourian.

The Missourian also captured best newspaper in Division II of MCMA, which divides the state’s colleges into four divisions based on enrollment or college type.

Director of Student Publications Steven Chappell said the honors represent the countless hours of hard work the students pour into the newspaper and yearbook.

“These students work countless hours in the basement of Wells Hall to produce some of the best journalism in the state of Missouri,” Chappell said. “The newspaper captures the campus and community each week, and then the yearbook serves as a time capsule of the entire year. These students earned every accolade they received.”

The Missourian took 14 first place awards across the newspaper contest’s 25 categories, which lifted the publication to a sweep of the top three awards – the sweepstakes award for most points earned in the content, best newspaper in its division and best newspaper overall.

Missourian Editor-in-Chief Rachel Adamson said the awards reinforced the effort the staff puts forth each week.

“At the start of every semester we all write our goals for the newspaper on a chalk wall,” Adamson said. “The wall said things like ‘produce good content,’ ‘tell good stories,’ ‘write how it felt,’ and no one was really in it for the awards because working for the newspaper meant so much more than awards. It meant they had a front row seat to history. These awards stand as a testament to the hard work my staff has committed to every single day.”

Missourian Managing Editor Andrew Wegley, who individually earned five awards, including first place for In-Depth News Reporting, said he felt the best was yet to come.

“We hit our stride this semester, and none of that work was even submitted,” Wegley said. “These awards are a testament to what we do every day, to all the deadlines we barely made and the late nights we put in. It’s cool to win awards like this, but it’s a lot cooler to work with such a talented group of people. I’m lucky to work for this newspaper.”

Tower Yearbook placed in every yearbook category, winning 15 awards. The editor-in-chief of the 2019 book, Emily Noyes, echoed her fellow editors’ sentiments.

“The recognition of our staff’s hard work means a lot to me,” Noyes said. “We create content because of our dedication to our readers and to independent journalism, so the awards are an added bonus.”


Missourian honors


Tower honors

  • Third Place, Feature Photography, Hailey Howard, “Strike a pose”
  • Honorable Mention, Feature Photography, Hailey Howard, “Clapback”
  • First Place, Sports Photography, Ben Moran, “Reaching for Victory”
  • Third Place, Sports Photography, Hailey Howard, “Raining Confetti”
  • Honorable Mention, Sports Photography, Rachel Adamson, “Pushing to Finish”
  • Third Place, Feature Writing, Nicole Reed, “Down Under”
  • Honorable Mention, Feature Writing, Ben Moran, “A light in the dark”
  • First Place, Personality Sketch, Anna Swink, “Healing Haiti”
  • Third Place, Personality Sketch, Nicole Reed, “The man who bleeds green”
  • Third Place, Student Life Design, Keegan Holmes, “Footloose”
  • First Place, Sports Design, Emily Noyes, “Culture Wins”
  • Second Place, Sports Design, Kaelee Koranda, “End zone”
  • Honorable Mention, Sports Design, Madison Benda, “Step by Step”
  • First Place, Portrait Design, Kaelee Koranda, “Baseball”
  • Second Place, Overall Theme Development, Tower Staff


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