CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., April 7, 2014 – The Arrow, Southeast Missouri State University’s student newspaper, won two first-place awards and 10 other awards April 5 at the 2013 Missouri College Media Association convention at Truman State University in Kirksville, Mo.
“I’m so proud of our students,” said Dr. Tamara Zellars Buck, faculty advisor for the Arrow and assistant professor in the Department of Mass Media. “The level of success we achieved demonstrates not only the strengths of individual students and our partnership with Rust Communications, but also the decision we made several years ago to rewrite our journalism curriculum in a way that incorporates and supports our student media. It’s a perfect combination of classroom instruction and experiential learning in a professional environment.”
The Arrow placed second in the state in the Best Overall Newspaper for Division I. Division I is the top level division in the state’s award. Division I includes student newspapers at Lindenwood University, Missouri State University, Saint Louis University, University of Missouri-Columbia, University of Missouri-Kansas City, University of Missouri-St. Louis, University of Central Missouri and Washington University.
The Arrow received first place awards in the categories of “Website Homepage” and “Feature Page.” The website homepage was overseen by editor Savanna Maue of Breese, Ill., and online managing editor Andrea Gils of Montevideo, Uruguay. The winning feature page was entitled “Bird’s Eye View” and was a collaboration by photographer Drew Yount of Imperial, Mo., page designer Lauren Fox of Marshfield, Mo., and reporter Marissa Fawcett of O’Fallon, Mo.
The Arrow also won second place in the category of “Sports Page” for the work of sports editor Jen Gradl of St. Louis on pages 2-3 of the Arrow’s Sept. 11-17 edition.
The Arrow won third place awards in the categories of “In-Depth News Reporting” and “News Writing.” Gils’ story titled “Faculty Senate Prompts Study of Chairperson Retention” was honored for “In-Depth News Reporting,” and her article, “Close to 357 Salary Employees to See Raises” was honored in the “News Writing” category.
The Arrow also took third place awards for “Photo Page” and “Sports Writing.” In the “Photo Page” category, photo editor Alyssa Brewer and design editor Jami Black of St. Louis created a page entitled “Upperclassmen Help with Move-In Day.” Gradl took another award in “Sports Writing” for her article “Student Raises Money to Aid Family in Australia.”
Four honorable mentions were earned in the categories for advertising, information graphics and sports writing.
In the “Advertising” category, designer Sarah Holstein of St. Louis won for her ad “Retribution.” In the “Sports Writing” category, reporter Ben Striker of St. Louis took an award for “Southeast Football Player Delivers off the Field.” In the “Information Graphics” category, Gils took a honorable mention award for “Where Southeast was 50 years ago compared to now.” Also in the same category, Michael Ryan of St. Louis received an honorable mention for “Essential Apps Every College Student Needs.”
The Arrow entered 29 submissions in 16 different areas, such as Best Advertising, Best Sports Writing and Best Photo Page, among others. This was the Arrow’s first major contest involving multiple entries.
The awards were announced at a ceremony to recognize the top student journalism in the state for 2013. MCMA is a student-led media organization that provides student journalists leadership experience in college media organizations.
“I am so proud of everything my team accomplished this year. The competition was for the entire 2013 calendar year so I have to give half the credit to last year’s editor Erin Unerstall as well,” said Savanna Maue, editor of The Arrow. “She set up a great foundation for us to continue building on. I am very grateful for the awards and recognition we received and definitely feel it was well-deserved. My team and I work so hard every week to provide quality news to this campus and it’s great to have all that hard work validated.”
In addition, Gils and Emily Cline of St. Louis put together a PowerPoint presentation on branding student newspapers, and three Southeast students — Gils and reporters Oluwamayomikun Lawal of Lagos, Nigeria, and Jay Forness of Riverton, Ill. – delivered the presentation along with Dr. Buck.