The Arrow Wins Top Honors, 11 Awards at State Competition

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From left: Faculty Advisor Dr. Tamara Zellars Buck, Managing Editor Jay Forness, Editor Logan Young, Sports Editor Nick McNeal, and Arts and Entertainment Editor Zarah Laurence.

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., April 13, 2015 – The Arrow, Southeast Missouri State University’s student newspaper, was named the 2015 Best in State Newspaper and earned 10 other awards April 11 at the Missouri College Media Association convention at  Northwest Missouri State University in Maryville, Mo.

“This was a well-deserved honor for our students,” said Dr. Tamara Zellars Buck, faculty advisor for the Arrow and assistant professor in the Department of Mass Media. “I’m especially proud of the work ethic of this group of student managers and their team approach to crafting quality multimedia and print news content.”

In addition to bringing home the Avis Meyer Perpetual Cup for Best in State honors, the Arrow also was named Best Overall Newspaper for Division I. Division I is the top level division in the contest and 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 a first place award in the category of “Information Graphic” for a design entitled “Parking By the Numbers” created by design editor Caitlin Jasper.

The Arrow also received one of two second place awards for Jasper’s design entitled “What’s Up SEMO” in the “Information Graphic” category. The Arrow received another second place award in the “Sports Page” category for the work of former sports editor Jen Gradl, former photo editor Alyssa Brewer, and current sports editor Nick McNeal.

The Arrow won two third place awards in the categories of “Advertising” and “Story Illustration.” Advertising manager Olivia Snare, marketing manager Emily Cline and designer Carrie Finck were honored for the advertisement titled “Pumpkin Chunkin’”, and a story illustration for the story “My Roommate is a Ghost” by photo editor Sean Burke, design editor Caitlin Jasper, and reporter Marissa Fawcett also was recognized.

Four honorable mentions were earned in the categories of news photography, in-depth news reporting, feature writing, and feature page. In the “News Photography” category, reporter David “Doc” Fiandaca won for his photo “Motorcycle Madness.” In the “In-Depth News Reporting” category, former online managing editor Andrea Gils was honored for her story “Are teacher evaluations worth your time?”. Editor-in-chief Logan Young received an honorable mention in the “Feature Writing” category for her story “Benefactor has donated to Southeast since 1970s.” Young and design editor Caitlin Jasper also received an honorable mention in the “Feature Page” category for their work titled “Sadie Kent: The Woman Behind the Books and Buildings.”

The Arrow entered 33 submissions in 14 different areas. The awards were announced at a ceremony to recognize the top student journalism in the state for 2014. MCMA is a student-led media organization that provides student journalists leadership experience in college media organizations.

“This year has been challenging and stressful for all of us, and this award makes all of our hard work and long hours worth it. It is nice to be acknowledged, and we appreciate all of the feedback we received from the Missouri College Media Association judges,” said Arrow editor-in-chief Logan Young. “This competition crosses two academic years, so I have to credit all of our writers, editors, advertising and marketing managers and advisers from this year and last spring, and especially Savanna Maue, last year’s editor-in-chief. Without all of them none of this would have been possible, and I cannot thank them enough. We are extremely proud to have won this prestigious state-wide award, and we intend to keep improving as a student news source in the future.”

During a business meeting held during the convention, the Arrow was selected to host the 2015 convention next spring. Arrow managing editor James “Jay” Forness also was elected MCMA president for the coming year. As president, Forness will lead the executive committee in planning the next convention.