Missouri Valley College’s Delta student newspaper won awards in 12 newspaper categories at the Missouri Collegiate Media Association convention in Springfield on April 2.

“By the numbers, for the 12 winning Delta entries, 17 certificates were awarded to MVC students,” faculty adviser David L. Roberts said. “Two entries had more than one student involved with their work.”

Student work in Delta newspapers for Fall 2010 and Spring 2011 competed in the convention contest which involved student newspapers from 28 colleges and universities in Missouri.

Delta Co-Editors Ralitsa Gospodinova and Devon Wade received four awards each for their newspaper work. Gospodinova won second place for in-depth reporting for a story about printing costs for students, and three honorable mentions for design of a news section page, news writing for a story about a campus gun incident, and for the web version of the Delta. Wade won second place for design of editorial pages, second place for a regular column about a child at the YMCA, third place for feature writing for a story about the Ezekiel’s Wheels project, and an honorable mention for the web version of the Delta.

The Spring 2010 premiere edition of Zoom, a photojournalism magazine by students in the Photojournalism class, won first place in the special section category. Photojournalism students who were recognized with certificates for their work on the online magazine were Taylor Castillo, Juliana Doyle, Sara Gross, Katie Kimble, and Samuel Njuguna.

Other Delta reporters receiving awards were Megan Shepherd with a second place award for an entertainment review about a Columbia bistro restaurant, Jessica Gates with an honorable mention for sports writing for a story about the cheerleading squad, Geneva Looney with an honorable mention for a sports photo of a volleyball player, and Cory Petersen with an honorable mention for investigative reporting for a story about the mystery of a Facebook user.

The keynote speaker for the evening convention banquet was Clyde Bentley, associate professor of the University of Missouri, who described the fast-moving technology of cell phones and texting devices. MVC student Ashalyn Ellis, a Mass Communication and Criminal Justice double major, said she enjoyed the speech. “Some of the technology he talked about I didn’t even know was out there.”

Journalism presentation sessions in the afternoon featured speakers on topics ranging from online journalism and photography to feature writing and job-hunting. The Delta editors also attended a round-table discussion of college student editors.

Besides Roberts, Gospodinova, Wade, Shepherd, and Ellis, MVC students who participated in the trip were Paulene-Wendy Ntsame Assoumou, Phillip Hamer, Jim Whitaker, and graduate students Nick Peker and Paul Harmon.

In addition to convention activities at the University Plaza Hotel and Convention Center, the group enjoyed a performance called “The Aluminum Show” at the Juanita K. Hammons Hall for the Performing Arts on the Missouri State University campus. The show combined amazing dance performances and special effects as aluminum materials “came to life” through movement, acrobatics, music, and lights.


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