Missouri Valley College students received 22 award certificates for writing, photography, design and even multimedia work for the Delta newspaper, the Delta website, or other Mass Communication publications, according to the Missouri College Media Association (MCMA) on Saturday.
The awards represented 10 different categories of newspaper achievement and recognized MVC student work in the Delta newspaper, on its website, or in other special publications for the Spring 2012 and Fall 2012 semesters.
Individual student award-winners were Jessica Crabtree, first place in news writing for a story about a gay student’s concerns for acceptance; Rebecca Richardson, second place in entertainment review for a review of the “Breaking Dawn” movie; Amit Jain, third place in website design for the Delta website; Calli Anderson, honorable mention in feature photography for a photo of a homeless woman; Phillip Fowler, honorable mention in news writing for a story about students learning from the disability struggles of others; Melinda Houttuin, honorable mention in column-writing for a commentary about students who are commuters; and Velimir Stefanovic, honorable mention in information graphic for his creation of math puzzles.
Other awards went to Andrew Bridges, Jacob Coleman, and Matheus Silva, third place in special supplement for a special Delta edition produced by the Copy Editing class; Scott Charboneau and Amit Jain, honorable mention in multimedia for video, still photos and information on the website about a dance performance in the skateboard park; and Korah Agre, Calli Anderson, Andrew Bridges, Sarah Christopherson, Tyrelle DeWitt, Paulene-Wendy Ntsame Assoumou, James O’Sullivan, Roderick Owusu-Andrews, Randy Ritter, and Matheus Silva, honorable mention in special supplement for the Spring 2013 Zoom photojournalism online magazine, produced by the Photojournalism class.
“It is always great to see many students recognized for their newspaper and photography work in the state contest,” said David L. Roberts, faculty adviser and assistant professor of Mass Communication. “It is very encouraging and hopefully motivates students in creative and challenging ways.”
Roberts said the first-place winner in the news writing category is a freshman who wrote the story for the Basic News Reporting class. But it isn’t about the class status of students or the courses they are in, Roberts said, adding that it is about their ability to find and tell a story that has qualities of “heart” in it, report and write well, and edit and add to the story again and again. He said the MVC Mass Communication program allows an early advantage for students, even in their freshman year, to write news or feature articles and to take photos, and then to compete and win with worthy material in a statewide contest. Roberts added that a student doesn’t have to be a Mass Communication major to be part of the creative process, as one of the award winners this year showed with his creation of math puzzles.
Since the Delta became a member of the MCMA in 2008, 74 award certificates carry the names of MVC students. The Delta competes with newspapers at Webster University, Drury University, William Jewell College, Evangel University, and others. Twenty-six colleges and universities in Missouri are MCMA members.