Journal Awards Catapult Student Paper to 1st Place Sweepstakes Honor in Missouri | Webster University

Journal Awards Catapult Student Paper to 1st Place Sweepstakes Honor in Missouri

ST. LOUIS (APR. 18, 2016) – The Webster University student newspaper, The Journal, received 26 awards at the Missouri College Media Association’s (MCMA) annual conference, which was held recently at Southeast Missouri State University in Cape Girardeau.

The Journal claimed both a first place sweepstakes award in its division of state college newspapers as well as a second place award as the best overall student newspaper in the state of Missouri.

In the feature writing category, Matt Duchesne took first place, Emily Van de Riet took second place, and Kevin Smith took third place, sweeping the category. Similarly, in the editorial cartoon category, Toni Courtney took first place, Amber Williams took second place, and Sarah Blankenship took third place.

The Journal also distinguished itself in the category of investigative reporting. Tim Godfrey took second place, Kavahn Mansouri took third place, and Macy Slama received honorable mention.

The Journal also garnered first place finishes in editorial writing and story illustration. In addition, The Journal excelled in page design, sports writing and photojournalism. The Journal’s website received a second place award.

School of Communications professor Don Corrigan is the print adviser, and assistant professor Mary Cox is the adviser for web journalism and social media at The Journal.             

See below for a complete list of the awards won.

1ST Place
Sweepstakes Award - The Journal
Editorial Writing - The Journal
Editorial Cartoon - Tori Courtney
Feature Writing - Matt Duchesne
Story Illustration - Emily Ratkewitcz

2nd Place
Best Overall Newspaper -The Journal
Website - The Journal
Editorial Cartoon - Amber Williams
Feature Photo - Brian Verbarg
Feature Writing - Emily Van de Riet
Investigative Reporting - Tim Godfrey
News Writing -Tim Godfrey
Photo Page - Matt Duchesne, Chloe Hall, Brian Verbarg

3rd Place
Column Writing - Haley Kauffman
Editorial Cartoon - Sarah Blankenship
Feature Writing - Kevin Smith
Investigative Reporting - Kavahn Mansouri
News Photo - Livie Hall
Story Illustration -Tori Courtney
Sports Writing - Dane Watkins

Honorable Mention
Column Writing - Alex Lenzi
Feature Page - Emily Van de Riet
Front Page Design - Kavahn Mansouri
Investigative Reporting - Macy Salama
News Writing - Kavahn Mansouri
Nonpolitical Cartoon - Tori Courtney

About the School of Communications
The School of Communications at Webster University prepares students to excel as skilled professionals in the global field of communications. We provide theory and practice in media courses framed within a liberal arts-based curriculum, augmented by personalized mentorship, and professional development opportunities. Fifteen distinct majors are available at the undergraduate level and master’s degrees in six diverse fields of communications. We offer BA and MA programs on the Webster campuses in Geneva, Vienna, London, Leiden, Thailand, and Ghana, as well as in Saint Louis and online.

About Webster University
With its home campus in St. Louis, Missouri, USA, Webster University ( comprises an action-oriented global network of faculty, staff, students and alumni who forge powerful bonds with each other and with their communities around the globe. Founded in 1915, Webster is a private non-profit university with more than 17,000 students studying at campus locations in North America, Europe, Asia and Africa and in a robust learning environment online. The university is committed to delivering high-quality learning experiences that transform students for global citizenship and individual excellence.