Journal Staff Again Wins Sweepstake Award | Webster University

Journal Staff Again Wins Sweepstake Award

The staff of the Webster University student newspaper, The Journal, received 21 awards at the Missouri College Media Association’s (MCMA) annual conference and awards banquet, which was recently held in St. Joseph, Mo.

Journal staff holding 2017 MCMA award certificatesThe Journal staff claimed a first place Sweepstakes Award in its division of college newspapers. This award acknowledges the most awards won overall. The six other first place awards included best website, news writing, column writing, feature photo, and entertainment and political cartoons. The staff also won the third place award for Best Overall Newspaper. A complete list of awards won can be seen below.

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. Emily Van de Riet is the Editor in Chief.           

1st Place
Sweepstakes Award - The Journal staff
Column Writing - Jessica Karins
Entertainment Cartoon - Sarah Bird Blankenship
Feature Photo - Jordan Nicole Palmer
News Writing - Jessica Karins
Political Cartoon - Sarah Blankenship
Website - The Journal staff

2nd Place
Feature Writing - Austin Esposito
News Photography - Emily Van de Riet
News Writing - Kavahn Mansouri
Video - Bill Loellke

3rd Place
Best Overall Newspaper – The Journal
Column Writing - Sara Bannoura
Feature Writing - Marjorie Douglas
Page One Design - The Journal
Political Cartoon - Amber Williams
Sports Column - Jacob Claspille
Sports Writing - Jacob Claspille
Video - Sara Bannoura

Honorable Mention
Opinions Page - The Journal staff
Feature Photo - Jordan Palmer

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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.