Student Newspaper Brings Home Best in State Award | Webster University

Student Newspaper Brings Home Best in State Award

The Webster Journal staff brought home the Best in State Award – All Divisions from the 2017-2018 Missouri College Media Association (MCMA) conference this past weekend. 
Journal students holding trophy

“What they have been able to do with so few people has been amazing,” said journalism faculty member Larry Baden. “Usually I don’t care so much about awards, but this one they really earned.”

The Journal staff also won Best Overall Newspaper and first place Sweepstakes Award, which is presented for the most points accumulated based on the number and rank of awards won. Both awards acknowledge achievement for The Journal’s division of college newspapers (There are four divisions based on size and whether the school is two-year of four-year). They also won 25 additional awards for a total of 28 awards.

“This speaks volumes to the quality of our students, faculty, and their work together,” said Dean of the School of Communications, Eric Rothenbuhler.

Here is a complete list of awards The Webster Journal and its staff won at the 2018 MCMA Conference:

Bonus Awards
Best in State - All Divisions
1st Place Sweepstakes - Division 2
1st Place Best Overall Newspaper- Division 2

1st Place Awards
News writing - Jessica Karins
Sports writing - Andrew McMunn
In-depth news reporting - Sara Bannoura, Hanna Holthaus, Alexa Kannenberg
News photography - Sara Bannoura
Feature photography - Andrew McMunn
Political/editorial cartoon - Sarah Blankenship
One design - Sara Bannoura, Jacob Claspille
Photo page - Sara Bannoura
Video - Emily Van de Riet
Multimedia package – Andrew McMunn, Olivia Fitzgerald

2nd Place Awards
Feature writing - Emily Van de Riet
Sports writing - Jacob Claspille
In-depth news reporting - Jessica Karins, Emily Van de Riet
News photography - Sara Bannoura
Feature photography - Haley Walter
Photo page - Jordan Palmer, Emily Van de Riet
Special section of supplement - Sara Bannoura, Hanna Holthaus, Alexa Kannenberg
Multimedia package - Sara Bannoura, Andrew McMunn, Olivia Fitzgerald 

3rd Place Awards
Sports writing - Jacob Claspille
Column writing - Katie Manzke
Feature photography - Sara Bannoura
Video - Emily Van de Riet

Honorable Mention Awards
Feature writing - Emma Larson
Video - Emily Van de Riet

Emily Van de Reit, editor-in-chief of The Journal during the 2017 spring semester, said, “I do not have words for how much this means. Being from a small school with a small staff of 14 competing against papers with 50, even 100 members. I could not ask for a better way to wrap up college. [I] couldn’t have done it without my amazing professors and friends on staff.”

School of Communications faculty associate professor Larry Baden, associate professor and online advisor for The Journal Mary Cox, and visiting instructor and newspaper advisor Mark Saxon attended the ceremony with The Webster Journal staff.

Webster competed against schools such as Truman State, Northwest Missouri, Drury, and Maryville Universities in their division. They competed against much larger schools including Washington University, Saint Louis University, University of Missouri-Columbia, and Lindenwood University for the Best in State Award.

The annual conference and awards banquet was held Saturday, April 7 on the Lindenwood University campus in St. Charles, Missouri.

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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. Sixteen distinct majors are available at the undergraduate level as well as six master’s degrees in diverse fields of communications. We offer BA and MA programs on the Webster campuses in Geneva, Vienna, 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.