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The Standard named best all-around non-daily paper

Steph Anderson recognized for outstanding photography
Friday, May 10, 2013

The Standard logoThe Standard, Missouri State University’s student-run newspaper, and its staff were recognized with four 2012 Region 7 Mark of Excellence Awards from the Society of Professional Journalists.

The Standard received first place Best All-Around Non-Daily Student Newspaper in the large-school division for 2012.

Photographer Steph Anderson, a print and Internet journalism major, was honored with first place awards in three categories:

  • General News Photography (Large) for “Battle of the bartenders”
  • Photo Illustration (Large) for “Swimmer heads to Olympic Trials”
  • Sports Photography (Large) for “This is supposed to be an exhibition!”

“I’m very proud of the students on the staff of The Standard, especially last year’s editor-in-chief, Jon Poorman, and this year’s editor-in-chief, Megan Gates. All of our staff members put in a lot of hours and strive for a high degree of professionalism,” said Jack Dimond, faculty adviser for The Standard and senior instructor in the department of media, journalism and film.

The regional winners of each category advanced to the national SPJ contest. Anderson was one of two runners up for General News Photography in the large-school division.

“Steph Anderson is a truly talented photographer,” said Dimond. “She is good at everything — it doesn’t matter if she is working the scene of a news event or covering sports or creating portraits. The Standard has been very fortunate to have her on our team.”

For more information, contact Dimond at (417) 836-8647.


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