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The Standard, Ozarks News Journal recognized for excellence

Student journalists win national, regional awards
Tuesday, July 1, 2014

The Standard, Missouri State University’s student-run newspaper, and the Ozarks News Journal, a student-produced television news show, were honored with regional and national awards from College Newspaper Business and Advertising Managers Inc. (CNBAM), the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) Region 7 and the Missouri Broadcast Educators Association.

CNBAM awards
The CNBAM recognizes successful business and advertising operations of student newspapers during its annual Advertising Awards Competition. Winners of this year’s competition were selected from 700 entries submitted by 50 colleges across the country.

Staff members for The Standard received the following honors:

  • Best Newspaper Promotion Multimedia Campaign, first place
  • Best Group Promotion, Free Standing Section, third place
  • Best Newspaper Promotion Campaign, fourth place
  • Best Back to School or Orientation Issue, fourth place

SPJ Region 7 awards
The SPJ Region 7 Mark of Excellence Awards honors the best of collegiate journalism across a four-state region: Iowa, Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska.

Staff members for The Standard received the following honors:

  • Sports Photography (Large Schools), winner: “My ball!” by Steph Anderson Chambers
  • Feature Photography (Large Schools), finalist: “Not quite ready” by Steph Anderson Chambers
  • Sports Photography (Large Schools), finalist: “One last lap” by Steph Anderson Chambers
  • In-Depth Reporting (Large Schools), finalist: “$1,163,237: Bookstore director admits to stealing for 10 years” by Megan Gates
  • Best All-Around Non Daily Student Newspaper, finalist

Staff members for Ozarks News Journal received the following honors:

  • Television In-Depth Reporting, winner: “Medical Marijuana in the Ozarks” by Riley Bean
  • Best All-Around Television Newscast, finalist: “Ozarks News Journal #801”
  • Television Feature, finalist: “Exotic Vet” by Aimee Durham
  • Television News and Feature Photography, finalist: “100 Missouri Miles” by Erica Semsch

Category winners advanced to the national Mark of Excellence competition.

Missouri Broadcast Educators Association
Staff members for Ozarks News Journal received the following honors:

  • Video News Show, honorable mention
  • Video Sports Package, honorable mention: “Skydiving” by Julie Ann Baker
  • Video News Story, honorable mention: “Acupuncture” by Callie Carroll

About The Standard and Ozarks News Journal
The Standard is the official student-run newspaper of Missouri State University. Student editors and staff members develop the weekly publication, which is published every Tuesday during the fall and spring semesters, and online at www.the-standard.org. The Standard is advised by Jack Dimond, senior instructor of media, journalism and film.

Ozarks News Journal is a 30 minute news magazine show reflecting the university’s mission of public affairs. The show is produced and staffed by advanced media, journalism and film students under the advisement of broadcast instructors Kevin Swift and Leonard Horton.


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