Park University Student Newspaper Wins Awards at MCMA Conference

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

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Stylus StaffPark University’s student newspaper, The Stylus, earned 33 awards at the annual Missouri College Media Association conference, April 11 in Maryville, Mo.

Competing in Division 3 (small 4-year colleges and universities) of the awards contest, The Stylus brought home two of the biggest awards from the conference for the second year in a row — the Sweepstakes Award, given to the newspaper earning the most award points, and the Best Newspaper Award. The latter award required three issues of the newspaper to the submitted and judged on the overall quality of the writing, photography and design of the publication. Submitted entries were from the Spring 2014 and Fall 2014 semesters.

Pictured in the adjacent photo (from left): Alexandria Phillips, Sarah Stout, Chloe Durand, Christina Runyon, Airik Leon, Max Mohr and Kalli Cheffey.

The Stylus’ adviser is Ashley Vasquez, adjunct instructor of communication arts. A complete list of awards follows.

Overall Awards
          •  Sweepstakes — first place
          •  Best Newspaper — first place

Writing Awards
          •  News Writing — Kalli Cheffey, senior communications arts/journalism major, Palmyra, Mo. (attended Palmyra High School), first place; and Christina Runyon, junior communication arts/photojournalism major, Lake St. Louis, Mo. (attended Wentzville [Mo.] Holt High School), third place and honorable mention
          •  Feature Writing — Chloe Durand, junior communication arts/journalism major, Carrières-sous-Poissy, France, first place and second place
          •  Sports Writing — Cheffey, third place; and Alexandria Phillips, senior communication arts/public relations major, Richmond, Mo. (attended Richmond High School), honorable mention
          •  In-Depth Reporting — Runyon, first place; and Cheffey, second place
          •  Investigative Reporting — Cheffey, first place; and Runyon, third place
          •  Column — Janek Sunga, graduate student in the Master of Public Administration program and 2014 graduate, Miwani, Kenya), second place
          •  Entertainment Review — Alec Walworth, senior communication/arts major, Kearney, Mo. (attended Lutheran High School, Kansas City, Mo.), second place; and Zach Olmstead, senior elementary education major, Lake Zurich, Ill. (attended Kearney [Mo.] High School), honorable mention

Photography / Art Awards
          •  News Photo — Cheffey, first place; and Runyon, second place
          •  Feature Photography — Max Mohr, sophomore communication arts/photojournalism major, Hale, Mo. (attended Hale High School), second place and third place
          •  Sports Photography — Winnie Lin, senior communication arts/broadcasting major, Taipei, Taiwan
          •  Story Illustration: Matt Rogers, 2014 graduate, San Diego, Calif. (attended Clairemont High School), first place; Kassandra Lawson, junior communication arts/photojournalism major, Merriam, Kan. (attended Mid-Buchanan High School, Faucett, Mo.), third place; and Cheffey, third place

Design Awards
          •  Page One (Front Page) Design — Cheffey, first place and second place
          •  Editorial Page Design — Sarah Stout, senior interdisciplinary studies major, Kansas City, Mo., first place and second place
          •  Sports Page Design — Marcus Johnson, senior communication arts/journalism major, St. Louis, Mo., second place
          •  Photo Page Design — Mohr, second place; Durand, second place, third place and honorable mention; and Ashly Meek, senior organizational communication major, Kansas City, Mo., third place
          •  Feature Page Design — Lawson, first place; Rogers, first place; Runyon, first place; Mohr, second place; and Durand, second place