Index Named Best in State at Missouri College Media Association Conference

Several Truman students traveled to the Missouri College Media Association (MCMA)'s annual convention April 7-8 in St. Louis. Truman's weekly newspaper, the Index, took home top honors at the convention, including being named Best in State across all divisions and winning first place in the Best Overall Newspaper category for Division 2 schools.

The annual MCMA journalism awards are judged by the Missouri Press Association. Students from the Index were honored for their work in many areas, earning several awards.

First place awards went to Alicia Collins, a freshman communication and English double major from Bloomington, Ill., for feature writing; and Lindsay Koski, a junior art major from Kansas City, Mo., and Conor Nicholl, a junior communication and pre-secondary education double major from Maryland Heights, Mo., for sports page. The Index also won first place in the advertising and page one design categories.

Second place awards went to Sara DeGonia, a sophomore communication and English double major from Liberty, Mo., for feature writing; Jessie Gasch, a junior English and French double major from St. Peters, Mo., for in-depth news reporting; Lisette Metz Grulke, a sophomore pre-secondary education major from Kelley, Iowa, for news photography; Koski for feature page; and Nicholl for sports writing.

Third place awards went to Perrin Carrell, a junior English major from West Plains, Mo., for editorial cartoon; Maureen Ferry, a May 2005 Truman alumna from St. Louis, for entertainment cartoon; Karen Schwartztrauber, a senior communication and art double major from Colfax, Iowa, for feature page and story illustration; and Chris Tharp, a junior communication major from Kirksville, for sports photography and Web page. The Index also won third place awards in editorial writing and sweepstakes.

Honorable mentions went to Nick Corich, a freshman art and psychology double major from Kirkwood, Mo., Grulke, Koski, and Lisa Margetis, a sophomore art and communication double major from Orland Park, Ill., for photo page; DeGonia for entertainment review; Tyler Madsen, a junior exercise science major from Decatur, Ill., for sports writing; and Tharp for sports photography.

Steven Stepanek, assistant professor of communication and Index adviser, traveled to the conference with the students.
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