Student Publications Win National Honors


(Pictured from left to right) Whitney McFerron, Sara DeGonia, Erin Clark and Evangeline McMullen pose with the Apple Awards. McFerron is the managing editor of the Index and DeGonia is the editor in chief. Clark is the editor in chief of Detours and McMullen is the managing editor.

Both the Index and Detours won the Best in Show Apple Award in their respective categories at the College Media Adviser’s National College Media Convention held March 15-17 in New York City.

This is the second consecutive year that Detours, Truman’s regional travel magazine, has won the Apple Award in the general interest category.

The competition pitted the publication against more than 30 student publications from across the United States, including colleges of every size.

The publication entered its latest issue, Winter 2007, in the competition. Copies of this issue can be picked up outside the Center for Student Involvement.

Detours is published twice a year, once in the summer and once in the winter. Erin Clark, a senior communication and English double major from Lincoln, Ill., is the editor in chief and Evangeline McMullen, a senior English major from Independence, Mo., is the managing editor. Karon Speckman, associate professor of communication, advises the publication.

The Index, Truman’s weekly student-produced newspaper, won the Apple Award for best four-year nondaily broadsheet newspaper.

This is the fourth time in five years the Index has received this honor, beating out newspapers from across the country. Judges looked at various criteria when determining the winner including news judgment, journalistic quality, quality of writing, variety and diversity of news, photography and layout and design.

Sara DeGonia, a senior communication and English double major from Liberty, Mo., is the editor in chief of the Index and Whitney McFerron, a senior communication and English double major from Advance, Mo., is the managing editor. Steve Stepanek, assistant professor of communication, is the newspaper’s adviser.
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