The Griffon News earned 22 awards and its editor-in-chief, David Hon, was named the top college journalist in the state April 14th at the 2012 Missouri College Media Association convention, which was hosted by Missouri Western.
Graphic design major Brooke Carter won 10 individual and shared awards. She swept the top three places in the editorial cartoon category and won the information graphic and advertising categories. She also shared top honors with other staff members in the section front page design category (with Hon), sports page category (with Thomas Huitt-Johnson and Jason Brown) and feature page category (with Christian Mengel, Jesse Bilderback, Blair Stalder and Brown).
Graphic design major, Raphaelle Drew brought home an honorable mention in “Portrait” for her work on the paper. Drew and graduate student in intergrated media, Heather Heater teamed up in two entries to take first and second in sports design.
The conference, which drew 150 participants from over 20 Missouri colleges and universities was held in Spratt and Potter Halls. The conference featured workshops, critiques and sessions by journalism teachers and journalists throughout the state, including several from the St. Joseph News-Press. Rob Curley, the new media editor of the Las Vegas Sun and a former vice-president of new media for The Washington Post/Newsweek, was the keynote speaker at the awards banquet, which was held in Fulkerson Center.
Dr. Bob Bergland, Professor of Journalism and Integrated Media and Adviser to The Griffon News States that “Missouri is a state known for its journalism and journalism schools, so being named as the best college journalist in the state is an incredible honor.”