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Evangel communication students earn national and state awards for student-run media

Published on Jul 24, 2023 by Erin Hedlun

SPRINGFIELD, Missouri – Evangel University student media organizations recently earned multiple awards at a variety of state and national media contests. Students won awards from the Society for Collegiate Journalists (SCJ), Missouri Broadcast Educators Association (MBEA), and Missouri College Media Association (MCMA). These contests reflected student media collateral produced or published during the 2022-23 academic year.

“It’s important that we participate in these contests on both the state and national levels,” said Dr. Cameron Pace, chair of EU’s communication department. “We know our students compete well, but we are also able to identify areas in which we can improve or strengthen within these communication outlets.”

Below is a list of awards by media, contest, category, and placement.

Highlights include a first place MBEA finish for EUTV’s sports show “Sports Update,” a first place finish for EU Film “Lady Luck” in MBEA’s “Video – Feature Film” category, second place wins in MCMA’s “Overall Theme Development – Yearbook” and “Yearbook – Overall Excellence” categories for the Excalibur yearbook, and a first place finish for The Lance in MCMA’s Division 3 “Best Overall Newspaper.”

EU Films and EUTV

Evangel’s student-run television station EUTV and student- coordinated EU Films earned six awards in the MBEA contest. EUTV was also recognized in the SCJ contest for television news show.

MBEA Contest

First Place

  • Video – EU Films, Feature Film, “Lady Luck” – Jacob Harris and Wyatt Long
  • Video – EU TV, Sports Show, “Sports Update” – Haley Hendrix

Second Place

  • Audio Commercial, EUTV, “Safari” – Tessa Tyson
  • Video – EU Films, Intermediate Film, “If Only I Knew” – Raelin Lakatos, Javiaun King, Kaylee Clay, and Evan Espinoza

Honorable Mention

  • Audio Podcasts, EU Films, “On The Take Podcast” – Wyatt Long
  • Video – Commercial/Promo, EUTV, “Improv Night For Doritos” – Jacob Harris and Braeden Nelson

SCJ Contest

Honorable Mention

  • Best Television News Show, EUTV, “Newswatch Today” – Maxwell Boivin, Jacob Harris, and Ashlee Shipley

Excalibur Yearbook

Excalibur received four awards from the SCJ contest and seven from the MCMA contest for the 2022-2023 yearbook titled “Rooted in Valor.”

SCJ Contest, Yearbook Awards

Second Place

  • Yearbook Overall Excellence – Excalibur Staff

Third Place

  • Photography – Excalibur Staff
  • Writing – Excalibur Staff
  • Concept of the Book – Excalibur Staff

MCMA Contest, Yearbook Division

First Place

  • Student Life Design – Caitlin Smith

Second Place

  • Overall Theme Development – Excalibur Staff

Third Place

  • Feature Writing – Madison Heberlie

Honorable Mention

  • Feature Photography – Angela Hernandez
  • Portrait Design – Hayley Harris, Kali (McCroskey) Salazar, and Caitlin Smith
  • Advertising Design – Gabby Mathews and Hayley Harris
  • Sports Design – Caitlin Smith and Hayley Harris

The Lance Newspaper

Evangel’s student newspaper “The Lance” competed in the SCJ contest as well as MCMA Newspaper Division 3. The paper received 10 SCJ awards and 23 MCMA awards, most notably MCMA’s “Best Overall Newspaper” honor.

SCJ Contest

First Place

  • Newspaper Editorial Page, October 28, 2022, page 3 – The Lance Staff
  • Newspaper Front Page – “A Dollar Goes a Long Way for the People of Ukraine” – Kali (McCroskey) Salazar, Cooper Boyce, Ashlyn Rinehart, Emily Connelly, and The Lance Staff

Second Place

  • Infographic, “ROTC Commissioning Ceremony” – Cooper Boyce
  • Photo Essay, “EU Trips: Moment by Moment” – The Lance Staff
  • Newspaper Feature Page, Friday January 28, 2022 – MyAun Boyd, Allison LaBrot, and Cooper Boyce

Third Place

  • Infographic, “2022 Heart of America Athletic Conference Tournament” – Cooper Boyce
  • Newspaper Front Page, “Omicron Moves Through Evangel Campus” – Emily Connelly and Cooper Boyce

Honorable Mention

  • Infographic, “Statistics on the Situation in Ukraine” – Cooper Boyce
  • Newspaper News Page, December 2, 2022, page 2 – Cooper Boyce and Emily Connelly
  • Newspaper Sports Page, “Evangel Golf: A Mental Battle on the Green” – Emily Connelly

MCMA Contest, Newspaper Division 3

First Place

  • Best Overall Newspaper – The Lance Staff
  • Sweepstakes – The Lance Staff
  • Feature Page – The Lance Staff
  • Editorial/Op-Ed Page – The Lance Staff
  • Page 1 Design – Cooper Boyce, Madison Heberlie, and Sarah Cummings
  • Sports Photography – Gabby Mathews
  • Information Graphic – Cooper Boyce
  • Sports Writing – Ashlyn Rinehart
  • News Writing – Allison LaBrot

Second Place

  • News Writing – Kali (McCroskey) Salazar
  • Information Graphic – Cooper Boyce
  • Page 1 Design – Cooper Boyce and Emily Connelly
  • Editorial/Op-Ed Page – The Lance Staff
  • Sports Page – The Lance Staff

Third Place

  • Feature Writing – Cassidy Ozais
  • Entertainment Review – MyAun Boyd
  • Sports Photography – Emily Connelly
  • Sports Page – Emily Connelly and Cooper Boyce
  • Feature Page – Sarah Cummings, Cassidy Ozias, Hannah King, and Kylie Butler
  • Website – The Lance Staff

Honorable Mention

  • Entertainment Review – Allison LaBrot
  • Feature Photography – Summer Raderschadt
  • Sports Page – Ashlyn Rinehart and Cooper Boyce

About Evangel’s Communication Department

Evangel’s Communication Department prepares students to pursue careers within various media-related fields. Students study video, audio and film production, journalism, public relations, advertising, public speaking, multimedia design, and much more – all applied through methods of electronic media, print, and oral communication.

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About Evangel University

Evangel University, with its embedded Assemblies of God Theological Seminary (AGTS), is a comprehensive Spirit-led Christian university located in Springfield, Missouri. It is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities. Under the leadership of Dr. Mike Rakes, EU is committed to excellence in educating and equipping students to serve the Church and society globally and becoming compassionate innovators in their chosen vocations. EU offers more than 70 degree programs, including cutting-edge majors, pre-professional programs, and affordable and flexible online degree options.

EU is highly regarded and has been ranked:

  • US News & World Report Best Colleges Top Performer in Social Mobility
  • Colleges of Distinction Best Christian University
  • Top 10 Best Universities by AcademicInfluence.com
  • Third Most Beautiful Campus in the Midwest by Christian Colleges & Universities
  • Top 10 Best Colleges in Missouri by BestColleges.com

With additional accreditations in business, counseling, music, social work, and theology and certification as an Excellence in Giving university, EU is focused on providing students with hands-on experience and real-world training for today’s professional careers. Learn more about the university at evangel.edu.