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Arrow staff awarded at ACP/CMA national convention

Wednesday, October 28, 2020
Image from College Media Association Pinnacle Award Show on Saturday, Oct. 24.

Arrow staff members attended the virtual Associated Collegiate Press (ACP) and College Media Association (CMA) national convention this past week. At the convention, the staff received awards from both organizations, walking away with a total of six.

The Arrow was named a newspaper Pacemaker finalist by ACP, making the newspaper one of 46 organizations to receive this honor across the nation. The Arrow was the only school newspaper in Missouri nominated for this award, competing against larger institutions that have historically worked to build their journalism and mass communication programs, Mass Media Professor and Chair Tamara Zellars Buck said.

“We tend to be pitted against larger institutions like University of North Carolina, Elon University,” Buck said. “For us to come out ahead of those organizations, I think shows that we have come into our own and we are peers. A lot of times, smaller, regional institutions like ours don’t get that recognition just off the bat.”

On Friday, Design Editor Ally Bruemmer was awarded a first-place CMA Pinnacle for “Best Newspaper Feature Page/Spread” for a design she created for former Sports Editor Lucas Irizarry.

“The one center spread, I really was proud of that one, because it was about a player we had been following and covering for years,” former Arrow Editor Zach Tate said. “[Lucas] was able to come in and write a really awesome story, and then our graphic designer was able to come in and do a really great job telling the story visually.”

The Arrow was also awarded a second place Pinnacle for “Social Media Strategy” and a first-place Pinnacle for “Best Campus Engagement,” a project done in collaboration with Professor Mike Simmons’ MC429 class.

On the final day of the convention, ACP announced its Best of Show rankings. This competition can only be entered if a school attended the convention, whereas Pinnacles and Pacemakers are announced prior to the start of the convention.

The Arrow was awarded third place in the “Best Newspaper, 4 year [college], less than weekly” category. The Arrow also was awarded third place for their “Special Section: The Budget Breakdown,” also with Simmons’ MC429 class.

The Arrow had an impressive awards season this spring, as well, winning 18 awards from the Missouri College Media Association at their virtual award ceremony in April.

Keep up with the Arrow on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter as they prepare to cover the 2020 Election on Nov. 3. Coverage will start at 6 p.m. and go throughout the night.