The Southeast Missourian reports that staff members of the Arrow, Southeast Missouri State University’s student newspaper, received six awards during the virtual Associated Collegiate Press (ACP) and College Media Association (CMA) national convention late last month.
The Arrow was named a newspaper Pacemaker finalist by ACP, making the newspaper one of 46 organizations to receive the 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, said Tamara Zellars Buck, mass media professor and chairwoman of the department.
“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 Oct. 23, 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. The competition may 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 its “Special Section: The Budget Breakdown,” also with Simmons’ MC429 class.
The Arrow also won 18 awards from the Missouri College Media Association at its virtual award ceremony in April.