Communications Students Shine in “Best of the Midwest” Awards

| February 17, 2012
Webster University student newspaper

The Journal

Webster University students who staff The Journal, Webster’s student newspaper, came away with more awards than any other publication at the recent Associated Collegiate Press Best of the Midwest conference in Minneapolis.

Webster students not only won more awards than any of the other 36 publications attending the conference, they also won as many individual first- and second-place awards (seven) than all the other schools combined.


Highlights of the accolades for Webster students, as shared by associate professor Larry Baden:

  • Webster students swept all three places in multimedia reporting.
  • Josh Sellmeyer and Brittany Ruess each placed first in a category and second in two others. They earned the most individual awards of any students at the conference.
  • Webster students placed in six of the seven individual categories.
  • Evan Mueller, a film production major, presented with Webster professors Larry Baden and Mary Cox in one of the sessions.
  • Webster students took first place in News Photography (Brittany Ruess), Sports Reporting (Josh Sellmeyer) and Multimedia Reporting (Alexandra Brandt and Josh Coppenbarger).
  • Webster students placed second in four of the seven individual categories.
  • The Journal placed third in Best of Show among weekly newspapers and fourth in Best of Show in the Special Sections category.

Further, Mueller placed third in multimedia reporting, and Caillin Murray earned fifth place in feature writing. Sellmeyer’s second-place awards came in opinion writing and page design. Ruess placed second in feature writing and multimedia reporting.

The honors would not have been possible without the students’ great work, as well as the academic and logistic support from School of Communications (SOC) faculty and staff, which also included dean Debra Carpenter, Communications and Journalism chair Joe Schuster and SOC coordinator Susan Napoleon.

Overall, Baden said Webster made a big impression on peers and helped extend the reputation of their great work beyond Missouri.

Category: Faculty, St. Louis Campus News, Student Affairs and News, Webster News

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  1. Debra Carpenter says:

    Congratulations to all on this outstanding performance by our student journalists! Excellent showing–and this was your first time out at this conference. The other schools will be watching for you next year as “the ones to beat!”
    Thank you to the faculty and students on representing the School of Communications and Webster University in such a noble and illustrious manner. Best wishes for continuing successes–Dean Debra Carpenter