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Talon staff brings home six awards from MCMA conference

April 15, 2014

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Talon StudentsMembers of the Talon Media Network brought home six awards from the Missouri Collegiate Media Association (MCMA) 2014 Annual Conference, held April 12-13 in Kirksville, Mo., that ranged across the media spectrum.

Talon staffers won awards in writing, photography, advertising, illustration and publication design. Competing in Division 3 - which included William Jewell College, Southwest Baptist University, Park University, Culver-Stockton College, Evangel University and Missouri Valley College - Talon staffers captured first and third places in Story + Illustration, first and second places in Info Graphics, second in Feature Photography and second in Regular Columns.

Talon advisor J. Anthony Snorgrass, Ph.D., professor of advertising, branding and strategic media, said the wide range of areas of awards won made this year’s conference special for the Talon team.

“This year’s awards are extra special because the team focused on transitioning from typical newspaper style and overage to more of a digest magazine, feature-oriented publication, and the Talon’s new look especially stood out among the competition,” Snorgrass said.

Snorgrass gave special kudos to Talon editor-in-chief Aimee Adams for her work in leading the team that made the transition to a new Talon in a short period.

“Total shifts in content and design are never easy and often take a few years to transition to a new culture,” Adams said.

Adams will turn over the reins of the Talon at the end of the 2014 spring semester to Colbi Howser.

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