Members of the Talon Media Network (TMN) brought home 8 awards from the Missouri Collegiate Media Association (MCMA) 2013 Annual Conference, held April 21st in Joplin, Mo.
The Talon's 8 awards were for work in writing, photography, advertising, illustration, and publication design. The Avila students compete in Division 3 of the MCMA competition.
TMN won 1st place, 2nd Place and an Honorable mention for its advertising design; third-place awards for its "sports columns" and "sports photography", third place and Honorable Mentions for its story illustrations, and 2nd Place for is Web page coverage and design.
According to Dr. J. Anthony Snorgrass, the Talon's faculty advisor, the significance of this year's awards is that it represents the full spectrum of the team's work, particularly in the diversity of the categories in which the students won. The Talon's sports coverage especially stood out as most of the awards were for sports-related work.
"The year's awards are extra special because the team focused its submissions to showcase its sports communication media to coincide with the inaugural year for the Sports Communication Program in the School of Visual and Communication Arts," Snorgrass said. "Special accolades go to Elizabeth Carroll this year's editior in chief, and the entire team for the many extra hours they have devoted to assure the Talon and Avila University remain a model of progressiveness and innovation in media." Snorgrass continued, " It is always exciting to have other professionals in the journalism world show favor for your student's work and to have a measure of how they're efforts stack up against other schools in the State, some of which have full-blown journalism programs."
Liz Carroll shared, "I am so excited to have been the Editor in Chief of the Talon Magazine this year. We have a great set of writers who work hard on every story. We work as a team and that is what has made us successful!" As Liz Carroll will be graduating this year, Aimee Adams who was this year's Copy Editor will assume the Talon EIC position. Aimee shares that, " the past accomplishments for the Talon will truly serve as inspiration to continue this legacy of success as I assume this important leadership role.