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Missouri Collegiate Media Awards (MCMA) Competition names the Talon News Magazine Overall Best in Class

April 19, 2018

KANSAS CITY, Mo - - Members of the Talon Media Network (TMN) brought home six (6) awards from the Missouri Collegiate Media Association (MCMA) 2018 Annual Conference, held earlier this month at Lindenwood University in St. Charles, Mo.


The TMN won 1st Place as the Best Overall News Publication for 2017-18.  The Talon also swept the Special Issue competition winning both 1st and 2nd Place awards for its Kneel or Stand Issue (1st Place) and We March On Issue (2nd Place) publications.  In addition, the TMN won Bronze for its Good Bye Jessica Photo story; Honorable Mention for the Sports Media - The Pass photo by Talal Alaseeri, and yet another Honorable Mention in video for its Defending Kapernick story by Karis Pruitt, bringing the total to six (6) awards.


The MCMA Awards are the equivalent to Emmy’s at the collegiate level.  The Talon has historically done well at the MCMA awards having won 14 individual awards in 2017, 9 in 2016, and 11 in 2015 but never before has it been awarded the Best Overall News Publication and at the same time winning 1st and 2nd places in the Special Issues competition!  The awards provide evidence of the Talon’s recognition for its sustained excellence across all spectrums in journalism – writing, photography, advertising, illustration, and publication design. The Avila Talon competed in Division 3 of the competition, which includes Park University, William Jewell, Southwest Baptist, Park University, Culver-Stockton College, Evangel University, Harris Stowe, Fontbonne University, Hannibal-LaGrange and Missouri Valley College.


“It is highly unusual and particularly delighting to have taken the “Best Overall Publication and at the same time winning the top two spots in the Special Issue category” according to Dr. J. Anthony Snorgrass, the Talon’s faculty advisor. These categories are extremely competitive.  But the real significance of this year’s awards is that they represent the full spectrum of the entire team’s work.  “This year’s awards are extra special because the team continued to shy away from typical newspaper style coverage to include more essay and editorial content presented in our distinct digest magazine, feature- oriented format.   The Talon’s voices continue to stand out among the competition”, Snorgrass said.  Special accolades go to Gracyn Reed, Editor in Chief; Brianna Peralta, Managing Editor; Ryan Meyer, Sports Editor; Yessica Ramirez and Hesham Albadr, International Editors; and Talal Alaseeri and Michael Porter, Photography Editors as well as the entire team of writers, reporters, columnists, and illustrators for their dedication in assuring the Talon and Avila University remain a recognized model of progressive digital media publications.


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