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Talon Wins 14 Honors

April 11, 2017

at the 2017 Missouri Collegiate Media Association (MCMA) Awards Competition



KANSAS CITY, Mo - - Members of the Talon Media Network (TMN) brought home fourteen (14) awards from the Missouri Collegiate Media Association (MCMA) 2017 Annual Conference, held in St. Joseph, Mo. April 8, 2017.


The TMN swept the Design competition winning 1st, 2nd and 3rd Place awards.  It also nearly swept the Video awards taking 1st, 3rd, and Honorable Mention for  In addition the TMN won 1st Place in Sports Writing; 2nd Place in Special Sections; 2nd Place in Photography; 2nd Place in Advertising Design; 3rd Place in in Editorial Writing; and 3rd Place + Honorable Mention for it’s Info Graphics for a total of fourteen awards.


The Talon’s fourteen awards are a record high for the Talon and they were won across all spectrums in journalism – writing, photography, advertising, illustration, video production and publication design. The Avila Talon competed in Division 3 of the competition, which includes William Jewell, Southwest Baptist, Park University, Culver-Stockton College, Evangel University, and Missouri Valley College.


“It is highly unusual to sweep the Design category which is traditionally very competitive”, according to Dr. J. Anthony Snorgrass, the Talon’s faculty advisor. But the real 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 it won. “I am quite proud of the team’s accomplishments and recognize the many extra hours they have devoted to assuring the Talon and Avila University remain a recognized model of progressive digital media publications, Snorgrass said.”


Gracyn Reed, EIC, “I really owe all the credit to the amazing Talon team or editors and writers. Without them, there is no way possible the Talon could do all the cutting-edge things we do. They keep me sane, while also pushing me to the best of my abilities as Editor-in-Chief. I’m glad to have such talented people to work with!” 


Gracyn, formerly the Managing Editor, took over the reigns to the Talon at the end of last semester. Brianna Peralta, Managing Editor; Ryan Meyer, Sports Editor; Mohammed Alabdullah, International Editor; Jessica Albina, Photography Editor; and Joy Branch, Video Editor all contributed in a significant way. All were excited on hearing the good news.


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