News Brief: Echo staff earns MIPA honors

Missouri Scholastic Press Association announced its 2020 winners March 25.  This usually occurs at the MIPA J-Day at Mizzou, but this year’s gathering was cancelled due to concerns regarding the spread of the coronavirus.

The Echo staff earned an All Missouri rating for its online platform, a superior overall rating for its print version, a superior rating for its social media reporting, an excellent overall rating for its video newscast and an honorable mention for Voices of Webster podcast.

Echo staffers and journalism students earning individual All Missouri ratings were sophomore Jackson Parks for his Radio/Podcast Newscast/News Feature about Thanksgiving traditions, senior Ethan Weihl for his Broadcast News Story “Students walkout to raise climate change awareness,”  junior Jaden Fields and Weihl for their Online Feature Package “Students walkout to raise climate change awareness,” junior Addie Palmquist and senior Emily Stisser for their Online Op-Ed Package “Acceptance pressure transforms admissions process,” seniors Elise Keller and Lindsey Bennett for their Online Op-Ed Package “Curriculum change threatens ‘block’ class,” Palmquist for her Personality/Portrait “Coach Clifford Ice at first home game,”  Fields for her Sports Action Photo “Junior Julian Tilford challenges a Glendale player,” junior Maeve Taylor for her Student Life/Organization Photo “Cover Cutline: Sophomore Emma Hendrick…,” and sophomore Zeke La Mantia for his Student Life/Organization Photo “Senior Zia Massena, assistant director…

Echo staffers and journalism students earning individual superior ratings were sophomore Emily Goben for three of her Radio/Podcast Newscast/News Features about the Women’s March, students’ jobs and students’ wishes,  freshman Lydia Urice for her Radio/Podcast Newscast/News Feature about senior football player Kam Yancey, Fields for her Radio/Podcast Newcast/News Feature about the late start schedule, sophomore Ava Musgraves for her Broadcast News Feature “Halloween Costumes, for dogs: Owners dress pets for Halloween,” Bennett for her Feature Story “New program facilitates student-created businesses,” Fields and junior Elise Wilke-Grimm for their Online Breaking News Package “Breaking News: Students walkout to raise climate change awareness,” Fields Online Sports Package “Football continues 4-game winning streak” and her News Photo “Senior Patrick Lee speaks at climate change protest,” and La Mantia’s Student Life/Organizational Photo “Jazz band plays ‘Chicago’ score...”

Echo staffers earning individual excellent ratings were La Mantia for his Feature Story “Custodial staff maintains school, makes connections,” and Stisser for her Feature Stories “Foreign exchange students leave permanent mark on community” and “Tens of veterans return, honored each year.

Echo staffers earning honorable mentions were Fields for her News Story “Students walkout to raise climate change awareness,” Stisser for her Academic Photo “Business takes trip to NYC” and Wilke-Grimm for her Student Life/Organizational Photo “Camp Wyman Activities.


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