Western hosts MCMA conference

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Missouri Western hosted the annual Missouri College Media Association conference over the past weekend. Over 150 students from 18 universities attended 22 sessions about various journalism topics.

MCMA’s Vice President James Henderson III, Editor-in-Chief at the Northwest Missourian of Northwest Missouri State University, thinks the conference is a great event for young journalists.

“It’s an opportunity from student journalists from all over the state of Missouri to come together and talk about the problems that we are facing, learn more about the problems other students are facing on their campus, as well as network and learn from professionals about what’s the real world is going to be like and what we should be doing as student journalists,” Henderson said.

One of the professionals students were able to learn from was Rob Curley, Pulitzer Prize winner and current editor of the Spokane Spokesman-Review in the state of Washington. Curley spoke at the conference’s banquet and addressed concerns of modern newspapers.

“Now more than ever we have to become relevant so that we can become essential so that people will stop saying ‘Oh, fake news’ and start saying ‘real news.’ People don’t understand how important the fourth estate is until it’s gone and we have to make they don’t have that realization,” Curley said.

The conference wrapped up with the annual awards ceremony. The Griffon News were able to secure 21 awards in its division, including five first-place awards (in investigative reporting, in-depth reporting, entertainment review, editorial writing and video). The numerous awards allowed the newspaper to land the second place in Sweepstakes. Western’s yearbook, The Griffon, were able to secure 12 awards.

Next year’s conference will be held at Lindenwood University.