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UCM's Muleskinner Earns National CSPA Award

Contact: Mike Greife
WARRENSBURG, MO (Jan. 26, 2011) - The Muleskinner, the University of Central Missouri’s student newspaper, received a Gold Medalist award from the Columbia Scholastic Press Association at Columbia University for its spring semester 2010 issues.

The contest is considered the most prestigious one in the nation.  This is the second time in recent years the Muleskinner has entered the competition, receiving the Gold Medalist honor both times.

The UCM newspaper received 948 out of a possible 1,000 points. Gold Medalist is the highest of three categories--bronze, silver and gold--issued by the CSPA, which is part of the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.

The judges specifically cited the Muleskinner’s coverage of the Board of Governors, the departure of President Aaron Podolefsky, and the search for his successor.

“Excellent coverage of local issues with the board. You went out of your way to provide your students with the most up-to-date information,” the judges wrote. “You also covered other news as well on campus, without bias.”

The judges also said the “design looks very professional. The front page grabs attention without excessive use of color. Pages are very well-designed overall, and copyediting is well-done, with minimal errors found throughout.”

Judges said the interviews are well-done, and that “features included in your paper are well-done. Writing is clear, concise and objective.”   Sports coverage includes “all types of sports-both major and lifetime sports, like dance, recreation and exercising. Overall, this paper is very professionally done. The design is strong. General operations  (are) strong as well, and concept is clearly superior. Advertising is well-prepared and placed,” the judges concluded.

The managing editor last spring was Lora Powell of Clinton, Mo., who received her master’s degree in communication during the summer.