Missouri Journalism Students Win 16 Awards in SND Contest

Columbia, Mo. (May 10, 2005) – The Society for News Design chapter at the Missouri School of Journalism recently hosted the annual College News Design Contest. The contest is a college version of SND’s international competition. Judges looked at more than 750 entries from around the country and selected winners in daily and non-daily divisions. Categories covered news, sports, features and Web site design, photo spreads, information graphics, magazine design, redesigns and use of color and photography.

Stephen Kempf
Stephen Kempf
Sean Gallagher
Sean Gallagher

Among the daily newspapers, the most awards went to the University of Missouri, with 16. Ball State University received 10, and nine went to Michigan State University.

“In Mizzou’s design and graphics classes, students learn to think visually. Design isn’t about making things pretty. It’s about understanding stories well enough to present them in an exciting, informative way. Good design is good journalism. It’s awesome to see our students’ good work recognized,” said Joy Mayer, design editor for the Columbian Missourian.

The winners, their categories and where the winning entries were published are:

Daily Categories


Page One/News Design

  • Second Place:
    Diego Sorbara, “Honoring the Fallen,” Columbia Missourian.
    [View Entry] PDF File, 3.7MB
    A native of La Grange, Illinois, Sorbara is a a junior majoring in news-editorial and French.
Sean Mize
Sean Mize
Susan Lowrey
Susan Lowrey

Sports News Page Design: Single Page or Spread

  • Honorable Mention:
    Sean Gallagher, “Tri-umph,”
    Columbia Missourian.
    [View Entry] PDF File, 293K
    A photojournalism major from Bettendorf, Iowa, Gallagher will graduate May 13; he plans to begin a photo editing internship at The Sporting News in St. Louis later this month. Gallagher also won two College Photographer of the Year Contests, taking the Gold Sports Portfolio in 2004 and the Bronze Sports Portfolio in 2003.

Photo Page Design: Single Page or Spread

  • First Place:
    Lora England, “The nature of fire,” Columbia Missourian.
    [View Entry] PDF File, 247K
    England is a first-year master’s student studying news design. She is interning on the design desk at the Orlando Sentinel this summer.
  • Second Place:
    Lora England, “Shades of Autumn,” Columbia Missourian.
    [View Entry] PDF File, 189K
Liz Shaw
Liz Shaw
Alison Powers
Alison Powers

Overall Design of a Special Section or Magazine
(At Least Monthly)

  • Honorable Mention:
    Susan Lowrey, “Missouri vs. Colorado,” Columbia Missourian.
    Lowrey, of Rolla, Mo., is a senior magazine design major.

Magazine or Tabloid Spread Design, Two or More Pages Devoted to a Single Subject

  • Honorable Mention:
    Renata Turk and Kari Engel, “Maintaining her quality of life,” Vox Magazine.
    Engel is a magazine design major from Springfield, Mo. Turk is a graduate student on the magazine design track from Missoula, Mont.; she has a summer internship working for St. Louis and St. Louis Homes magazines. Engel and Turk are the current art directors of Vox.
  • Honorable Mention:
    Debbie Kim, “Vanishing Act,” Vox Magazine.
    Kim, a graduating senior, is a magazine design major from the Chicago area.
Diego Sorbara
Diego Sorbara

Magazine or Special Section Cover
(At Least Monthly)

  • Honorable Mention:
    Sean Mize, “The cup stops here,” Vox Magazine.
    Mize, from Laurens, S.C., is a second-year master’s student studying magazine design. He plans to redesign Vox this summer as his master’s project.

Information Graphics

  • First Place:
    Liz Shaw, “Research and reprieves,” Columbia Missourian.
    Shaw is a graduating senior in the magazine sequence. Originally from Columbus, Ind., her summer plans are a page design and informational graphics internship at the Times-Picayune in New Orleans.
  • Second Place:
    Robbie Ketcham, “Legal immigration through history,” Columbia Missourian.
    [View Entry] PDF File, 280K
  • Third Place:
    Shaffer Grubb, “Unwinding the body clock,” Columbia Missourian.
  • Honorable Mention:
    Robbie Ketcham, “Cost of rebuilding,” Columbia Missourian.

Election Results Coverage

  • Second Place:
    Stephen Kempf, “Again?” Columbia Missourian.
    [View Entry] PDF File, 180K
    Kempf, of St. Louis, is a graduating senior with majors in news-editorial and French.

Non-Daily Categories


Magazine or Special Section Cover
(Once a Semester or Less)

  • First Place:
    Alison Powers, “Tigers Basketball 2004 Preview,” The Maneater.
    [View Entry] PDF File, 740K
    Powers, of St. Louis, is layout designer and graphics editor at The Maneater. In addition, she is the production manager of The Maneater’s entertainment magazine, Move.

Designers of the Year

  • Honorable Mention:
    Alison Powers, The Maneater.

The Columbia Missourian is the working newspaper lab for students in news-editorial, design, information graphics and photojournalism. Voxserves the people of Columbia with in-depth reporting and analysis of local issues, interesting feature stories on local subjects, thoughtful or humorous essays and columns by local writers, and a useful guide to area arts and entertainment.

The Maneater is the University of Missouri’s official student newspaper. Student-authored articles pertain to all aspects of student life and MU student activities.

Updated: April 7, 2020

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