Columbia, Mo. (March 30, 2010) — Senior Robert Mays III is the winner of the 2010 Don Romero Prize for outstanding magazine writing. He will receive a $400 cash award. Don Romero served on the Missouri School of Journalism faculty for many years, and two of his former students established the prize to honor Romero’s contributions and to recognize and encourage excellence in magazine writing.
Mays’ award-winning entry consisted of three of his best feature stories. “Ralphie, the Colorado Mascot, Makes Another Successful Run” is about the students who handle the live buffalo on its traditional run around Folsom Field before the start of the game. “Road to the Pros” features Jeremy Maclin on the eve of the 2009 NFL Draft, highlighting how Maclin’s talent, drive and luck carried him from a rough patch of Kirkwood to an elite suburban youth league and ultimately to the University of Missouri Tigers. In “Seeking Solace in Bears Football,” Mays reminisces about the times he shared with his dad at Soldier Field.
Mays, from Barrington, Ill., is a magazine journalism major. The School’s magazine journalism faculty judged the competition.
Updated: May 7, 2020