Missouri Journalism Students Win 33 Awards in National College News Design Contest

Theresa Berens Named Student Designer of the Year and Vox Magazine Named Best Student-Designed Publication

Columbia, Mo. (April 27, 2012) — Missouri School of Journalism students won 33 awards in 16 categories in the annual College News Design Contest, co-sponsored by the Society of News Design. The awards recognize the best design work done by students at campus publications or during internships.

Theresa Berens
Theresa Berens

Master’s student Theresa Berens was named the “Student Designer of the Year.” The judges commented, “She has solid, solid work. The choices she makes are always appropriate for topic matter. This would get a hard look at a professional competition. It goes above and beyond what the rest of her peers are doing, and that’s why it stands out. She has branded her design.” Berens will receive a travel grant to attend the SND annual conference to be held this year in Cleveland.

Vox magazine was named the best student-designed magazine of the year, winning first place in the “Overall Design of a Magazine” category. Theresa Berens, Stefanie Kienstra and Nick Williams created the entry.

Missouri journalism students enjoyed the opportunity to participate in the contest.

Christopher Roll, who placed second in the “Illustration” category, noted, “It was a fun experience and the only honor greater than seeing my work in print was placing second.”

LeeAnn Elias says that the experience was “extremely intimidating and at times disheartening, but incredibly helpful because you get to see the impact your work has on an audience unfamiliar with who you are or what you do.” Elias placed in several categories.

Theresa Berens Kevin Deane LeeAnn Elias Stefanie Kienstra Siwen Li Brandon Mitchener
Mallory Redinger Christopher Roll Rachel Schallom Katie Wood Chen Yao Kristen Zeis

Top row, from left: Theresa Berens, Kevin Deane, LeeAnn Elias, Stefanie Kienstra, Siwen Li, Brandon Mitchener. Second row: Mallory Redinger, Christopher Roll, Rachel Schallom, Katie Wood, Chen Yao, Kristen Zeis.


The complete list of the Missouri School of Journalism winners is as follows:

Student Designer of the Year

    • First Place: Theresa Berens for Vox Magazine
    • Honorable Mention: LeAnn Elias for the Columbia Missourian
    • Honorable Mention: Katie Wood for the Columbia Missourian

Overall Design of a Magazine

    • First Place: Theresa Berens, Stefanie Kienstra and Nick Williams for Vox magazine

Information Graphics Portfolio

    • First Place: Siwen Li (Elvis) for the Columbia Missourian
    • Third Place: Chen Yao for the Columbia Missourian

Special Section Cover

    • First Place: Theresa Berens for “Dan Viets’ Long Road,” published in Vox magazine
    • Second Place: Rachel Schallom – “Sizing Up the Tigers,” published in the Columbia Missourian
30 Under 30 Article in Vox
30 Under 30 Article in Vox

Sports Design

    • First Place: Kevin Deane for “Left in the Dark,” published in the Columbia Missourian
    • Honorable Mention: Katie Wood for “All Big 12,” published in the Columbia Missourian

Multipage Story Package Features

    • First Place: Theresa Berens for “30 under 30,” published in Vox magazine
    • Second Place: Theresa Berens for “Fall Preview,” published in Vox magazine
    • Honorable Mention: Theresa Berens for “A Tale of Two Mules,” published in Vox magazine
    • Honorable Mention: LeeAnn Elias and Kathryn Landis for “(After)Life,” published in Vox magazine

Illustration

    • Second Place: Chris Roll for “What a Conference Realignment Means to Us,” published in the Columbia Missourian
    • Honorable Mention: Theresa Berens for “Offbeat Tweets,” published in Vox magazine

Photo Story Design

    • Second Place: Mallory Redinger, “Stood Up at the Octagon,” published in the Columbia Missourian
    • Third Place: Josh Barone, “Speak, Memory, ” published in the Columbia Missourian
    • Honorable Mention: Columbia Missourian staff for “Dark and Story Skies”
    • Honorable Mention: Columbia Missourian staff for “Field Science”
    • Honorable Mention: LeeAnn Elias for “Dribble, Swoosh, Roll,” published in the Columbia Missourian
    • Honorable Mention: Mallory Redinger for “Cloudy Skies, Silent Streets,” published in the Columbia Missourian
    • Honorable Mention: Kristen Zeis for “A Festive Affair,” published in the Columbia Missourian

Multipage Story Package News/Sports

    • Second Place: Theresa Berens for “The Big Leagues,” published in Vox magazine

Overall Design of a Special Section

    • Second Place: Theresa Berens for “Party of the Century,” published in Vox magazine

Breaking News

    • Honorable Mention: Brandon Mitchener for “Costly Mistake,” published in the Columbia Missourian
Dan Viets' Long Road
Dan Viets’ Long Road

Front Page Broadsheet

    • Honorable Mention: Brandon Mitchener for “Stopping Suicide,” published in the Columbia Missourian

Front Page Tabloid

    • Honorable Mention: Kelsey Caroll for “Occupy True/False,” published in Vox magazine

Information Graphic

    • Honorable Mention: Siwen Li (Elvis) for “Hot Air Ballooning,” published in the Columbia Missourian
    • Honorable Mention: Animated or Interactive Infographic
    • Honorable Mention: Rachel Schallom, “Interactive: Missouri men’s basketball season in review,” published in the Columbia Missourian

Special Topics

    • Honorable Mention: Brandon Mitchener for “Hurricane Irene,” published in the Columbia Missourian
    • Honorable Mention: Justin Myers and LeeAnn Elias for “Absolutely Shocked Tornado in Joplin,” published in the Columbia Missourian

News Products Appearing on Other Digital Platforms, Including iPad, Android and iPhone Applications

    • Honorable Mention: Vox Staff, Vox 5

The contest, sponsored by the Society for News Design, was held at the Missouri School of Journalism for the 24th year. The complete list of student winners is available at http://ssnd.wordpress.com/.

A Tale of Two Mules
A Tale of Two Mules

Updated: June 8, 2020

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