WARTBURG STUDENT JOURNALISTS EARN 52 AWARDS AT 2020 ICMA CONFERENCE

RYAN REEBENACKER, KNIGHT WIRE MANAGER

Student journalists from Wartburg College earned a number of awards and accomplishments at the 2020 Iowa College Media Association (ICMA) awards on Friday, February 7th in Des Moines, Iowa.

Wartburg brought home a total of 52 awards and 21 first-place finishes. The journalists represented student media organizations including Knight Wire, Knight Vision, Knight Vision News, KWAR and The Trumpet.

NEWS MEDIA AWARDS

The ICMA conference began with the News Media category, which awarded a number accolades to students for their print and online works. Wartburg set a school record for awards in the News Media category with 33. The Trumpet and Knight Wire submitted entries in the News Media category.

Wartburg’s strong showing in the News Media category resulted in the Wartburg Trumpet being named the News Media Organization of the Year for the first time since the inception of the award in 2014.

“I am incredibly proud of the Trumpet staff after this accomplishment,” Silvia Oakland, editor-in-chief of the Wartburg Trumpet, said. “They have worked so hard and every single one of them deserves this team award.”

2020 News Media Winners:

Best News Photograph – 1st place, Silvia Oakland

Best Sports Photograph – 1st place, Annika Wall,
Honorable Mention, Jacob Hayworth

Best Feature Photo – 1st place, Sophie Kongable

Best News Story – 1st place, Silvia Oakland & Annika Wall,
3rd place, Silvia Oakland

Best Investigative News Story – 3rd place, Courtney Moser,
Honorable Mention, Annika Wall

Best Profile Story – 1st place, Krystal Johnson

Best Sports Story – 3rd place, Ryan Reebenacker

Best Feature Story – 1st place, Silvia Oakland

Best Sports Feature – 1st place, Peyton Meisner

Best Headline Writing – 2nd place, Silvia Oakland,
Honorable Mention, Ryan Reebenacker

Best Opinion Writing – 2nd place, Ryan Reebenacker,
3rd place, Liam Easley

Best Review – 2nd place, Liam Easley,
3rd place, Peyton Meisner
Honorable Mention, Kayla Marthaler

Best Blog – 1st place, Courtney Stucker,
3rd place, Silvia Oakland

Best Print Design – 1st place, Annika Wall
2nd place, Courtney Moser

Best Page 1 – Honorable Mention, Annika Wall & Silvia Oakland & Sophie Kongable

Best Magazine/ Special Section Cover – 2nd place, Silvia Oakland,
Honorable Mention, Annika Wall

Best Online Design – 2nd place, Courtney Stucker & Alexa Ganzeveld,
3rd place, Ryan Reebenacker & Annika Wall & Nathan Stephany,
Honorable Mention, Ryan Reebenacker

Best Graphic or Illustration – 1st place, Anthony Quesada Sanchez
Honorable Mention, Annika Wall

Best Online Video – 1st place, Ryan Reebenacker & Annika Wall & Nathan Stephany,
3rd place, Ryan Reebenacker

RADIO AWARDS

Wartburg student organization KWAR 89.9 FM submitted a variety of entries in the Radio category, and came away with 11 place-winners.

2020 Radio Winners:

Best Air Personality – 2nd place, Ryley Seymour

Best Promo – 3rd place, Ryley Seymour

Best Commercial – 1st place, Rob Gomez

Best News Programming – 1st place, Ryan Reebenacker,
2nd place, Josh Voigt,
3rd place, Nathan Stephany

Best Show (entertainment) – 1st place, Silvia Oakland & Ryley Seymour

Best Sports Broadcast – 3rd place, Ryan Reebenacker & Jon Mohwinkle

Best Sports Program – 2nd place, Ryan Reebenacker & Annika Wall

Best Long-form Package – 3rd place, Annika Wall,
Honorable Mention, Nathan Stephany

TELEVISION AWARDS

In the Television category Wartburg submitted entries from Knight Vision, Knight Vision News and Knight Vision Films. Wartburg earned eight placewinners in the Television category.

2020 Television Winners:

Best Newscast – 2nd place, Knight Vision News

Best News Programming – 1st place, Ryan Reebenacker & Annika Wall & Nathan Stephany,
2nd place, Ryan Reebenacker & Robby Newell,
3rd place, Ryan Reebenacker

Best Entertainment Storytelling Package – Honorable Mention, Sophie Reider

Best Sportscasting – Honorable Mention, Jon Mohwinkle & Annika Wall,
3rd place, Ryan Reebenacker & Peyton Meisner

Best Short Documentary – Honorable Mention, Flash Films

PAT PITARIK JOURNALIST OF THE YEAR

Annika Wall was selected as the recipient of the Pat Pitarik Journalist of the Year honor, becoming the first Wartburg Knight to receive the award since its introduction to the ICMA.

Wall is a fourth-year Journalism & Communication student with emphasis in Multimedia Journalism and Public Relations. She is involved in the Wartburg Trumpet as the Managing Editor, is the vice president for the Wartburg chapter of the Society of Collegiate Journalists, does color commentary for Knight Vision, is a sports anchor for Knight Vision News, is the assistant sports director for KWAR and is a sports information assistant for the Wartburg Sports Information Department.

Wall is a member of Phi Eta Sigma, the National Society of Leadership and Success and Lambda Pi Eta.

“I had been told from numerous people that all of the finalists were deserving, so it came as a shock that I was selected,” Wall said. “Being named the Pat Pisarik Journalist of the Year was a humbling experience that I won’t forget. It is so much more than just an individual award, and speaks to the incredible people that I’ve worked with across all avenues of journalism at Wartburg College.”

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