Index staff wins 18 awards from MCMA

Index News Editor Rachel Becker designs a page. The Index won 18 awards at MCMA this year.

The Truman State University Index won 18 awards from the Missouri College Media Association, including second place in Best Overall Newspaper in Div. II and third place in the Div. II sweepstakes.  

MCMA is an organization representing newspapers and yearbooks from colleges and universities around the state. 

Truman Media Network also recently won 8 awards from the Missouri Broadcast Educators Association.

The annual conference was originally intended to be held in-person on Truman’s campus, but because of the COVID-19 pandemic it was moved to a virtual format. 

Watch the MCMA awards presentation here!

“I couldn’t be more proud of The Index staff and their dedication to creating quality news and entertainment content for the campus community,” Ryan Pivoney, editor-in-chief of The Index and MCMA president, said. “We had winners in a variety of areas, so it’s nice to get that validation that we’re on the right track.”

Index staff won the following awards for Div. II:

First place: 

Entertainment Review – Gordon McPherson – “‘Honey Boy’ is harrowing and memorable” 

Non Political/Entertainment  Cartoon – Samuel Sardis – “Room selection be like” 

Second place: 

Best Overall Newspaper in Div. II

Sports Writing – Elisabeth Shirk – “Bulldog beats the odds” 

Non political/Entertainment Cartoon – Samuel Sardis  – “Is that the sound of … food?” 

Political/Editorial Cartoon – Samuel Sardis  – “It’s just a cough” 

Third place: 

Editorial Writing – The Index Editorial Board “Our view: #CampusClear-ly not working” 

Entertainment Review – Joey Doughrty – “Chrisopher Nolan’s ‘Tenet’ is bold and relentless” 

Editorial/Op-Ed Page – Elisabeth Shirk  – The Index Vol. 111 Issue 13 

Sports Page – Ryan Pivoney – “Totta leads bulldogs with talent, passion” 

Website – The Index –

Sweepstakes – The Index  

Honorable mentions: 

News Writing –  Rachel Becker and Anakin Bush – “Racist posters prompt community response” 

Investigative Reporting – Anna Mercer, Erica Shamel, Orielle Heilicher and Rita Hanch – “Campus parking causes frustration” 

Column – Elisabeth Shirk – “Fighting the misinformation pandemic

News Photography – Rachel Becker and Anakin Bush  – “Truman students organize march, vigil for Breanna Taylor” 

News Photography  – Ryan Pivoney – “Peaceful protest hosted in Kirksville” 

Page One Design – Rachel Becker – The Index Vol. 111 Issue 13