Jewell student newspaper named best in state


The Hilltop Monitor, William Jewell College’s student newspaper, came out on top at the Missouri College Media Association awards. 

Jewell journalists took home 25 awards, including 10 first-place awardsand the Sweepstakes/Best Overall award at the annual MCMA conference in Springfield on April 13. The Hilltop Monitor won at least one award for each of the 16 categories in which it submitted entries.

The Hilltop Monitor competed in division three against institutions of a similar enrollment size. The Sweepstakes Award is based on a weighted points system across all categories for each division.

Sofia Arthurs-Schoppe and Christina Kirk, co-editors in chief, won first place in editorial writing for “Letter from the Editor: New Pronoun Policy” and also for website design. Arthurs-Schoppe also took home first-place honors for both in-depth news reporting and information graphic for “Prospects bleak as housing crisis in KC mirrors national epidemic.” 

Savannah Hawley won first place for column writing with “To Be Honest… with Savannah Hawley.” Kitt Wilhelm won first for best non-political/entertainment cartoon, while Harper Vincent took first in entertainment review for her movie review of “Beautiful Boy.” Elliott Yoakum took first in investigative reporting for “An in-depth study on diversity within Jewell’s curriculum.” Finally, Audrey Mapes won first for “Women in History: Nancy Wake” while Mykala Crews took first for feature photography in “Artist Feature: Terrace Wyatt.” 

Other Hilltop Monitor awards include:

Editorial Writing

Second Place – Catherine Dema, “Opinion: The government should keep its hands off my godd*mn internet”

Honorable Mention – Audrey Mapes, “Opinion: Yes, It Matters-Kindness in the Dark”

In-Depth News Reporting

Second Place – Christina Kirk, “Troostapalooza addresses Kansas City’s internal economic and racial divisions”

Feature Writing

Third Place – “Kansas City’s first biennial art festival brings awareness to social and cultural history by promoting local artists”

Honorable Mention – Catherine Dema, “New data science major draws students to Jewell and addresses industry need”

Honorable Mention – Sofia Arthurs-Schoppe, “Fresh Ideas brings fresher beans through rekindled relationship with The Roasterie”

Sports Writing

Second Place – Abby Christensen, “Jewell Cross Country teams ready for new season with [another] new coach”

Investigative Reporting

Second Place – Sofia Arthurs-Schoppe, “Prisoners protest treatment and conditions in IWOC’s National Prison Strike”

Third Place – Savannah Hawley and Hannah Koehler, “College officials address miscommunication about the Journey Grant program”

Entertainment Review

Honorable Mention – Tavarus Pennington, “Album Review: DiCaprio 2” 

News Writing

Second Place – Sofia Arthurs-Schoppe, “Operation: Ceasefire KC raises awareness of violent crime and homicide through attempted murder-free weekend”

Story Illustration

Second Place – Audrey Mapes, “Women in History: Anna Julia Cooper”

Sports Photography

Second Place – Sofia Arthurs-Schoppe, “Photo Feature: Homecoming Game”

News Photography

Second Place – Cassie Hayes, “Kansas City embraces Hispanic culture and heritage at Fiesta Hispaña”