Joplin, MO (SNS) – The Chart, the student newspaper at Missouri Southern State University, was named Best Overall Newspaper in Division II during the Missouri College Media Association (MCMA) conference held April 8-9 in Cape Girardeau, Mo.

The Chart also placed third for their website’s home page. The Chart maintains an active web presence at www.thechartonline.com.

Twenty-eight universities from across the state attended the conference.

“I’m very proud of our students,” said Olive Sullivan, faculty adviser. “The Chart has a history of doing well at the MCMA awards. Taking Best Overall Newspaper in our division shows that our quality is consistently high.”

“It’s my pleasure to have worked for The Chart and it makes me tremendously happy to be able to leave a positive legacy in my wake,” said Ian Taylor, outgoing editor-in-chief.

Individual student awards were presented to Taylor, Brad Stout, Kelvin Duley II, Aaron Weatherford, Pablo Ortiz, Matt Barney, John Davidson, Kristen Hanna, Kjersti McDonald and Holly Loncarich.

Students in the Communication Department at Missouri Southern publish The Chart 12 times each fall and spring semester.

The student-run newspaper has existed since 1939.

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