The Simpsonian Wins News Media Outlet of the Year – Again

The Simpsonian, the student-run media outlet on campus, was named the 2018 News Media Organization of the Year by the Iowa College Media Association at is annual convention Thursday in Des Moines.

 It is the second year in a row The Simpsonian won the honor.

In addition, Simpson students won 22 awards – including 12 firsts – in various media categories including writing, design, photography and social media. The contest includes entries from private colleges across Iowa, including Buena Vista, Drake, Grand View, Loras and Wartburg.

The entries were judged by professionals – this year it was the Indiana Press Association.

“I tell students all the time that journalism is not a contest. It’s simply telling your audience what is happening in their world,” said Mark Siebert, the director of Simpson Student Media and an assistant professor of multimedia communication. “But it is nice when your work is recognized as some of the best in the state.”

Among the multiple winners were Jayde Vogeler ’18, Laura Wiersema ’18, Alex Kirkpatrick ’18, Austin Hronich ’19, Randy Paulson ’19, Zoe Seiler ’19 and Gunnar Davis ’20. Paulson is the editor-in-chief of The Simpsonian this semester.

“I’m extremely grateful to have had the opportunity to lead The Simpsonian this past year as editor-in-chief and to work with all of these talented and passionate people who have become like a family to me,” Paulson said.

Alumna and former editor-in-chief for The Simpsonian Laura Wiersema won first place for Best Interactive Content. Wiersema said putting out content to please your audience is important.

“We forget that content just needs to be engaging,” Wiersema said. “If you like the content you’re putting out, chances are your audience will too.”

Siebert said he was happy to see students recognized in all areas of media: writing, photography, design and online. “Communication graduates today need to be able to do a little bit of everything, so our department makes sure they are truly multimedia journalists,” he said.

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