Morningside students recognized by Iowa College Media Association

Feb 19, 2021 • Mass Communication, Student News, Honors & Awards
Abby Koch on the air for KMSC, Morningside's student-run radio station. Koch won several awards from the Iowa College Media Association in 2021.

Sioux City, IA – Three Morningside College students were recognized by the Iowa College Media Association (ICMA) for excellence in media production during a virtual awards ceremony on Feb. 18.

Senior mass communication major Abby Koch received awards in several categories, including First Place Best News Photo, First Place Best Sports Photo, Second Place Best Use of Social Media, and Third Place Best Feature Photo. Koch was also a finalist for the Student Journalist of the Year Award. In a special category for this year’s competition, Koch was honored with 2020 Morningside graduates Steven Cutler and Mason Knaub with Third Place for Best COVID-19 Coverage.

“We are very proud of all of these students and the wonderful work they’ve done as representatives of our department,” said Dave Madsen, head of the Department of Mass Communication at Morningside.

The annual ICMA student awards competition was judged by media professionals from across the state and was held in a virtual format due to COVID-19 restrictions that caused the cancellation of the annual ICMA conference, usually held in Des Moines. ICMA membership is open to all colleges and universities throughout the state.

Morningside’s mass communication program provides hands-on opportunities for students to learn about all major forms of media and develop technical knowledge in print, video, radio, and multimedia production. Students can apply what they learn in the classroom at three student-run organizations recognized for their award-winning broadcasts and stories: KMSC, Morningside’s radio station; MCTV, Morningside’s cable television and video streaming channel; and the Collegian Reporter, Morningside’s online news publication. Click here to learn more about the mass communication program.

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