Grand View Students Shine at Iowa College Media Association Awards

February 7, 2017

On Thursday, February 2, two Grand View University media outlets were named the best in the state at the Iowa College Media Association awards. KDPS Radio 88.1 and Viewfinder Media were named radio station and news media outlet of the year, respectively, after winning the most awards in their categories in the annual competition.
Grand View students also earned many individual awards for their work on the air, in print and online. In total, KDPS earned 27 of the possible 40 awards and eight of 10 first-place awards. This marks the eighth win in a row for KDPS and its advisor, Professor Stephen Winzenburg. The station has won the award every year since it was created.
For Viewfinder, the 2016 contest was a debut. In fall 2015, the Grand Views newspaper evolved into a multimedia news service that exists online as and in print as a monthly magazine (still known as the Grand Views). Viewfinder, advised by Assistant Professor Dayne Logan, collected 19 total awards and eight first-place awards in the news media contest.

Complete list of 2016 Iowa college media award winners:

Radio Station of the Year: 
KDPS Radio, Grand View University

Best Show
1st – Tre Porter & Leila Rush
2nd – Lacie Gwinn
3rd – Bailey Smith

Best Air Personality:
1st – Alyssa Childress
3rd – Bailey Smith
Honorable Mention – Marguerite Fitzpatric

Best Promo:
1st – Bailey Smith
2nd – Tre Porter, Leila Rush
3rd – Andrew Houp & Andrew McGuire
HM – Anni Tigges

Best PSA:
1st – Leila Rush
2nd – Andrew Houp
3rd – Taylor Roseboom & Andrew McGuire

Best Commercial:
1st – Grant Christian
2nd – Claribel Vizcarra & Chelsey Kimmel-Kendrick
3rd – Lacie Gwinn & Melanie Vespestad
HM – Bailey Smith

Best Newscast:
1st – Andrew McGuire
2nd – Angela Lose
3rd – Jordan Insisienmay
HM – Chloe Pacha

Best News Programming:
1st – Bailey Smith
3rd – Andrew McGuire

Best Sports Program:
1st – Andrew McGuire & Andrew Houp
3rd – Scott Thompson
HM – Mason Denholm & Alex Bush

Best Feature Package:
2nd – Lacie Gwinn


News Media Outlet of the Year: 
Viewfinder Media, Grand View University

Best News Photograph:
HM – Ashley McKean

Best Sports Photograph:
1st – Meghan Gerke

Best Feature Photograph:
1st – Karissa Davis
2nd – Ashley McKean

Best Investigative News Story
1st – Jenny Jones
3rd – Molly Adams

Best Profile Story:
1st – Meghan Gerke

Best Feature Photograph:
1st – Karissa Davis
2nd – Ashley McKean

Best Feature Story:
2nd – Melanie Vespestad and Andrew Fox

Best Sports Feature:
1st – Maddie Westergard

Best Opinion Writing:
2nd – Charlie Bennett

Best Review:
2nd – Lacie Gwinn

Best Magazine/Special Section Cover:
2nd – Meghan Gerke and Elle Lacher

Best Online Design:
1st – Melanie Vespestad

Best Online Edition:
2nd – Viewfinder Staff

Best Online Video:
1st – Katlyn Frame and Katherine Saunders
3rd– Taylor Roseboom, Tobias Tyler and Bryce Fisher

Best Use of Social Media:
HM – Chloe Pacha, Michael Kelly and Sarah Naberhaus