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Student Awards

Outdoor group photo of the students responsible for the award-winning Urban Plains website.

Urban Plains, an innovative multimedia website by Drake University seniors, nabbed top honors in the 2015 national journalism educators’ awards contest.


  • First place in the large group category of the Broadcast Education Association Festival of Media Arts Interactive Multimedia competition, for the second year in a row, for Urban Plains
  • Three Associated Collegiate Press Pacemaker awards, the top award in college journalism, for Drake Magazine, Urban Plains and the Annual, plus three other awards for writing and design
  • PR News national Student of the Year and honorable mention for Intern of the Year
  • Top 10 finish in the national Hearst feature writing contest
  • Nine awards in the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication contest, including best website for Urban Plains and general excellence in magazines for Drake Magazine
  • Three Women in Communications Clarion Awards, including first place in the professional Community Relations category for the public relations senior capstone project for Manning, Iowa
  • Five national College Media Association Pinnacle awards for writing and design, including second place for feature magazine of the year
  • PRIME Awards from the central Iowa chapter of the Public Relations Society of America for graduate and PR class work, plus Outstanding Student Member
  • Public Relations Student Society of America Star Chapter
  • Three gold and three silver awards, including Student Best in Show, in the American Advertising Federation of Des Moines competition
  • Thirty-one awards in the Iowa College Media Association contest for writing, editing, design, graphics
  • Two first-place honors plus seven nominations from the Upper Midwest Academy of Television Arts and Science for public service announcements, public affairs and editing
  • Two Fullbright Scholars


  • Three Associated Collegiate Press print and online Pacemaker awards for Urban Plains and Drake Magazine, along with writing and design awards
  • Ten College Media Association Pinnacle awards, including six first places for magazine of the year, news and profile stories, podcast, design and photography
  • Two top-10 finishes in the national Hearst competition feature writing contest
  • PRSA PRIME Awards for senior capstone campaigns and national PRSA Star Chapter for third year in a row
  • PR News finalists for Student of the Year and Intern of the Year
  • Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication general excellence and top design awards for Drake Magazine; first place editorial for The Annual and second place for Drake Magazine; and honorable mention for online magazine for Urban Plains, plus three individual awards.
  • Broadcast Education Association “Best of Festival” award for interactive multimedia for
  • Society of Professional Journalists regional Mark of Excellence Awards for best online publication, best use of multimedia and best online in-depth reporting for Urban Plains.
  • Silver awards in regional and local American Advertising Awards contests
  • Best online edition for Urban Plains, plus 24 other awards for writing, reporting, photography, social media, headlines, graphics, design and video for the Times-Delphic, Urban Plains and Drake Magazine in the Iowa College Media Association competition
  • Two competitive Dow Jones News Fund internships for summer 2016


  • Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication top online magazine for, plus two writing awards
  • Associated Collegiate Press first place for multimedia story of the year and magazine design, plus awards for photography
  • College Media Association Pinnacle Awards for Drake magazine, photo illustration, photo package, viral video and podcast
  • PRSA PRIME awards for public relations students and alumni
  • Society of Professional Journalists national Mark of Excellence Award for photography, plus finalists in four other categories
  • Third place in national Hearst feature writing contest, among a record 159 entries from 83 schools
  • Ten awards in the Art Director’s Association of Iowa Design Exhibition for web and print designs
  • Silver prizes at the American Advertising Federation of Des Moines annual contest
  • Telly award for webcast and Emmy nomination for public service announcement
  • Twelve awards, including seven first-place honors, in the annual Iowa College Media Association competition
  • Finalist for PR Week’s “Student of the Year”
  • Top Drake senior, outstanding student organization president, and top first-year, sophomore and junior students
  • SJMC graduate named Fulbright Scholar


  • Associated Collegiate Press Pacemaker for Urban Plains, plus design and writing awards; College Media Association best website for Drake magazine and writing awards
  • PRSA PRIME awards for Master of Communication Leadership and undergraduate public relations class projects, plus PR News national “student of the year”
  • Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication top national award winner for magazines — 12 awards, including general excellence for Think
  • Silver Telly and Emmy awards for advanced video production class project
  • International Association of Business Communicators Bronze Quill awards for public relations and Master of Communication Leadership student projects
  • Iowa Broadcast News Association first-place awards for public affairs, in-depth reporting
  • Society of Professional Journalists Mark of Excellence best magazine for DUH
  • Iowa College Media Association awards for sports photography, sports writing, news and investigative stories for Times-Delphic coverage
  • American Advertising Federation of Des Moines student “best in show” winner
  • Broadcast news senior named Fulbright Scholar


  • Associated Collegiate Press Pacemaker Award for Drake magazine; College Media Association best web presence for and best mobile app for Think
  • First place in Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication contest for Man Up digital magazine, plus awards for DUH and Drake magazines, writing and class startup projects
  • Best student magazine for Drake magazine in the Society of Professional Journalists’ Region 7 Mark of Excellence Awards, plus writing and photography awards
  • Five first-place awards in the Iowa Broadcast News Association contest
  • American Advertising Federation of Des Moines student conference contest winners
  • Two PRIME Awards from the local chapter of the Public Relations Society of America
  • Public relations senior named Fulbright Scholar
  • Times-Delphic newspaper awarded first place for general excellence in the Iowa College Media Association contest, plus eight other awards
March 6, 2018
The Drake University National Alumni Board will recognize six exceptional alumni with awards for professional achievement and loyalty to their alma mater.