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  • Award Winning Class Projects

Mass Communications

  • Broadcast Documentary  

    The Broadcast Documentary class has won numerous first place regional awards from the Society of Professional Journalists, the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences and the Northwest Broadcast News Association. In 2011, the class won a national Best of Festival King Foundation Award from the Broadcast Education Association for their documentary titled Inspired by Nature.  

    Students write, report, photograph, edit and produce material for the project under the guidance of Martin Grindeland, advisor and mass communications professor. The half-hour documentaries are broadcast on Prairie Public Television.
    Recent award-winning documentaries: Inspired by Nature (2010); The Kayak Lady (2009); The Greatest Silent Sport (2008); Walk into the Wild  (2007); and Spirit of Itasca (2006).

    Watch Inspired by Nature at

    Campus News

    Campus News is a collaborative learning project where faculty and industry professionals mentor students to produce a weekly television program that airs on Prairie Public Television. The half-hour newscast focuses on local and regional colleges, including some stories from campuses around the world. It’s written, reported, photographed, anchored and produced by students.

    Entering its 28th year, Campus News has served as a launching pad for many television reporters and anchors. In fact, several local reporters and anchors teach some of the accompanying Campus News classes.

    Campus News and the students who work on the program have won hundreds of awards over the years, from professional organizations such as the National Academy of Arts and Sciences Upper Midwest Chapter, Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) Region 6, and North Dakota Professional Communicators (NDPC). In fact, Campus News has earned 1st place honors as Best All-Around Television Newscast two years in a row from both SPJ and NDPC, and in 2010, Campus News was a national finalist in the SPJ awards, meaning MSUM was ranked as one of the top 3 college newscasts in the nation.

    Other recent awards:

    • 3rd in the nation, Television Newscast, 2011 Broadcast Education Association Festival of Media Arts Student News Competition
    • 2011 Award of Excellence, College Newscast, National Academy of Arts and Sciences-Upper Midwest chapter

    Winning newscasts can be found at: 

    Horizonlines is an annual, online magazine produced by MSUM students under the direction of Regene Radniecki, assistant professor of mass communications. brings together students from a variety of disciplines to produce a general interest magazine with story content that could be found in any city in the country.

    Since its inaugural issue in 2002, the magazine has won 60 national and regional awards, from organizations such as Northwest Broadcast News Association, Society of Professional Journalists, Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication and North Dakota Professional Communicators. Additionally, Horizonlines was a national finalist for the EPPY awards as presented by Editor & Publisher to honor the best media-affiliated websites across 43 categories in an international competition. The magazine has covered a wide array of topics, from poetry and digital storytelling, to homelessness and the environmental movement. Learn more at