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  • Award Winning Class Projects

School of Communication & Journalism

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  • Award-Winning Benefits

    Full-time and adjunct faculty have years of experience in their fields and provide students with a rich learning environment. Among our faculty is the 2008 Minnesota Professor of the Year, Dr. Martin Grindeland. The School of Communication and Journalism has established an award-winning presence at both the regional and national level. Students routinely create unique, collaborative works that employ new media and produce captivating, high-quality projects. Our journalism students have earned 88 awards across five different competitions during the 2013 awards season. They were honored for excellence in a variety of specialties, including online and print journalism, TV news reporting and photography, multimedia projects, photojournalism and documentary journalism. MSUM students have also earned opportunities to participate in the American Advertising Association’s National College Advertising Contest as well as the Public Relations Student Society of America’s Bateman Case Study Competition.

  • 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


  • Campus News

    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, the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ), and the North Dakota Professional Communicators (NDPC), and the Northwest Broadcast News Association (NBNA). Campus New has also earned national recognition from the Society of Professional Journalists and the Broadcast Education Association.

    For a list of all the most recent awards earned visit their website.


  • 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