STORM LAKE -- Buena Vista University (BVU) digital media students took home several awards and other honors during April at state, regional and national levels. On April 21, ten students were inducted into the Society for Collegiate Journalists (SCJ) national honor society for student media leaders, and five graduating seniors were awarded honor cords at the ceremony. SCJ also announced its winners for the 2015-2016 national journalism contest, where 13 BVU students took home awards in numerous categories. Brittany Poeppe, a junior digital media, graphic design and visual communications major from Graet- tinger, was honored with the following: Inducted into the Society for Collegiate Journalists. In overall awards, The Tack Online placed second in the overall online news website excellence category. In the overall magazine excellence category, senior Stephanie Steiner and junior Kiley Wellendorf were awarded third place for their Immersing Magazine. The BVU chapter of SCJ is dedicated to service and the promotion of First Amendment ideals. "I'm proud that the BVU chapter of SCJ continues to strengthen with new, energized student leadership. This year's class of inductees has already contributed a great deal to the stories we are telling across KBVU, the University Cable Network and The Tack Online," said Dr. Andrea Frantz, associate professor of digital media. "I anticipate we'll be see some great things from these students in the coming years." Four students were also honored by the Iowa Motion Picture Association (IMPA) on April 20, which recognizes outstanding creative and technical achievement in Iowa's moving image production industry. On a regional level, the Society for Professional Journalists (SPJ) held its annual Mark of Excellence Awards ceremony for Region 7 in Kansas City on April 16. Five BVU student works were named regional finalists in the national competition. "All of us in digital media at BVU continue to be gratified that our students' work has again been recognized at these levels. Stories bind and define us as humans, and we believe the skills our students are building in this arena will make them competitive in any job market we can envision in the coming years," said Frantz.
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