Lindenlink, Legacy win five regional awards, including best student magazine


A newsrack which was used to distribute the former Legacy campus magazine and newspaper.

MATT HAMPTON | Sports Editor

At the Society of Professional Journalists Region 7 conference on April 6, the staff of Lindenlink and the now defunct Legacy magazine won five Mark of Excellence awards and were finalists for seven others.

SPJ’s Region 7 comprises Iowa, Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska. First-place winners will compete at the national level among other regional MOE winners from the 12 SPJ regions. Those winners will be announced at the national conference Sept. 5-7 in San Antonio.

“I think these awards reflect the hard work we put into Lindenlink and Legacy magazine,” Editor-in-Chief Mitchell Kraus said.

Legacy magazine, which Lindenwood administrators declined to continue to fund printing for in 2018, won in the Best Student Magazine category.

Also taking first place honors, was design chief Kat Owens, for the photo illustration of shattering stained glass that went with the cover story in the third issue of Legacy magazine.

Owens also was recognized as a winner for Editorial Cartooning.

Reporting by Madeline Raineri about the cancellation of the TEDx event won for Online News Reporting.

The award for Online Opinion and Commentary went to another article about the magazine being cut, which was titled “Censorship is a four-letter word.”

Other Lindenlink articles and productions that were finalists are:

  • Kayla Drake in the Podcast category
  • Madeline Raineri and Mitchell Kraus for Online News Reporting
  • Madeline Raineri for Online Sports Reporting
  • Kayla Drake for Online Feature Reporting
  • Ashley Higginbotham and Lindsey Fiala for Best Use of Multimedia
  • Staff of Lindenlink for Best Affiliated Website
  • Lindsey Fiala for Sports Photography

Editor’s Note: A previous version of this story listed the wrong article winning the Online News Reporting category. We apologize for the error.