Egan Ward named MCMA Journalist of the Year

egan ward holds a newspaper for a portrait

May 5, 2023
Photo by Sam O'Keefe

Sophomore journalism major Egan Ward was recently named Journalist of the Year by the Missouri College Media Association.

“I’ve worked really hard over these past two years to set myself apart,” Ward said. “This award will help me do that even more.”

Ward is editor of the MOVE arts and culture section of The Maneater, Mizzou’s student-run newspaper. He has been instrumental in revitalizing MOVE and making it a visually impactful printed magazine as well as an interactive online experience. Ward is also the co-creator and host of the Mizzou Student Media podcast Voices of MU.

“Getting involved at an early stage as a student is really formative for your experience as a journalist,” Ward said. “It’s given me so much opportunity to be creative.”

Ward recently joined the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute Innovation Team, which builds open-source tools for journalists. He also wants to join the Watchdog Writers Group and produce in-depth reporting and train future reporters. In the coming year, he plans to work for the Columbia Missourian and Vox Magazine as part of his coursework.

Next year, Ward will become assistant general manager of Mizzou Student Media, where he wants to launch a Maneater alumni newsletter and foster more collaboration between The Maneater, KCOU and the Mizzou Student Media podcast network.

“I want to make us run as efficiently as possible with the interests of the student body in mind because that is who we are serving,” Ward said. “We hope to increase engagement and emphasize professional development when it comes to bringing students in and helping them build the skills necessary to succeed later.”

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