Held Dec. 6, the 22nd annual Southern Media Showcase drew nearly 400 regional high-school students, who submitted close to 500 print and video contest entries.

“It’s always a great opportunity to highlight the creative work done by area students, and for them to hear from media professionals,” said Judy Stiles, general manager of KGCS-TV.

Faculty, staff and students help organize and staff the event, which is sponsored by Missouri Southern’s Department of Communication.

In addition to the awards presentation, students heard from two representatives from the Missouri Department of Conservation. Luca Bond, communication manager, discussed how the MDC works with the media on a daily basis. Noppadol Paothong, a 2001 graduate of MSSU, shared his experiences as a nature photographer.