2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog

Student Media

Northwest Student Media, located in Wells Hall, includes broadcast, print and online facilities. The studios of KZLX-LP, KXCV/KRNW-FM, and KNWT-TV are located on the second floor of Wells Hall. 

KZLX-LP is the award-winning campus radio station operated by and for Northwest students. The station offers on-the-air experience necessary for entering a career in radio broadcasting. Included are opportunities to develop skills in underwriting, production, management, programming, news and sports, and promotions. The station provides music and news for the campus, Maryville and surrounding area.

Additionally, students can further develop skills in announcing, feature production, programming, development and news on KXCV 90.5 FM, the 100,000-watt professional public radio station and KRNW 88.9 FM, a 38,000-watt station both located on the campus of Northwest Missouri State University. Both stations are non-commercial public stations that have a two-fold mission: one, to offer alternative programming that isn't available through commercial radio, and two, to provide hands-on training opportunities to the students of the School of Communication and Mass Media at the University enabling them to be job ready upon graduation. Students can develop those skills through on-air board shifts, news gathering, writing and delivery and sports broadcast opportunities. KXCV and KRNW are multiple Missouri Broadcaster Association award-winning radio stations and provide the public radio mainstays of in-depth news through NPR's Morning Edition, All Things Considered and 19 daily local and regional newscasts. The stations also provide jazz, classical, and Americana music programming to their listening area, ranging from Omaha, Nebr. to Kirksville, Mo., and from Des Moines, Iowa, to Kansas City, Mo., and are members of NPR and American Public Media. Established in 1971, KXCV has been serving the area with top quality programming and entertainment and concentrating on student success, every student every day!

KNWT Student Television serves both the Northwest campus and the city of Maryville. Students learn the basic use of video recording and editing equipment, television directing and producing techniques, and station operations, while producing a wide variety of television programming. In 2013 and 2014, KNWT-TV was named one of the top-four "college and university Station of the Year" contenders by the College Media Association. Programs are produced in our Wells Hall studios, live from our 28-foot production truck, or on-location in the field. Student-produced programming includes campus and community newscasts (in cooperation with the student newspaper and converged news website), sports programs, talk shows, student films and documentaries. Students have the opportunity to build skills in front of and behind the camera. KNWT-TV airs on Suddenlink Cable channel 8 in Maryville as well as online via Facebook and www.youtube.com/KNWTtv.

Student Publications is located on the lower level of Wells Hall and includes The Northwest Missourian weekly newspaper, the Tower yearbook and Heartland View online magazine. Student Publications offers students practical experience for a journalism/communication career. All publications are governed by a student-operated editorial board. Northwest is one of the few universities/colleges in the country to have all three publications recognized as All-American award winners by the Associated Collegiate Press (ACP). The Northwest Missourian and Tower yearbooks have been recognized for excellence and awarded Hall of Fame status by ACP.

The Northwest Missourian is a campus and community news forum. Students learn news writing, sports writing, feature writing, editorial writing, photography, advertising, graphic and design skills while working on the newspaper. An electronic version is available at www.nwmissourinews.com. The Northwest Missourian is recognized as a Pacemaker publication (top 1 percent in the nation) by the Associated Collegiate Press. It has been honored as one of the top six newspapers in the country by the Columbia Scholastic Press Association. The Northwest Missourian was inducted into the ACP Hall of Fame in 2000.

Heartland View is an electronic regional features magazine. This professional magazine can be found online at www.nwmissourinews.com.

Tower yearbook is consistently honored as one of the top five yearbooks in the country. Tower was inducted into ACP’s Hall of Fame in 1994 and is recognized as a Pacemaker publication by ACP and a Gold Crown winner by CSPA. Northwest was the first public university in the country to produce a CD-ROM supplement to the yearbook, and the first with a DVD supplement, and later, a companion online app. Today, Tower was most recently named a Pacemaker winner in 2016. Follow Tower on Facebook at www.facebook.com/TowerYearbook.