General information

Founded in 1963, the Crowder Sentry has provided a voice for the students of Crowder College through the newspaper and, more recently, has been an online source for news.

The first newspaper was published on Oct. 9, 1964, with a staff of 24 students and two advisors. The paper was named the Crowder Call and has continued as a monthly publication. It is uncertain when the paper made the name switch to the Sentry, but there does seem to have been a student newspaper published regularly since the first issue.

The Crowder Sentry is a member of the Missouri Collegiate Media Association (MCMA), a state-wide association of college and university newspapers. In Spring, 2008, the Sentry was presented a 1st-place award for overall best newspaper among community college newspapers and has been named “Missouri’s Best Community College Newspaper” 2007-2011 and 2014 to present by the MCMA. Journalism instructor and advisor Latonia Bailey since 1994 won “Advisor of the Year” in 2015.

The Sentry has also won 1st Place with Special Merit and “Most Outstanding Community College Newspaper” by the national organization Associated Scholastic Press Association in 2014 and 2015 as well as 1st place by the Associated Collegiate Press in 2013.

The Crowder Sentry is published by the journalism students of Crowder College four times each semester as a designated public forum for student expression.

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The opinion expressed here and in advertising are not necessarily those of the college of the student body. Journalism students adhere to the code of ethics of the Society of Professional Journalists.

In addition to the newspaper, The Crowder Sentry News Network includes audio podcasts, video news reports, web-exclusive stories, daily social media posts on facebook (Crowder Sentry News Network), and a full broadcast including weather, sports, and special features.

Voice of the Roughriders since 1963