The Society of Professional Journalists announces the recipients of the 1996 Mark of Excellence Awards for student journalism.
The KOMU-TV Team from the University of Missouri-Columbia received the award for best television newscast. Taking the highest honors for the best radio newscast were the students from Temple University. Newspapers from Northwestern University and Missouri Southern State College received top honors for the best all-around daily and non-daily newspapers.
The competition drew more than 1,000 entries in 28 categories of print and broadcast media. Each winner had to survive regional judging with the top three entries in each region earning regional honors and the first-place winner of each moving on to national competition.
The students will accept their awards at SPJ's annual Mark of Excellence Awards Luncheon Saturday, Oct. 4, at the Society's National Convention in Denver, Colo.
Honored for their accomplishments in 1996 are the following students:
Editorial Writing: Greg Walker, Auburn University
Editorial Cartooning: Charles Zimkus, Miami University (Ohio)
Column Writing: Erin M. Mansur-Smith, Kansas State University
Spot News Reporting: Chad Lorenz, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
In-depth Reporting: JC Conklin, University of Washington
Feature Writing: Ross Doman, Boston University
Sports Writing: Dan Miller, Arizona State University
Best All Around Daily Student Newspaper: The Daily Northwestern, Northwestern University
Best All Around Non-Daily Student Newspaper: The Chart, Missouri Southern State College
Magazine Non-Fiction Article: Joshua Gillin, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Best Student Magazine Published Once A Year: Flux Magazine, University of Oregon
Best Student Magazine Published More Than Once A Year: The Burr, Kent State University
Spot News Photography: Pete Erickson, San Francisco State University
Feature Photography: Astrid Riecken, San Francisco State University
Sports Photography: Michael Woods, Abilene Christian University
Spot News Reporting: Lane Lyon and Jen Williams, Colorado State University
Radio Feature: Margaret Lang Smith, Oklahoma State University
In-Depth Reporting: Pete Collman, Marshall University
Sports Reporting: Rocco Ritorto and Chris Lewis, Temple University
Best Newscast: Rocco Ritorto, Matt Cherry and Pete Wong, Temple University
Spot News Reporting: KOMU-TV, Patrick Dix, Ben Bailey, Chaz Maddi and Michelle Baker, University of Missouri, Columbia
Feature: Wendy Sue Ruderman, Columbia University
In-Depth Reporting: Ara Ayer, University of Missouri,Columbia
Sports Reporting: Betty Ann Boeving, University of Oregon
News Photography: Mike Pelkey, Lyndon State College
Feature Photography: KOMU-TV, Sonya Kuhlman, Megan Mark and Karlyn Tilley, University of Missouri
Sports Photography: Stephen Fink, Louisiana State University
Best Newscast: KOMU-TV Team, University of Missouri, Columbia