SPJ News http://www.spj.org/ SPJ Delivers Today's Media News en-us Copyright 2006 Society of Professional Journalists 1440 Bethel McKenzie to participate in Sen. Hassan 'state of the media' panel in Washington http://www.spj.org/news.asp?REF=1574 Contacts:<br> Alison Bethel McKenzie, SPJ Executive Director, 317-927-8000, <email address="abmckenzie@spj.org">abmckenzie@spj.org</a><br> Isaac Taylor, SPJ Communications Coordinator, 317-920-4785, <email address="itaylor@spj.org">itaylor@spj.org</a> <br> <br> INDIANAPOLIS – <a href="https://www.spj.org/index.asp">Society of Professional Journalists</a> Executive Director Alison Bethel McKenzie will discuss the state of the media as a panelist Wednesday in Washington, D.C.<br> <br> <email address="https://www.hassan.senate.gov">Sen. Maggie Hassan</a>, D-New Hampshire, is hosting the discussion about the challenges the media face and the changing views of the public regarding media.<br> <br> The discussion is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Kennedy Caucus Room (Russell Senate Office Building: Room 325). The event is free and open to the public.<br> <br> Bethel McKenzie has worked in the journalism industry for over 35 years in the United States and abroad, and has amassed a wealth of knowledge on reporting, editing and managing. <a href="https://www.spj.org/news.asp?ref=1547">She became the first African-American to serve as SPJ’s executive director</a> in March.<br> <br> The <a href="http://www.newseum.org">Newseum’s</a> Director of Public Relations Sonya Gavankar will moderate. Gavankar has hosted programs and given commentary on ABC and CBS affiliates. She also spent several years training millennials for job interviews by making use of personal brand building and social graces.<br> <br> The panel will include other leading industry professionals with extensive knowledge and insight regarding broadcast, print, digital and multimedia journalism.<br> <br> Amy Mitchell, director of journalism research for the <a href="http://www.pewresearch.org">Pew Research Center</a>, will bring her expertise in research design and analysis to the discussion. Also in attendance will be <a href="http://www.tegna.com">TEGNA Inc.</a> President and Chief Executive Officer David Lougee, manager of 46 broadcast television stations in 38 markets across the country.<br> <br> <i>SPJ promotes the free flow of information vital to informing citizens; works to inspire and educate the next generation of journalists; and fights to protect First Amendment guarantees of freedom of speech and press. Support excellent journalism and fight for your right to know. <a href="https://www.spj.org/join.asp">Become a member</a>,<a href="https://www.spj.org/donate.asp">give to the Legal Defense Fund</a>, or <a href="https://www.spj.org/donate.asp">give to the Sigma Delta Chi Foundation</a>.</i><br> <div align"=center">-END-</center><br> Fri, 15 Jun 2018 10:09:17 -0500 SPJ objects to Justice Department secretly confiscating journalist’s records http://www.spj.org/news.asp?REF=1573 Contacts:<br> Rebecca Baker, SPJ National President, 203-640-3904, <email address="rbaker@spj.org">rbaker@spj.org</a><br> Jennifer Royer, SPJ Director of Communications and Marketing, 317-361-4134, <email address="jroyer@spj.org">jroyer@spj.org</a> <br> <br> INDIANAPOLIS – <a href="http://www.spj.org">The Society of Professional Journalists</a> strongly opposes the Department of Justice seizing years' worth of a <a href="https://www.nytimes.com">New York Times reporter’s phone and email records.</a> <br> <br> “Going behind a journalist’s back, in secret, without the reporter or media outlet given the opportunity to fight the intrusion in court, shows the lack of protection for journalists from the federal government,” said Rebecca Baker, SPJ National President. “These actions create a chilling effect between sources and journalists that prevents anyone concerned with the actions of their government from raising concerns.”<br> <br> The New York Times reported that the seizure was disclosed in a letter to the Times reporter, Ali Watkins, who had been in a three-year relationship with former Senate Intelligence Committee aide James A. Wolfe. The seizure suggested that prosecutors under the Trump administration will continue the aggressive tactics employed under President Barack Obama, the Times reported.<br> <br> “The fact that the government is secretly spying on law-abiding journalists by gathering their phone records is reminiscent of the East German Stasi and should raise alarm bells for anyone who values the freedoms we stand for in America,” said David Cuillier, former SPJ president and <a href="https://www.spj.org/com-foi.asp"> SPJ Freedom of Information Committee </a> member. “Unfortunately, this is not the first time this has happened. The Obama administration did the same thing, also to ferret out and discourage government employee leakers.”<br> <br> The situation has prompted some to again stress the need for federal shield laws. Most states offer journalists some protection to do their jobs. But the federal government has never passed similar protections at the national level.<br> <br> Kathryn Foxhall of <a href="http://spjdc.org">SPJ's D.C. Pro Chapter</a> and member of SPJ's FOI Committee, said this type of action by the Justice Department can filter into all areas of government.<br> <br> "This trend toward seizing reporters’ records will intimidate so many potential source people," Foxhall said. "Its damage to the public’s right to understand its government is incalculable. It’s critical to remember that the thus induced silence will include staff members in many parts of government, extending well beyond the national security arena and into subject matters that have no claim of being confidential.” <br> <br> Cuillier said this most recent story is scarier than the typical shield law case, because at least in those cases, the government approaches the news organization up front to demand records. <br> <br> “If Americans value their liberties, their freedom to talk in private with whomever they want, and the ability for journalists to gather information independently in the public interest, then they should speak up and demand their members of Congress put a stop to this and adopt a strong federal shield law,” Cuillier said.<br> <br> <a href="https://www.spj.org/foi.asp">Read more about ways SPJ is working to protect journalists and their sources.</a><br> <br> <i>SPJ promotes the free flow of information vital to informing citizens; works to inspire and educate the next generation of journalists; and fights to protect First Amendment guarantees of freedom of speech and press. Support excellent journalism and fight for your right to know. <a href="https://www.spj.org/join.asp">Become a member</a>, <a href="https://www.spj.org/donate.asp">give to the Legal Defense Fund</a>, or <a href="https://www.spj.org/donate.asp">give to the Sigma Delta Chi Foundation.</a></i><br> <br> <div align"=center">-END-</div><br> Fri, 8 Jun 2018 15:34:46 -0500 SPJ announces 2017 Mark of Excellence Award winners http://www.spj.org/news.asp?REF=1572 <i> Update 5/30/18: In a previous version of this release, it was mentioned that the Online/Digital News Videography category was still under consideration. Judging is now complete and the results are included below.</i><br> <br> Contacts:<br> Christine Cordial, SPJ Program Coordinator, 317-920-4788, <email address="ccordial@spj.org">ccordial@spj.org</a><br> Jennifer Royer, SPJ Director of Communications and Marketing, 317-361-4134, <email address="jroyer@spj.org">jroyer@spj.org</a><br> <br> INDIANAPOLIS — The <a href="https://www.spj.org/index.asp">Society of Professional Journalists</a> congratulates the <a href="https://www.spj.org/moe17.asp">2017 Mark of Excellence Awards</a> national winners. The MOE Awards honor the best of collegiate journalism within a calendar year.<br> <br> National Mark of Excellence Award winners are chosen from the category winners in each of SPJ’s 12 regions, and the awards are judged by journalism professionals with at least three years of experience. Lists of regional winners can be found in <a href="https://www.spj.org/spjnews.asp">SPJ News</a>.<br> <br> SPJ will recognize first-place national winners at the Student Union event during <a href="http://excellenceinjournalism.org">Excellence in Journalism 2018</a>, Sept. 27-29 in Baltimore.<br> <br> Judges were directed to choose only those entries they considered outstanding work worthy of a national honor. If the judges determined none of the entries rose to this level of excellence, no award was given. Any category not listed has no winner.<br> <br> School divisions are based on student enrollment, which includes both graduate and undergraduate enrollment. Large schools have 10,000+ students and small schools have fewer than 10,000 students.<br> <br> See the list below for details on national winners, and direct any MOE Awards questions to SPJ Program Coordinator Christine Cordial.<br> <br> The list reflects the spelling and titles submitted in the award-entry process.<br> <br> Note: The Online/Digital News Videography category is still under consideration. This list will be updated with the results once they are finalized.<br> <br> <br> <b>Newspapers</b><br> Breaking News Reporting (Large school division)<br> Winner: OSU walkout complete coverage – by The Baro Staff, Oregon State University<br> Finalist: Protesters take a stand, outnumber Spencer supporters - by Ian Cohen, Romy Ellenbogen, David Hoffman and Jimena Tavel, University of Florida<br> Finalist: June flood coverage - by Mitchell Kukulka and McKenzie Sanderson, Central Michigan University<br> <br> Breaking News Reporting (Small school division)<br> Winner: Gas leak interrupts class, spurs evacuations - by Brock Turner, DePauw University<br> Finalist: Historic building collapses in Pomona - by Brooke Grasso and Gabriella Chikhani, University of La Verne<br> Finalist: College Republicans react to notes left on poster - by Katherine Bauer, Drake University<br> <br> General News Reporting (Large school division)<br> Winner: Tracking impact of budget cuts - by Forrest Holt, Cody Cottier and Jessica Zhou, Washington State University<br> Finalist: Succession of scandals hits Auburn Athletics - by Chip Brownlee, Sam Willoughby and Will Sahlie, Auburn University<br> Finalist: Parents push for Texas to screen all newborns for spinal muscular atrophy - by Matthew Choi, Northwestern University<br> <br> General News Reporting (Small school division)<br> Winner: Sexual assault: It happens here, too - by Diego Pineda, Elon University<br> Finalist: Choosing not to sign the covenant - by Mady Fortier, Bethel University<br> Finalist: ROTC adjusts training in era of mass shootings - by Claire Desmarais and Brennan Robinson, University of Portland<br> <br> In-Depth Reporting (Large school division)<br> Winner: ‘It’s Real’: A seven-part look at how sexual assault is handled at the University of Maryland - by Staff of The Diamondback, University of Maryland<br> Finalist: Breaking the silence - by Staff of Marquette Wire, Marquette University<br> Finalist: In the dark: Records shed light on sexual misconduct at Kentucky universities - by Nicole Ares, Western Kentucky University<br> <br> In-Depth Reporting (Small school division)<br> Winner: Define: Gordon, an investigation by The Tartan - by Staff of The Tartan, Gordon College<br> Finalist: The undocumented general - by Hannah Denham, Washington and Lee University<br> Finalist: Behind the blue - by Savanna DiStefano, Harding University<br> <br> Feature Writing (Large school division)<br> Winner: While the Oakland Fire Department takes heat, a new generation of firefighters comes of age - by Rosa Furneaux, UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism<br> Finalist: The Whole Picture: How a cheerleader became the face of Syracuse University on the night of the Pan Am Flight 103 attack - by Satoshi Sugiyama, Syracuse University<br> Finalist: The third life of Darryl Pinkins - by Taylor Telford, Indiana University<br> <br> Feature Writing (Small school division)<br> Winner: Call to the church - by Hannah Sievert, University of Portland<br> Finalist: Christmas trees stop costal erosion in Jefferson Parish - by Colleen Dulle, Loyola University New Orleans<br> Finalist: Discharged from America - by Michael McDonald, Southwestern College<br> <br> Sports Writing (Large school division)<br> Winner: Afraid of the unknown - by Michal Dwojak, University of Illinois<br> Finalist: Unwanted, unconventional and unrelenting: the Michael Wroblewski story - by Orion Sang, University of Michigan<br> Finalist: ‘My escape': How football saved Antwan Cordy’s life - by Jon Mettus, Syracuse University<br> <br> Sports Writing (Small school division)<br> Winner: Tall standards - by Ben Arthur, University of Portland<br> Finalist: Reaching for a dream on her tiptoes - by Maddie DeBilzan, Bethel University<br> Finalist: ‘Knott’ to be denied: Fearless fifth-year talks life in Florida, finally winning Patriot League - by Austin Vitelli, Lehigh University<br> <br> Editorial Writing<br> Winner: Sam Topp, Lehigh University<br> Finalist: The Daily Reveille Editorial Board, Louisiana State University<br> Finalist: Staff of North Texas Daily, University of North Texas<br> <br> General Column Writing (Large school division)<br> Winner: Kyle Hampel, Kansas State University<br> Finalist: Mariana Alfaro, Northwestern University<br> Finalist: Tafari Robertson, Texas State University<br> <br> General Column Writing (Small school division)<br> Winner: Madeleine Lucchetti, Butler University<br> Finalist: Rachel Rippetoe, University of Portland<br> Finalist: Maddie DeBilzan, Carlo Holmberg and Kellie Lawless, Bethel University<br> <br> Sports Column Writing<br> Winner: Ethan Bauer, University of Florida<br> Finalist: Jack McLoone and Alvin Halimwidjaya, Fordham University<br> Finalist: Logan Jones, Utah State University<br> <br> Best All-Around Daily Student Newspaper<br> Winner: The Daily Orange - by Staff, Syracuse University<br> Finalist: Iowa State Daily - by Emily Barske, Iowa State University<br> Finalist: The Daily Evergreen - by Staff, Washington State University<br> <br> Best All-Around Non-Daily Student Newspaper<br> Winner: The Post - by Staff, Ohio University<br> Finalist: The Temple News - by Staff, Temple University<br> Finalist: The Miami Hurricane - by Staff, University of Miami<br> <br> <b>Magazines</b><br> Non-Fiction Magazine Article<br> Winner: Missouri’s opioid epidemic - by Rick Morgan, University of Missouri<br> Finalist: Life amid the levees - by Jacob Shea, UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism<br> Finalist: A water-bottling plant creates a rift in Montana - by Olga Kreimer, University of Montana<br> <br> Best Student Magazine<br> Winner: Focus Magazine: Rebuild - by Staff, Baylor University<br> Finalist: Hill Magazine - by Alex Gladden, University of Arkansas<br> Finalist: Vox Magazine - by Staff, University of Missouri<br> <br> <b>Art/Graphics</b><br> Breaking News Photography (Large school division)<br> Finalist: Hunter sets eyes on governing after SGA presidential win - by Jacob Arthur, University of Alabama<br> Finalist: Urban Meyer walks through enemy lines - by Jack Westerheide, Ohio State University<br> <br> Breaking News Photography (Small school division)<br> Winner: Total eclipse - by Ben Davis, Lipscomb University<br> Finalist: Dreamer - by Natalie Mosqueda, Southwestern College<br> Finalist: Fists rising in fall - by Brenna Sinding, Peninsula College<br> <br> General News Photography (Large school division)<br> Winner: Couple hug in rubble of home - by Dakota McGranahan, Santa Rosa Junior College<br> Finalist: Taking a bite out of the competition - by Antonella Crescimbeni, Penn State<br> Finalist: The people united - by Abby Potter, Western Kentucky University<br> <br> General News Photography (Small school division)<br> Winner: That’s an image that will always be in my head - by Nikole Kost, Point Park University<br> Finalist: Women’s March draws hundreds of people - by Jose Arredondo, Texas A&M University-San Antonio<br> <br> Feature Photography (Large school division)<br> Winner: 'Mutton Busted' (2017 Fiesta de los Vaqueros) - by Rebecca Noble, University of Arizona<br> Finalist: Marching Chips - by Josie Norris, Central Michigan University<br> <br> Feature Photography (Small school division)<br> Winner: Concert glow - by Lauren Franco, Abilene Christian University<br> Finalist: What does the hijab mean to you? - by Annika Gordon, University of Portland<br> Finalist: #WhyWeMarch - by Samantha Reposa, University of New Haven<br> <br> Photo Illustration (Large school division)<br> Winner: War stories - by Hannah Burnett, University of California, Los Angeles<br> Finalist: 3 and out - by Zbigniew Sikora, Oregon State University<br> Finalist: 2017 eclipse - by Kiffer Creveling, University of Utah<br> <br> Photo Illustration (Small school division)<br> Winner: The Mystician 78.6 Reality Check: Reporters Talk Real News - by Hunter Andes and Quinnlyn Nelson, Bismarck State College<br> Finalist: The life and struggles of a domestic abuse survivor - by Emily Rowan, Cabrini University<br> Finalist: Debuting Dorrel - by Lauren Franco, Abilene Christian University<br> <br> Sports Photography (Large school division)<br> Winner: Drake relays - by Emily Blobaum, Iowa State University<br> Finalist: At arm's length - by Kelsea Hobbs, Western Kentucky University<br> Finalist: Little League World Series Champions - by Linsey Fagan, Penn State<br> <br> Sports Photography (Small school division)<br> Finalist: Head above the rest - by Alexander Contreras, Southwestern College<br> <br> Editorial Cartooning<br> Winner: Jake Thrasher, University of Mississippi<br> Finalist: Eva Shen, University of Maryland<br> Finalist: Dan Cordero and Michelle Phillips, Southwestern College<br> <br> <br> <b>Radio</b><br> Radio News Reporting<br> Winner: Strike a chord: Addiction series - by Jonathan Woodward, Fordham University<br> Finalist: Butte holds "wake" for birds killed in the Berkeley Pit - by Nora Saks, University of Montana<br> <br> Radio Feature<br> Winner: Dining with Doyle - by Neil Doyle, Illinois State University<br> Finalist: Peer treatment program offers new hope in Fort Belknap - by Nora Saks, University of Montana<br> Finalist: The appeal of modern obstacle courses - by Hannah Jerome, University of Kansas<br> <br> Radio In-Depth Reporting<br> Winner: When the lights go out, and stay out - by Luke Sullivan, University of Florida<br> Finalist: Grieving father takes on district attorney's office - by Elizabeth Tung, CUNY Graduate School of Journalism<br> Finalist: Mar-a-Lago or Trump Tower: Could a federal law force Trump to choose? - by Madeline Fox, Northwestern University<br> <br> Radio Sports Reporting<br> Winner: Brady's record day - by Adam Rogers, Marshall University<br> Finalist: Columbia College's Girls Who Game event connects teen girls to electronic sports - by Hannah Haynes, University of Missouri<br> Finalist: May the best lifeguard win: Regional competition tests lifesaving skills of south Florida's rescuers - by Allison Light, Princeton University<br> <br> Best All-Around Radio Newscast<br> Winner: Newsline March 13, 2017: Long Island prepares for major snow storm - by WRHU News Team, Hofstra University<br> Finalist: From where we are - by Alana Bracken, William Rehbock, Gabe Gross and Iris Lee, University of Southern California<br> Finalist: November 3, 2017 newscast - by Neil Doyle, Illinois State University<br> <br> <b>Television</b><br> Television Breaking News Reporting<br> Winner: USC active shooter scare - by Sam Bergum, Garrett Schwartz, Taylor Edghill and Kim Rogers, University of Southern California<br> Finalist: Winding Way house fire - by Kinsey Grant, Washington and Lee University<br> Finalist: Pulse anniversary - by Ryan Roberts and Daniela Hurtado, University of Florida<br> <br> Television General News Reporting<br> Winner: ViewFinder: a chief's promise - by Emily Kallmyer, Jojo Dominick and Ryan Eskalis, University of Maryland<br> Finalist: High school sexual assault - by Grant Tosterud, University of Oklahoma<br> Finalist: Women's March on Madison - by Jenna Gaidosh, Tisia Muzinga, Stevan Stojanovic and Jenna Graham, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee<br> <br> Television Feature Reporting<br> Winner: A survivor’s story - by Jamie Weiss, Syracuse University<br> Finalist: Opera - Good Day DePaul - by Dan Beedie, DePaul University<br> Finalist: Bob Benson mirror artist - by Julianne Maxwell, University of Maryland<br> <br> Television In-Depth Reporting<br> Winner: ViewFinder: Aging - by ViewFinder Fall 2017 Team, University of Maryland<br> Finalist: Routes TV: Dirty little secrets - by Jstyn Strain, University of Oklahoma<br> <br> Television Sports Reporting<br> Winner: D'Mauri Jones: Painting inspiration - by David Perez, University of Miami<br> Finalist: Triple threat: Meet Charlee Harris - by Erin Kate Dolan, Penn State University<br> Finalist: Leigh Healey is finally ready to hit the bodybuilding stage - by Grace Choi, Northwestern University<br> <br> Best All-Around Television Newscast<br> Winner: ViewFinder: Opioid crisis - by ViewFinder, University of Maryland<br> Finalist: WUFT News First at Five - by WUFT NEWS Student Staff, University of Florida<br> Finalist: November 23, 2017 broadcast - by Mallory Weil, Tony Sandleben, Ryan McClain and Evan Like, Ball State University<br> <br> <b>Online</b><br> Online News Reporting<br> Winner: Killing Rikers - by Newsroom 2017, Columbia Graduate School of Journalism<br> Finalist: Opioid overdose deaths continue to mount - by Ryan Santistevan and Ben Moffat, Arizona State University<br> Finalist: On her own - by Hallie Miller and Ellie Silverman, University of Maryland<br> <br> Online Feature Reporting<br> Winner: Life and terror: John Paul Mugisha finds a new life on The Bluff - by Rachel Ramirez, University of Portland<br> Finalist: The life and struggles of a domestic abuse survivor - by Caitlyn Huebner, Cabrini University<br> Finalist: Can't get there from here - by Emma Sarappo, Northwestern University<br> <br> Online In-Depth Reporting<br> Winner: Montana's meth effect - by Metheffect.com, University of Montana<br> Finalist: Breakdown - by NYCity News Service Staff, CUNY Graduate School of Journalism<br> Finalist: Keeping kids alive in West Virginia - by Nick Foutrakis, Dalia Elsaid, Zane Coss and Jade Artherhults, West Virginia University<br> <br> Online Sports Reporting<br> Winner: Heisman history - by Joe Buettner, University of Oklahoma<br> <br> Online Opinion & Commentary<br> Winner: State Press Editorial Board, Arizona State University<br> <br> Best Affiliated Web Site<br> Winner: Alpine Living New Zealand - by Jonathan Norris, Taylor Armer, Kaylin Bowen and Hailey Grace Steele, University of Alabama<br> Finalist: The Harvard Crimson - by Staff of The Harvard Crimson, Harvard University<br> Finalist: theshorthorn.com - by Staff of The Shorthorn, UT Arlington<br> <br> Best Independent Online Student Publication<br> Winner: City Blocks - by Staff, Syracuse University<br> Finalist: Media Milwaukee - by Staff, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee<br> Finalist: Urban Plains - by Staff, Drake University<br> <br> Best Use of Multimedia<br> Winner: Closed doors; open questions - by Staff of OR Magazine, University of Oregon<br> Finalist: Our Gainesville - by Staff of WUFT News, University of Florida<br> Finalist: When I am healed - by Abby Potter, Western Kentucky University<br> <br> <b>Videography</b><br> Broadcast News Videography<br> Winner: Solar eclipse - by Ben Johnson and Jordan Davis, College of the Ozarks<br> Finalist: ViewFinder: On the call - by Emily Olsen, University of Maryland<br> Finalist: Trade drives rise of middle class in Mexico - by Lillian Donahue, Arizona State University<br> <br> Broadcast Feature Videography<br> Winner: From the military to the classroom - by Lauren Sinatra, Syracuse University<br> Finalist: ViewFinder: Take you there - by Jay Reed, University of Maryland<br> <br> Broadcast Sports Videography<br> Winner: "Armstrong” – a purpose worthy of pursuit - by Chris Venzon, Syracuse University<br> Finalist: Fighting for fearlessness - by Tyler Paley, Arizona State University<br> Finalist: Feel close to him - by Griffin Wasik, Michigan State University<br> <br> Online/Digital News Videography<br> Winner: Award vacated after winning entry was disqualified.<br> Finalist: Unstable ground in Pinal County - by Melanie Abramoff, Arizona State University<br> Finalist: Convict of 302: Death penalty in Pakistan - by Shakeeb Asrar and Urooj Kamran Azmi, Northwestern University in Qatar<br> <br> Online/Digital Feature Videography<br> Winner: Troubled waters - by Jesse Nichols and Kjell Redal, Western Washington University<br> Finalist: ViewFinder: Going home - by Tina Vo and Pearl Mak, University of Maryland<br> Finalist: Battling fate - by Josh Barnhart, Central Michigan University<br> <br> Online/Digital Sports Videography<br> Winner: GCU's Russell gets 'one shining moment' on Final Four floor - by Zac Pacleb, Arizona State University<br> Finalist: Beating the buzzer: Wizards keep games tight to the end - by Evan J. Berkowitz and Gabe Fernandez, University of Maryland College of Journalism<br> Finalist: Scaling new heights - by Maria Camila Montañez and Carlos Serrano, CUNY Graduate School of Journalism<br> <br> <div align"=center">--END--</div><br> <br> <i>SPJ promotes the free flow of information vital to informing citizens; works to inspire and educate the next generation of journalists; and fights to protect First Amendment guarantees of freedom of speech and press. Support excellent journalism and fight for your right to know. <a href="https://www.spj.org/join.asp">Become a member</a>,<br> <a href= "https://www.spj.org/ldf.asp">give to the Legal Defense Fund</a>, or <a href=" https://www.spj.org/donate.asp">give to the Sigma Delta Chi Foundation</a>.</i><br> <br> Mon, 21 May 2018 00:00:00 -0500 SPJ training program receives funding from Google News Initiative for third year http://www.spj.org/news.asp?REF=1570 Contacts:<br> Rebecca Baker, SPJ National President, 203-640-3904, <email address="rbaker@spj.org">rbaker@spj.org</a><br> Jennifer Royer, SPJ Director of Communications and Marketing, 317-361-4134, <email address="jroyer@spj.org"> jroyer@spj.org </a><br> <br> INDIANAPOLIS – The <a href="https://www.spj.org/index.asp">Society of Professional Journalists</a> training program, in association with <a href=" https://newsinitiative.withgoogle.com/training">Google News Initiative</a>, is now <a href="https://www.spj.org/news.asp?REF=1571">available to Spanish-language newsrooms and conferences</a>. Jorge Luis Sierra is the first Spanish-language trainer who has been added to the SPJ Trainer Network. <br> <br> "The Latino journalists working for Spanish-language media in the U.S. will be crucial to inform the Hispanic community with professional and quality journalism,” Sierra said. “This is why providing them access to the Google News Initiative tools and training them on how to use those tools is so important at this moment when disinformation, uncertainty and attacks to freedom of expression are taking place.”<br> <br> The SPJ Training Program involves SPJ members, who have been trained by Google News Initiative staff, visiting newsrooms, classrooms, conferences and organizations to conduct trainings for improving digital storytelling. The free training workshops provide an overview of Google tools and focus on important areas in journalism such as multimedia storytelling, verification, data journalism and safety and security.<br> <br> Google News Lab Training and Development Manager Nicholas Whitaker said, “While the Google News Initiative has self-paced training available on our site, and provides webinars and other distance learning options for newsrooms, in-person training will always be the most impactful mode of instruction. We can’t be everywhere all of the time, and want to collaborate with leaders in the field to provide the best service to the journalism industry. That’s why we’re excited to renew the successful training partnership with SPJ, to reach even more journalists wanting digital tools training with SPJ’s cohort of hand-picked trainers from across the country.”<br> <br> This is the third year of the partnership between SPJ and the Google News Initiative. <a href="https://www.spj.org/news.asp?ref=1374 ">Since the program's inception</a>, SPJ trainers have trained more than 16,000 journalists in 47 states at over 400 locations in the continental United States and Canada.<br> <br> “The success of our partnership with Google News Initiative has exceeded our expectations,” SPJ National President Rebecca Baker said. “Thousands of journalists across the country and in Canada are getting valuable lessons in cutting-edge newsgathering that benefits the public by allowing for more robust storytelling. We couldn’t be happier.”<br> <br> If you are interested in learning more or scheduling a training, visit <a href="spj.org/google">spj.org/google</a>. For Spanish-language training, visit <a href="spj.org/google-esp">spj.org/google-esp</a>.<br> <br> <div align"=center">--END--</div><br> <br> <i>About the Google News Initiative:<br> Google's mission is to organize the world's information and make it universally accessible and useful. Google created the <a href= “https://newsinitiative.withgoogle.com/ ">Google News Initiative</a> to support the creation and distribution of the information that keeps us all informed about what's happening in our world today—quality journalism. Today's news organizations and media entrepreneurs are inventing new ways to discover, create and distribute news content—and we're here to provide tools, data, and programs designed to help.<br> <br> About the Society of Professional Journalists:<br> SPJ promotes the free flow of information vital to informing citizens; works to inspire and educate the next generation of journalists; and fights to protect First Amendment guarantees of freedom of speech and press. Support excellent journalism and fight for your right to know. <a href="https://www.spj.org/join.asp">Become a member</a>,<a href= "https://www.spj.org/ldf.asp">give to the Legal Defense Fund</a>, or <a href="https://www.spj.org/donate.asp">give to the Sigma Delta Chi Foundation</a>. <br> <br> About the SPJ-Google News Initiative Trainer Network:<br> The Google News Initiative partnered with SPJ to identify and train professionals to teach Google digital tools for news and storytelling at conferences, workshops and newsrooms across the country. Google News Initiative and SPJ are committed to training as many journalists and media professionals as possible in the effective use of digital tools and reporting stories. More information <a href=" https://newsinitiative.withgoogle.com/training/ ">here</a>.</i><br> <br> Thu, 17 May 2018 00:00:00 -0500 El programa de capacitación de SPJ recibe fondos de Google News Initiative por tercer año consecutivo http://www.spj.org/news.asp?REF=1571 Contactos:<br> Rebecca Baker, presidenta nacional de SPJ, 203-640-3904, <email address="rbaker@spj.org">rbaker@spj.org</a><br> Jennifer Royer, Directora de Comunicaciones y Mercadeo del SPJ, 317-361-4134, <email address="jroyer@spj.org"> jroyer@spj.org</a><br> <br> <br> INDIANAPOLIS -- El programa de capacitación <a href="https://www.spj.org/index.asp">de la Sociedad de Periodistas Profesionales</a>, en asociación con <a href=" https://newsinitiative.withgoogle.com/training">Google News Initiative</a>, <a href="https://www.spj.org/news.asp?REF=1570">ahora está disponible para las redacciones y periodistas de los medios en español, universidades y conferencias</a>. Jorge Luis Sierra es el primer entrenador en español que ha sido agregado a SPJ Trainer Network.<br> <br> "Los periodistas latinos que trabajan para medios en español en los Estados Unidos serán cruciales para informar a la comunidad hispana con periodismo profesional y de calidad. Es por eso que es tan importante brindarles acceso a las herramientas de la Google News Initiative y capacitarlos sobre cómo usarlas, en este momento cuando la desinformación, la incertidumbre y los ataques a la libertad de expresión están teniendo lugar", dijo el entrenador del SPJ, Jorge Luis Sierra.<br> <br> El Programa de Capacitación de SPJ involucra a los miembros de SPJ, entrenados por el personal de la Google News Initiative, visitando redacciones, aulas, conferencias y organizaciones para realizar capacitaciones con el fin de mejorar la narración digital de historias. Los talleres de capacitación gratuitos proporcionan una descripción general de las herramientas de Google y se centran en áreas importantes del periodismo, como la narración de historias multimedia, la verificación, el periodismo de datos y la seguridad.<br> <br> Nicholas Whitaker, Gerente de Capacitación y Desarrollo, Google News Lab, dijo: "Si bien Google News Initiative tiene cursos de capacitación disponibles en nuestro sitio en g.co/newstraining, y ofrece seminarios web y otras opciones de aprendizaje a distancia para redacciones, la capacitación presencial siempre será el modo de instrucción con mayor impacto. No podemos estar en todas partes todo el tiempo, y queremos colaborar con líderes en el campo para proporcionar el mejor servicio a la industria del periodismo. Es por eso que estamos entusiasmados de renovar la exitosa asociación de capacitación con SPJ, para llegar incluso a más periodistas que desean capacitación en herramientas digitales con la cohorte de entrenadores escogidos por SPJ en todo el país ".<br> <br> Este es el tercer año de la asociación entre SPJ y Google News Initiative. <a href=" https://www.spj.org/news.asp?ref=1374">Desde el inicio del programa</a>, los entrenadores de SPJ han capacitado a más de 16,000 periodistas en 47 estados en más de 400 ubicaciones en los Estados Unidos continentales y Canadá.<br> <br> "El éxito de nuestra asociación con Google News Initiative ha superado nuestras expectativas", dijo la presidenta nacional de SPJ, Rebecca Baker. "Miles de periodistas en todo el país y en Canadá están recibiendo valiosas lecciones en la recolección de noticias de vanguardia que beneficia al público al permitir una narración más sólida. No podríamos estar más felices ".<br> Si está interesado en obtener más información o programar una capacitación, visite <a href="https://www.spj.org/google-esp.asp">spj.org/google-esp</a>.<br> <br> <div align"=center">--END—</div><br> <br> <i>Acerca de la Google News Initiative:<br> La misión de Google es organizar la información del mundo y hacer que sea universalmente accesible y útil. Google creó la <a href="https://newsinitiative.withgoogle.com/ ">Iniciativa Google News</a> para apoyar la creación y distribución de la información que nos mantiene informados sobre lo que está sucediendo en nuestro mundo actual, el periodismo de calidad. Las organizaciones de noticias y los empresarios de medios de hoy en día están inventando nuevas formas de descubrir, crear y distribuir contenido de noticias, y estamos aquí para proporcionar herramientas, datos y programas diseñados para ayudar.<br> <br> Sobre la Sociedad de Periodistas Profesionales:<br> SPJ promueve el flujo libre de información vital para informar a los ciudadanos; trabaja para inspirar y educar a la próxima generación de periodistas; y lucha para proteger las garantías de la Primera Enmienda de libertad de expresión y prensa. Apoye el periodismo excelente y luche por su derecho a saber. <a href=" https://www.spj.org/join.asp">Conviértase en miembro</a>, <a href="https://www.spj.org/ldf.asp">en el Fondo de defensa legal</a> o <a href="https://www.spj.org/donate.asp">en la Fundación Sigma Delta Chi</a>.<br> <br> Acerca de la Red de Entrenadores de la Iniciativa SPJ-Google News:<br> Google News Initiative se asoció con SPJ para identificar y capacitar a profesionales para enseñar herramientas digitales de Google para noticias y narración de historias en conferencias, talleres y salas de redacción en todo el país. Google News Initiative y SPJ se comprometen a capacitar a tantos periodistas y profesionales de los medios como sea posible en el uso efectivo de las herramientas digitales y el reportaje de historias.</i><br> <br> Thu, 17 May 2018 00:00:00 -0500 Region 11 Mark of Excellence winners announced in Universal City, Calif. http://www.spj.org/news.asp?REF=1569 Contacts:<br> Christine Cordial, SPJ Program Coordinator, 317-920-4788, awards@spj.org<br> Anna Gutierrez, SPJ Communications Coordinator, 317-920-4785, communications@spj.org<br> <br> INDIANAPOLIS — The Society of Professional Journalists recognizes the best collegiate journalism in Region 11 with 2017 Mark of Excellence Awards winners.<br> <br> SPJ’s Region 11 Arizona, California, Guam, Hawaii, Northern Mariana Islands and Nevada. Honorees received award certificates the weekend of April 28 at the Region 11 Conference. First-place winners will compete at the national level among other regional MOE winners from the 12 SPJ regions.<br> <br> National winners will be notified in the late spring and will be recognized at the Excellence in Journalism conference in Baltimore.<br> <br> MOE Awards entries are judged by professionals with at least three years of journalism experience. Judges were directed to choose entries they felt were among the best in student journalism. If no entry rose to the level of excellence, no award was given. Any category not listed has no winner.<br> <br> School divisions are based on student enrollment, including both graduate and undergraduate: Large schools have at least 10,000 students and small schools have 9,999 or fewer students.<br> <br> The list below details all Region 11 winners. If you have any questions regarding the MOE Awards, contact Christine Cordial via email or phone at 317-920-4788.<br> <br> This list reflects the spelling and titles submitted in the award entries.<br> <br> <b>Newspapers</b><br> Breaking News Reporting (Large) 10,000+ Students<br> Winner: Bruin Republicans’ event sparks protests, draws conflicting viewpoints - by Sydney Coneeny, Anirudh Keni, Megana Sekar and Jacob Preal, University of California, Los Angeles<br> Finalist: Classes resumed Friday, Skirball fire at 75 percent containment - by Rupan Bharanidaran and Jacob Preal, University of California, Los Angeles<br> Finalist: Milo Yiannopoulos' Halloween visit to CSUF - by Brandon Pho, Breanna Belken, Amy Wells and Jason Rochlin, California State University, Fullerton<br> <br> Breaking News Reporting (Small) 1-9,999 Students<br> Winner: Historic building collapses in Pomona - by Brooke Grasso, Gabriella Chikhani, University of La Verne<br> Finalist: New suit once again roils police - by Katy Stegall, Southwestern College<br> <br> General News Reporting (Large) 10,000+ Students<br> Winner: Young America’s Foundation: Who is funding UC Berkeley’s Ben Shapiro event? - by Ashley Wong, UC Berkeley <br> Finalist: Muslim student seeks a safe place to pray on campus - by Sarah Desmond, El Camino College <br> Finalist: The search for the next University of Arizona president - by J.D. Molinary, University of Arizona<br> <br> General News Reporting (Small) 1-9,999 Students<br> Winner: Title IX rolled back - by Giovanna Z. Rinaldo, University of La Verne<br> Finalist: Police chief resigns with pay until Dec. - by Katy Stegall, Southwestern College<br> Finalist: Ex-senator expelled in ASO rape case - by Katy Stegall, Southwestern College<br> <br> In-Depth Reporting (Large) 10,000+ Students<br> Winner: Detainees' property often not returned after their release - by Jorge Encinas, University of Arizona<br> Finalist: Rampant sexual misconduct in the UC system - by The Daily Californian Staff, UC Berkeley<br> Finalist: Bay Area cities, counties confront legal pot - by Spencer Silva, University of California, Berkeley<br> <br> Feature Writing (Large) 10,000+ Students<br> Winner: While the Oakland Fire Department takes heat, a new generation of firefighters comes of age - by Rosa Furneaux, UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism<br> Finalist: War stories - by William Thorne, University of California, Los Angeles<br> Finalist: Reporter's notebook: Saving a lost generation - by William Torres, Los Angeles City College<br> <br> Feature Writing (Small) 1-9,999 Students<br> Winner: Discharged from America - by Michael McDonald, Southwestern College<br> Finalist: SWC students struggle with homelessness - by Cristofer Garcia, Southwestern College<br> Finalist: Health student overcomes slavery, homelessness - by Giovanna Z. Rinaldo, University of La Verne<br> <br> Sports Writing (Large) 10,000+ Students<br> Winner: The burden of representation - by Nicky Shapiro, UC Berkeley<br> Finalist: CSUF Athletics succeeds despite budgetary limits - by Harrison Faigen, California State University, Fullerton<br> Finalist: UCLA men’s basketball season comes to bittersweet end - by Matt Cummings, University of California, Los Angeles<br> <br> Sports Writing (Small) 1-9,999 Students<br> Winner: Mictlan's Warriors - by Ivana Morales, Southwestern College<br> Finalist: ‘Dingers,’ dementia and depression: Concussions and the future of football - by Jake Hutchinson, Chapman University<br> Finalist: Student to compete in Deaflympics - by Giovanna Z. Rinaldo, University of La Verne<br> <br> Editorial Writing<br> Winner: Administration, campus police need to get serious about sexual assault; Campus sexual assault one year later: 'A Sick Cultural Norm' continues to worsen; Time to cashier Police Chief Cash - by Staff of The Sun, Southwestern College<br> Finalist: Assault on white nationalist Richard Spencer echoes similar action on campus almost 55 years ago; ‘SoccerCity’ earns red card; Black minds, like black lives, matter - by Andrew Dyer, San Diego State University <br> Finalist: Students deserve better leaders than UC regent Norman Pattiz; UC Berkeley’s glacial effort to rename buildings that honor racists is inexcusable; On Urban Shield, Berkeley must make a decision, and it needs to make the right one - by Suhauna Hussain, UC Berkeley<br> <br> General Column Writing (Large) 10,000+ Students<br> Winner: Labor pains; Free the nipple; Mo’ money, mo’ problems - by Mia Villanueva, UC Berkeley<br> Finalist: Rough Sketch columns - by Kaleb Stewart, California State University, Fullerton<br> Finalist: #metoo is just another way women bear the burden of making change; I’m afraid of looter shooters; Why there aren’t “Basic Boys” - by Rachel Edelstein, Santa Rosa Junior College<br> <br> General Column Writing (Small) 1-9,999 Students<br> Winner: From Plato to Pluto columns - by JoseLuis Baylon, Southwestern College<br> <br> Sports Column Writing<br> Winner: Wang's Word - by Hanson Wang, University of California, Los Angeles<br> Finalist: Tanking epidemic demonstrates why NBA must get rid of the draft lottery; Devil’s Advocate: The NBA isn’t soft, it’s smart; Donald Trump’s recent comments show why athletes can’t just ‘stick to sports’ - by Harrison Faigen, California State University, Fullerton<br> Finalist: ASU football should be able to attract top recruits; Phoenix is not the place to be for seasoned sports fans; CTE will be the end of football - by Paul Slobodzian, Arizona State University<br> <br> Best All-Around Daily Student Newspaper<br> Winner: The Daily Californian - by The Daily Californian Staff, UC Berkeley<br> Finalist: Daily Bruin - by Staff of Daily Bruin, University of California, Los Angeles<br> Finalist: Daily Titan - by Daily Titan Staff, California State University, Fullerton<br> <br> Best All-Around Non Daily Student Newspaper<br> Winner: The Sun - by Staff of The Sun, Southwestern College<br> Finalist: The Oak Leaf - by The Oak Leaf Staff, Santa Rosa Junior College<br> Finalist: The Union - by Staff of The Union, El Camino College<br> <br> <b>Magazine</b><br> Non-Fiction Magazine Article<br> Winner: Life amid the levees - by Jacob Shea, UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism<br> Finalist: Duty honor country - by Michael McDonald, Southwestern College<br> Finalist: La Verne's water: Water war/Is it safe? - by Emily Lau, University of La Verne<br> <br> Best Student Magazine<br> Winner: Etc. Magazine - by Staff of Etc. Magazine, City College of San Francisco<br> Finalist: The Bull Magazine - by Staff of The Bull Magazine, Pierce College<br> Finalist: Prime - by Staff of Prime, University of California, Los Angeles<br> <br> <b>Art/Graphics</b><br> Breaking News Photography (Large) 10,000+ Students<br> Winner: Peace please - by Dustin Quiroz, Arizona State University<br> Finalist: Man sifting through rubble of Coffey Park - by James Wyatt, Santa Rosa Junior College<br> Finalist: The Tubbs Fire burns 5100 Sonoma County homes - by Brandon McCapes, Santa Rosa Junior College<br> <br> Breaking News Photography (Small) 1-9,999 Students<br> Winner: Dreamer - by Natalie Mosqueda, Southwestern College<br> <br> General News Photography (Large) 10,000+ Students<br> Winner: Couple hug in rubble of home - by Dakota McGranahan, Santa Rosa Junior College<br> Finalist: UCLA's army ROTC cadets participate in spring training exercise - by Kathy Chen, University of California, Los Angeles<br> Finalist: The Watermark evictions - by Aubrey Yeo, University of California, Los Angeles<br> <br> Feature Photography (Large) 10,000+ Students<br> Winner: Mutton busted (2017 Fiesta de los Vaqueros) - by Rebecca Noble, University of Arizona<br> Finalist: What's one more? - by Johanna Huckeba, Arizona State University<br> Finalist: Dancers Eyer - by Zane Meyer-Thornton, Santa Monica College<br> <br> Feature Photography (Small) 1-9,999 Students<br> Winner: Day of the dead - by Anibal Alcaraz, Southwestern College<br> <br> Photo Illustration (Large) 10,000+ Students<br> Winner: War stories - by Hannah Burnett, University of California, Los Angeles<br> Finalist: Freshman tennis standout Ena Shibahara follows tennis dream to Westwood - by Aubrey Yeo, University of California, Los Angeles<br> Finalist: Cal State Fullerton doesn't have football - by Katie Albertson and Cathryn Edwards, California State University, Fullerton<br> <br> Photo Illustration (Small) 1-9,999 Students<br> Finalist: God save covfefe - by Joaquin Junco Jr., Southwestern College<br> <br> Sports Photography (Large) 10,000+ Students<br> Winner: Men’s basketball overcomes halftime deficit, defeats Washington 74-53 - by Ken Shin, University of California, Los Angeles<br> Finalist: Cal football falls short after 2nd-half comeback vs. Arizona, loses 45-44 in OT - by Lianne Frick, UC Berkeley<br> Finalist: Barry Bonds remains center of attention in return to alma mater - by Blake Benard, Arizona State University<br> <br> Sports Photography (Small) 1-9,999 Students<br> Winner: Head above the rest - by Alexander Contreras, Southwestern College<br> Finalist: High flying champions - by Victoria Sanchez, Southwestern College<br> <br> Editorial Cartooning<br> Winner: The Sun cartoons - by Dan Cordero and Michelle Phillips, Southwestern College<br> Finalist: Los Angeles Collegian cartoons - by Natalia Zepeda, Los Angeles City College<br> <br> <b>Radio</b><br> Radio News Reporting<br> Winner: ‘Free speech for me, free speech for thee’ - by Reis Thebault, UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism<br> Finalist: In focus: What defunding Planned Parenthood could mean for Arizonans - by Freesia DeNaples and Tea Francesca Price, Arizona State University<br> Finalist: Foie gras ban - by Ryan Thompson, University of Southern California<br> <br> Radio Feature<br> Winner: Helping the homeless, by living with them - by Ariel Plotnick, UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism<br> Finalist: In focus: Social media memorialization and ‘cybergraves’ - by Roddy Nikpour, Arizona State University<br> Finalist: In focus: Service dog helps navigate life with autism - by Ben Flores and Tea Francesca Price, Arizona State University<br> <br> Radio In-Depth Reporting<br> Winner: Mexicans and Americans – A complicated relationship - by Adrienne St. Clair, Arizona State University<br> Finalist: In focus: DACA special report - by Adrienne St. Clair and Andrew Nicla, Arizona State University<br> Finalist: A look back at Roxy Music - by Liz Warner, University of Southern California<br> <br> Radio Sports Reporting<br> Winner: More than a game? - by Simon Campbell and Alex Nieves, UC Berkeley<br> <br> Best All-Around Radio Newscast<br> Winner: From where we are - by Alana Bracken, William Rehbock, Gabe Gross and Iris Lee, University of Southern California<br> Finalist: KCSB 5 O'Clock News: July 13, 2017 - by Amarica Rafanelli, Héctor Sánchez Castañeda, Peyton Stotelmyre and KCSB News Team, University of California, Santa Barbara<br> <br> <b>Television</b><br> Television Breaking News Reporting<br> Winner: USC active shooter scare - by Sam Bergum, Garrett Schwartz, Taylor Edghill and Kim Rogers, University of Southern California<br> Finalist: Steve Bannon comes to Tucson, hundreds protest - by Fortesa Latifi, Arizona State University<br> <br> Television General News Reporting<br> Winner: Oroville community comes together amid flooding fears - by Cole Sullivan, Marc Sallinger, Sam Bergum and Sanika Bhargaw, University of Southern California<br> Finalist: Battle over bison - by Drew Marine, Arizona State University<br> Finalist: Safety bollards - by Eytan Wallace, University of Southern California<br> <br> Television Feature Reporting<br> Finalist: Agricultural program helps Navajo students on reservation - by Adriana De Alba, Arizona State University<br> Finalist: Firefighters train to pass annual physical fitness test - by Sydney Isenberg, Arizona State University<br> <br> Television In-Depth Reporting<br> Winner: Trade drives rise of middle class in Mexico - by Lillian Donahue, Arizona State University<br> Finalist: Fraud on campus: UNLV voter meddling - by James Schaeffer, Denise Hernandez and Blaze Lovell, University of Nevada, Las Vegas<br> Finalist: Just six feet away: Oil drill site may threaten community safety - by Brad Streicher and Sam Bergum, University of Southern California<br> <br> Television Sports Reporting<br> Winner: Fighting for fearlessness - by Tyler Paley, Arizona State University <br> Finalist: Ability360 uses basketball to inspire amputees - by Kelly Broderick, Arizona State University <br> Finalist: Swimming makes horses better prepared for racing - by Troy Lynch, Arizona State University<br> <br> Best All-Around Television Newscast<br> Winner: Annenberg TV News newcast: February 15, 2017 - by Sam Bergum, Abby Flaxer, Sanika Bhargaw and Duanli Zhu, University of Southern California <br> Finalist: Cronkite News: November 16, 2017 newscast - by Maya Patrose, Chase Boeke and Jade Nicole Yeban, Arizona State University<br> Finalist: Studio-G - by Denise Hernandez, Albania Guido, James Schaeffer and Samantha Hall, University of Nevada, Las Vegas<br> <br> <b>Online</b><br> Online News Reporting<br> Winner: Opioid overdose deaths continue to mount - by Ryan Santistevan and Ben Moffat, Arizona State University<br> Finalist: Mexicans work to reclaim corn as their own - by Megan Janetsky and Johanna Huckeba, Arizona State University<br> Finalist: Cannabis kingdom - by Staff of Daily Bruin, University of California, Los Angeles<br> <br> Online Feature Reporting<br> Winner: From right-hand man to a boss named Lefty - by Kristina Vicario, Arizona State University<br> Finalist: 75 years later, family able to honor USS Oklahoma sailor killed in Pearl Harbor attack - by Lillian Donahue, Arizona State University<br> Finalist: The memory keeper - by Soni Brown, University of Nevada Las Vegas<br> <br> Online In-Depth Reporting<br> Winner: City of deportees - by Staff of Los Angeles Loyolan, Loyola Marymount University<br> Finalist: NAFTA changes would affect both sides of the border - by Sophia Kunthara, Arizona State University<br> Finalist: Arizona’s emergency rooms have treated thousands of addicts hooked on opioids - by Joshua Bowling, Arizona State University<br> <br> Online Sports Reporting<br> Winner: Stats tell the story of the Sean Miller era - by Alex Furrier, University of Arizona<br> Finalist: The flipside of cheerleading: a prevalence of catastrophic injuries - by Brittany Bowyer, Arizona State University<br> Finalist: Freshman basketball player brings talent and team spirit - by Harrison Faigen and Gabe Gandara, California State University, Fullerton<br> <br> Online Opinion & Commentary<br> Winner: Charlie Rose’s actions do not reflect excellence in journalism; We would publish "Sensual Steel" again; Why we are publishing an ASU salary database - by State Press Editorial Board, Arizona State University<br> Finalist: Phoenix Rising columns - by Ryan Boyd, Arizona State University<br> Finalist: Curtain Critic columns - by Faith Miller and Serena O'Sullivan, Arizona State University<br> <br> Best Affiliated Web Site<br> Winner: prime - by Staff of Daily Bruin, University of California, Los Angeles<br> Finalist: Campus Times Online - by Staff of Campus Times, University of La Verne<br> Finalist: La Verne Magazine Online - by Staff of La Verne Magazine, University of La Verne<br> <br> Best Independent Online Student Publication<br> Winner: Downtown Devil - by Staff of Downtown Devil, Arizona State University<br> Finalist: Neon - by Jordan Winters, Sean Myers and James Tyner, University of Southern California<br> Finalist: Dímelo - by Staff of Dímelo, University of Southern California Annenberg<br> <br> Best Use of Multimedia<br> Winner: Graduation Issue - by Nathan Smith, Hongyi Zhang and Michael Zhang, University of California, Los Angeles<br> Finalist: Opioids and the body: the science of an overdose - by Cassie Ronda, Arizona State University<br> Finalist: Fashion killas - by Jordan Winters, Heran Mamo and James Tyner, University of Southern California<br> <br> <b>Videography</b><br> Broadcast News Videography<br> Winner: Trade drives rise of middle class in Mexico - by Lillian Donahue, Arizona State University<br> <br> Broadcast Feature Videography<br> Winner: MANZO - by Kristina Vicario, Louisa Stanwich and Allie Barton, Arizona State University<br> <br> Broadcast Sports Videography<br> Winner: Fighting for fearlessness - by Tyler Paley, Arizona State University<br> Finalist: Forrest Snow: Ball player by day, musician by night - by Sydney Cariel, Arizona State University<br> Finalist: Swimming helps horses for race day - by Troy Lynch, Arizona State University<br> <br> Online/Digital News Videography<br> Winner: Unstable ground in Pinal County - by Melanie Abramoff, Arizona State University<br> Finalist: Ben Shapiro speaks at UCLA - by Dean Hughes, University of California, Los Angeles<br> Finalist: Follow-up report on sexual assault sit-in demands - by Julia Nguyen, Fabiola Esqueda and Erica Schweitzer, University of California, Santa Barbara<br> <br> Online/Digital Feature Videography<br> Winner: Daily Aztec does: Dining services - by Cami Buckman and Adriana Heldiz, San Diego State University <br> Finalist: Innovative farming: Harvesting exotic plants in the Southwest - by Blake Hemmel, Arizona State University<br> Finalist: From right-hand man to a boss named Lefty - by Kristina Vicario, Arizona State University<br> <br> Online/Digital Sports Videography<br> Winner: GCU's Russell gets 'one shining moment' on Final Four floor - by Zac Pacleb, Arizona State University<br> Finalist: A unique approach to training - by Blake Benard, Arizona State University<br> Finalist: ASU wins triathlon championship at home - by Luis Torres, Arizona State University<br> <br> <i>SPJ promotes the free flow of information vital to informing citizens; works to inspire and educate the next generation of journalists; and fights to protect First Amendment guarantees of freedom of speech and press. Support excellent journalism and fight for your right to know. <a href="http://www.spj.org/join.asp">Become a member</a>, <a href="https://www.spj.org/ldf.asp">give to the Legal Defense Fund</a>, or <a href="https://www.spj.org/donate.asp">give to the Sigma Delta Chi Foundation</a>.</i><br> <br> <div align"=center">-END-</div> Mon, 30 Apr 2018 01:02:00 -0500 Region 1 Mark of Excellence winners announced in Philadelphia http://www.spj.org/news.asp?REF=1565 Contacts:<br> Christine Cordial, SPJ Program Coordinator, 317-920-4788, awards@spj.org<br> Anna Gutierrez, SPJ Communications Coordinator, 317-920-4785, communications@spj.org<br> <br> INDIANAPOLIS — The Society of Professional Journalists recognizes the best collegiate journalism in Region 1 with 2017 Mark of Excellence Awards winners.<br> <br> SPJ’s Region 1 comprises Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Central and Eastern Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Vermont. Honorees received award certificates the weekend of April 21 at the Region 1 Conference. First-place winners will compete at the national level among other regional MOE winners from the 12 SPJ regions.<br> <br> National winners will be notified in the late spring and will be recognized at the Excellence in Journalism conference in Baltimore.<br> <br> MOE Awards entries are judged by professionals with at least three years of journalism experience. Judges were directed to choose entries they felt were among the best in student journalism. If no entry rose to the level of excellence, no award was given. Any category not listed has no winner.<br> <br> School divisions are based on student enrollment, including both graduate and undergraduate: Large schools have at least 10,000 students and small schools have 9,999 or fewer students.<br> <br> The list below details all Region 1 winners. If you have any questions regarding the MOE Awards, contact Christine Cordial via email or phone at 317-920-4788.<br> <br> This list reflects the spelling and titles submitted in the award entries.<br> <br> <b>Newspapers</b><br> <br> Breaking News Reporting (Large) 10,000+ Students<br> Winner: Blindsided: Athletes, coaches and parents angered by UB's decision to cut teams - by Michael Akelson, University at Buffalo<br> Finalist: Harvard rescinds acceptances for at least ten students for obscene memes - by Hannah Natanson, Harvard University<br> <br> Breaking News Reporting (Small) 1-9,999 Students<br> Winner: Bomb threat rattles campus, nothing discovered - by Raymond Arke and Kailey Love, Duquesne University<br> Finalist: Grad student puts pedal to metal - by Mary-Lyn Buckley, Rider University<br> Finalist: Police respond to suspicious person in fraternity house - by Joseph Tingley and Alex Weidenhof, Allegheny College<br> <br> General News Reporting (Large) 10,000+ Students<br> Winner: My prison is Panama - by Emily Kohlman, Penn State University<br> Finalist: Stony Brook University budget cuts pit faculty against administrators - by Rebecca Liebson, Stony Brook University<br> Finalist: Analysis of Penn State Athletic Department's finances - by Greg Merchlinsky, Caralyn Reese, Mark Fischer and Aubree Rader, Penn State University<br> <br> General News Reporting (Small) 1-9,999 Students<br> Winner: Essential and unrecognized - by Nicole Pimental, Ithaca College<br> Finalist: Burlington school counselors claim disrespectful treatment - by Alexandre Silberman, St. Thomas University<br> Finalist: Bros, sports and sexism - by Grace Elletson, Ithaca College<br> <br> In-Depth Reporting (Large) 10,000+ Students<br> Winner: Crimson reporting spurs Athletic Dept. overhaul - by Brittany N. Ellis, Harvard University<br> Finalist: Public consensus: How Syracuse University Chancellor Kent Syverud is viewed 3 years into his tenure - by Michael Burke, Syracuse University<br> Finalist: Inside the demise of M Street Pizza - by Rachel Sandler, Syracuse University<br> <br> In-Depth Reporting (Small) 1-9,999 Students<br> Winner: Define: Gordon, an investigation by The Tartan - by Staff of The Tartan, Gordon College<br> Finalist: Series on class - by Harry DiPrinzio, Julian Andrews and Ellice Lueders, Bowdoin College<br> Finalist: Covering the proposed sale of the university's Westminster Choir College - by Shanna O'Mara, Gianluca D'Elia and Thomas Regan, Rider University<br> <br> Feature Writing (Large) 10,000+ Students<br> Winner: The whole picture - by Satoshi Sugiyama, Syracuse University<br> Finalist: The Bay - by Lauren Davis, Penn State University<br> Finalist: 'A sort of everyday struggle' - by Hannah Natanson, Harvard University<br> <br> Feature Writing (Small) 1-9,999 Students<br> Winner: Fake news sows confusion - by Maria Ramos, Mercer County Community College<br> Finalist: Inmates share struggles, advice for college students - by Samantha Brandbergh, Rider University<br> Finalist: Students face mental health crisis...mostly alone - by Maria Ramos, Mercer County Community College<br> <br> Sports Writing (Large) 10,000+ Students<br> Winner: My escape - by Jon Mettus, Syracuse University<br> Finalist: Play it forward: Men's basketball builds up - by Theresa C. Herbert, Harvard University<br> Finalist: Understaffed, Yale sports medicine struggles with student injuries - by Sebastian Kupchaunis and Matthew Mister, Yale University<br> <br> Sports Writing (Small) 1-9,999 Students<br> Winner: ‘Knott’ to be denied: Fearless fifth-year talks life in Florida, finally winning Patriot League - by Austin Vitelli, Lehigh University<br> Finalist: Jihad Pretlow signed by 49ers as undrafted free agent - by Jack McLoone, Fordham University<br> Finalist: Three goalies, one net - by Brett Johnson, Roger Williams University<br> <br> Editorial Writing<br> Winner: Ni de aquí, ni de allá; “Don’t call, they’ll be fine”; Board of Trumpees - by Sam Topp, Lehigh University<br> Finalist: Read, remain critical and demand the truth; Temple should condemn Cosby’s town hall tour; Help a community grieve - by The Temple News Editorial Board, Temple University<br> Finalist: UB Athletics’ announcement to cut four teams was insensitive, unprofessional; What happened to Dr. B?; Is secrecy and corruption UB's new normal? - by Madelinn Fowler and Tori Roseman, University at Buffalo<br> <br> General Column Writing (Large) 10,000+ Students<br> Winner: The Women’s March on Washington was a ‘symbolic middle finger’ to the Trump administration; The Trump administration doesn’t treat teen pregnancy like an issue. Here’s why it should.; Brock Turner doesn’t deserve your pity. He deserves a longer sentence. - by Kelsey Thompson, Syracuse University<br> Finalist: The Far Side columns - by Lauren D. Spohn, Harvard University<br> Finalist: My eating disorder recovery story; Trans rights are human rights; Me Too: My experiences with sexual harassment and assault - by Madelinn Fowler, University at Buffalo<br> <br> General Column Writing (Small) 1-9,999 Students<br> Winner: Spicing up the Emmys; Spacey’s cards collapse; It’s hard to keep track - by Lizzy Stocks, Framingham State University<br> Finalist: Congressman Chris Smith needs to go!; To what extent can we restrict speech on Twitter?; Murphy promised, now let’s hold him to it! - by Sean O'Connor, Mercer County Community College<br> Finalist: Musical Musings columns - by Andrew Willoughby, Framingham State University<br> <br> Sports Column Writing<br> Winner: Overtime columns - by Jack McLoone and Alvin Halimwidjaya, Fordham University<br> <br> Best All-Around Daily Student Newspaper<br> Winner: The Daily Orange - by Staff of The Daily Orange, Syracuse University<br> Finalist: Yale Daily News - by Staff of Yale Daily News, Yale University<br> Finalist: The Harvard Crimson - by Staff of The Harvard Crimson, Harvard University<br> <br> Best All-Around Non Daily Student Newspaper<br> Winner: The Temple News - by Staff of The Temple News, Temple University<br> Finalist: The Quinnipiac Chronicle - by Staff of The Quinnipiac Chronicle, Quinnipiac University<br> Finalist: The Ithacan - by Staff of The Ithacan, Ithaca College<br> <br> <b>Magazines</b><br> <br> Non-Fiction Magazine Article<br> Winner: The school of exile - by Daniel Judt, Yale University<br> Finalist: Does data threaten democracy? Cambridge Analytica’s influence on your vote - by Simon Soros, Yale University<br> Finalist: Redefining pet loss - by Nicole Engelman, Syracuse University<br> <br> Best Student Magazine<br> Winner: The Night Shift - by Staff of The Harvard Crimson, Harvard University<br> Finalist: Baked - by Staff of Baked, Syracuse University<br> Finalist: Reporter Magazine - by Staff of Reporter Magazine, Rochester Institute of Technology<br> <br> <b>Art/Graphics</b><br> <br> Breaking News Photography (Large) 10,000+ Students<br> Winner: Busted - by Alex Yuan, Penn State University<br> Finalist: Formerly known as Calhoun - by Surbhi Bharadwaj, Yale University <br> Finalist: Reverend Walton - by Timothy R. O'Meara, Harvard University<br> <br> General News Photography (Large) 10,000+ Students<br> Winner: Taking a bite out of the competition - by Antonella Crescimbeni, Penn State University <br> Finalist: Inauguration - by Antonella Crescimbeni, Penn State University<br> Finalist: Silent protest - by Timothy R. O'Meara, Harvard University<br> <br> General News Photography (Small) 1-9,999 Students<br> Winner: Honoring Rider's fallen vets, heroes - by Gianluca D'Elia, Rider University<br> Finalist: After seven years without one, Puerto Rican parade in Trenton prompts discussion about immigration - by Maria Ramos, Mercer County Community College<br> Finalist: Budding professionals broadcast from Philadelphia - by Shanna O'Mara, Rider University<br> <br> Feature Photography (Large) 10,000+ Students<br> Winner: Trans-affirming recovery sets a national standard in West Philadelphia - by Maggie Andresen, Temple University <br> Finalist: Birdie Park - by Amy Y. Li, Harvard University<br> Finalist: Victory kiss - by Antonella Crescimbeni, Penn State University<br> <br> Feature Photography (Small) 1-9,999 Students<br> Winner: #WhyWeMarch - by Samantha Reposa, University of New Haven<br> Finalist: Mercer community rocked by DACA dilemma - by Griffin Jones, Mercer County Community College<br> Finalist: DeRay Mckesson portrait - by Ann Basu, Bowdoin College<br> <br> Photo Illustration (Large) 10,000+ Students<br> Winner: False eyelashes - by Kyle Naylor, Penn State University <br> Finalist: In the shadows - by Maddie Almer, Penn State University<br> Finalist: Nevertheless, she persisted - by Katie Herchenroeder, Anthony Viola, Aurora Soriano and Ebony Anderson-Brown, The City College of New York<br> <br> Photo Illustration (Small) 1-9,999 Students<br> Winner: Life and struggles of a domestic abuse survivor - by Emily Rowan, Cabrini University <br> Finalist: A life worth taking risks for - by Emily Rowan, Cabrini University<br> Finalist: Mold detected in faculty office - by Maria Ramos, Mercer County Community College<br> <br> Sports Photography (Large) 10,000+ Students<br> Winner: Little League World Series champions - by Linsey Fagan, Penn State University<br> Finalist: Crying foul - by Antonella Crescimbeni, Penn State University<br> Finalist: State champions - by Antonella Crescimbeni, Penn State University<br> <br> Sports Photography (Small) 1-9,999 Students<br> Winner: Softball team rides 10 game streak into post season - by Jasmine Santalla, Mercer County Community College <br> Finalist: Rams strike a pose - by Oscairy Tavarez, Framingham State University <br> Finalist: Women’s volleyball crowned NCAA D2 East Region champs - by Glenn Rohrbacker, University of New Haven<br> <br> Editorial Cartooning<br> Winner: The Campus - April back cover - by Alexandria Naase, Anthony Viola and Carmen Quang, The City College of New York<br> <br> <b>Radio</b><br> <br> Radio News Reporting<br> Winner: Strike a chord: Addiction series - by Jonathan Woodward, Fordham University<br> Finalist: Sandy five years later: Build it back - by Julia Rist, Fordham University<br> Finalist: Following Hurricane Maria, Puerto Ricans stateside help new arrivals - by Samia Bouzid, CUNY Graduate School of Journalism<br> <br> Radio Feature<br> Winner: Mi lengua padre - by Chiara Arellano, Brown University<br> Finalist: Psychologist treats phobias with virtual reality - by Samia Bouzid, CUNY Graduate School of Journalism<br> Finalist: Young rappers trying to change Chicago's violent image - by Tyler Aki, Syracuse University<br> <br> Radio In-Depth Reporting<br> Winner: Grieving father takes on District Attorney's office - by Elizabeth Tung, CUNY Graduate School of Journalism<br> Finalist: Worshiping ‘La Santa Muerte’ from a NYC apartment - by Manolo Morales, CUNY Graduate School of Journalism<br> Finalist: Urban coyotes spur walks on the wild side - by Samia Bouzid, CUNY Graduate School of Journalism<br> <br> Radio Sports Reporting<br> Winner: May the best lifeguard win: Regional competition tests lifesaving skills of south Florida's rescuers - by Allison Light, Princeton University<br> Finalist: Bob Hurley's biggest game - by James Corrigan, Fordham University <br> Finalist: Getting baseball up to speed - by Josh Horwitz, Syracuse University<br> <br> Best All-Around Radio Newscast<br> Winner: Long Island prepares for major snow storm - by WRHU News Team, Hofstra University<br> Finalist: September 27, 2017 newscast - by Staff of NCC News, Syracuse University<br> Finalist: December 11, 2017 newscast - by Rowan Hornbeck, Fordham University<br> <br> <b>Television</b><br> <br> Television Breaking News Reporting<br> Winner: NYPD Officer found not guilty in deadly shooting - by Shannon Caturano, Hofstra University<br> <br> Television General News Reporting<br> Winner: Lead poisoning in Syracuse - by Staff of CitrusTV News, Syracuse University<br> Finalist: Local program works to diversify Syracuse City School classrooms - by Alana Seldon, Syracuse University <br> Finalist: Tompkins County Mental Health Clinic investigative report - by Jack Sears, Michael Pyskaty, Vaughn Golden and Riley Ludwig, Ithaca College<br> <br> Television Feature Reporting<br> Winner: A survivor’s story - by Jamie Weiss, Syracuse University<br> Finalist: From the military to the classroom - by Lauren Sinatra, Syracuse University<br> Finalist: Can man chases one million bottles and cans - by Michael E. Lehr, Syracuse University<br> <br> Television In-Depth Reporting<br> Winner: Immigration today: New York City stories - by Staff of NYCity News Service, CUNY Graduate School of Journalism<br> Finalist: The SAFE Act in NYS - by Tom Garris, Vaughn Golde, Michael Pyskaty and Riley Ludwig, Ithaca College <br> Finalist: This is home now - by Tom Garris, Kelli Kyle and Ciara Lucas, Ithaca College<br> <br> Television Sports Reporting<br> Winner: Triple threat: Meet Charlee Harris - by Erin Kate Dolan, Penn State University<br> Finalist: Peyton Sefick is kicking out doubt and scoring big - by Elissa Candiotti, Syracuse University<br> <br> Best All-Around Television Newscast<br> Winner: Centre County Report: November 17, 2017 - by Staff of Centre County Report, Penn State University <br> Finalist: Newswatch - by Kimberly Joyce, Devon Bedoya, Jonathan Shea and Riley Ludwig, Ithaca College<br> <br> <b>Online</b><br> <br> Online News Reporting<br> Winner: Killing Rikers - by Staff of NY City Lens, Columbia Graduate School of Journalism <br> Finalist: Table scraps - by Staff of NYCity News Service, CUNY Graduate School of Journalism<br> Finalist: Invisible hands - by Staff of NYCity News Service, CUNY Graduate School of Journalism<br> <br> Online Feature Reporting<br> Winner: Life and struggles of a domestic abuse survivor - by Caitlyn Huebner, Cabrini University<br> Finalist: How student concentrations are changing at Harvard - by Edith M. Herwitz and Dianne Lee, Harvard University<br> Finalist: This priest "adopted" 27 young people so they don't get deported - by Lidia Hernández Tapia, Jesenia De Moya and Estefanía Hernández, CUNY Graduate School of Journalism<br> <br> Online In-Depth Reporting<br> Winner: Breakdown - by Staff of NYCity News Service, CUNY Graduate School of Journalism<br> Finalist: Disability is a strength: Stories of disabled parents - by Qifan Wang, Nechama Sammet Moring and Kate Suksangium, Boston University<br> Finalist: Navigating Trump - by Staff of NYCity News Service, CUNY Graduate School of Journalism<br> <br> Online Sports Reporting<br> Winner: Boys of summer - by Jack Dougherty, Penn State University<br> Finalist: London calling - by Mark Fischer, Penn State University<br> Finalist: Neither snow nor rain - by Jingling Zhang, Shuyao Chen, Cameron Hart and Emily Overdorf, Penn State University<br> <br> Online Opinion & Commentary<br> Winner: Trump threatens safety; Slavery has not ended; Do not be a bystander - by Cecelia Heckman, Cabrini University<br> <br> Best Affiliated Web Site<br> Winner: The Harvard Crimson - by Staff of The Harvard Crimson, Harvard University<br> Finalist: TheDP.com - by Staff of The Daily Pennsylvanian, University of Pennsylvania<br> Finalist: temple-news.com - by Staff of The Temple News, Temple University<br> <br> Best Independent Online Student Publication<br> Winner: City Blocks - by Staff of City Blocks, Syracuse University<br> Finalist: The Underground - by Staff of The Underground, Penn State University<br> Finalist: Re-enact - by Staff of Re-enact, Syracuse University<br> <br> Best Use of Multimedia<br> Winner: Before the homes become rubble - by Staff of The Temple News, Temple University<br> Finalist: Navigating Trump - by Staff of NYCity News Service, CUNY Graduate School of Journalism<br> Finalist: Fifteen most interesting seniors - by Staff of The Harvard Crimson, Harvard University<br> <br> <b>Videography</b><br> <br> Broadcast Feature Videography<br> Winner: From the military to the classroom - by Lauren Sinatra, Syracuse University<br> Finalist: A survivor’s story - by Jamie Weiss, Syracuse University<br> Finalist: Stuck in the snow: a disabled woman’s challenge - by Janay Parrot, Penn State University<br> <br> Broadcast Sports Videography<br> Winner: "Armstrong” – a purpose worthy of pursuit - by Chris Venzon, Syracuse University<br> Finalist: Peyton Sefick is kicking out doubt and scoring big - by Elissa Candiotti, Syracuse University<br> <br> Online/Digital News Videography<br> Winner: Floating hospitals treat those impacted by rising seas - by Nikita Sampath, Boston University<br> Finalist: How addiction affects families - by Ashley Moore, Michelle Guerin and Xavier Young, Cabrini University<br> <br> Online/Digital Feature Videography<br> Winner: Salvaged wood reborn - by Shuyao Chen, Penn State University<br> Finalist: 131st Ground Hog Day - by Cameron Hart, Penn State University<br> Finalist: A Lesson in love - by Darcy Long, Penn State University<br> <br> Online/Digital Sports Videography<br> Winner: Scaling new heights - by Maria Camila Montañez and Carlos Serrano, CUNY Graduate School of Journalism<br> <br> <i>SPJ promotes the free flow of information vital to informing citizens; works to inspire and educate the next generation of journalists; and fights to protect First Amendment guarantees of freedom of speech and press. Support excellent journalism and fight for your right to know. <a href="http://www.spj.org/join.asp">Become a member</a>, <a href="https://www.spj.org/ldf.asp">give to the Legal Defense Fund</a>, or <a href="https://www.spj.org/donate.asp">give to the Sigma Delta Chi Foundation</a>.</i><br> <br> <div align"=center">-END-</div><br> Mon, 23 Apr 2018 00:00:00 -0500 Region 9 Mark of Excellence winners announced in Denver http://www.spj.org/news.asp?REF=1566 Contacts:<br> Christine Cordial, SPJ Program Coordinator, 317-920-4788, awards@spj.org<br> Anna Gutierrez, SPJ Communications Coordinator, 317-920-4785, communications@spj.org<br> <br> INDIANAPOLIS — The Society of Professional Journalists recognizes the best collegiate journalism in Region 9 with 2017 Mark of Excellence Awards winners.<br> <br> SPJ’s Region 9 comprises Colorado, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming. Honorees received award certificates the weekend of April 21 at the Region 9 Conference. First-place winners will compete at the national level among other regional MOE winners from the 12 SPJ regions.<br> <br> National winners will be notified in the late spring and will be recognized at the Excellence in Journalism conference in Baltimore.<br> <br> MOE Awards entries are judged by professionals with at least three years of journalism experience. Judges were directed to choose entries they felt were among the best in student journalism. If no entry rose to the level of excellence, no award was given. Any category not listed has no winner.<br> <br> School divisions are based on student enrollment, including both graduate and undergraduate: Large schools have at least 10,000 students and small schools have 9,999 or fewer students.<br> <br> The list below details all Region 9 winners. If you have any questions regarding the MOE Awards, contact Christine Cordial via email or phone at 317-920-4788.<br> <br> This list reflects the spelling and titles submitted in the award entries.<br> <br> <b>Newspapers</b><br> Breaking News Reporting (Large) 10,000+ Students<br> Winner: U student killed in Red Butte Canyon shooting - by Emily Anderson and Steven Morgan, University of Utah<br> Finalist: Dee Events Center relief center for evacuees - by Cydnee Green, Briana Whatcott and John Wise, Weber State University<br> Finalist: Gun discharges near a campus food court, no injuries reported - by Kimberly Bojorquez and Adam Dillenbeck, Utah Valley University<br> <br> Breaking News Reporting (Small) 1-9,999 Students<br> Winner: Instructor with a story: League of Women Voters honors teacher with democracy award - by Jesi Lofink, Laramie County Community College<br> <br> General News Reporting (Large) 10,000+ Students<br> Winner: U student Lorene Kamalu runs for Kaysville mayor - by Jacqueline Mumford, University of Utah<br> Finalist: Family of original 'Big Ed' hopes to reopen popular restaurant - by Claudia Robles, University of Utah <br> Finalist: End of life journeys often create ethical questions - by Kelsey Johnson, Brigham Young University<br> <br> General News Reporting (Small) 1-9,999 Students<br> Winner: Harmon empowers those he is leading - by Chianna Schoenthaler, Colorado State University-Pueblo<br> <br> In-Depth Reporting (Large) 10,000+ Students<br> Winner: $8 million of Huntsman school differential tuition being spent without input from students - by Alison Berg and Carter Moore, Utah State University<br> Finalist: IX the hard way: Required sexual assault records not maintained by UVU - by Brigham Berthold and McKhelyn Jones, Utah Valley University<br> Finalist: Incarceration instead of medical care - by Rachel Badali, Weber State University<br> <br> In-Depth Reporting (Small) 1-9,999 Students<br> Winner: LCCC welcomes 22 new faculty - by Jenna Piper, Laramie County Community College<br> <br> Feature Writing (Large) 10,000+ Students<br> Winner: HOPE squads help prevent suicide in Utah high schools - by Zoe McGinn, Brigham Young University<br> Finalist: Perfectionism in Mormon culture: How community members suffer from judgement and simple misunderstandings - by McKenzie Stauffer, Utah Valley University<br> Finalist: 5 horror movies that subvert tropes of gender, race and politics - by Alina Hansen, University of Utah<br> <br> Feature Writing (Small) 1-9,999 Students<br> Winner: Making lasting relationships through obsession - by Alexandra Purcell, Colorado State University-Pueblo<br> Finalist: Musician gets his big break in Fort Collins - by Hannah Martin, Laramie County Community College<br> Sports Writing (Large) 10,000+ Students<br> Winner: Batboy finds solace from disease on the diamond - by Brittni Meservy, University of Utah<br> Finalist: BYU alumnus leads second life in MMA ring - by Caleb Turner, Brigham Young University<br> Finalist: Concussion concerns reach youth sports - by Derrek Ballard, Weber State University<br> <br> Sports Writing (Small) 1-9,999 Students<br> Winner: Celebrating 10 years with a win - by Chris Graham, Colorado State University-Pueblo<br> Finalist: Inside look at a nationally ranked soccer team - by Abby Morillon, Laramie County Community College <br> Finalist: Athletes credit wins to superstitions - by Jacob Hamel and Nikole Anderson, Laramie County Community College<br> <br> Editorial Writing<br> Winner: Different shootings, same ruling; Appreciation or appropriation?; What I saw at the Ben Shapiro protest - by Connor Richards, University of Utah<br> Finalist: CMU is boring; Words are just words, ASG; Growth is not what Grand Junction wants - by Alec Williams and Lauren Lipski, Colorado Mesa University<br> Finalist: Echoes from a concerned snowflake; SLC's dirty little secret; Nation's worst driving: Utah crashes into top spot - by Paul Braden, University of Utah<br> <br> General Column Writing (Large) 10,000+ Students<br> Winner: Suicide's imprint; Disconnected: Walking away from technology's seduction; A divided America - One year later - by Daryn Steed, Weber State University<br> Finalist: I think I remember the end of the world; When in Rome, fight the power; A colorful approach to cultural appropriation - by Cole Eckhardt, Weber State University<br> Finalist: Reinstatement of Roy High teacher is unacceptable; Utah marriage culture poses problems for young adults; The U needs an amnesty policy - by Shaelyn Barber, University of Utah<br> <br> General Column Writing (Small) 1-9,999 Students<br> Winner: Changing lives one sponsorship at a time; Stars are falling, don’t chase them; How I became a professional chef in a week - by Jenna Piper, Jacob Hamel and Isaiah Colbert, Laramie County Community College<br> Finalist: Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice; Cinema facing bigger accusations of whitewashing; Homeless for the holidays - by Isaiah Colbert and Jacob Hamel, Laramie County Community College<br> <br> Sports Column Writing<br> Winner: A personal thank you to the man in the odd cap; Rayshad Lewis owes you nothing; Nothing but respect for those who kneel - by Logan Jones, Utah State University<br> Finalist: On the flipside of a storybook ending; End of the Jalen Moore era; Crossroads of USU football - by Daniel Hansen, Utah State University<br> Finalist: SEC country provides memorable experience for all involved; Poor officiating ruined Friday’s Rocky Mountain Showdown; Mike Bobo is still the right leader for CSU football - by Justin Michael, Colorado State University<br> <br> Best All-Around Daily Student Newspaper<br> Winner: The Rocky Mountain Collegian - by Staff of The Rocky Mountain Collegian, Colorado State University<br> <br> Best All-Around Non Daily Student Newspaper<br> Winner: CSU-Pueblo Today - by Staff of CSU-Pueblo Today, Colorado State University-Pueblo<br> Finalist: The Utah Chronicle - by Staff of The Utah Chronicle, University of Utah<br> Finalist: The Daily Universe - by Staff of The Daily Universe, Brigham Young University<br> <br> <b>Magazines</b><br> Non-Fiction Magazine Article<br> Winner: Standing Rock - by Jesse Nuese Yaker, Community College of Denver<br> Finalist: Absurd, abusive and outrageous: the creation of crime and criminals in America - by Christopher Zoukis, Adams State University<br> Finalist: I am not your Negro - by Hayden Mears, Community College of Denver<br> <br> Best Student Magazine<br> Winner: Metrosphere - by Staff of Metrosphere, Metropolitan State University of Denver<br> Finalist: The Star, Journal of Excellence - by Staff of The Star, Journal of Excellence, Community College of Denver<br> Finalist: College Avenue - by Staff of College Avenue, Colorado State University<br> <br> <b>Art/Graphics</b><br> Breaking News Photography (Large) 10,000+ Students<br> Winner: Bomb threat made in Morgan Library - by Tony Villalobos May, Colorado State University<br> Finalist: Provo mayor wins congressional election - by Savannah Hopkinson, Brigham Young University<br> Finalist: Welcome home, Hokule‘a - by Pono Suganuma, Utah State University<br> <br> General News Photography (Large) 10,000+ Students<br> Winner: Civilians reconnect with veterans - by Carl Glenn Payne, Metropolitan State University of Denver<br> Finalist: Utah Women's March - by Adam Fondren, University of Utah<br> Finalist: DACA students march after Trump's announcement - by Kimberly Bojorquez, Utah Valley University<br> <br> Feature Photography (Large) 10,000+ Students<br> Winner: Swift - by Lauren Brown, Community College of Denver <br> Finalist: Smoking on the Canal - by Todd Smith, Community College of Denver<br> Finalist: Mental health on campus - by Adam Fondren, University of Utah<br> <br> Feature Photography (Small) 1-9,999 Students<br> Winner: Brues Ale House interior - by Wes Padgett, Colorado State University-Pueblo<br> Finalist: Student Veterans of America students - by Jon Doose, Colorado State University-Pueblo<br> Finalist: Photographer Kevin Malella - by Madison Hildebrand-Cozzolino, Colorado State University-Pueblo<br> <br> Photo Illustration (Large) 10,000+ Students<br> Winner: 2017 eclipse - by Kiffer Creveling, University of Utah<br> Finalist: Jail first stop for many of Utah's mentally ill citizens - by Joshua Wineholt, Weber State University <br> Finalist: Missing - by Chris Marcinek and Jesus Almader, Colorado Mesa University<br> <br> Photo Illustration (Small) 1-9,999 Students<br> Winner: Ride the lightning - by Isaiah Colbert and Cody Fox, Laramie County Community College<br> Finalist: October cover - by Isaiah Colbert, Laramie County Community College<br> <br> Sports Photography (Large) 10,000+ Students<br> Winner: Cats go pro after WSU - by Gabe Cerritos, Weber State University<br> Finalist: BYU women's volleyball beats IMU and wins WCC championship - by Savannah Hopkinson, Brigham Young University <br> Finalist: Smith provides leadership for UVU women's soccer - by Mykah Heaton, Utah Valley University<br> <br> Sports Photography (Small) 1-9,999 Students<br> Winner: Celebrating 10 years with a win - by Avery Lewis, Colorado State University-Pueblo<br> Finalist: Inside look at a nationally ranked soccer team - by Abby Morillon, Laramie County Community College<br> Finalist: Mixed results for rodeo - by Cody Fox, Laramie County Community College<br> <br> Editorial Cartooning<br> Winner: College pressure is detrimental to students’ health; SLC’s dirty little secret - by Lindsay Schuring, University of Utah<br> Finalist: Where in the world is Melissa Frost?; No vegan options for students; Marry me - by Tyler Carpenter, Utah Valley University<br> <br> <b>Radio</b><br> Radio News Reporting<br> Winner: Words from women who marched - by Erin Cox, Utah State University<br> <br> Radio Feature<br> Winner: 'They're built on love': Raising children with Williams syndrome - by Rhesa Ledbetter, Utah State University<br> Finalist: 50 years of rodeo photography: a career behind the camera - by Bronson Teichert, Utah State University<br> Finalist: Crossing borders: a mother and her transgender son reflect - by Rhesa Ledbetter, Utah State University<br> <br> Radio In-Depth Reporting<br> Winner: A state of addiction: the search for alternative painkillers - by Rhesa Ledbetter, Utah State University<br> Finalist: A future with less water - by Dana Cronin, Colorado College<br> Finalist: GOP tax bill lifts burden from farmers and ranchers - by Bronson Teichert, Utah State University<br> <br> <b>Television</b><br> Television Breaking News Reporting<br> Winner: National women's soccer team announcement - by Ciara Hulet, Brigham Young University <br> Finalist: Presidential visit - by Jessica Coombs, Brigham Young University<br> Finalist: Green preliminary hearing - by Morgan Pratt, Utah State University<br> <br> Television General News Reporting<br> Winner: Bears Ears rally at Utah State Capitol - by Rachael Griffen, Brigham Young University<br> Finalist: Mental health on campus - by Yekta Eskandari, Metropolitan State University of Denver<br> Finalist: Undocumented immigrant worker - by Melissa Barraza, New Mexico State University<br> <br> Television Feature Reporting<br> Winner: A smashing charity success - by Jessica Coombs, Brigham Young University<br> Finalist: Fall foliage - by Charlee Young, Brigham Young University<br> Finalist: Former UHP trooper overcomes career ending accident - by Shannon Grondel, Brigham Young University<br> <br> Television In-Depth Reporting<br> Winner: Altitude sickness - by Ciara Hulet, Brigham Young University <br> Finalist: Organ festival - by Jessica Coombs, Brigham Young University<br> Finalist: Opioid crisis - by Shannon Grondel, Brigham Young University<br> <br> Television Sports Reporting<br> Winner: Overcoming adversity on the field - by Celeste Zubia, Metropolitan State University of Denver<br> Finalist: From rivalry to unity - by Jessica Coombs, Brigham Young University <br> Finalist: How TJ Haws rose to BYU basketball stardom - by Kiley Bradley, Brigham Young University<br> <br> Best All-Around Television Newscast<br> Winner: November 10, 2017 newscast - by Staff of Met Report, Metropolitan State University of Denver<br> Finalist: ElevenNews at Noon - by Melissa Gibbs, Brigham Young University<br> Finalist: A-TV News - by Staff of A-TV News, Utah State University<br> <br> <br> <b>Online</b><br> Online News Reporting<br> Winner: Justice New Mexico - by Staff of New Mexico News Port, University of New Mexico<br> Finalist: Transient camps pose complex problems for Utah County - by Saul Marquez, Brigham Young University<br> Finalist: Fracking boom leads to tension in Navajo communities - by Melorie Begay, University of New Mexico<br> <br> Online Feature Reporting<br> Winner: The heartbreak drug: Xanax at CU Boulder - by Jackson Barnett, University of Colorado Boulder<br> Finalist: Mindful meditation: a simple solution to semester stress - by Bryden Smith, Arapahoe Community College<br> Finalist: 121 a day - by Scott Bright, Arapahoe Community College<br> <br> Online In-Depth Reporting<br> Winner: Utah works to reverse opioid overdose trends - by Alyssa Nielsen, Brigham Young University<br> Finalist: BYU student housing mandates mean landlords have a built-in clientele - by Staff of The Daily Universe, Brigham Young University<br> <br> Online Sports Reporting<br> Finalist: Flint water crisis hits home for Kyle Kuzma - by Kimberly Brenneisen, University of Utah <br> Finalist: BYU men's basketball turning inside out - by Samuel Wilder, Brigham Young University<br> <br> Online Opinion & Commentary<br> Winner: Black Girl in a Blizzard columns - by Lauren Arnold, University of Colorado Boulder<br> Finalist: Resistance: the people's super PAC; The NRA is not a branch of government--Congress is; Russia is big. So is Trump's Russia problem - by Vicki Johnson, Arapahoe Community College<br> <br> Online Opinion & Commentary<br> Finalist: Connecting the dots between the election, the Oscars and the NFL/NBA finals; General Conference talks show disparity between LDS leaders and believers; Following BYU's reversal on caffeine, Utah decides to sell alcohol, marijuana on campus - by Justin Adams, University of Utah<br> <br> Best Affiliated Web Site<br> Winner: The Rocky Mountain Collegian - by Staff of The Rocky Mountain Collegian, Colorado State University<br> Finalist: DailyUtahChronicle.com - by Staff of The Daily Utah Chronicle, University of Utah<br> Finalist: The Signpost - by Cydnee Green, Weber State University<br> <br> Best Independent Online Student Publication<br> Winner: The Arapahoe Pinnacle - by Jamey Trotter, Arapahoe Community College<br> Finalist: New Mexico News Port - by Staff of New Mexico News Port, University of New Mexico<br> Finalist: CU Independent - by Staff of CU Independent, University of Colorado Boulder<br> <br> Best Use of Multimedia<br> Winner: Hats in ring, gubernatorial candidates debate - by Met Media Staff, Metropolitan State University of Denver<br> Finalist: Hundreds gather at DIA to protest Trump executive action banning refugees, Muslims - by Jackson Barnett, University of Colorado Boulder<br> Finalist: With DACA rescinded, Boulder rallies to support immigrants - by Carina Julig, Jake Mauff, Lucy Haggard and Heidi Harris, University of Colorado Boulder<br> <br> <b>Videography</b><br> Broadcast News Videography<br> Winner: Goldfish racing - by Ben Nielsen, Utah State University<br> Finalist: Post capital campaign election results interviews - by Chris Edwards, Tyler Haak, Brooke Darden and Jenna Piper, Laramie County Community College<br> <br> Online/Digital News Videography<br> Winner: Gender wage gap analysis - by Jacob Hamel and Jenna Piper, Laramie County Community College<br> <br> <i>SPJ promotes the free flow of information vital to informing citizens; works to inspire and educate the next generation of journalists; and fights to protect First Amendment guarantees of freedom of speech and press. Support excellent journalism and fight for your right to know. <a href="http://www.spj.org/join.asp">Become a member</a>, <a href="https://www.spj.org/ldf.asp">give to the Legal Defense Fund</a>, or <a href="https://www.spj.org/donate.asp">give to the Sigma Delta Chi Foundation</a>.</i><br> <br> <div align"=center">-END-</div> Mon, 23 Apr 2018 00:00:00 -0500 Region 10 Mark of Excellence winners announced http://www.spj.org/news.asp?REF=1567 Contacts:<br> Christine Cordial, SPJ Program Coordinator, 317-920-4788, awards@spj.org<br> Anna Gutierrez, SPJ Communications Coordinator, 317-920-4785, communications@spj.org<br> <br> INDIANAPOLIS — The Society of Professional Journalists recognizes the best collegiate journalism in Region 10 with 2017 Mark of Excellence Awards winners.<br> <br> SPJ’s Region 10 comprises Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington. Honorees were notified via email and will receive their award certificates in the mail. Region 10 did not have a conference this year.<br> <br> First-place winners will compete at the national level among other regional MOE winners from the 12 SPJ regions.<br> <br> National winners will be notified in the late spring and will be recognized at the Excellence in Journalism conference in Baltimore.<br> <br> MOE Awards entries are judged by professionals with at least three years of journalism experience. Judges were directed to choose entries they felt were among the best in student journalism. If no entry rose to the level of excellence, no award was given. Any category not listed has no winner.<br> <br> School divisions are based on student enrollment, including both graduate and undergraduate: Large schools have at least 10,000 students and small schools have 9,999 or fewer students.<br> <br> The list below details all Region 10 winners. If you have any questions regarding the MOE Awards, contact Christine Cordial via email or phone at 317-920-4788.<br> <br> This list reflects the spelling and titles submitted in the award entries.<br> <br> <b>Newspapers</b><br> Breaking News Reporting (Large) 10,000+ Students<br> Finalist: ‘They have to start it!' UW shooting suspect seen in video shortly before confrontation - by Kelsey Hamlin, University of Washington<br> Finalist: PLU's $3 million problem - by Staff of Mast Media, Pacific Lutheran University<br> <br> Breaking News Reporting (Small) 1-9,999 Students<br> Winner: UP alum struck by car on main crosswalk - by Rachel Rippetoe, University of Portland<br> <br> General News Reporting (Large) 10,000+ Students<br> Winner: Tracking impact of budget cuts - by Forrest Holt, Cody Cottier and Jessica Zhou, Washington State University<br> Finalist: DACA program impact - by Richard Steeves and Riley Youngman, Oregon State University<br> Finalist: Student immigrants skeptical of Trump's promises - by Daisy Perez, Central Washington University<br> <br> General News Reporting (Small) 1-9,999 Students<br> Winner: ROTC adjusts training in era of mass shootings - by Claire Desmarais and Brennan Robinson, University of Portland<br> Finalist: Homeward banned - by Katie Kales, Gonzaga University<br> Finalist: Knights suspended - by Joseph Thompson, Gonzaga University<br> <br> In-Depth Reporting (Large) 10,000+ Students<br> Winner: Rental inspection results reveal issues with landlords in York and Sehome neighborhoods - by Erasmus Baxter and Alexis Edgar, Western Washington University<br> Finalist: Student convicted of sexual assault readmitted - by Caleb Huisingh, Erasmus Baxter and Asia Fields, Western Washington University<br> Finalist: RA room intruder was volunteer track coach - by Caleb Huisingh, Western Washington University<br> <br> In-Depth Reporting (Small) 1-9,999 Students<br> Winner: What's that smell? Student research shifts nuisance odor investigation - by Clare Duffy, Hannah Sievert, Cheyenne Schoen and Rachel Rippetoe, University of Portland<br> <br> Feature Writing (Large) 10,000+ Students<br> Winner: Basically Legal: Montana fails to protect victims of revenge porn. Why? - by Lucy Tompkins, University of Montana<br> Finalist: Trash crews clear move-out mess - by Cody Cottier, Washington State University<br> Finalist: Veteran’s rescued flag receives honor guard, 50 years later - by Alex Halverson, Western Washington University<br> <br> Feature Writing (Small) 1-9,999 Students<br> Winner: Call to the church - by Hannah Sievert, University of Portland<br> Finalist: Remembering Chris Martin - by Katie Kales, Gonzaga University<br> Finalist: Gap year: 2016 alumna defers grad school to fight cancer - by Olivia Sanchez, University of Portland<br> <br> Sports Writing (Large) 10,000+ Students<br> Winner: Sidelined: How a devastating leg injury cut Reese Phillips’ season short - by Jackson Wagner, University of Montana<br> Finalist: At Martin Stadium, a special room for the drunk and disorderly - by Jen Ladwig, Washington State University <br> Finalist: Froling's intercontinental journey leads to MU - by Andrew Goldstein, Marquette University<br> <br> Sports Writing (Small) 1-9,999 Students<br> Winner: Tall standards - by Ben Arthur, University of Portland<br> Finalist: Men's basketball tournament earnings - by Justin Reed, Gonzaga University<br> Finalist: Walk on Hallinan getting opportunity to play - by Ben Arthur, University of Portland<br> <br> Editorial Writing<br> Winner: State legislature undervalues Western students’ need for mental health services; Bellingham Bridge honoring Confederate general needs name change; Whatcom GOP's support of Eric Bostrom promotes hate - by Suzanna Leung, Western Washington University<br> Finalist: Students can take action against travel ban; Jury-selection process needs to accommodate the WSU community; Make your voices heard to administrators - by The Daily Evergreen Editorial Board, Washington State University <br> Finalist: If you weren't paying attention before, now is the time; Reconsider your Greek life FOMO; Appreciate, don't appropriate this Halloween - by Rachel Rippetoe, Olivia Sanchez, Dora Totoian and Owen Price, University of Portland<br> <br> General Column Writing (Large) 10,000+ Students<br> Finalist: Stigma, mental health, and U(W) columns - by Sarah Corn, University of Washington <br> Finalist: Queeries columns - by Cal Reynolds, University of Montana<br> <br> General Column Writing (Small) 1-9,999 Students<br> Winner: Calling it: Weinstein scandals and others prove we are living in a world of the red dot; An ode to the Obamas; Journalists better get ready for a fight - by Rachel Rippetoe, University of Portland<br> <br> Best All-Around Daily Student Newspaper<br> Winner: The Daily Evergreen - by Staff of The Daily Evergreen, Washington State University<br> <br> Best All-Around Non Daily Student Newspaper<br> Winner: The Daily Barometer - by Staff of The Daily Barometer, Oregon State University<br> Finalist: Observer - by Staff of Observer, Central Washington University<br> Finalist: The Gonzaga Bulletin - by Eden Laase and Jared Brown, Gonzaga University<br> <br> <b>Magazine</b><br> Non-Fiction Magazine Article<br> Winner: A water-bottling plant creates a rift in Montana - by Olga Kreimer, University of Montana<br> Finalist: Listen closely - by Bryn Yasui, Western Washington University<br> Finalist: Political science - by Jesse Nichols, Western Washington University<br> <br> Best Student Magazine<br> Winner: Voyage - by Jenjira Milan, Shannon Gu, Daniel Green and Jack Russillo, University of Washington<br> Finalist: DAMchic - by Staff of DAMchic, Oregon State University<br> Finalist: The Planet Magazine - by Staff of The Planet Magazine, Western Washington University<br> <br> <b>Art/Graphics</b><br> Breaking News Photography (Large) 10,000+ Students<br> Winner: Not in our KittCo - by Jack Lambert, Central Washington University<br> Finalist: Women's march - by Tailyr Irvine, University of Montana<br> Finalist: A Cemetery of Lecturers - by Hope Freier, University of Montana<br> <br> Breaking News Photography (Small) 1-9,999 Students<br> Winner: Fists rising in fall, a surprise encounter with a Boston protest - by Brenna Sinding, Peninsula College<br> <br> General News Photography (Large) 10,000+ Students<br> Winner: Students march in solidarity - by Zbigniew Sikora, Oregon State University<br> <br> General News Photography (Small) 1-9,999 Students<br> Winner: Kraziness in the Kennel - by Jack Kiesewetter, Gonzaga University<br> Finalist: A great America - by Libby Kamrowski, Gonzaga University<br> Finalist: Listen up - by Gavin Doremus, Gonzaga University<br> <br> Feature Photography (Large) 10,000+ Students<br> Winner: CWU celebrates MLK - by McKenzie Lakey and Jack Lambert, Central Washington University<br> Finalist: Eye in the sky - by Miranda Abrashi, Western Washington University<br> <br> Feature Photography (Small) 1-9,999 Students<br> Winner: What does the hijab mean to you? - by Annika Gordon, University of Portland<br> Finalist: Flight of the symphony - by Gavin Doremus, Gonzaga University<br> Finalist: The Colors of Coast Modern - by Kathryn Graham, Gonzaga University<br> <br> Photo Illustration (Large) 10,000+ Students<br> Winner: 3 and out - by Zbigniew Sikora, Oregon State University<br> <br> Sports Photography (Large) 10,000+ Students<br> Winner: Everyone's kicking - by Liam Keshishian, University of Montana<br> Finalist: Sideline catch - by Ryan Pugh, Washington State University<br> <br> Sports Photography (Small) 1-9,999 Students<br> Winner: Finally four - by Gavin Doremus, Gonzaga University<br> Finalist: Unleashing the beast - by Libby Kamrowski, Gonzaga University<br> Finalist: River of light - by Amanda Ford, Gonzaga University<br> <br> Editorial Cartooning<br> Winner: Fake news; Big nerd bully Trump; Let your mind wander - by Nick Sandifer, Washington State University<br> <br> <b>Radio</b><br> Radio News Reporting<br> Winner: Butte holds "wake" for birds killed in the Berkeley Pit - by Nora Saks, University of Montana<br> Finalist: Jail offers some addicts first crack at treatment - by Rick Rowan, University of Montana<br> <br> Radio Feature<br> Winner: Peer treatment program offers new hope in Fort Belknap - by Nora Saks, University of Montana<br> Finalist: Carillon bells - by Kate Cier, University of Montana<br> Finalist: Accordian man - by Rosie Costain, University of Montana<br> <br> Radio Sports Reporting<br> Finalist: Collegiate esports - by Preston Snyder and Ethan Shaw, Washington State University<br> <br> <b>Television</b><br> Television Breaking News Reporting<br> Finalist: Stabbing in Corvallis - by Staffs of The Daily Barometer and KBVR, Oregon State University<br> <br> Television General News Reporting<br> Finalist: UREC free parking trial - by Jasmine Darakjy, Washington State University<br> <br> Television Feature Reporting<br> Winner: Ballet beyond borders - by Meri DeMarois, University of Montana<br> Finalist: Read with the Griz - by Mederios Whitworth-Babb, University of Montana<br> <br> Television In-Depth Reporting<br> Winner: Chiapas: Nueva Bestia - by Estreyita Rosales, Washington State University<br> <br> Television Sports Reporting<br> Winner: Griz pen pals - by DJ Stewart, University of Montana<br> <br> Best All-Around Television Newscast<br> Finalist: November 9, 2017 newscast - by Austin Getz, Alfredo Llanos and Shannon Heckt, Washington State University <br> Finalist: October 27, 2017 newscast - by UM News Class, University of Montana<br> <br> <b>Online</b><br> Online News Reporting<br> Winner: UM to Fukushima: Finding home after fallout - by Staff of UM to Fukushima: Finding Home After Fallout, University of Montana<br> Finalist: OSU walkout complete coverage - by Staff of The Daily Barometer, Oregon State University<br> Finalist: Seattle could be first in US to stop rental criminal history discrimination - by Kelsey Hamlin, University of Washington<br> <br> Online Feature Reporting<br> Winner: Life and terror: John Paul Mugisha finds a new life on The Bluff - by Rachel Ramirez, University of Portland<br> Finalist: Trump administration’s termination of DACA program sees local impact - by Riley Youngman, Oregon State University<br> Finalist: When corporations move in - by Staff of OR Magazine, University of Oregon<br> <br> Online In-Depth Reporting<br> Winner: Montana's meth effect - by Staff of metheffect.com, University of Montana<br> <br> Online Sports Reporting<br> Winner: Five Star Women: the fight for gender equity in athletics - by Kelsey Jones, Washington State University<br> <br> Best Affiliated Web Site<br> Winner: www.cwupulsemagazine.com - by Nicole Trejo-Valli, Ryan Weier, Lexi Phillips and Mandi Ringgenberg, Central Washington University<br> <br> Best Independent Online Student Publication<br> Winner: The Beacon - by Staff of The Beacon, University of Portland<br> Finalist: OR Magazine - by Staff of OR Magazine, University of Oregon<br> <br> Best Use of Multimedia<br> Winner: Closed doors; open questions - by Staff of OR Magazine, University of Oregon<br> Finalist: Environmental protection: It’s on us - by Staff of OR Magazine, University of Oregon<br> <br> <b>Videography</b><br> Online/Digital News Videography<br> Winner: Protesters disrupt Board of Trustees meeting - by Staff of The Daily Barometer, Oregon State University<br> Finalist: Awkwardness, tears, jeers and questions after ethics speech by Daimler CEO - by Cheyenne Schoen, University of Portland<br> <br> Online/Digital Feature Videography<br> Winner: Troubled waters - by Jesse Nichols and Kjell Redal, Western Washington University<br> Finalist: Murder mystery - by Jesse Nichols, Western Washington University<br> Finalist: Stone cold sober - by October Yates, Western Washington University<br> <br> <i>SPJ promotes the free flow of information vital to informing citizens; works to inspire and educate the next generation of journalists; and fights to protect First Amendment guarantees of freedom of speech and press. Support excellent journalism and fight for your right to know. <a href="http://www.spj.org/join.asp">Become a member</a>, <a href="https://www.spj.org/ldf.asp">give to the Legal Defense Fund</a>, or <a href="https://www.spj.org/donate.asp">give to the Sigma Delta Chi Foundation</a>.</i><br> <br> <div align"=center">-END-</div><br> Mon, 23 Apr 2018 00:00:00 -0500 Announcing the 2017 Sigma Delta Chi Award winners http://www.spj.org/news.asp?REF=1568 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE <br> <br> Contacts:<br> Christine Cordial, SPJ Program Coordinator, 317-920-4788, awards@spj.org <br> Anna Gutierrez, SPJ Communications Coordinator, 317-920-4785, communications@spj.org <br> <br> <i>Editor's note: This release has been updated to include the final honorees.</i><br> <br> INDIANAPOLIS — The <a href="https://www.spj.org/index.asp">Society of Professional Journalists</a> is proud to recognize the recipients of the <a href="https://www.spj.org/a-sdx.asp">Sigma Delta Chi Awards</a>, which honor exceptional professional journalism produced in 2017.<br> <br> Prominent veteran journalists, who served as SDX Awards judges, selected 82 honorees from more than 1,100 submissions. The winners will be honored at an awards banquet June 8 at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. <a href="https://www.spj.org/a-sdx-banquet.asp">Tickets may be purchased</a> through May 25. <br> <br> Dating back to 1932, the awards originally honored six individuals for contributions to journalism. The current program began in 1939, when the Society granted the first Distinguished Service Awards. The honors later became the Sigma Delta Chi Awards.<br> <br> Entries included submissions from television and radio broadcasts, newspapers, online news outlets and magazines. Visit the <a href="https://www.spj.org/sdxa17.asp">SDX Awards winners website</a> for individual links to the winning works.<br> <br> Judges may withhold an award if they determine no entry merits recognition; any category not listed has no winner. <br> <br> This list reflects the spelling and titles submitted in the award entries.<br> <br> <div align"=center"><b>2017 Sigma Delta Chi Winners</b></div><br> <br> <b>Newspapers/Wire Services</b><br> Deadline Reporting (Daily Circulation of 1-50,000)<br> Northern California Wildfires – by The Press Democrat staff<br> <br> Deadline Reporting (Daily Circulation of 50,001-100,000)<br> Mass Shooting on the Strip - by Las Vegas Review-Journal staff<br> <br> Deadline Reporting (Daily Circulation of 100,001+)<br> San Francisco Chronicle: Wine Country Fires - by San Francisco Chronicle staff<br> <br> Deadline Reporting (Non-Daily Publication)<br> Unbreakable Vegas: Stories of Heroism and Resilience in the Face of Tragedy - by Greenspun Media Group staff<br> <br> Non-Deadline Reporting (Daily Circulation of 1-50,000)<br> Race in the Rock River Valley - by Corina Curry, Rockford Register Star<br> <br> Non-Deadline Reporting (Daily Circulation of 50,001-100,000)<br> 'The Expendables' - by Jamie Satterfield, Knoxville News Sentinel<br> <br> Non-Deadline Reporting (Daily Circulation of 100,001+)<br> Falling Off the Cliff - by Ronnie Polaneczky, Philadelphia Media Network<br> <br> Non-Deadline Reporting (Non-Daily Publication)<br> How a Floating Bale of Cocaine Led to the Florida Keys' Worst Murder in Decades - by Tim Elfrink, Miami New Times<br> <br> Investigative Reporting (Daily Circulation of 1-50,000)<br> High Crimes - by Matt Troutman and Erin Sloan, Traverse City Record-Eagle<br> <br> Investigative Reporting (Daily Circulation of 50,001-100,000)<br> One War. Two Races. - by Josh Salman, Dak Le and Michael Braga, Sarasota Herald Tribune<br> <br> Investigative Reporting (Daily Circulation of 100,001+)<br> Shock Tactics - by Jason Szep, Peter Eisler, Tim Reid, Lisa Girion, Grant Smith and Team, Reuters<br> <br> Investigative Reporting (Non-Daily Publication)<br> Sebastian Gorka's Ties to an Anti-Semitic Hungarian Militia - by Larry Cohler-Esses and Lili Bayer, Forward<br> <br> Feature Reporting (Daily Circulation of 1-50,000)<br> Behind the Front Door: Inside Domestic Violence in Greenwich - by Emilie Munson, Hearst Connecticut Media<br> <br> Feature Reporting (Daily Circulation of 50,001-100,000)<br> Lightning: A Survivor's Tale - by Ken Willis, Daytona Beach News-Journal<br> <br> Feature Reporting (Daily Circulation of 100,001+)<br> Hanging: The Mysterious Case of the Boy in the Barn - by Julia Prodis Sulek, The Mercury News<br> <br> Feature Reporting (Non-Daily Publication)<br> Acid Trip - by Chris Walker, Westword<br> <br> Editorial Writing (Daily Circulation of 1-100,000/Non-Daily Publication)<br> Shedding Light on Death - by Jeffery Gerritt, Palestine Herald-Press<br> <br> Editorial Writing (Daily Circulation of 100,001+)<br> Crumbling Foundations - by Carolyn Lumsden, Hartford Courant<br> <br> Washington Correspondence<br> Russia - by The Washington Post staff<br> <br> Foreign Correspondence<br> Boko Haram Coverage - by Dionne Searcey, New York Times<br> <br> General Column Writing (Daily Circulation of 100,001+)<br> Petula Dvorak - by Petula Dvorak, The Washington Post<br> <br> Sports Column Writing (Daily Circulation of 1-100,000/Non-Daily Publication)<br> The Resurrection of Howard Baseball - by David Cook, Chattanooga Times Free Press<br> <br> Sports Column Writing (Daily Circulation of 100,001+)<br> A Season Under the Gun - by Rick Telander, Chicago Sun-Times<br> <br> Public Service Journalism (Daily Circulation of 1-50,000)<br> Understanding Harvey - by Jessica Priest, Laura Garcia, Jon Wilcox and Marina Riker, Victoria Advocate<br> <br> Public Service Journalism (Daily Circulation of 50,001-100,000)<br> Detroit Evictions - by Christine MacDonald, The Detroit News<br> <br> Public Service Journalism (Daily Circulation of 100,001+)<br> Harassed - by The New York Times staff<br> <br> Public Service Journalism (Non-Daily Publication)<br> The Price of Homelessness - by Puget Sound Business Journal staff<br> <br> <b>Magazines</b><br> Magazine Investigative Reporting (National Circulation)<br> Ronan Farrow's Investigation of Harvey Weinstein - by Ronan Farrow, The New Yorker<br> <br> Magazine Investigative Reporting (Regional/Local Circulation)<br> Death from Above - by Christopher Collins, The Texas Observer<br> <br> Magazine Writing (National Circulation)<br> "A Mass Shooting, Only in Slow Motion" - by Glenn Jeffers and Staff, Nieman Reports, Nieman Foundation for Journalism<br> <br> Magazine Writing (Regional/Local Circulation)<br> Alan Dickson's Final Days - by Alexandra Becker, TMC Pulse - Texas Medical Center<br> <br> Public Service in Magazine Journalism (National Circulation)<br> Vital Signs - by Kayla Webley Adler, Marie Claire<br> <br> Public Service in Magazine Journalism (Regional/Local Circulation)<br> Trump's Wall and Prescott Hall - by Neil Swidey, The Boston Globe Magazine<br> <br> <b>Art/Graphics</b><br> Breaking News Photography (Newspaper Circulation-100,001+) or Affiliated Website/National Magazine<br> Rohingya: A Crisis - by Bernat Armangue and Dar Yasin, Associated Press<br> <br> Editorial Cartooning (Newspaper Cir. 1-100,000/Regional Magazine/ Non-Daily Publication)<br> Walt Handelsman 2017 Cartoons - by Walt Handelsman, The Advocate<br> <br> Editorial Cartooning (Newspaper Circulation of 100,001+) or Affiliated Website/National Magazine<br> The Cartoons of Clay Bennett - by Clay Bennett, Chattanooga Times Free Press<br> <br> Feature Photography (Newspaper Cir. 1-100,000/Regional Magazine/ Non-Daily Publication)<br> Unheard - by David Bitton, Stillwater News Press<br> <br> Feature Photography (Newspaper Circulation of 100,001+) or Affiliated Website/National Magazine<br> Death from Above - by Marcus Yam, Los Angeles Times<br> <br> Informational Graphics (Newspaper Cir. 1-100,000/Regional Magazine/ Non-Daily Publication)<br> Choke Hold: The Fossil Fuel Industry’s Fight Against Climate Policy, Science and Clean Energy - by Paul Horn and Staff, InsideClimate News<br> <br> Informational Graphics (Newspaper Circulation of 100,001+ or Affiliated Website/National Magazine)<br> Russia Interactives - by Marshall Cohen, Tal Yellin and Liz Stark, CNN<br> <br> <b>Radio</b><br> Radio Breaking News Reporting (Market 1-100 or Network Syndication)<br> Las Vegas Shooting - by Kevin DeLany, Westwood One<br> <br> Radio Breaking News Reporting (Market 101+)<br> Shooting Near Ft. Drum Raises Questions about Army Recruitment - by Lauren Rosenthal, Martha Foley and Brian Mann, North Country Public Radio<br> <br> Radio Investigative Reporting (Market 1-100 or Network Syndication)<br> The Gangs of Nantucket - by Phillip Martin, Aaron Schachter and Kenneth Cooper, WGBH Radio News<br> <br> Radio Investigative Reporting (Market 101+)<br> Allegations of Sexual Harassment Surface at Colorado Capitol - by KUNC FM staff<br> <br> Radio Feature Reporting (Market 1-100 or Network Syndication)<br> Cassettes of Hurricane Andrew - by Alicia Zuckerman, WLRN News<br> <br> Radio Feature Reporting (Market 101+)<br> One of a Kind "Ant Dog" Searches for Invasive Ants in the Channel Islands - by Lance Orozco, KCLU AM/FM<br> <br> Radio Documentaries (Market 1-100 or Network Syndication)<br> Her Own Devices - by Jennifer Block, The Investigative Fund and Reveal<br> <br> Radio Documentaries (Market 101+)<br> A Scar on the System- The Case of Albert Fink - by WNIN-FM staff<br> <br> Public Service in Radio Journalism (Market 1-100 or Network Syndication)<br> Gambling on a Shady Casino Operation - by Steve Mistler, Keith Shortall and Andrew Catalina, Maine Public Radio<br> <br> Public Service in Radio Journalism (Market 101+)<br> Divided by Design - by 90.3 WCPN ideastream staff<br> <br> <b>Television</b><br> Breaking News Coverage (Small-Market Station: 50+ market)<br> Hurricane Harvey Coverage - by Leslie Aguilar, KRGV<br> <br> Breaking News Coverage (Large-Market Station: 1-50 market)<br> A City Turned to Ash: The Morning a Wildfire Destroyed Santa Rosa - by Katie Nielsen and Gregg Welk, KPIX-TV (CBS)<br> <br> Breaking News Coverage (Network/Syndication Service/Program Service)<br> Las Vegas Mass Shooting - by NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt staff<br> <br> Documentaries (Small-Market Station: 50+ market)<br> Black Jack Pershing: Love and War - by Bernard R. McCoy, Luis Peon-Casanova, Paul Pytlowany and Christine Lesiak, Painted Rock Productions<br> <br> Documentaries (Large-Market Station: 1-50 market)<br> Fallen - by Josh Hinkle, David Barer, Ben Friberg and Shannon Wolfson, KXAN<br> <br> Documentaries (Network/Syndication Service/Program Service)<br> Let It Fall: Los Angeles 1982-1992 - by John Ridley, Jeanmarie Condon, Melia Patria and Fatima Curry, ABC News Lincoln Square Productions<br> <br> Feature Reporting (Small-Market Station: 50+ market)<br> Eric Hanson's This is Iowa - by Eric Hanson, Glen Biermann, Michael Sims and Cortney Kintzer, KCCI-TV<br> <br> Feature Reporting (Large-Market Station: 1-50 market)<br> Land of 10,000 Stories - by Boyd Huppert, Chad Nelson and KARE Photography Staff, KARE TV<br> <br> Feature Reporting (Network/Syndication Service/Program Service)<br> Against All Odds - by Deborah Kim, Fred Rothenberg, Kate Snow and Terrell Tangonan, Sunday Night with Megyn Kelly<br> <br> Investigative Reporting (Small-Market Station: 50+ market)<br> State of Unrest - by Lee Zurik, Jon Turnipseed, Tom Wright, Mike Schaefer and Greg Phillips, WVUE-TV<br> <br> Investigative Reporting (Large-Market Station: 1-50 market)<br> Faking the Grade - by Chris Papst, Carolyn Sachse and Dwayne Myers, WBFF-TV<br> <br> Investigative Reporting (Network/Syndication Service/Program Service)<br> 60 Minutes: You're Fired - by Bill Whitaker, Ira Rosen, Sam Hornblower and Craig Crawford, CBS<br> <br> Public Service in Television Journalism (Large-Market Station: 1-50 market)<br> Show Us Your Bills 2017 - by Chris Vanderveen, Anna Hewson, Katie Wilcox and Nicole Vap, KUSA<br> <br> Public Service in Television Journalism (Small-Market Station: 50+ market)<br> Cracking the Code - by Lee Zurik, Jeanne Pinder, Jed Lipinski, Jon Turnipseed and Tom Wright, WVUE-TV<br> <br> Public Service in Television Journalism (Network/Syndication Service/Program Service)<br> 60 Minutes and The Washington Post: The Whistleblower - by Bill Whitaker, Ira Rosen, Sam Hornblower and Robert Zimet, CBS<br> <br> <b>Newsletter</b><br> Public Service in Newsletter Journalism<br> Communications Daily Investigates FCC - by Warren Communications News/Communications Daily staff<br> <br> <b>Research</b><br> Research About Journalism<br> The American Journalist in the Digital Age: A Half-Century Perspective - by Lars Willnat, David H. Weaver and G. Cleveland Wilhoit, Indiana University Media School<br> <br> <b>Online Reporting</b><br> Deadline Reporting (Affiliated)<br> Las Vegas Shooting - by Los Angeles Times staff<br> <br> Deadline Reporting (Independent)<br> Las Vegas Shooting - by The Associated Press staff<br> <br> Investigative Reporting (Affiliated)<br> Schoolhouse Sex Assault – by The Associated Press staff<br> <br> Investigative Reporting (Independent)<br> All Work. No Pay. - by Amy Julia Harris and Shoshana Walter, Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting<br> <br> Non-Deadline Reporting (Affiliated)<br> Paradise Papers: Secrets of the Global Elite - by Paradise Papers Reporting Team, ICIJ & Partners<br> <br> Non-Deadline Reporting (Independent)<br> Sold Out - by Morgan Smith, Edgar Walters, Neena Satija and Ryan Murphy, The Texas Tribune<br> <br> Online Column Writing (Affiliated)<br> Timothy L. O'Brien: Column Writing - by Timothy L. O'Brien, Bloomberg View<br> <br> Online Column Writing (Independent)<br> The Global Politico - by Susan Glasser, POLITICO<br> <br> Digital Audio<br> Three Rivers, Two Mysteries - by Michael A. Fuoco and Ashley Murray, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette<br> <br> Audio Slide Show<br> For Art's Sake: The Newspaper My Father Gave Me - by Michael Cavna and Tom Racine, The Washington Post<br> <br> Digital Video<br> 'They're taking everybody' - by Debra Nathan, Maisie Crow and Lauren Feeney, The Intercept<br> <br> EBooks<br> Drawing Fire: The Political Cartoons of Rebel Pepper - by Liming Wang, Minh-Ha Le, Christen Billing and Vince Meadows, Radio Free Asia<br> <br> Specialized Journalism Site<br> United States of Climate Change - by United States of Climate Change Reporting Team, The Weather Channel Digital & Partners<br> <br> Public Service in Online Journalism (Affiliated)<br> Separate and Unequal - by Newsday staff<br> <br> Public Service in Online Journalism (Independent)<br> Lost Mothers - by ProPublica and NPR, ProPublica<br> <br> <i>SPJ promotes the free flow of information vital to informing citizens; works to inspire and educate the next generation of journalists; and fights to protect First Amendment guarantees of freedom of speech and press. Support excellent journalism and fight for your right to know. <a href="http://www.spj.org/join.asp">Become a member</a>, <a href="https://www.spj.org/ldf.asp">give to the Legal Defense Fund</a>, or <a href="https://www.spj.org/donate.asp">give to the Sigma Delta Chi Foundation</a>.</i><br> <br> <i>The Sigma Delta Chi Foundation is a public foundation dedicated to ensuring that those who carry on the tradition of a free press are prepared for the challenge. The SDX Foundation supports educational and professional needs of journalists and journalism students. Support excellent journalism and fight for your right to know. <a href="https://www.spj.org/donate.asp">Give to the Sigma Delta Chi Foundation</a>. </i><br> <br> <div align"=center">-END-</div><br> Mon, 23 Apr 2018 00:00:00 -0500 SPJ is making it crystal clear: Ethical Journalism Matters http://www.spj.org/news.asp?REF=1564 Contacts:<br> Andrew Seaman, SPJ Ethics Committee Chair, 570-483-8555, <email address="as@andrewmseaman.com">as@andrewmseaman.com</a><br> Jennifer Royer, SPJ Director of Communications and Marketing, 317-361-4134, <email address="jroyer@spj.org">jroyer@spj.org</a><br> <br> INDIANAPOLIS – The Society of Professional Journalists' 15th annual <a href="https://www.spj.org/ethicsweek.asp">Ethics Week</a> is April 23-27. The aim for 2018 is clear: SPJ is showing the public that responsible, ethical and accurate journalism is, and will always be, the bedrock of democracy.<br> <br> "The public needs ethical journalism," said Andrew Seaman, SPJ Ethics Committee chair. "Journalists all around the world work each day with our profession's highest standards in mind, and we want to make sure the public understands what ethical journalism looks like in their communities."<br> <br> SPJ's Code of Ethics, which traces its origin to 1926, states that ethical journalism is truthful, compassionate, independent and transparent. The SPJ Code of Ethics, available in nine languages, is voluntarily embraced by thousands of writers, editors and other news professionals around the world. <br> <br> "Ethics Week is an opportunity to educate the public about our work and practices, as well as reinforce the importance of journalism in public discourse," Seaman said. "Without journalism, and without the Code of Ethics to guide journalists, the world would be a much scarier place."<br> <br> SPJ will once again be in Times Square, with giant, blue Ethics Week billboards at 3 Times Square in New York. The billboards will be there from Sunday through April 28. <br> <br> The events planned for Ethics Week 2018 are designed to help journalists and the public talk about ethical journalism – where to find it, how to identify it and how to support and share it.<br> <br> Journalists who would like to bring the Code of Ethics into newsrooms and into day-to-day journalism can participate in SPJ’s Ethics Week webinar. Seaman will host with special guest Lynn Walsh, immediate past president of SPJ, at noon EDT April 25. <a href="https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSes5q859v7bPdVqmmESXy8_JLYyGrmimGBSRP343X7fraRlAA/viewform">Register for the free webinar here</a>.<br> <br> Journalists and members of the public can participate in a Twitter chat "town hall" where journalists will be available to explain their practices to the public, share contact information and provide behind-the-scenes details about how they get story ideas, what happens when they make a mistake and many other areas of journalism. Anyone can join the conversation using the hashtag <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/PressForEthics?src=hash">#PressForEthics</a> at noon EDT April 26.<br> <br> SPJ will publish an e-book April 27. The book will educate the public about journalism ethics. Some of the topics include "How to civilly raise concerns about editorial decisions at print, broadcast and digital news organizations;" "How to tell the difference between impartial and partisan sources of information;" and "What the public should expect from journalists."<br> <br> Also on April 27, Walsh will talk all things journalism ethics on <a href="http://www.jimbohannonshow.com/">The Jim Bohannon Show</a> at 11 p.m. EDT. <a href="http://www.jimbohannonshow.com/station-finder/">Find a station here</a>.<br> <br> SPJ chapters, journalism schools and newsrooms may request free Code of Ethics posters and bookmarks by <a href="https://www.spj.org/ethicsweek-codecopy.asp">filling out this form</a>. Or <a href="https://www.spj.org/ethicscode.asp">download printable copies here</a>. The general public may request a free copy of the Code of Ethics by <a href="https://www.spj.org/ethicsweek-codecopy.asp">filling out this form</a>. Small and large posters may also be purchased in <a href="http://www.cafepress.com/spjmart/11648835">SPJ’s J-Mart</a>.<br> <br> Watch SPJ’s <a href="https://www.facebook.com/SocietyofProfessionalJournalists/">Facebook</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/SPJ_tweets">Twitter</a> and #PressforEthics for updates. Everything else related to Ethics Week will be available online at <a href="ethics.spj.org">ethics.spj.org</a>.<br> <br> <i>SPJ promotes the free flow of information vital to informing citizens; works to inspire and educate the next generation of journalists; and fights to protect First Amendment guarantees of freedom of speech and press. Support excellent journalism and fight for your right to know. <a href="http://www.spj.org/join.asp">Become a member</a>, <a href="https://www.spj.org/ldf.asp">give to the Legal Defense Fund</a>, or <a href="https://www.spj.org/donate.asp">give to the Sigma Delta Chi Foundation</a>.</i><br> <br> <div align"=center">-END-</div> Fri, 20 Apr 2018 00:00:00 -0500 SPJ Board reaffirms support for student newsrooms http://www.spj.org/news.asp?REF=1563 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE<br> <br> Contacts:<br> Rebecca Baker, SPJ National President, 203-640-3904, <email address="rbaker@spj.org">rbaker@spj.org</a><br> Jennifer Royer, SPJ Communications Strategist, 317-361-4134, <email address="jroyer@spj.org">jroyer@spj.org</a><br> <br> INDIANAPOLIS – In advance of <a href="https://savestudentnewsrooms.com/">Save Student Newsrooms Day</a> on April 25, the <a href="https://www.spj.org/index.asp">Society of Professional Journalists</a> Board of Directors acknowledges the difficulties student newsrooms face across the country and reaffirms its commitment to supporting them.<br> <br> The board voted to show its support to student journalists Sunday at its meeting in Indianapolis.<br> <br> Recently, the student-run newspaper <a href="http://www.smudailycampus.com/">The Daily Campus</a>, which covers Southern Methodist University, announced it must re-affiliate with its university. It is one of many student-run newspapers facing lack of funding and other hardships. <br> <br> <a href="http://www.toledoblade.com/local/2018/04/15/UT-newspaper-in-danger-of-closing.html/">The Independent Collegian, staffed by University of Toledo students</a>, published a front-page editorial this month headlined “Our newspaper is dying.” The newspaper is facing serious financial problems due to steadily decreasing advertising revenue.<br> <br> These are two of many student media outlets facing dire budget issues.<br> <br> “We need discussion about this problem to spread off campus to alumni and other groups that can pressure universities to support their student media,” SPJ National President Rebecca Baker said. “Student newsrooms are laboratories for journalism and communication majors. It’s where they learn accurate and fair writing, reporting and editing skills and then put what they learn into practice. It’s up to this country’s institutions of higher education to prepare tomorrow’s journalists, and that can’t be done without committing funds and resources to help them thrive.”<br> <br> Hayley Harding, an Ohio University student who serves as a campus representative on the SPJ Board of Directors, asked the board to formally acknowledge the issue and help bring general awareness to the problem.<br> <br> "I felt like the board formally recognizing this was an important step to solidify that SPJ supports students," Harding said. "As I've learned during my time in college, student media present huge opportunities for the growth and development of the next generation of journalists. SPJ supports all journalists, regardless of age."<br> <br> Baker asked the five board members who represent campuses to form a committee to explore ways SPJ can better institutionalize this commitment and develop ideas for a strategy or initiative to help student journalists across the country.<br> <br> In light of the funding crisis many student newsrooms are facing, student editors at <a href="http://www.alligator.org/">The Independent Florida Alligator at the University of Florida</a>, are spearheading Support Student Journalism Day on Wednesday. Student-run news organizations will publish editorials highlighting the need for student media and the importance of supporting it. <br> <br> There will be a social media campaign to #SaveStudentNewsrooms as part of the day. Student journalists will share their best work, provide student and alumni testimonials and encourage donations to student media. <br> <br> “So many student newsrooms are in danger of losing their funding because of universities cutting budgets, decreased ad revenue, etc. If they are not lost completely, they are facing severe budget crunches. We need to not only realize that student newsrooms benefit students, but they benefit the universities and communities they serve as well,” Harding said.<br> <br> <i>SPJ promotes the free flow of information vital to informing citizens; works to inspire and educate the next generation of journalists; and fights to protect First Amendment guarantees of freedom of speech and press. Support excellent journalism and fight for your right to know. <a href="http://www.spj.org/join.asp">Become a member</a>, <a href="https://www.spj.org/ldf.asp">give to the Legal Defense Fund</a>, or <a href="https://www.spj.org/donate.asp">give to the Sigma Delta Chi Foundation</a>.</i><br> <br> <div align"=center">-END-</div> Thu, 19 Apr 2018 00:00:00 -0500 Region 2 Mark of Excellence winners announced in Richmond, Va. http://www.spj.org/news.asp?REF=1560 <i>Update 5/30/18: Due to a regional disqualification, results of the Online/Digital News Videography category have changed and are reflected below.</i><br> <br> Contacts:<br> Christine Cordial, SPJ Program Coordinator, 317-920-4788, awards@spj.org<br> Anna Gutierrez, SPJ Communications Coordinator, 317-920-4785, communications@spj.org<br> <br> INDIANAPOLIS — The Society of Professional Journalists recognizes the best collegiate journalism in Region 2 with 2017 Mark of Excellence Awards winners.<br> <br> SPJ’s Region 2 comprises Delaware, District of Columbia, Maryland, North Carolina and Virginia. Honorees received award certificates the weekend of April 14 at the Region 2 Conference. First-place winners will compete at the national level among other regional MOE winners from the 12 SPJ regions.<br> <br> National winners will be notified in the late spring and will be recognized at the Excellence in Journalism conference in Baltimore.<br> <br> MOE Awards entries are judged by professionals with at least three years of journalism experience. Judges were directed to choose entries they felt were among the best in student journalism. If no entry rose to the level of excellence, no award was given. Any category not listed has no winner.<br> <br> School divisions are based on student enrollment, including both graduate and undergraduate: Large schools have at least 10,000 students and small schools have 9,999 or fewer students.<br> <br> The list below details all Region 2 winners. If you have any questions regarding the MOE Awards, contact Christine Cordial via email or phone at 317-920-4788.<br> <br> This list reflects the spelling and titles submitted in the award entries.<br> <br> <b>Newspapers</b><br> <br> Breaking News Reporting (Large) 10,000+ Students<br> Winner: Following the homicide of Richard Collins - by Staff of The Diamondback, University of Maryland, College Park <br> Finalist: Public Safety investigating racist incident involving bananas - by Staff of The Eagle, American University<br> Finalist: Watson booted from SA presidential race after harassment, stalking charges - by Andrew Goudsward, Cayla Harris and Elise Zaidi, The George Washington University<br> <br> Breaking News Reporting (Small) 1-9,999 Students<br> Winner: Demonstrators gather at RDU Airport to protest immigration ban executive order - by Alex Hager, Elon University<br> <br> General News Reporting (Large) 10,000+ Students<br> Winner: One year into new dining plan, students still struggle to pay for meals - by Cayla Harris and Kelly Hooper, The George Washington University<br> Finalist: VCU gave the contact information of more than 30,000 students to a progressive political group - by Fadel Allassan, Virginia Commonwealth University<br> Finalist: UMD Trump supporters say they feel voiceless on a liberal campus - by Natalie Schwartz, University of Maryland, College Park<br> <br> General News Reporting (Small) 1-9,999 Students<br> Winner: Sexual assault: It happens here, too - by Diego Pineda, Elon University<br> Finalist: Elon administration grapples with legal demands, safety concerns of immigration ban - by Bryan Anderson, Elon University<br> Finalist: Who are the candidates? - by Emmanuel Morgan, Elon University<br> <br> In-Depth Reporting (Large) 10,000+ Students<br> Winner: ‘It’s real’: a seven-part look at how sexual assault is handled at the University of Maryland - by Staff of The Diamondback, University of Maryland, College Park <br> Finalist: The Russia-AU connection: University's Russian cultural institute stirs controversy - by Katherine Saltzman, American University <br> Finalist: VCU “dreamers” in limbo awaiting Trump DACA decision - by Fadel Allassan, Virginia Commonwealth University<br> <br> In-Depth Reporting (Small) 1-9,999 Students<br> Winner: The undocumented general - by Hannah Denham, Washington and Lee University<br> Finalist: Amid national debate, Farmville quiet about Confederate statue in its own backyard - by Halle Parker, Longwood University<br> <br> Feature Writing (Large) 10,000+ Students<br> Winner: 'I can never escape' - by Taylor Swaak, University of Maryland, College Park<br> Finalist: ‘Undocumented and unafraid’: For DACA students at Maryland, studying and living requires resilience - by Natalie Schwartz, University of Maryland, College Park<br> Finalist: AU theater department reaffirms commitment to diversity through classes and productions - by Daniella Ignacio, American University<br> <br> Feature Writing (Small) 1-9,999 Students<br> Winner: Greensboro school welcomes 320 students new to the U.S.; Two students share insight - by Praveena Somasundaram, Guilford College<br> Finalist: Two years after accident, former Elon student Gabriela Rosales shows promising recovery - by Diego Pineda, Elon University<br> <br> Sports Writing (Large) 10,000+ Students<br> Winner: Back to business: Antoine Brooks defied odds to star for Maryland football - by Daniel Bernstein, University of Maryland, College Park<br> Finalist: Playing in silence: As athletes continue protesting racism, Maryland's remain silent. Why? - by Kyle Melnick, University of Maryland, College Park<br> Finalist: Three setbacks, one big comeback - by Jason Huber, Appalachian State University<br> <br> Sports Writing (Small) 1-9,999 Students<br> Winner: Four years later, senior women's lacrosse players see impact left on program - by Tommy Hamzik, Elon University<br> Finalist: Inside the revival of Elon's football program - by Emmanuel Morgan, Elon University<br> Finalist: A surprising change: Cignetti arrives at Elon - by Alex Simon, Elon University<br> <br> Editorial Writing<br> Winner: In the face of hate, UMD community must not grow numb; UMD officials must acknowledge student concerns, not deflect them; Email from mock trial coaches highlights misunderstanding of diversity - by The Diamondback Editorial Board, University of Maryland, College Park<br> Finalist: SA leadership hasn’t accomplished much and it’s time for them to step up; D.C. should eliminate statute of limitations for sex-related crimes; GW should take these steps to improve female representation in top leadership positions - by The GW Hatchet Editorial Board, The George Washington University<br> <br> General Column Writing (Large) 10,000+ Students<br> Winner: Essay: Don’t speak for veterans, taking a knee is not about them; The Midwest is more than cornfields and conservatives; Asian-Americans need to break the silence when other groups face discrimination - by Renee Pineda, The George Washington University<br> <br> General Column Writing (Small) 1-9,999 Students<br> Winner: Homophobia alive and well; Mental illness affects everyone; Where I'm 'really' from is here - by Olivia Ryan, Elon University<br> Finalist: The guardian angels of Elon University; Technology doesn't control us; Remembering Dr. King's words - by Stephanie Ntim, Elon University<br> Sports Column Writing<br> Winner: Press Box columns - by Zachary Joachim, Virginia Commonwealth University<br> Finalist: Take Elon football seriously; Men's basketball after Duke loss; Don't kneel out of conversation - by Emmanuel Morgan, Elon University<br> Finalist: Maryland football must step up in Texas’ hostile road environment; Maryland football’s upset over Texas is one of its best wins in program history; Maryland basketball coach Mark Turgeon has his most experienced trio ever - by Kyle Melnick and Daniel Bernstein, University of Maryland, College Park<br> <br> Best All-Around Non Daily Student Newspaper<br> Winner: The Pendulum - by Staff of Elon News Network, Elon University<br> Finalist: The Commonwealth Times - by Staff of The Commonwealth Times, Virginia Commonwealth University<br> <br> <b>Magazines</b><br> <br> Non-Fiction Magazine Article<br> Winner: African-American struggle for freedom & civil rights commemorated in Brown's Island monument - by Caitlin Barbieri, Virginia Commonwealth University <br> Finalist: Why Us? The alt-right’s assault on American University - by Ben Weiss, American University<br> Finalist: Nickelus F.: Provocative composition - by Leah Dickshinski and Dina Alemu, Virginia Commonwealth University<br> <br> Best Student Magazine<br> Finalist: Ink Magazine - by Staff of Ink Magazine, Virginia Commonwealth University<br> Finalist: AWOL Magazine - by Evangeline Lacroix, Andrea Lin and Claire Osborn, American University<br> <br> <b>Art/Graphics</b><br> <br> Breaking News Photography (Large) 10,000+ Students<br> Winner: Protesters opposing Capital Pride block streets, parade reroutes at least twice - by Olivia Anderson, The George Washington University<br> Finalist: Firefighter responds to five-alarm blaze at College Park apartment complex - by Tom Hausman, University of Maryland, College Park<br> <br> General News Photography (Large) 10,000+ Students<br> Winner: Activists, lawmakers demand Attorney General Sessions resign - by Megan Shiffres, Virginia Commonwealth University<br> Finalist: American University hosts town hall to address racist incident targeting black women - by Anthony Holten, American University<br> <br> General News Photography (Small) 1-9,999 Students<br> Winner: Can I have a hug? - by Abigail Bekele, Guilford College<br> <br> Feature Photography (Small) 1-9,999 Students<br> Winner: Atlantic marine monument - by Ellen Kanzinger, Washington and Lee University<br> Finalist: I-81: a hell of a ride - by Ellen Kanzinger, Washington and Lee University<br> <br> Photo Illustration (Large) 10,000+ Students<br> Winner: Hero worship - by Jordan Stephenson, Towson University<br> Finalist: A year in review - by Evan Berkowitz and Tom Hausman, University of Maryland, College Park<br> Finalist: Thriving underground: the 16-year story of Epsilon Iota, AU’s unrecognized fraternity - by Samad Arouna, American University<br> <br> Photo Illustration (Small) 1-9,999 Students<br> Winner: The move-in edition - by Stephanie Hays and Caroline Brehman, Elon University<br> Finalist: Falling into dance - by Alex Toma and Diego Pineda, Elon University<br> <br> Sports Photography (Large) 10,000+ Students<br> Winner: Flipped quarterback - by James Allen, James Madison University<br> Finalist: Diving catch - by Connor Woisard, James Madison University<br> Finalist: Rams ground Ospreys in shootout, can’t close Cavaliers - by Erin Edgerton, Virginia Commonwealth University<br> <br> Sports Photography (Small) 1-9,999 Students<br> Winner: Swoope's scorching start - by AJ Mandell, Elon University<br> Finalist: Going dancing - by Alex Simon, Elon University<br> Finalist: Homecoming face-off - by Abigail Bekele, Guilford College<br> <br> Editorial Cartooning<br> Winner: Midterm week; Gun violence; Net neutrality - by Eva Shen, University of Maryland, College Park<br> Finalist: The glass; Facts; Existential snacks - by Jacque Chandler, Virginia Commonwealth University<br> Finalist: Untitled; Cooking after 10 hours of studying; Thanksgiving - by Steck Von, Virginia Commonwealth University<br> <br> <b>Radio</b><br> <br> Radio News Reporting<br> Winner: Lexington church named after R. E. Lee changes its name - by Faith Pinho, Washington and Lee University<br> <br> Radio Feature<br> Winner: Music and sounds, powered by the sun - by Faith Pinho, Washington and Lee University<br> Finalist: Fighting diabetes with outdoor adventure - by Julie Rothey, Virginia Commonwealth University<br> <br> Best All-Around Radio Newscast<br> Winner: When it's over - by The Dive, University of Maryland, College Park<br> Finalist: One credit news - by Staff of WVCW, Virginia Commonwealth University<br> <br> <b>Television</b><br> <br> Television Breaking News Reporting<br> Winner: Winding Way house fire - by Kinsey Grant, Washington and Lee University<br> Finalist: Restaurant crash - by Becca King and Hallie Miller, University of Maryland, College Park<br> Finalist: Baltimore detective funeral - by Carly Kempler and Jamal Francis, University of Maryland, College Park<br> <br> Television General News Reporting<br> Winner: ViewFinder: a chief's promise - by Emily Kallmyer, Jojo Dominick and Ryan Eskalis, University of Maryland, College Park<br> Finalist: A look into the dark web - by Perry Elyaderani, Elon University<br> Finalist: Cathedral bells - by Alex Flum, University of Maryland, College Park<br> <br> Television Feature Reporting<br> Winner: Bob Benson mirror artist - by Julianne Maxwell, University of Maryland, College Park<br> Finalist: Yoga enthusiasts get help from some four-legged friends - by Hallie Miller, University of Maryland, College Park<br> Finalist: Water bottle man - by Becca King and Alex Flum, University of Maryland, College Park<br> <br> Television In-Depth Reporting<br> Winner: ViewFinder: Aging - by ViewFinder Fall 2017 Team, University of Maryland, College Park<br> Finalist: Afghan Vet: One aid worker shares his journey to America - by Megan Smedley, University of Maryland, College Park<br> Finalist: Maryland prepares to open dispensaries - by Carly Kempler and Hallie Miller, University of Maryland, College Park<br> <br> Television Sports Reporting<br> Winner: Dragon boating - by Becca King and Jamal Francis, University of Maryland, College Park<br> Finalist: Olympic curling - by Alex Flum and Jamal Francis, University of Maryland, College Park<br> Finalist: Yoyo master - by Alex Flum and Jamal Francis, University of Maryland, College Park<br> <br> Best All-Around Television Newscast<br> Winner: ViewFinder: Opioid crisis - by Staff of ViewFinder, University of Maryland, College Park<br> Finalist: ELN Morning - by Grace Morris, Brooke Wivagg and Elizabeth Bilka, Elon University<br> Finalist: Elon Local News - by Staff of Elon News Network, Elon University<br> <br> <b>Online</b><br> <br> Online News Reporting<br> Winner: On her own - by Hallie Miller and Ellie Silverman, University of Maryland, College Park<br> Finalist: Maryland’s mysterious Russian compound gathers dust, awaits its fate - by J.F. Meils and Jamal Francis, University of Maryland, College Park<br> <br> Online Feature Reporting<br> Winner: Chasing the Northern Lights - by Evan B. Dupuis, High Point University<br> Finalist: Carol Dudley guides students on career path for 30 years - by Victoria Jones, Howard University<br> Finalist: Agreeing to disagree: Political pundits play nice in new group - by Faith Pinho, Washington and Lee University<br> <br> Online In-Depth Reporting<br> Winner: Home sick - by Staff of Capital News Services, University of Maryland, College Park<br> Finalist: Southern prisons have a cellphone smuggling problem - by Matt Riley, Duke University<br> Finalist: "It's real": a seven-part look at how sexual assault is handled at the University of Maryland - by Staff of The Diamondback, University of Maryland, College Park<br> <br> Online Sports Reporting<br> Winner: Pro sports leagues, teams spend millions lobbying Washington - by Staff of Capital News Services, University of Maryland, College Park<br> Finalist: Major League Baseball players prefer hip-hop songs to get pumped up - by Chris Rogers-Spatuzzi, Jake Gluck and Gillian Vesely, University of Maryland, College Park<br> Finalist: VCU drops ball on student-athletes graduation rates - by Sean Boyce, Virginia Commonwealth University<br> <br> Best Affiliated Web Site<br> Winner: CNSMaryland.org - by Staff of Capital News Services, University of Maryland, College Park<br> Finalist: The GW Hatchet - by Staff of The GW Hatchet, The George Washington University<br> <br> Best Independent Online Student Publication<br> Winner: River Reflections - by Staff of CPJW, University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill<br> Finalist: The Rockbridge Report - by Staff of The Rockbridge Report, Washington and Lee University<br> <br> Best Use of Multimedia<br> Winner: "It's real": a seven-part look at how sexual assault is handled at the University of Maryland - by Staff of The Diamondback, University of Maryland, College Park<br> Finalist: Major League Baseball players prefer hip-hop songs to get pumped up - by Chris Rogers-Spatuzzi, Jake Gluck and Gillian Vesely, University of Maryland, College Park<br> Finalist: To build staff, Jay Gruden relied on his NFL coaching social network - by Daniel Chavkin, University of Maryland, College Park<br> <br> <b>Videography</b><br> <br> Broadcast News Videography<br> Winner: ViewFinder: On the call - by Emily Olsen, University of Maryland, College Park<br> <br> Broadcast Feature Videography<br> Winner: ViewFinder: Take you there - by Jay Reed, University of Maryland, College Park<br> Finalist: ViewFinder: Fostering new lives - by Henrietta Biayemi, University of Maryland, College Park<br> <br> Online/Digital News Videography<br> Winner: Award vacated after winning entry was disqualified. <br> Finalist: DACA supporters block intersection near White House - by Keren Carrion, The George Washington University<br> Finalist: ViewFinder: Treatment at last - by Alex Littlehales, University of Maryland, College Park<br> <br> Online/Digital Feature Videography<br> Winner: ViewFinder: Going home - by Tina Vo and Pearl Mak, University of Maryland, College Park<br> Finalist: ViewFinder: Don't go gentle - by Tina Vo, University of Maryland, College Park<br> Finalist: ViewFinder: Fighting to move on - by Tina Vo, University of Maryland, College Park<br> <br> Online/Digital Sports Videography<br> Winner: Beating the buzzer: Wizards keep games tight to the end - by Evan Berkowitz and Gabe Fernandez, University of Maryland, College Park<br> <br> <i>SPJ promotes the free flow of information vital to informing citizens; works to inspire and educate the next generation of journalists; and fights to protect First Amendment guarantees of freedom of speech and press. Support excellent journalism and fight for your right to know. <a href="http://www.spj.org/join.asp">Become a member</a>, <a href="https://www.spj.org/ldf.asp">give to the Legal Defense Fund</a>, or <a href="https://www.spj.org/donate.asp">give to the Sigma Delta Chi Foundation</a>.</i><br> <br> <div align"=center">-END-</div> Mon, 16 Apr 2018 00:00:00 -0500 Region 6 Mark of Excellence winners announced in Bloomington, Minn. http://www.spj.org/news.asp?REF=1561 Contacts:<br> Christine Cordial, SPJ Program Coordinator, 317-920-4788, awards@spj.org<br> Anna Gutierrez, SPJ Communications Coordinator, 317-920-4785, communications@spj.org<br> <br> INDIANAPOLIS — The Society of Professional Journalists recognizes the best collegiate journalism in Region 6 with 2017 Mark of Excellence Awards winners.<br> <br> SPJ’s Region 6 comprises Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin. Honorees received award certificates the weekend of April 14 at the Region 6 Conference. First-place winners will compete at the national level among other regional MOE winners from the 12 SPJ regions.<br> <br> National winners will be notified in the late spring and will be recognized at the Excellence in Journalism conference in Baltimore.<br> <br> MOE Awards entries are judged by professionals with at least three years of journalism experience. Judges were directed to choose entries they felt were among the best in student journalism. If no entry rose to the level of excellence, no award was given. Any category not listed has no winner.<br> <br> School divisions are based on student enrollment, including both graduate and undergraduate: Large schools have at least 10,000 students and small schools have 9,999 or fewer students.<br> <br> The list below details all Region 6 winners. If you have any questions regarding the MOE Awards, contact Christine Cordial via email or phone at 317-920-4788.<br> <br> This list reflects the spelling and titles submitted in the award entries.<br> <br> <b>Newspapers</b><br> <br> Breaking News Reporting (Large) 10,000+ Students<br> Winner: MUPD responds to alleged sexual assault, video shows officer threatening to tase - by Jennifer Walter, Clara Janzen and McKenna Oxenden, Marquette University<br> Finalist: Report of shots fired on campus - by Clara Janzen, Marquette University<br> Finalist: SCSU interim president Ashish Vaidya accepts position at NKU - by Jessica Wade, Saint Cloud State University<br> <br> General News Reporting (Large) 10,000+ Students<br> Winner: Governor’s budget could slash student fees for popular programs, require internships - by Staff of Media Milwaukee, University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee<br> Finalist: We don't feel like a priority - by Makenzie Huber, South Dakota State University <br> Winner: Choosing not to sign the covenant - by Mady Fortier, Bethel University<br> <br> In-Depth Reporting (Large) 10,000+ Students<br> Winner: Breaking the silence - by Staff of Marquette Wire, Marquette University<br> Finalist: UWM profs, staff accused of sexual assault and harassment but details hidden - by Talis Shelbourne, Jennifer Rick and Miela Fetaw, University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee<br> Finalist: DACA repeal looms, Marquette impact - by Clara Janzen, Marquette University<br> <br> In-Depth Reporting (Small) 1-9,999 Students<br> Winner: Admissions move will cost $186,000 - by Hunter Andes and Alicia Larsgaard, Bismarck State College<br> Finalist: What is done cannot be undone - by Anna Landsverk, Minnesota State University Moorhead<br> <br> Feature Writing (Large) 10,000+ Students<br> Winner: Un/natural disaster? - by Talis Shelbourne, University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee<br> Finalist: Water is life - by Dwayne Lee, University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee<br> Finalist: Beehive installed on Engineering Hall rooftop - by Josh Anderson, Marquette University<br> <br> Feature Writing (Small) 1-9,999 Students<br> Winner: Lessons from a cross country traveler - by McKenzie Van Loh, Bethel University<br> Finalist: Reality check: Reporters talk real news - by Hunter Andes, Bismarck State College<br> Finalist: Keeping your distance - by Laura Grimm, Minnesota State University Moorhead<br> <br> Sports Writing (Large) 10,000+ Students<br> Winner: One finger salute: Vulgar image captures peak of Marquette-Wisconsin rivalry - by Brendan Ploen, John Hand and Brian Boyle, Marquette University<br> Finalist: Approaching the stress of coaching - by Brianna Schreurs, South Dakota State University<br> <br> Sports Writing (Small) 1-9,999 Students<br> Winner: Reaching for a dream on her tiptoes - by Maddie DeBilzan, Bethel University<br> Finalist: Carr's last ride - by Martin Schlegel, Minnesota State University Moorhead<br> <br> Editorial Writing<br> Winner: Universities have important role in enacting social change; MUPD must deliver on body camera promise; Intentionally provocative speech serves no one - by Morgan Hughes, Marquette University<br> Finalist: Collegian editorials - by Makenzie Huber, Katie Gebauer and Emily De Waard, South Dakota State University<br> Finalist: Why ‘fresh’ was a step too far, even for liberal Trinity; UCDSU is what happens when apathy prevails in student elections; Trinity’s new conservative publication isn’t off to a promising start - by Dominic McGrath, Edmund Heaphy, Eleanor O'Mahony and Róisín Power, Trinity College Dublin<br> <br> General Column Writing (Large) 10,000+ Students<br> Winner: Good Girls Revolt cannot be silenced; Digital journalism brings change for University Chronicle; A tribute to a princess… - by Jessica Wade, Saint Cloud State University<br> Finalist: Is cryptocurrency too dramatic for us?; How men in hip-hop perpetuate mistreatment of women; Why you should spend more time with your family - by Madeline Matzinger, Kalan Taubner and Naomi Wilson, University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee<br> <br> General Column Writing (Small) 1-9,999 Students<br> Winner: Love series - by Maddie DeBilzan, Carlo Holmberg and Kellie Lawless, Bethel University<br> <br> Best All-Around Non Daily Student Newspaper<br> Winner: The University Times - by Dominic McGrath, Eleanor O'Mahony, Róisín Power and Sinéad Baker, Trinity College Dublin<br> Finalist: The Collegian - by Makenzie Huber, Emily De Waard and Katie Gebauer, South Dakota State University <br> Finalist: Marquette Tribune - by Rebecca Carballo, Marquette University<br> <br> <b>Magazines</b><br> <br> Non-Fiction Magazine Article<br> Winner: Life after 'The Life' - by Laura Schmitt, University of Wisconsin - Madison<br> Finalist: Valley in the shadow - by Carly Schesel, University of Wisconsin - Madison<br> Finalist: After today - by Abby Petersen, Bethel University<br> <br> Best Student Magazine<br> Winner: Curb: Kinetic - by Staff of Curb Magazine, University of Wisconsin - Madison<br> Finalist: Marquette Journal - by Stephanie Harte, Marquette University<br> <br> <b>Art/Graphics</b><br> <br> General News Photography (Large) 10,000+ Students<br> Winner: In Harvey's wake - by Ethan Duran, University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee<br> <br> Feature Photography (Large) 10,000+ Students<br> Winner: Curb Magazine feature photography - by Katie Scheidt, University of Wisconsin - Madison<br> Finalist: Finding Flint - by Sabrina Johnkins and Ed Makowski, University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee<br> <br> Feature Photography (Small) 1-9,999 Students<br> Finalist: Photo gallery: Looking for the eclipse - by Callie Schmidt, Bethel University<br> <br> Photo Illustration (Large) 10,000+ Students<br> Finalist: The hidden hustle - by Carolina Silva, University of Wisconsin - Madison<br> <br> Photo Illustration (Small) 1-9,999 Students<br> Winner: Reality check: Reporters talk real news - by Hunter Andes and Quinnlyn Nelson, Bismarck State College<br> <br> Sports Photography (Large) 10,000+ Students<br> Winner: Feature photo - by Abby Fullenkamp, South Dakota State University<br> Finalist: N.D. Football - by Abby Fullenkamp, South Dakota State University<br> <br> Sports Photography (Small) 1-9,999 Students<br> Winner: One last chance - by Maddie Christy, Bethel University<br> <br> <b>Radio</b><br> <br> Radio News Reporting<br> Winner: Only one in five black students make it to graduation day - by Nia Wilson, Chardanay Hunt and Talis Shelbourne, University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee<br> Finalist: "A tangible problem on this campus" - by Dylan Walker, Saint Olaf College<br> Finalist: The heartache of addiction - by Brandon Anderegg, Matthew Mussa and Nelson Sederstrom, University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee<br> <br> Radio Feature<br> Winner: Milwaukee’s Florentine Opera brews holiday cheer - by Morgan Langley, University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee<br> Finalist: Milwaukee hosting global conference on intergenerational care - by Amanda Becker, University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee<br> Finalist: Why are there no water taxis on the Milwaukee River? - by Amanda Becker, University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee<br> <br> Radio In-Depth Reporting<br> Winner: Net neutrality - by Spencer Schacht, Saint Cloud State University<br> <br> Radio Sports Reporting<br> Finalist: Uren interview - by Adrian Fredrickson, Saint Cloud State University<br> <br> <b>Television</b><br> <br> Television Breaking News Reporting<br> Winner: Assault in St. Cloud - by Nick Maxson, Saint Cloud State University<br> <br> Television General News Reporting<br> Winner: Women's march on Madison - by Jenna Gaidosh, Tisia Muzinga, Stevan Stojanovic and Jenna Graham, University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee<br> Finalist: The Flint water crisis: Resident and community outreach - by Amanda Becker, University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee<br> Finalist: Husky Baseball hits a home run with the Miracle League - by Piper Shaw, Saint Cloud State University<br> <br> Television Feature Reporting<br> Winner: Professor's vinyl collection - by Emma Vatnsdal, Minnesota State University Moorhead<br> Finalist: Un"presidented" misspelling - by Hannah Kirby and Lisa Roman, Marquette University<br> <br> Television In-Depth Reporting<br> Winner: Breaking the silence - by Staff of Marquette Wire News, Marquette University<br> Finalist: Trump's travel ban sparks debate on campus - by Trever Theis, Minnesota State University Moorhead<br> <br> Television Sports Reporting<br> Winner: Ryan Poehling | The Draft - by Katie Emmer, Saint Cloud State University<br> Finalist: Relentless – the Joe Hallock story - by Tyler Zeigler, Minnesota State University Moorhead<br> Finalist: 2 Minute Minor with Katie Emmer - by Katie Emmer, Saint Cloud State University<br> <br> Best All-Around Television Newscast<br> Winner: April 29, 2017 newscast - by Staff of Campus News, Minnesota State University Moorhead<br> Finalist: UTVS News - by Piper Shaw and Spencer Schacht, Saint Cloud State University<br> Finalist: Marquette Now - November 15, 2017 - by Larson Seaver, Amelia Jones and Haley Velez, Marquette University<br> <br> <b>Online</b><br> <br> Online News Reporting<br> Winner: Mental health needs soar at St. Thomas, administration looks to new options - by Simeon Lancaster, Noah Brown and Carrie Tronvold, University of St. Thomas<br> Finalist: Patrick Fowler repeatedly set free before fatally stabbing girlfriend, 4-year-old toddler - by Ariel Goronja, University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee<br> Finalist: Campus ministries delays guest chapel recording - by Conrad Engstrom and Sarah Nelson, Bethel University<br> <br> Online Feature Reporting<br> Winner: A trilogy of change - by Darby Hoffman, Samantha Loomis, Laura Schmitt and Krystal Du, University of Wisconsin - Madison<br> Finalist: Swinging into MKE dance - by Alex Groth and Jennifer Walter, Marquette University<br> Finalist: Family, faith shape past decade for Caruso - by Carolyn Meyer, University of St. Thomas<br> <br> Online In-Depth Reporting<br> Winner: 343 and counting: the epidemic no one saw coming - by Staff of Media Milwaukee, University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee<br> Finalist: Finding Flint - by Staff of Media Milwaukee, University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee<br> <br> Online Sports Reporting<br> Winner: Not rebuilding — reloading - by Peter Culver, University of Wisconsin - Madison<br> <br> Online Opinion & Commentary<br> Winner: Visa lottery program needs work, but has American value - by Ariel Goronja, University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee<br> <br> Best Affiliated Web Site<br> Winner: Marquette Wire - by Patrick Thomas, Marquette University<br> <br> Best Independent Online Student Publication<br> Winner: Media Milwaukee - by Staff of Media Milwaukee, University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee<br> Finalist: The University Chronicle - by Jessica Wade, Saint Cloud State University<br> Finalist: TommieMedia.com - by Staff of TommieMedia, University of St. Thomas<br> <br> Best Use of Multimedia<br> Winner: 24 hours at Bethel - by Staff of The Clarion, Bethel University<br> Finalist: City and university leaders attend Sendik’s ribbon cutting ceremony - by Clara Janzen, Larson Seaver and Haley Velez, Marquette University<br> Finalist: Report of shots fired on campus - by Clara Janzen, Larson Seaver, Phil Pinarski and Kevin Wells, Marquette University<br> <br> <b>Videography</b><br> <br> Broadcast News Videography<br> Winner: Women's march in Fargo - by Betsy Harmsen, Minnesota State University Moorhead<br> Finalist: Twin Cities Honor Flight - by Piper Shaw, Saint Cloud State University<br> Finalist: Standing with Standing Rock - by Ben Rieke, Minnesota State University Moorhead<br> <br> Broadcast Feature Videography<br> Winner: The mark of a generation - by Jared Eischen, Minnesota State University Moorhead<br> <br> Broadcast Sports Videography<br> Winner: Off the court connection - by Jared Eischen, Minnesota State University Moorhead<br> Finalist: Drum guy - by Andrew Goldstein, Marquette University<br> Finalist: Relentless – the Joe Hallock story - by Leah Backstrom, Minnesota State University Moorhead<br> <br> <i>SPJ promotes the free flow of information vital to informing citizens; works to inspire and educate the next generation of journalists; and fights to protect First Amendment guarantees of freedom of speech and press. Support excellent journalism and fight for your right to know. <a href="http://www.spj.org/join.asp">Become a member</a>, <a href="https://www.spj.org/ldf.asp">give to the Legal Defense Fund</a>, or <a href="https://www.spj.org/donate.asp">give to the Sigma Delta Chi Foundation</a>.</i><br> <br> <div align"=center">-END-</div><br> <br> Mon, 16 Apr 2018 00:00:00 -0500 Region 7 Mark of Excellence winners announced in Ames, Iowa http://www.spj.org/news.asp?REF=1562 Contacts:<br> Christine Cordial, SPJ Program Coordinator, 317-920-4788, awards@spj.org<br> Anna Gutierrez, SPJ Communications Coordinator, 317-920-4785, communications@spj.org<br> <br> INDIANAPOLIS — The Society of Professional Journalists recognizes the best collegiate journalism in Region 7 with 2017 Mark of Excellence Awards winners.<br> <br> SPJ’s Region 7 comprises Iowa, Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska. Honorees received award certificates the weekend of April 14 at the Region 7 Conference. First-place winners will compete at the national level among other regional MOE winners from the 12 SPJ regions.<br> <br> National winners will be notified in the late spring and will be recognized at the Excellence in Journalism conference in Baltimore.<br> <br> MOE Awards entries are judged by professionals with at least three years of journalism experience. Judges were directed to choose entries they felt were among the best in student journalism. If no entry rose to the level of excellence, no award was given. Any category not listed has no winner.<br> <br> School divisions are based on student enrollment, including both graduate and undergraduate: Large schools have at least 10,000 students and small schools have 9,999 or fewer students.<br> <br> The list below details all Region 7 winners. If you have any questions regarding the MOE Awards, contact Christine Cordial via email or phone at 317-920-4788.<br> <br> This list reflects the spelling and titles submitted in the award entries.<br> <br> <b>Newspapers</b><br> <br> Breaking News Reporting (Large) 10,000+ Students<br> Winner: Council approves $110 million financing plan for Dollar Tree - by Jacque Flanagan, University of Central Missouri<br> Finalist: Officers make arrest following manhunt - by Chris Holmberg, University of Central Missouri<br> <br> Breaking News Reporting (Small) 1-9,999 Students<br> Winner: College Republicans react to notes left on poster - by Katherine Bauer, Drake University<br> <br> General News Reporting (Large) 10,000+ Students<br> Winner: Headcount padding: Wichita State reports largest student increase in state - by Chance Swaim, Matthew Kelly and Ray Strunk, Wichita State University<br> Finalist: Supplemental tuition coming to the fore - by Rachel Zuckerman, University of Iowa<br> Finalist: Did Lawrence's plan for an arts district fail? - by Omar Sanchez and Courntey Biernam, University of Kansas<br> <br> General News Reporting (Small) 1-9,999 Students<br> Winner: Students ‘shame’ St. Louis Police Department after Stockley verdict - by Haley Walter, Webster University<br> Finalist: They're Beyonce's, made by LU alumna - by Kyle Rainey, Lindenwood University<br> Finalist: Burglaries evoke response from public safety - by Jessica Lynk, Drake University<br> <br> In-Depth Reporting (Large) 10,000+ Students<br> Winner: When evidence goes untested, sex offenders go undetected, advocates say - by Anna Brett, University of Missouri <br> Finalist: Surviving El Monte's food deserts - by Titus Wu, University of Missouri<br> Finalist: The cheating dilemma — deciphering academic fraud at the UI - by Anis Shakirah Mohd Muslimin, University of Iowa<br> <br> In-Depth Reporting (Small) 1-9,999 Students<br> Winner: The heroic life and traumatic death of Tom Palozola - by Sara Bannoura and Hanna Holthaus, Webster University<br> <br> Feature Writing (Large) 10,000+ Students<br> Winner: Who's really listening? - by Grace Pateras, University of Iowa<br> Finalist: Every day I'm terrified': Hugo Bolanos' story - by Emily Blobaum, Iowa State University<br> Finalist: It's not rare, it's rarely diagnosed - by Emily Blobaum, Iowa State University<br> <br> Feature Writing (Small) 1-9,999 Students<br> Winner: Drepung Gomang Monastery brings traditional mandala art to Webster University - by Andrew McMunn, Webster University<br> Finalist: Mind’s Eye Radio brings beepball to Webster University - by Andrew McMunn, Webster University<br> <br> Sports Writing (Large) 10,000+ Students<br> Winner: Beneath Brick, Haley's impact on players is traced to his son's impact on him - by Peter Baugh, University of Missouri<br> Finalist: It's not just another game - by Emily Barske, Iowa State University<br> <br> Sports Writing (Small) 1-9,999 Students<br> Winner: Coach brings musical past, success - by J.T. Buchheit, Lindenwood University<br> Finalist: Former LU linebacker's ascent - by Phil Scherer, Lindenwood University<br> Finalist: Alumni divided, lawsuits pending, athletic director criticized - by Adam Rogan, Drake University<br> <br> Editorial Writing<br> Winner: Why transparency matters; Now is the time to stand up for academic freedom; ‘Sooner or later, the truth catches up’ - by Chance Swaim, Wichita State University<br> <br> General Column Writing (Large) 10,000+ Students<br> Winner: What can K-State actually do to fight bigotry?; Witch-hunting does nothing to stop racism on campus; The “alt-right” movement is built on lies, misinformation - by Kyle Hampel, Kansas State University<br> <br> Sports Column Writing<br> Winner: If Big 12 quarterbacks were fast food chains; If Big 12 running backs were cars; If Big 12 wide receivers were soda brands - by DeAundra Allen and Nathan Enserro, Kansas State University<br> <br> Best All-Around Daily Student Newspaper<br> Winner: Iowa State Daily - by Emily Barske, Iowa State University<br> <br> <b>Magazines</b><br> <br> Non-Fiction Magazine Article<br> Winner: Missouri’s opioid epidemic - by Rick Morgan, University of Missouri<br> Finalist: On thin ice - by Molly Longman, Drake University<br> Finalist: Staring down the barrel - by Staff of Vox Magazine, University of Missouri<br> <br> Best Student Magazine<br> Winner: Vox Magazine - by Staff of Vox Magazine, University of Missouri<br> Finalist: Legacy - by Staff of Legacy, Lindenwood University<br> Finalist: The Annual - by Jennifer Krane, Drake University<br> <br> <b>Art/Graphics</b><br> <br> Breaking News Photography (Large) 10,000+ Students<br> Finalist: Transgender Republican - by Emily Blobaum, Iowa State University<br> Finalist: Shooting on Market - by Brian Hayes, Wichita State University<br> <br> Breaking News Photography (Small) 1-9,999 Students<br> Winner: Police give details of violence following verdict - by Ashley Higginbotham, Lindenwood University<br> <br> General News Photography (Large) 10,000+ Students<br> Winner: Special delivery - by Matt Crow, Wichita State<br> <br> Feature Photography (Large) 10,000+ Students<br> Winner: Manipur: Portraits of resilience - by Neeta Satam, University of Missouri<br> Finalist: Train. Race. Win. Repeat. - by Claire Rounkles, University of Missouri <br> Finalist: Autumn air - by Meg Shearer and Emilly Starkey, Kansas State University<br> <br> Feature Photography (Small) 1-9,999 Students<br> Winner: Very velvet - by Sam Fathallah, Drake University<br> <br> Photo Illustration (Large) 10,000+ Students<br> Winner: White space - by Huong Truong and Alex Wozniczka, University of Missouri<br> Finalist: Hushed and hidden - Rape culture awareness - by George Walker and Olivia Bergmeier, Kansas State University <br> Finalist: Spice up your style - by Huong Truong and Alex Wozniczka, University of Missouri<br> <br> Sports Photography (Large) 10,000+ Students<br> Winner: Drake relays - by Emily Blobaum, Iowa State University<br> Finalist: Nearing victory - by Matt Crow, Wichita State<br> Finalist: The triumphant underdog - by Cooper Kinley, Kansas State University<br> <br> Sports Photography (Small) 1-9,999 Students<br> Winner: Freshman Max Meylor unsuccessfully blocks Northwest's Anthony Woods - by Carly Fristoe, Lindenwood University <br> Finalist: Lindenwood table tennis flies past divisional tournament - by Walker Van Wey, Lindenwood University<br> <br> <b>Radio</b><br> <br> Radio News Reporting<br> Finalist: Food insecurity on campus: Local pantry helps students as awareness grows - by Kara Tabor, University of Missouri<br> Finalist: Bike safety concerns in Lincoln, Nebraska - by Holly Kell, University of Nebraska - Lincoln<br> <br> Radio Feature<br> Winner: The appeal of modern obstacle courses - by Hannah Jerome, University of Kansas<br> Finalist: Following the trail of the monarch butterflies: an interview with Sara Dykman - by Erin McKinstry, University of Missouri<br> Finalist: Women raising alpacas, creating fabric - by Catherine Wheeler, University of Missouri<br> <br> Radio In-Depth Reporting<br> Winner: Intersection - Missouri DACA recipients share stories of immigration and belonging - by Hannah Haynes, University of Missouri <br> Finalist: Retired doctor holds on to dwindling African American farming tradition - by Erin McKinstry, University of Missouri <br> Finalist: We've Got Issues Ep.6: Cryonics (ft. Alcor Co-Founder Linda Chamberlain) - by Garrett Mould, University of Kansas<br> <br> Radio Sports Reporting<br> Winner: Columbia College's Girls Who Game event connects teen girls to electronic sports - by Hannah Haynes, University of Missouri<br> <br> <b>Television</b><br> <br> Television General News Reporting<br> Winner: Growth threatens fire safety in parts of Lincoln - by Kellan Heavican, University of Nebraska - Lincoln <br> Finalist: Racism at Burger King - by Lauren Davidson, University of Kansas<br> <br> Television Feature Reporting<br> Winner: Joe's journey - by Jackson Kurtz, University of Kansas<br> Finalist: The Carillonist - by Grant Stephens, University of Kansas<br> Finalist: Raising the star - by Austin Moulder, Micah Redding and Cole Howerton, College of the Ozarks<br> <br> Television In-Depth Reporting<br> Winner: DACA uncertainty in Crete, Nebraska - by Bree Samani, University of Nebraska - Lincoln<br> Finalist: Blair Oaks High School eliminates class rank - by Eva Cheng, University of Missouri<br> <br> Best All-Around Television Newscast<br> Winner: February 15, 2017 newscast - by Staff of LCTV News, Loras College<br> Finalist: December 6, 2017 newscast - by Mallory Hauser and Courtney Gehrke, University of Kansas<br> Finalist: Star City News - by Staff of LNKTV, University of Nebraska - Lincoln<br> <br> <b>Online</b><br> <br> Online News Reporting<br> Winner: Lincoln nonprofit provides training, hope to former inmates - by Lauren Brown-Hulme, University of Nebraska - Lincoln<br> Finalist: Residential fire near campus - by Kim Harms, Nell Gross, Carina Smith and Spencer Carey, Johnson County Community College<br> Finalist: College Republicans weigh in on Trump's term - by Joe Hooper, Johnson County Community College<br> <br> Online Feature Reporting<br> Winner: Fathers and sons - by Marcella Mercer and Emily McMinn, University of Nebraska - Lincoln<br> Finalist: The protesting priest - by Angela Ufheil, Drake University<br> Finalist: Labor intensive fight - by Staff of Vox Magazine, University of Missouri<br> <br> Online In-Depth Reporting<br> Winner: Refuge on the prairie: Lincoln's story of resettlement - by Staff of Nebraska Mosaic, University of Nebraska - Lincoln <br> Finalist: Campus carry at KU - by Chandler Boese, Angie Baldelomar, McKenna Harford and Darby VanHoutan, University of Kansas <br> Finalist: From endless pines to oil mines - by Hannah Trull, University of Nebraska - Lincoln<br> <br> Online Sports Reporting<br> Winner: 500 miles on 500 dollars - by Matthew Gogerty and Adam Rogan, Drake University<br> Finalist: Five years later: the final border war - by Amie Just, University of Kansas<br> Finalist: Exercising minds: Mental strength training enhances athletic performance - by Walker Van Wey, Lindenwood University<br> <br> Online Opinion & Commentary<br> Winner: Autism in America columns - by J.T. Buchheit, Lindenwood University<br> Finalist: International security issues the U.S. faces in the Middle East and North Africa - by Daniel Saenz, Fort Hays State University<br> <br> Best Affiliated Web Site<br> Winner: VoxMagazine.com - by Staff of Vox Magazine, University of Missouri<br> Finalist: Kansan.com - by Staff of Kansan.com, University of Kansas<br> <br> Best Independent Online Student Publication<br> Winner: Urban Plains - by Staff of Urban Plains, Drake University<br> Finalist: Nebraska Mosaic - by Staff of Nebraska Mosaic, University of Nebraska - Lincoln<br> <br> Best Use of Multimedia<br> Winner: Book Brigade helps Lindenwood start a new chapter - by Lindsey Fiala, Lindenwood University<br> Finalist: Exploring the abandoned Midwest - by Anne Matte and Nate Sohn, Drake University<br> <br> <b>Videography</b><br> <br> Broadcast News Videography<br> Winner: Solar eclipse - by Ben Johnson and Jordan Davis, College of the Ozarks<br> <br> Broadcast Feature Videography<br> Winner: Videography compilation - by Brody Kuhar, Loras College<br> Finalist: Raising the star - by Micah Redding and Cole Howerton, College of the Ozarks<br> Finalist: Fire support team - by Don Glunt, Caleb Brubaker, Daniel Labrot and Jacy Snider, College of the Ozarks<br> <br> Online/Digital Feature Videography<br> Winner: We are human - by Whitney Matewe, University of Missouri<br> Finalist: Kickin’ it old school! New toy museum to open with a fully functioning arcade - by Kaitlin Brothers, University of Central Missouri<br> Finalist: ‘Out of the Darkness’ walk to fight suicide: Erica Williams - by Kaitlin Brothers, University of Central Missouri<br> <br> <i>SPJ promotes the free flow of information vital to informing citizens; works to inspire and educate the next generation of journalists; and fights to protect First Amendment guarantees of freedom of speech and press. Support excellent journalism and fight for your right to know. <a href="http://www.spj.org/join.asp">Become a member</a>, <a href="https://www.spj.org/ldf.asp">give to the Legal Defense Fund</a>, or <a href="https://www.spj.org/donate.asp">give to the Sigma Delta Chi Foundation</a>.</i><br> <br> <div align"=center">-END-</div> Mon, 16 Apr 2018 00:00:00 -0500 Three students earn scholarships in SPJ/JEA Essay Contest http://www.spj.org/news.asp?REF=1559 Contacts:<br> Christine Cordial, SPJ Program Coordinator, 317-920-4788, <email address="ccordial@spj.org">ccordial@spj.org</a><br> Anna Gutierrez, SPJ Communications Coordinator, 317-920-4785, <email address="agutierrez@spj.org">agutierrez@spj.org</a><br> <br> MANHATTAN, Kan. — The Journalism Education Association and the Society of Professional Journalists announce three scholarship winners in the 2018 SPJ/JEA High School Essay Contest. <br> <br> Over 220 students participated in the nationwide contest, which was judged by 28 journalism educators. Established in 1998, the contest is a project of both JEA and SPJ. The topic for the 2018 contest ("Why do we — as consumers of media — need to obtain news from multiple feeds and not just one or two outlets?") was selected by members of the Scholastic Press Rights Committee of JEA and a representative of SPJ.<br> <br> "It’s inspiring and encouraging to see the next generation of journalists recognizes the crucial role that accurate, fair and thorough journalism plays in our democratic society," SPJ National President Rebecca Baker said. <br> <br> "It proves that journalists, no matter their age or experience, can use their talents to protect the free exchange of information across media outlets. SPJ is proud that so many high school students are taking an interest in promoting responsible, ethical journalism."<br> <br> "Successful essays demonstrated sound understanding of today's media environment and how consumers are uniquely positioned to take control of their own consumption habits," Kelly Glasscock, Certified Journalism Educator and JEA executive director, said. "The winning essays also excelled grammatically with focused, concise and well-organized arguments backed by research."<br> <br> 2018 SPJ/JEA High School Essay Contest award winners:<br> <br> First Place, $1,000 Scholarship Winner:<br> Alexandria Kim, Marlborough School – Los Angeles, California<br> <br> Second Place, $500 Scholarship Winner:<br> Madeleine Bernardeau, Hunter College High School – New York, New York<br> <br> Third Place, $300 Scholarship Winner:<br> Emili Kovell, East Brunswick High School – East Brunswick, New Jersey<br> <br> <i>SPJ promotes the free flow of information vital to informing citizens; works to inspire and educate the next generation of journalists; and fights to protect First Amendment guarantees of freedom of speech and press. Support excellent journalism and fight for your right to know. <a href="http://www.spj.org/join.asp">Become a member</a>, <a href="https://www.spj.org/ldf.asp">give to the Legal Defense Fund</a>, or <a href="https://www.spj.org/donate.asp">give to the Sigma Delta Chi Foundation</a>.<br> <br> Founded in 1924, the Journalism Education Association supports free and responsible scholastic journalism by providing resources and educational opportunities, by promoting professionalism, by encouraging and rewarding student excellence and teacher achievement, and by fostering an atmosphere which encompasses diversity yet builds unity. It is headquartered at Kansas State University, Manhattan, Kansas. For further information about JEA, please visit www.jea.org.</i><br> <br> <div align"=center">-END-</div><br> Wed, 11 Apr 2018 00:00:00 -0500 Region 5 Mark of Excellence Awards winners announced in Chicago http://www.spj.org/news.asp?REF=1558 Contacts:<br> Christine Cordial, SPJ Program Coordinator, 317-920-4788, awards@spj.org<br> Anna Gutierrez, SPJ Communications Coordinator, 317-920-4785, communications@spj.org<br> <br> INDIANAPOLIS — The Society of Professional Journalists recognizes the best collegiate journalism in Region 5 with 2017 Mark of Excellence Awards winners.<br> <br> SPJ’s Region 5 comprises Illinois, Indiana and Kentucky. Honorees received award certificates the weekend of April 7 at the Region 5 Conference. First-place winners will compete at the national level among other regional MOE winners from the 12 SPJ regions.<br> <br> National winners will be notified in the late spring and will be recognized at the Excellence in Journalism conference in Baltimore.<br> <br> MOE Awards entries are judged by professionals with at least three years of journalism experience. Judges were directed to choose entries they felt were among the best in student journalism. If no entry rose to the level of excellence, no award was given. Any category not listed has no winner.<br> <br> School divisions are based on student enrollment, including both graduate and undergraduate: Large schools have at least 10,000 students and small schools have 9,999 or fewer students.<br> <br> The list below details all Region 5 winners. If you have any questions regarding the MOE Awards, contact Christine Cordial via email or phone at 317-920-4788.<br> <br> This list reflects the spelling and titles submitted in the award entries.<br> <br> <b>Newspapers</b><br> <br> Breaking News Reporting (Large) 10,000+ Students<br> Winner: Evanston police investigate sexual assault allegations against former ETHS teacher - by Rishika Dugyala, Northwestern University<br> Finalist: Humans vs. Zombies player sparks gun scare on campus - by Allie Kirkman and Casey Smith, Ball State University<br> Finalist: Victim's family not happy with Wisani's sentencing - by Benjamin Din, Northwestern University<br> <br> Breaking News Reporting (Small) 1-9,999 Students<br> Winner: Gas leak interrupts class, spurs evacuations - by Brock Turner, DePauw University<br> Finalist: Police apprehend robbery suspects in Upland - by Eric Andrews and Katherine Yeager, Taylor University<br> Finalist: After Texas church shooting, Southern Baptists to meet about security - by Cassidy Grom, Taylor University<br> <br> General News Reporting (Large) 10,000+ Students<br> Winner: Parents push for Texas to screen all newborns for spinal muscular atrophy - by Matthew Choi, Northwestern University <br> Finalist: Against the smog: NKU Science students, faculty reflect on proposed federal budget cuts - by Mackenzie Manley, Northern Kentucky University <br> Finalist: Following executive order, international students at Northwestern express fear, confusion - by Matthew Choi and Kristina Karisch, Northwestern University<br> <br> General News Reporting (Small) 1-9,999 Students<br> Winner: Hey, Chapman! - by Eric Andrews, Taylor University <br> Finalist: The Facebook and Youtube war - by Madison Dudley, DePauw University<br> Finalist: Adler ‘stunned’ by allegations, subsequent dismissal - by David Kobe, DePauw University<br> <br> In-Depth Reporting (Large) 10,000+ Students<br> Winner: In the dark: Records shed light on sexual misconduct at Kentucky universities - by Nicole Ares, Western Kentucky University <br> Finalist: As university aims to increase awareness of Title IX process, reporting remains a taxing experience - by Claire Hansen, Northwestern University<br> <br> In-Depth Reporting (Small) 1-9,999 Students<br> Winner: Donald Trump course at Butler reveals no process, forces university to take precautions - by Zach Horrall, Butler University <br> Finalist: Trash talk - by Becca Robb and Eric Andrews, Taylor University <br> Finalist: DePauw student finds hole in DePauw E-Services webpage; student mailboxes switched as result - by Bryttni Carpenter, DePauw University<br> <br> Feature Writing (Large) 10,000+ Students<br> Winner: The third life of Darryl Pinkins - by Taylor Telford, Indiana University <br> Finalist: Sticker shock - by Allyson Chiu, Northwestern University <br> Finalist: Affording Evanston - by David Fishman, Northwestern University<br> <br> Feature Writing (Small) 1-9,999 Students<br> Winner: Missing wallet returned 20 years later - by Becca Robb and Eric Andrews, Taylor University<br> <br> Sports Writing (Large) 10,000+ Students<br> Winner: Afraid of the unknown - by Michal Dwojak, University of Illinois <br> Finalist: How a Northwestern startup plans to revolutionize college football recruiting - by Dan Waldman, Northwestern University <br> Finalist: The John Basalyga story - by Christopher Decker, Northern Kentucky University<br> <br> Sports Writing (Small) 1-9,999 Students<br> Winner: Controversial two-point conversion in Monon Bell game leaves room for debate - by Austin Candor, DePauw University<br> <br> Editorial Writing<br> Winner: Evans’ name should be removed from campus buildings; We must keep local officials accountable in response to Crosby’s violent arrest; ETHS censorship of The Evanstonian sets dangerous precedent - by Staff of The Daily Northwestern, Northwestern University<br> Finalist: University, students must more actively raise awareness of sexual assault resources; Local journalism requires public support; Campus safety’s lack of transparency misrepresents the community’s crime rate - by Loyola Phoenix Editorial Board, Loyola University Chicago<br> Finalist: Administration tries to wield influence over Herald; The silencing of sexual harassment victims must stop; Pride Fest is progress, still need a fairness ordinance - by The Herald WKU Editorial Board, Western Kentucky University<br> <br> General Column Writing (Large) 10,000+ Students<br> Winner: When discussing immigration, try to see things from the other side of the border; Learning to love America in bits and pieces; In journalism, never forget empathy - by Mariana Alfaro, Northwestern University <br> Finalist: Adult-ish columns - by Audrey Bowers, Ball State University <br> Finalist: Use of N-word at A&O Ball representative of greater campus issues; When athletes kneel during national anthem, understand greater significance; The Spectrum: Students of color shouldn’t be forced to feel obligated to always speak about their identities - by Troy Closson, Northwestern University<br> <br> General Column Writing (Small) 1-9,999 Students<br> Winner: Dressing like a dawg; BUPD issues an untimely warning; A timely follow up to concerns of student safety - by Madeleine Lucchetti, Butler University <br> Finalist: The Female Gaze columns - by Lindsey Jones, DePauw University<br> <br> Sports Column Writing<br> Winner: Big Ten changes will take away from Northwestern’s season; Wildcats locking arms is a non-story; Northwestern needs a big-time performance from Law to shock Gonzaga - by Tim Balk, Northwestern University<br> Finalist: Taking on Butler basketball - by Dana Lee, Butler University<br> <br> Best All-Around Daily Student Newspaper<br> Winner: The Daily Northwestern - by Staff of The Daily Northwestern, Northwestern University<br> <br> Best All-Around Non Daily Student Newspaper<br> Winner: The Daily Illini - by Staff of The Daily Illini, University of Illinois<br> Finalist: Indiana Daily Student - by Staff of Indiana Daily Student, Indiana University<br> Finalist: Loyola Phoenix - by Staff of Loyola Phoenix, Loyola University Chicago<br> <br> <b>Magazines</b><br> <br> Non-Fiction Magazine Article<br> Winner: Examining sapphic sex - by Emma Sarappo, Northwestern University<br> Finalist: Baby-proofing - by Libby Berry, Northwestern University<br> <br> Best Student Magazine<br> Winner: Ball Bearings: The Human Experience - by Staff of Ball Bearings, Ball State University<br> Finalist: Al Bayan - by Amal Ahmed, Northwestern University<br> Finalist: The Talisman - by Staff of The Talisman, Western Kentucky University<br> <br> <b>Art/Graphics</b><br> <br> Breaking News Photography (Large) 10,000+ Students<br> Winner: Chief Illiniwek protesters block Homecoming Parade - by Ethan Scholl, University of Illinois<br> Finalist: Muncie Fire Department responds to house fire on Carson Street - by Grace Hollars, Ball State University<br> <br> General News Photography (Large) 10,000+ Students<br> Winner: The people united - by Abby Potter, Western Kentucky University<br> Finalist: Daylight - by Alyssa Wisnieski, Northwestern University<br> <br> Feature Photography (Large) 10,000+ Students<br> Winner: Mother’s love powers family through Hurricane Maria aftermath - by Ryan Michalesko, Southern Illinois University Carbondale<br> Finalist: Freewheeling - by Alyssa Wisnieski, Northwestern University<br> <br> Feature Photography (Small) 1-9,999 Students<br> Winner: Bust a fit - by Byron Mason, DePauw University<br> Finalist: ‘Frankenstein’ takes stage for novel’s 200th anniversary - by Cassie Reverman, University of Indianapolis<br> <br> Photo Illustration (Large) 10,000+ Students<br> Winner: My schizophrenia - by Tt Shinkan and Branden Dwyer, Ball State University<br> <br> Photo Illustration (Small) 1-9,999 Students<br> Finalist: Music festival showcases local, regional and national talents - by Andy Carr and Erik Cliburn, University of Indianapolis<br> Finalist: DePauw swimming - by Sam Caravana, DePauw University<br> <br> Sports Photography (Large) 10,000+ Students<br> Winner: At arm's length - by Kelsea Hobbs, Western Kentucky University<br> Finalist: Football vs. Central Michigan 2017 - by Grace Hollars, Ball State University <br> Finalist: Men’s Basketball: Northwestern erupts in blowout win over Iowa - by Rachel Dubner, Northwestern University<br> <br> Sports Photography (Small) 1-9,999 Students<br> Finalist: Andrew Chrabascz - by Jimmy Lafakis, Butler University<br> <br> Editorial Cartooning<br> Winner: Trophy hunting; U.S. South battered and bruised; Gamer Trump - by Andy Carr, University of Indianapolis<br> <br> <b>Radio</b><br> <br> Radio News Reporting<br> Winner: Birds-I-View: Charlottesville - by Nick Landi, Illinois State University <br> Finalist: Birds-I-View: Planned Parenthood - by Maddy Wierus, Illinois State University<br> Finalist: Binge drinking - by Travis Higdon, Western Kentucky University<br> <br> Radio Feature<br> Winner: Dining with Doyle - by Neil Doyle, Illinois State University<br> Finalist: A child food critic grows up - by Shane McKeon, Northwestern University<br> Finalist: Birds-I-View: Comptroller - by Jake Fahrow, Illinois State University<br> <br> Radio In-Depth Reporting<br> Winner: Mar-a-Lago or Trump Tower: Could a federal law force Trump to choose? - by Madeline Fox, Northwestern University<br> <br> Best All-Around Radio Newscast<br> Winner: November 3, 2017 newscast - by Neil Doyle, Illinois State University<br> <br> <br> <b>Television</b><br> <br> Television Breaking News Reporting<br> Winner: Inauguration protests - by Dan Beedie, DePaul University<br> Finalist: Protest breaks out over Muncie Community Schools finances - by Tony Sandleben, Mallory Weil, Evan Like and Emerson Lehmann, Ball State University<br> <br> Television General News Reporting<br> Winner: DACA students at UI - by Jean Kang, University of Illinois <br> Finalist: Low-income students battle the winter - by Michelle Baik, Northwestern University <br> Finalist: The Christian priority in Trump's America - by Michelle Baik, Northwestern University<br> <br> Television Feature Reporting<br> Winner: Opera - by Dan Beedie, DePaul University<br> Finalist: Former trustee reflects on Ball State experience - by Tony Sandleben, Ball State University<br> <br> Television In-Depth Reporting<br> Winner: From Damascus to Chicago - by Colleen Cassingham and Alex Lederman, Northwestern University<br> Finalist: Muncie Community Schools takeover continuing coverage - by Tony Sandleben, Ball State University<br> <br> Television Sports Reporting<br> Winner: Leigh Healey is finally ready to hit the bodybuilding stage - by Grace Choi, Northwestern University<br> <br> Best All-Around Television Newscast<br> Winner: November 23, 2017 broadcast - by Mallory Weil, Tony Sandleben, Ryan McClain and Evan Like, Ball State University<br> <br> <b>Online</b><br> <br> Online News Reporting<br> Winner: Champaign County uninsured rate drops, but not everyone pleased with Affordable Care Act - by Staff of CU-CitizenAccess, University of Illinois<br> Finalist: Evanston Decides 2017 - by David Fishman, Max Schuman and Nora Shelly, Northwestern University<br> Finalist: Wrong place, wrong time - by Staff of The Medill Justice Project, Northwestern University<br> <br> Online Feature Reporting<br> Winner: Can't get there from here - by Emma Sarappo, Northwestern University<br> Finalist: Something in the night - by Jack Evans, Noble Guyon and Eman Mozaffar, Indiana University<br> Finalist: 4 women, 8 names - by Rachel Yang, Northwestern University<br> <br> Online In-Depth Reporting<br> Winner: Camp fever: Injuries, illnesses missing from Indiana state records - by Indiana University Media School, Indiana University<br> Finalist: The system - by Carley Lanich, Nicole McPheeters, Emily Miles and Eman Mozaffar, Indiana University <br> Finalist: Birth justice is social justice - by Emma Krupp, DePaul University<br> <br> Online Sports Reporting<br> Winner: The shoes on the sideline - by Madeline Happold, DePaul University<br> Finalist: Building Northwestern Basketball - by Caleb Friedman, Northwestern University<br> Finalist: A greater role: Gueye's game - by Elizabeth Wyman, Ball State University<br> <br> Online Opinion & Commentary<br> Winner: How to be heard - by Cody Corrall, DePaul University<br> <br> Best Affiliated Web Site<br> Winner: idsnews.com - by Staff of Indiana Daily Student, Indiana University<br> Finalist: NorthbyNorthwestern.com - by Staff of NorthbyNorthwestern.com, Northwestern University<br> Finalist: The Daily Illini - by Staff of The Daily Illini, University of Illinois<br> <br> Best Independent Online Student Publication<br> Winner: The White House & the press - by WKU Fleischaker and Greene Scholars, Western Kentucky University<br> Finalist: Fourteen East Magazine - by Staff of Fourteen East Magazine, DePaul University<br> Finalist: RE(a)D WKU - by Staff of RE(a)D 01-12, Western Kentucky University<br> <br> Best Use of Multimedia<br> Winner: When I am healed - by Abby Potter, Western Kentucky University<br> Finalist: Love you forever: a mother survives after daughter’s suicide - by Srijita Chattopadhyay, Western Kentucky University<br> Finalist: Bigger bodies - by Emily Sabens, Ball State University<br> <br> <b>Videography</b><br> <br> Broadcast Feature Videography<br> Winner: From Damascus to Chicago - by Colleen Cassingham and Alex Lederman, Northwestern University<br> <br> Online/Digital News Videography<br> Winner: Convict of 302: Death penalty in Pakistan - by Shakeeb Asrar and Urooj Kamran Azmi, Northwestern University in Qatar<br> Finalist: Affordable Care Act in Central Illinois: Falling apart, smiling again - by Stephen Cohn, Andrew Ng and Hinna Raja, University of Illinois<br> Finalist: Affordable Care Act in Central Illinois: a passport to healthcare - by Jessica Bursztynsky and Bobbi McSwine, University of Illinois<br> <br> Online/Digital Feature Videography<br> Winner: Burlesque dancer after double mastectomy - by Hangda Zhang, Northwestern University<br> Finalist: Healing Chicago: the story of raptivist Bella Bahhs - by Courtney Kang, Nastasya Popov and Hangda Zhang, Northwestern University<br> Finalist: Legally blind student pursuing passion for theater - by Hangda Zhang, Northwestern University<br> <br> <i>SPJ promotes the free flow of information vital to informing citizens; works to inspire and educate the next generation of journalists; and fights to protect First Amendment guarantees of freedom of speech and press. Support excellent journalism and fight for your right to know. <a href="http://www.spj.org/join.asp">Become a member</a>, <a href="https://www.spj.org/ldf.asp">give to the Legal Defense Fund</a>, or <a href="https://www.spj.org/donate.asp">give to the Sigma Delta Chi Foundation</a>.</i><br> <br> <div align"=center">-END-</div> Mon, 9 Apr 2018 00:00:00 -0500 SPJ disappointed by Sinclair chairman comments about print journalists http://www.spj.org/news.asp?REF=1557 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE<br> <br> Contacts:<br> Rebecca Baker, SPJ National President, 203-640-3904, <email address="rbaker@spj.org">rbaker@spj.org</a><br> Jennifer Royer, SPJ Communications Strategist, 317-361-4134, <email address="jroyer@spj.org">jroyer@spj.org</a><br> <br> <i><br> Update 4/17/18: After agreeing to meet with SPJ, Smith changed his mind and notified Bethel McKenzie today that he will not be meeting with SPJ leaders. <br> <br> Update 4/4/18: After receiving SPJ's letter, David Smith has agreed to a meeting with President Rebecca Baker and Executive Director Alison Bethel McKenzie soon.</i><br> <br> INDIANAPOLIS – The <a href=https://www.spj.org/>Society of Professional Journalists</a> is profoundly disappointed by comments made by David Smith, executive chairman of Sinclair Broadcast Group, as reported earlier today in <a href=" http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2018/04/sinclair-chairman-entire-print-media-has-no-credibility.html?utm_campaign=nym&utm_source=fb&utm_medium=s1">New York magazine</a>. <br> <br> “Mr. Smith’s attack on legitimate, fact-based print journalism is frustrating,” said SPJ National President Rebecca Baker. “It appears Mr. Smith is attempting to discredit any and all journalism except that produced by the 193 television stations he owns or controls throughout 39 states. This is a serious attack on not only the thousands of hard-working print journalists across the country but on the free press as protected by the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.<br> <br> “It is not good for the country or journalism to have one individual or company control such a large portion of news being broadcast,” Baker continued.<br> <br> Baker and SPJ Executive Director Alison Bethel McKenzie <a href=" https://www.spj.org/pdf/news/sinclair-letter-04032018.pdf">sent a letter</a> to Smith today asking him to rethink his opinions about print journalism. <br> <br> “At a time when journalists are constantly being ridiculed and attacked by those in positions of power, we would expect someone in your position, at a media company as large as yours, to realize the difficult job ALL journalists have and stand in solidarity with them,” the letter stated. <br> <br> <br> <i>SPJ promotes the free flow of information vital to informing citizens, works to inspire and educate the next generation of journalists and fights to protect First Amendment guarantees of freedom of speech and press. Support excellent journalism and fight for your right to know. <a href="http://www.spj.org/join.asp">Become a member</a>, <a href="https://www.spj.org/ldf.asp">give to the Legal Defense Fund</a>, or <a href="https://www.spj.org/donate.asp">give to the Sigma Delta Chi Foundation</a>.</i><br> <br> <div align"=center">-END-</div> Tue, 3 Apr 2018 00:00:00 -0500 Region 3 Mark of Excellence Awards winners announced in Charleston, S.C. http://www.spj.org/news.asp?REF=1556 Contacts:<br> Christine Cordial, SPJ Program Coordinator, 317-920-4788, <emailaddress="awards@spj.org">awards@spj.org</a><br> Anna Gutierrez, SPJ Communications Coordinator, 317-920-4785, <emailaddress="communications@spj.org">communications@spj.org</a><br> <br> INDIANAPOLIS — The Society of Professional Journalists recognizes the best collegiate journalism in Region 3 with 2017 Mark of Excellence Awards winners.<br> <br> SPJ’s Region 3 comprises Alabama, Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Honorees received award certificates the weekend of March 24 at the Region 3 Conference. First-place winners will compete at the national level among other regional MOE winners from the 12 SPJ regions.<br> <br> National winners will be notified in the late spring and will be recognized at the Excellence in Journalism conference in Baltimore.<br> <br> MOE Awards entries are judged by professionals with at least three years of journalism experience. Judges were directed to choose entries they felt were among the best in student journalism. If no entry rose to the level of excellence, no award was given. Any category not listed has no winner.<br> <br> School divisions are based on student enrollment, including both graduate and undergraduate: Large schools have at least 10,000 students and small schools have 9,999 or fewer students.<br> <br> The list below details all Region 3 winners. If you have any questions regarding the MOE Awards, contact Christine Cordial via email or phone at 317-920-4788.<br> <br> This list reflects the spelling and titles submitted in the award entries.<br> <br> <b>Newspapers</b><br> Breaking News Reporting (Large) 10,000+ Students<br> Winner: Protesters take a stand, outnumber Spencer supporters - by Ian Cohen, Romy Ellenbogen, David Hoffman and Jimena Tavel, University of Florida <br> Finalist: Fraudulent agency scams SPC - by Alex Klugerman and Richard Chess, Emory University<br> Finalist: SGA elections board resigns - by Will Jones, University of Alabama<br> <br> Breaking News Reporting (Small) 1-9,999 Students<br> Winner: University and FarmHouse reach agreement after public backlash to insensitive video - by Sable Riley, Troy University<br> Finalist: Update on fraternity house fire - by Hillary Taylor, University of North Alabama<br> <br> General News Reporting (Large) 10,000+ Students<br> Winner: Succession of scandals hits Auburn Athletics - by Chip Brownlee, Sam Willoughby and Will Sahlie, Auburn University<br> Finalist: Cell phones shed new light on police violence - by Camille Studebaker, University of Alabama<br> Finalist: Two drivers charged with rape, sodomy of student on university transit bus - by Chip Brownlee and Jessica Ballard, Auburn University<br> <br> General News Reporting (Small) 1-9,999 Students<br> Finalist: New policy affects student refund checks - by Harley Duncan, University of North Alabama<br> <br> In-Depth Reporting (Large) 10,000+ Students<br> Winner: College costs: the CW explores the real price of your degree - by Shahriyar Emami, Will Baggett, Kirstin Carroll and Adam Dodson, University of Alabama<br> <br> Feature Writing (Large) 10,000+ Students<br> Winner: Into the void - by Ethan Bauer, University of Florida<br> Finalist: Freshman's climate change efforts go from local to national - by Nathalie Mairena, University of Miami<br> Finalist: Service dog gives mobility to student with visual impairment - by Annie Cappetta, University of Miami<br> <br> Feature Writing (Small) 1-9,999 Students<br> Winner: Suffering in silence: Men and domestic violence - by Nadia Holloway, Florida A&M University<br> Finalist: Troy student wrestles with the pros - by Zach Henson, Troy University<br> Finalist: Uncovered secrets series - by Tyler Hargett, University of North Alabama<br> <br> Sports Writing (Large) 10,000+ Students<br> Winner: Former Miami Dolphins wait and wonder about future health - by Ethan Bauer, University of Florida<br> Finalist: Best foot forward: UF kicker Eddy Pineiro using football to give his family a comfortable life - by Matthew Brannon, University of Florida<br> Finalist: Her decision - by Ethan Bauer, University of Florida<br> <br> Sports Writing (Small) 1-9,999 Students<br> Winner: Rampersad's journey to Berry - by Haiden Widener, Berry College<br> Finalist: Women's lacrosse excited for rule change - by Christopher Ferguson, Berry College<br> Finalist: Wallace adds honor to legacy - by Jacob Cole, University of North Alabama<br> <br> Editorial Writing<br> Winner: Leath’s appointment warrants criticism; For the good of Auburn, Jay Jacobs should go; It’s time for voters to put an end to Moore’s antics - by Weston Sims, Chip Brownlee and The Auburn Plainsman Editorial Board, Auburn University<br> Finalist: Kneeling is not un-American; Doug Jones for US Senate; UA should have commencement speakers - by The Crimson White Editorial Board, University of Alabama<br> Finalist: First Amendment flaws in Viking code; Changes needed in chalk policy draft; Use your voice for good - by Campus Carrier and Viking Fusion Staffs, Berry College<br> <br> General Column Writing (Small) 1-9,999 Students<br> Winner: DACA decision forced on Congress; Media favor sensation in catering to public interest; Is Christianity a religion or a culture? - by Pradyot Sharma, Troy University<br> <br> Sports Column Writing<br> Winner: I get why Jim McElwain should go. But remember he’s human, too; Adversity is the most overused word in sports. Instead, let’s not cheapen it; Don’t make football a priority in times of crisis - by Ethan Bauer, University of Florida<br> Finalist: In the wake of Spencer controversy, it’s OK to take a break from sports; Nobody should just stick to sports; Take yourselves less seriously, sports teams - by Ian Cohen, University of Florida<br> Finalist: Earth is flat, obviously, you idiot; Dan Mullen just volunteered to go through hell; UF’s new uniforms are so cool they almost make me forget how bad the team is - by Matt Brannon, University of Florida<br> <br> Best All-Around Non Daily Student Newspaper<br> Winner: The Miami Hurricane - by The Staff of The Miami Hurricane, University of Miami<br> Finalist: The Auburn Plainsman - by Corey Williams, Chip Brownlee and The Auburn Plainsman Staff, Auburn University<br> Finalist: The Oracle - by The Staff of The Oracle, University of South Florida<br> <br> <b>Magazines</b><br> <br> Non-Fiction Magazine Article<br> Winner: Drag race - by Theo Willson and Marissa Vonesh, University of Miami<br> Finalist: Sea of dreams - by Matthew Wilson and Mary Katherine Carpenter, University of Alabama<br> <br> Best Student Magazine<br> Winner: Distraction Magazine - by The Staff of Distraction Magazine, University of Miami<br> Finalist: SCAN Magazine - by The Staff of SCAN Magazine, Savannah College of Art and Design Atlanta<br> <br> <b>Art/Graphics</b><br> <br> Breaking News Photography (Large) 10,000+ Students<br> Winner: Hunter sets eyes on governing after SGA presidential win - by Jacob Arthur, University of Alabama<br> Finalist: 'You need a heart': Community protests Emory's delay of kidney transplant - by Parth Mody, Emory University<br> <br> Feature Photography (Large) 10,000+ Students<br> Winner: Words - by The Staff of Distraction Magazine, University of Miami<br> <br> Feature Photography (Small) 1-9,999 Students<br> Winner: Finding home from Myanmar - by Katherine Lewin, Flagler College<br> Finalist: Better diabetes care available, yet few can afford it - by Jessie Rowan, Flagler College<br> <br> Photo Illustration (Large) 10,000+ Students<br> Winner: Sex stats - by Staff of Distraction Magazine, University of Miami<br> Finalist: Cadet Canes - by Sidney Sherman and Marissa Vonesh, University of Miami<br> Finalist: Cell phones shed new light on police violence - by Kylie Cowden and Jake Stevens, University of Alabama<br> <br> Photo Illustration (Small) 1-9,999 Students<br> Winner: Musician Maggie Schneider - by Christian Zubernis, Savannah College of Art and Design Atlanta<br> <br> Sports Photography (Large) 10,000+ Students<br> Winner: Gators lose in Elite Eight - by Grace King, University of Florida<br> Finalist: Football cover - by Josh White and Marissa Vonesh, University of Miami <br> Finalist: FGCU men's basketball versus Weber International's Warriors - by Zack Rothman, Florida Gulf Coast University<br> <br> Sports Photography (Small) 1-9,999 Students<br> Winner: Junior guard Wesley Person - by Joshua Thurston, Troy University<br> Finalist: Women's tennis - by Valerie DeWandel, Berry College<br> Finalist: Women's softball - by Bailey Albertson, Berry College<br> <br> Editorial Cartooning<br> Winner: The Current State series: Liberty; Tweety; War games - by Richard Goodwin, Savannah College of Art and Design Atlanta<br> <br> <br> <b>Radio</b><br> <br> Radio News Reporting<br> Winner: Irma aftermath - by Staff of WUFT-FM, University of Florida<br> Finalist: Richard Spencer speech & rally - by Staff of WUFT-FM, University of Florida<br> Finalist: Mayor of Midland City emerges after difficult election night - by Eriq Roberts, Troy University<br> <br> Radio Feature<br> Winner: The high cost of sugar - by Miranda Fulmore, University of Alabama<br> Finalist: ALS doesn't stop this artist - by Alexa Lorenzo, University of Florida<br> <br> Radio In-Depth Reporting<br> Winner: When the lights go out, and stay out - by Luke Sullivan, University of Florida<br> <br> Radio Sports Reporting<br> Winner: A Cuban woman who wants to box - by Caitie Switalski, University of Florida<br> Finalist: Family travels to Omaha - by Savanna Collins, University of Florida<br> <br> Best All-Around Radio Newscast<br> Winner: October 19, 2017 Newscast - by Henry Coburn, Dolores Hinckley, University of Florida<br> <br> <b>Television</b><br> <br> Television Breaking News Reporting<br> Winner: Pulse anniversary - by Ryan Roberts, Daniela Hurtado, University of Florida<br> Finalist: Gators drown out Richard Spencer - by Alexa Lorenzo, University of Florida<br> Finalist: Fire engulfs East Alabama Mill - by Brandon Etheredge, Auburn University<br> <br> Television General News Reporting<br> Winner: 2017 hurricane season begins - by Grace King, University of Florida <br> Finalist: Santa Fe River flooding lingers - by Grace King, University of Florida<br> <br> Television Feature Reporting<br> Winner: The chicken man - by Allen Devlin, University of South Carolina<br> Finalist: M.I.A. Mia - by Zoe Haugen, University of Florida<br> Finalist: Painting with a purpose - by Alexa Lorenzo, University of Florida<br> <br> Television In-Depth Reporting<br> Winner: Lead in school water - by Daniela Hurtado and Danielle Frew, University of Florida<br> Finalist: Tale of two cities - by Brian Principe, University of South Carolina<br> Finalist: Peach crop loss - by Caitlin Mathias, University of South Carolina<br> <br> Television Sports Reporting<br> Winner: D'Mauri Jones: Painting inspiration - by David Perez, University of Miami<br> Finalist: Palatka pride - by Savanna Collins, University of Florida<br> Finalist: Three coaches, three players, one city - by J.P. Hovey, University of South Carolina<br> <br> Best All-Around Television Newscast<br> Winner: WUFT News - by Rachel Trent and The Staff of WUFT News, University of Florida<br> Finalist: WUFT News First at Five - by Aaron Abell and The Staff of WUFT News, University of Florida<br> Finalist: TROY TrojanVision News - by The Staff of TROY TrojanVision News, Troy University<br> <br> <b>Online</b><br> <br> Online News Reporting<br> Winner: Flooding leaves refugee family with moldy apartment - by Katherine Lewin, Flagler College<br> Finalist: Drawing lines: Debate over gerrymandering, political power comes to South Carolina - by Brodie Putz, University of South Carolina<br> Finalist: Flagler College jury scam: When technology is used for evil - by Katherine Hamilton, Flagler College<br> <br> Online Feature Reporting<br> Winner: Two veterans, two wars - by Briana Erickson, University of Florida<br> Finalist: Artist Tyrone Geter: Searching for a universal language - by Taylor Halle, University of South Carolina<br> Finalist: Unpredictable weather, breaking buds part of S.C. winemaking life - by Michaela Wendell, University of South Carolina<br> <br> Online In-Depth Reporting<br> Winner: Grade expectations - by Molly Donovan, University of Florida<br> Finalist: Energy burden - by Staff of WUFT.org, University of Florida<br> Finalist: ‘Feels like an earthquake’: Newberry neighborhood fears damage from limestone mine - by Nicole Dan, University of Florida<br> <br> Online Sports Reporting<br> Winner: Vikings football playoffs - by Allie Pritchett, Bruno Rosa and Chris Ferguson, Berry College<br> Finalist: Beach volleyball player takes familial approach to competition - by Collyn Taylor, University of South Carolina<br> Finalist: Sara P's Fast 5 - by Sara Palczewski, Auburn University<br> <br> Online Opinion & Commentary<br> Winner: An open letter from a sick and tired Atlanta driver; The first lady is missing; What the new tax plan means for students - by Allison Bolt, Savannah College of Art and Design Atlanta<br> Finalist: Life is precious: My sister’s story; Why I’m happy to be financially independent; Logic brings powerful, important performance to the VMAs - by Jared Talbot, Flagler College<br> <br> Best Affiliated Web Site<br> Winner: Alpine Living New Zealand - by Jonathan Norris, Taylor Armer, Kaylin Bowen and Hailey Grace Steele, University of Alabama<br> Finalist: Eagle Eye TV - by The Staff of Eagle Eye TV, Auburn University<br> <br> Best Independent Online Student Publication<br> Winner: Flagler College Gargoyle – by The Staff of Flagler College Gargoyle, Flagler College<br> Finalist: The Connector - by The Staff of The Connector, Savannah College of Art and Design Atlanta<br> Finalist: Viking Fusion - by The Staff of Viking Fusion, Berry College<br> <br> Best Use of Multimedia<br> Winner: Our Gainesville – by The Staff of WUFT News, University of Florida<br> Finalist: The 45th President - by The Staff of The Independent Florida Alligator, University of Florida<br> Finalist: Resilient - by Christopher Chase Edmunds, Taylor Armer, Cara Walker and Thomas Joa, University of Alabama<br> <br> <br> <b>Videography</b><br> <br> Broadcast News Videography<br> Winner: Troy Out of the Darkness Walk - by Lauren Harksen, Troy University<br> <br> Online/Digital News Videography<br> Winner: Gainesville residents react to Thursday speech event on campus - by Ramsey Touchberry, University of Florida<br> <br> Online/Digital Feature Videography<br> Winner: Beyond gender - by Andrea Cornejo, University of Florida<br> Finalist: Flagler student tears up the t-shirt business - by Gabrielle Garay, Flagler College<br> <br> <i>SPJ promotes the free flow of information vital to informing citizens; works to inspire and educate the next generation of journalists; and fights to protect First Amendment guarantees of freedom of speech and press. Support excellent journalism and fight for your right to know. <a href="http://www.spj.org/join.asp">Become a member</a>, <a href="https://www.spj.org/ldf.asp">give to the Legal Defense Fund</a>, or <a href="https://www.spj.org/donate.asp">give to the Sigma Delta Chi Foundation</a>.</i><br> <br> <div align"=center">-END-</div><br> Mon, 26 Mar 2018 00:00:00 -0500 Region 12 Mark of Excellence Awards winners announced in Little Rock, Ark. http://www.spj.org/news.asp?REF=1555 Contacts:<br> Christine Cordial, SPJ Program Coordinator, 317-920-4788, <email address="awards@spj.org">awards@spj.org</a><br> Anna Gutierrez, SPJ Communications Coordinator, 317-920-4785, <email address="communications@spj.org">communications@spj.org</a><br> <br> INDIANAPOLIS — The Society of Professional Journalists recognizes the best collegiate journalism in Region 12 with 2017 Mark of Excellence Awards winners.<br> <br> SPJ’s Region 12 comprises Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Western Tennessee. Honorees received award certificates the weekend of March 17 at the Region 12 Conference. First-place winners will compete at the national level among other regional MOE winners from the 12 SPJ regions.<br> <br> National winners will be notified in the late spring and will be recognized at the Excellence in Journalism conference in Baltimore.<br> <br> MOE Awards entries are judged by professionals with at least three years of journalism experience. Judges were directed to choose entries they felt were among the best in student journalism. If no entry rose to the level of excellence, no award was given. Any category not listed has no winner.<br> <br> School divisions are based on student enrollment, including both graduate and undergraduate: Large schools have at least 10,000 students and small schools have 9,999 or fewer students.<br> <br> The list below details all Region 12 winners. If you have any questions regarding the MOE Awards, contact Christine Cordial via email or phone at 317-920-4788.<br> <br> This list reflects the spelling and titles submitted in the award entries.<br> <br> <b>Newspapers</b><br> <br> Breaking News Reporting (Large) 10,000+ Students<br> Winner: LSUPD investigation finds evidence Maxwell Gruver was 'targeted' during hazing event - by Natalie Anderson and Evan Saacks, Louisiana State University<br> Finalist: All individuals arrested for Maxwell Gruver hazing death released on bond - by Staff of The Daily Reveille, Louisiana State University<br> Finalist: Sen. Cotton faces angry crowd at town meeting - by Andrea Johnson, University of Arkansas<br> <br> General News Reporting (Large) 10,000+ Students<br> Winner: Fees: Use what you pay for; STEM— open to women, organization offers help; Defunding diversity and inclusion, House Bill 1213 - by Amber Quaid, Arkansas Tech University<br> Finalist: International student's death a result of Kappa Sigma's hazing practices, lawsuits say - by Kailey Broussard, University of Louisiana at Lafayette<br> Finalist: Student apartment charges residents hidden fee - by Shelby Evans, University of Arkansas<br> <br> In-Depth Reporting (Large) 10,000+ Students<br> Winner: UA student, local community face effect of opioid epidemic - by Meleah Perez, University of Arkansas<br> Finalist: Living with dyslexia - by Halie Brown, University of Arkansas<br> <br> In-Depth Reporting (Small) 1-9,999 Students<br> Winner: Behind the blue - by Savanna DiStefano, Harding University<br> <br> Feature Writing (Large) 10,000+ Students<br> Winner: To Adams, art, God and love are sacred - by Devna Bose, University of Mississippi<br> Finalist: Lost art: Stolen paintings of historic LSU figures still lost after nearly 40 years - by William Taylor Potter and Carrie Grace Henderson, Louisiana State University<br> <br> Feature Writing (Small) 1-9,999 Students<br> Winner: Christmas trees stop costal erosion in Jefferson Parish - by Colleen Dulle, Loyola University New Orleans<br> Finalist: Visiting with Searcy Mormon Missionaries - by Joshua Johnson, Harding University<br> <br> Sports Writing (Large) 10,000+ Students<br> Winner: Kristen's battle - by Alex Nicolls, University of Arkansas<br> Finalist: Forty-five innings of softball on history-making weekend - by Mathew Emery and Amber Quaid, Arkansas Tech University<br> Finalist: Coach D-D Breaux recognized for impact, dedication to gymnastics program - by Hannah Martin, Louisiana State University<br> <br> Sports Writing (Small) 1-9,999 Students<br> Winner: Men's and women's teams make history as they travel to national tournament - by Brian Wollitz and Ryan Micklin, Loyola University New Orleans<br> Finalist: Swim team strengthens roster and sets sights on improved national ranking - by Brian Wollitz, Loyola University New Orleans<br> <br> Editorial Writing<br> Winner: UREC 'leisure pool' expansion frivolous use of student fees; Alexander right to suspend LSU Greek Life activities; LSU needs to do more following Michael Nickelotte's suicide - by The Daily Reveille Editorial Board, Louisiana State University<br> <br> General Column Writing (Large) 10,000+ Students<br> Winner: Arkansas gun bills creates more problems than it solves; Equifax breach reveals agency's shake infrastructure; Senate strikes down pro-consumer rule for partisan victory - by Joah Clements, University of Arkansas<br> <br> General Column Writing (Small) 1-9,999 Students<br> Winner: Same song, second verse - by Joshua Johnson, Harding University<br> <br> Sports Column Writing<br> Winner: JC does sports - by JC Canicosa, Loyola University New Orleans<br> Finalist: Apathy among fans, dwindling attendance a result of a non-elite football program; Despite midseason coaching change, Orgeron hauls in strong class; LSU versus Auburn represents a pivotal point in season - by Chris Caldarera, Louisiana State University<br> Finalist: Sports team columns - by Ricci Logan, Matthew Emery, Noah Delashaw and Amber Quaid, Arkansas Tech University<br> <br> Best All-Around Daily Student Newspaper<br> Winner: The Daily Mississippian - by Staff of The Daily Mississippian, University of Mississippi<br> Finalist: The Daily Helmsman - by Jonathan Capriel and Gus Carrington, University of Memphis<br> <br> Best All-Around Non Daily Student Newspaper<br> Winner: The Arkansas Traveler - by Alex Nicoll, University of Arkansas<br> Finalist: Loyola Maroon - by Starlight Williams and Nick Reimann, Loyola University New Orleans<br> Finalist: The Arka Tech - by Staff of The Arka Tech, Arkansas Tech University<br> <br> <b>Magazines</b><br> <br> Non-Fiction Magazine Article<br> Winner: ‘We have completely failed a generation' - by Bethany Osborn, University of Arkansas<br> Finalist: Why teens become moms - by Devynne Diaz, University of Arkansas<br> <br> Best Student Magazine<br> Winner: Hill Magazine - by Alex Gladden, University of Arkansas<br> <br> <b>Art/Graphics</b><br> <br> Breaking News Photography (Large) 10,000+ Students<br> Winner: Fire at Ole Miss Yerby Center - by Marlee Crawford, University of Mississippi<br> <br> Breaking News Photography (Small) 1-9,999 Students<br> Winner: Total eclipse - by Ben Davis, Lipscomb University<br> <br> General News Photography (Small) 1-9,999 Students<br> Winner: Raising hope - by Amanda Floyd, Harding University<br> Finalist: Inside looking out - by Andrew Callaghan, Loyola University New Orleans<br> <br> Feature Photography (Large) 10,000+ Students<br> Winner: Burning for Tibet - by Adams Pryor, University of Arkansas<br> <br> Feature Photography (Small) 1-9,999 Students<br> Winner: Sugar-powered goodness meets good will - by Paula Amezquita, Loyola University New Orleans<br> Finalist: Moms Against Madonna - by Anna Rogers, Lipscomb University<br> Finalist: Tamm in her favorite beanie, Mary Jane - by Keion Hayes, Grambling State University<br> <br> Sports Photography (Large) 10,000+ Students<br> Winner: Men's basketball vs. Stephen F. Austin - by Whitney Williston, Louisiana State University<br> Finalist: The long walk back - by Tyler Lamb, Middle Tennessee State University<br> <br> Sports Photography (Small) 1-9,999 Students<br> Winner: Lady Tigers Jazmin Torian drives to the basket - by Keion Hayes, Grambling State University<br> Finalist: Martez Carter scores the game-winning touchdown - by Raven Leday, Grambling State University<br> Finalist: Top 8 Moments from the Elite 8 - by Evan Swearingen, Harding University<br> <br> Editorial Cartooning<br> Winner: Daily Mississippian cartoons - by Jake Thrasher, University of Mississippi<br> Finalist: Arkansas Traveler editorial cartoons - by Olivia Fredericks, University of Arkansas<br> Finalist: Cartoons - by Rachel Gibson, Harding University<br> <br> <br> <b>Radio</b><br> <br> Radio Sports Reporting<br> Winner: Bison Basketball completes sweep of Belmont - by Russell Vannozzi, Lipscomb University<br> <br> <br> <b>Television</b><br> <br> Television Breaking News Reporting<br> Winner: Gruver's suite mates exclusive - by Kennedi Walker and Matt Houston, Louisiana State University<br> <br> Television General News Reporting<br> Winner: Holmes County MS tornado damage - by Jules Marcantonio, University of Mississippi<br> Finalist: Loyola adds braille signs to buildings on campus - by Dannielle Garcia, Loyola University New Orleans<br> Finalist: TOPS cuts hurt LSU enrollment - by Hunter Lovell, Louisiana State University<br> <br> Television Feature Reporting<br> Winner: Student firefighter training - by Brittany Lofaso, Louisiana State University<br> Finalist: Floating marsh - by Amanda Kitch, Southeastern Louisiana University<br> Finalist: The good life with Grant - by Grant Gaar, University of Mississippi<br> <br> Television In-Depth Reporting<br> Winner: To speak again - by Amanda Triay, Southeastern Louisiana University<br> Finalist: In-depth: Marijuana legalization in Tennessee - by Ashley Sharp, University of Tennessee Knoxville<br> Finalist: LGBTQ mentoring - by Ramsey Minto, University of Arkansas<br> <br> Television Sports Reporting<br> Winner: Pre-med player - by Dylan Alvarez, Louisiana State University<br> Finalist: Saints vs. Bucs: Meet the Justice League - by Wesley Boone, Southeastern Louisiana University<br> Finalist: MMA student athlete – by Max Hawkins, Louisiana State University<br> <br> Best All-Around Television Newscast<br> Winner: Northshore News - by Staff of The Southeastern Channel, Southeastern Louisiana University<br> Finalist: HU16 Live at Five - by Staff of HU16, Harding University<br> <br> <b>Online</b><br> <br> Online News Reporting<br> Winner: Travel ban has mixed impact on Ole Miss - by Ariyl Onstott, University of Mississippi<br> Finalist: President Lowry issues apology for ‘offensive’ decorations at dinner for African-American students - by Cole Gray, Lipscomb University<br> <br> Online Feature Reporting<br> Winner: Just talking: Correl Hoyle prepares to graduate after three years of activism - by Clara Turnage and Malachi Shinault, University of Mississippi<br> Finalist: Chemistry professor Dr. Villa Mitchell to retire after 40 years - by Lorena Coleman, Lipscomb University<br> Finalist: Sound Emporium allows Lipscomb students to make their mark in its iconic history - by Erin Franklin, Lipscomb University<br> <br> Online In-Depth Reporting<br> Winner: Arkansas veterans face higher suicide rates - by Lindsey Guimont and Kayla Nunez, University of Arkansas<br> Finalist: Generation of change - by Chance Gowan and Jordan Huntley, Harding University<br> <br> Online Sports Reporting<br> Winner: Gigliotti enters season as top prospect - by Cole Gray, Lipscomb University<br> Finalist: From Dugan Field to Camden Yards: How former Lipscomb standouts fare in pro ranks - by Russell Vannozzi, Lipscomb University<br> <br> Online Opinion & Commentary<br> Winner: Columns - by LeBron Hill, Lipscomb University<br> <br> Best Affiliated Web Site<br> Winner: theDMonline.com - by Staff of The Daily Mississippian, University of Mississippi<br> Finalist: LoyolaMaroon.com - by Starlight Williams and Nick Reimann, Loyola University New Orleans<br> Finalist: The Daily Reveille - by Staff of The Daily Reveille, Louisiana State University<br> <br> Best Use of Multimedia<br> Winner: Lipscomb reacts to once-in-a-lifetime total solar eclipse - by Lumination Network Staff, Lipscomb University<br> Finalist: Celebrating the Little Rock 9 - by Chance Gowan and Jordan Huntley, Harding University<br> Finalist: Lipscomb welcomes 48th annual GMA Dove Awards for gospel music’s biggest night - by Lumination Network Staff, Lipscomb University<br> <br> <b>Videography</b><br> <br> Broadcast News Videography<br> Winner: RaceTrac controversy - by Tara Barbe, Southeastern Louisiana University<br> Finalist: Courthouse and jail tax - by Amanda Kitch, Southeastern Louisiana University<br> Finalist: Mandeville Beach - by Amanda Kitch, Southeastern Louisiana University<br> <br> Broadcast Feature Videography<br> Winner: Floating marsh - by Amanda Kitch, Southeastern Louisiana University<br> Finalist: Clydesdale horses - by Maria Goddard, Southeastern Louisiana University<br> Finalist: To speak again - by Amanda Triay, Southeastern Louisiana University<br> <br> Broadcast Sports Videography<br> Finalist: Coach Jay Ladner - by Jaylon Morris, Southeastern Louisiana University<br> Finalist: Lions vs. William Carey Basketball - by Jordan Rheams, Southeastern Louisiana University<br> <br> Online/Digital Feature Videography<br> Winner: Feeling the music - by Lauren Layton, University of Mississippi<br> Finalist: The Cover Zone - Young musicians and the music scene in Memphis - by Christian Volk, University of Memphis<br> <br> <div align"=center">-END-</div><br> <br> <i>SPJ promotes the free flow of information vital to informing citizens; works to inspire and educate the next generation of journalists; and fights to protect First Amendment guarantees of freedom of speech and press. 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