SPJ News http://www.spj.org/ SPJ Delivers Today's Media News en-us Copyright 2006 Society of Professional Journalists 1440 SPJ to host 17 journalists and journalism educators for 2022 Future Leaders Academy http://www.spj.org/news.asp?REF=1879 CONTACT:<br> Karyn Nishimura Sneath, SPJ Director of Education, 317-920-4791, <email address="ksneath@spj.org">ksneath@spj.org</a><br> Zoë Berg, SPJ Communications Specialist, 317-920-4785, <email address="zberg@spj.org">zberg@spj.org</a><br> <br> INDIANAPOLIS — The <a href=https://www.spj.org/index.asp>Society of Professional Journalists</a> is hosting a live academy experience for upcoming leaders to learn about the history, programs and operations of the Society. The <a href= https://www.spj.org/fla.asp>Future Leaders Academy</a> offers training through interactive, worthwhile and practical leadership development experiences with a goal of building confidence, connections and capacity.<br> <br> Seventeen professional SPJ members have been selected to take part in this weekend learning experience held May 20-22 at Hilton Garden Inn in Carmel, Indiana. Participants applied and were selected by SPJ staff. The FLA was created as an outgrowth of the Ted Scripps Leadership Institute, whose graduates helped shape today’s SPJ. It is supported by a grant from the <a href=https://www.spj.org/foundation.asp>SPJ Foundation</a>.<br> <br> “The group that is coming this year has a variety of different backgrounds in journalism and life that are very helpful,” said Matt Morris, SPJ director of development and FLA selection committee member. “There’s such a wealth of experience and knowledge that’s found within the group.” <br> <br> The interactive and in-depth academy will allow the journalists to learn leadership concepts and skills from expert mentors. Some topics covered throughout the weekend will be the power of vision and strategy, stress management and problem solving. <br> <br> “Being on the selection committee made it fun to imagine how this year’s group will learn from each other. It’s a group that represents the desire for journalism,” said John Shertzer, SPJ executive director. <br> <br> This extraordinary group of journalists are from across the country. They work for different professional outlets including The Boston Globe, Houston Business Journal and Variety Magazine as well as for local ABC, NBC and Fox stations. The individuals participating in the FLA are:<br> <br> — <b>Jonathan Adams</b>, from Houston, is the managing editor of the Houston Business Journal, where he oversees a team of seven reporters. <br> — <b>Annie Bennett</b>, from Boston, is president of the SPJ chapter at Emerson College. She's currently working at The Boston Globe and will finish her journalism degree next year. <br> — <b>Ashanti Blaize-Hopkins</b>, from Agoura Hills, California, is a full-time journalism professor at Santa Monica College and an Emmy Award-winning journalist, producer and PR expert and author. She is the president of the Greater Los Angeles Pro Chapter.<br> — <b>Nicole DeCriscio Bowe</b>, from Bloomington, Indiana, is a freelance journalist. She currently serves as the SPJ Region 5 Assistant Coordinator and as a member of the SPJ Membership Committee. <br> — <b>Ana Rocío Álvarez Bríñez</b>, from Louisville, Kentucky, works as a breaking news reporter at the Courier Journal. She is also the president and co-founder of SPJ Puerto Rico and is vice-chair of the SPJ Membership Committee. <br> — <b>Kristin Campbell</b>, from Miami, serves as a managing editor at the American Welding Society. She contributes to the Welding Journal, Inspection Trends, Welding Digest and SPRAYTIME.<br> — <b>Melissa Cassutt</b>, from Jackson, Wyoming, is the Mountain/Northwest Region Manager for the Solutions Journalism Network and president of the SPJ Wyoming Pro Chapter. <br> — <b>Patricia Cordell</b>, from Jersey City, New Jersey, earned a bachelor’s degree in photojournalism from Indiana University's Ernie Pyle School of Journalism and has nearly completed her master’s degree in multimedia and conflict reporting from the University of Oregon.<br> — <b>Jenna Dennison</b>, from Vashon, Washington, is a reporter at the Vashon-Maury Island Beachcomber, a weekly community newspaper in Vashon Island, Washington. <br> — <b>Jacqueline Fuller</b>, from Alexandria, Virginia, is the executive producer and host of Interfaith Connections, an online YouTube program dealing with multi-faith issues in the Washington, D.C., area. She is also a freelance writer for the Washington Informer newspaper covering religion in the African American community. <br> — <b>Jordan Gass-Porré</b>, from Long Island, New York, is executive producer and host of the investigative climate podcast “Hazard,” which she created with NJ Spotlight News and WNET.<br> — <b>Clayton Gutzmore</b>, from Pembroke Pines, Florida, is a freelance journalist in South Florida, working for The Miami Times, 91.3 WLRN, The Atlanta Voice, BET and Variety Magazine<br> — <b>Maysoon Khan</b>, from Quincy, Massachusetts, is a multimedia journalist at The Boston Globe. She is vice president of the SPJ New England Pro Chapter. <br> — <b>Michelle Lagos</b>, from Los Angeles, joined SPJ as the communications coordinator in February 2022. <br> — <b>Stacie Overton-Johnson</b>, from Watertown, New York, produces and writes for the Texas-based TV show Goodtaste. She is vice chair of the SPJ Freelance Community. <br> — <b>Peter Rasmussen</b>, from Helotes, Texas, is digital editor at the San Antonio Express-News. He is the San Antonio Pro Chapter’s vice president for communications.<br> — <b>Solomon O. Smith</b>, from North Hollywood, California, spends the majority of his days writing and doing photography. <br> <br> <i>The Society of Professional Journalists 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 SPJ 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 SPJ Foundation</a>.</i><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/ldf.asp">give to the Legal Defense Fund</a> or <a href="https://www.spj.org/donate.asp">give to the SPJ Foundation</a>.</i><br> <br> <div align"=center">-END-</center> Mon, 2 May 2022 00:00:00 -0500 Region 3 Mark of Excellence Awards winners announced http://www.spj.org/news.asp?REF=1878 CONTACT:<br> Lou Harry, SPJ Manager of Publications and Awards, 317-920-4786, <email address="lharry@spj.org">lharry@spj.org</a><br> Zoë Berg, SPJ Communications Specialist, 317-920-4785, <email address="zberg@spj.org">zberg@spj.org</a><br> <br> INDIANAPOLIS — The <a href=https://www.spj.org/index.asp>Society of Professional Journalists</a> recognizes the best collegiate journalism in Region 3 with <a href=https://www.spj.org/a-moe.asp>2021 Mark of Excellence Awards</a> winners.<br> <br> SPJ’s <a href=https://www.spj.org/region3.asp>Region 3</a> comprises Alabama, Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands. 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 <a href=https://www.spj.org/convention.asp>MediaFest22</a> convention in Washington, D.C., Oct. 27-30.<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 SPJ Manager of Publications and Awards Lou Harry <email address="lharry@spj.org">by email</a> or 317-920-4786.<br> <br> This list reflects the spelling and titles submitted in the award entries. New MOE categories were added this year for cultural criticism, arts/fashion journalism and food/restaurant journalism.<br> <br> <b>Print/Online</b><br> <br> Breaking News Reporting<br> Winner: ‘Calamitous Reality’: Florida governor speaks on virus, vaccines, elections and Black Lives Matter — by Stephany Matat, University of Florida<br> Finalist: UF in political firestorm over decision to block professors’ testimony in voting rights lawsuit — by Anna Wilder, Houston Harwood, University of Florida<br> Finalist: UGA professor resigns mid-class after student refuses to wear mask — by Dania Kalaji, University of Georgia<br> <br> General News Reporting (Large)<br> Winner: Felon who won GOP congressional primary never applied for right to hold political office — by Corbin Bolies, University of Florida<br> Finalist: Racist texts in group message lead to Alpha Phi president’s removal, member’s termination — by Ainsley Platt, University of Alabama<br> Finalist: ‘I’m Exhausted’: Emory community addresses anti-Asian hate — by Anjali Huynh, Emory University<br> <br> General News Reporting (Small)<br> Winner: AU protesters call for mask mandate from BOR — by Chris Woods, Augusta University<br> Finalist: Struggling with mental health during the pandemic and the need for self-care — by Abby Bittner, Flagler College<br> Finalist: The design of a better future in Haiti — by Danielle Filjon, Flagler College<br> <br> In-Depth Reporting (Large)<br> Winner: Emory’s compost is going to a landfill, here’s why — by Matthew Chupack, Gabriella Lewis, Emory University<br> Finalist: Data show Florida’s new law against texting while driving is rarely enforced — by Christopher Cann, University of Florida<br> Finalist: Florida State University determines three professors guilty of sexual misconduct with students — by Tristan Wood, University of Florida<br> <br> In-Depth Reporting (Small)<br> Winner: Vaccination stories — by Brady Talbert, Troy University<br> Finalist: What happened at the ECOS debate and what does it mean for the future of student government? — by Claire Bomer, Carter Weinhofer, Eckerd College<br> Finalist: Challenges of being a student with a learning disability — by Elisabeth Shirley, Flagler College<br> <br> Feature Writing (Large)<br> Winner: Black Thursday — by Sarah Breske, University of Florida<br> Finalist: Unseated — by Michaela Mulligan, University of Florida<br> Finalist: Love in the big house: Former inmate plans unauthorized wedding in Florida federal prison to... — by Natalia Galicza, University of Florida<br> <br> Feature Writing (Small)<br> Winner: The Navajo people handcrafted jewelry for centuries. COVID-19 made it a means of survival — by Brenna Brown, Palm Beach Atlantic University<br> Finalist: Local historian seeks to uncover Lincolnville’s hidden past — by Abby Bittner, Flagler College<br> Finalist: Holy water and a pet food truck in front of Triton’s Pub: Eckerd’s unique pet blessing continues — by Carter Weinhofer, Eckerd College<br> <br> Sports Writing (Large)<br> Winner: Former Florida women’s basketball players detail abuse under Coach Newbauer — by Zachary Huber, University of Florida<br> Finalist: Florida’s college football stadiums have been packed, but so far no apparent pandemic outbreaks — by Elisabell Velazquez, University of Florida<br> Finalist: Meet the Inferno, Tampa Bay’s unbeaten women’s tackle football team — by Payton Titus, University of Florida<br> <br> Sports Writing (Small)<br> Winner: Fan discovers USC-Aiken given extra point in one-point victory over Jags — by Carlos Rodriguez, Augusta University<br> Finalist: Anxiety and depression: The new pandemic in soccer — by Osvaldo Godoy, Palm Beach Atlantic University<br> <br> Editorial Writing <br> Winner: Columns — by The Emory Wheel editorial board, Emory University<br> Finalist: Our view — by The Crimson White editorial board, University of Alabama<br> Finalist: Afghanistan withdrawal unacceptable; Abandon Trump; Civil liberties are absolute — by Samuel Stroud, Troy University<br> <br> General Column Writing<br> Winner: 1963 — by staff of The Emory Wheel, Emory University<br> <br> Corbin Gwaltney Award for Best All-Around Student Newspaper (Large)<br> Winner: The Emory Wheel — by staff, Emory University<br> Finalist: The Red & Black — by staff, University of Georgia<br> <br> Corbin Gwaltney Award for Best All-Around Student Newspaper (Small)<br> Winner: The Tropolitan — by staff, Troy University<br> <br> Best Student Magazine<br> Winner: Distraction — by staff, University of Miami<br> Finalist: Ascend — by staff, University of Alabama<br> Finalist: New Growth — by staff of Nineteen Fifty-Six, University of Alabama<br> <br> Best Affiliated Web Site <br> Winner: The Red & Black — by staff, University of Georgia<br> <br> Best Independent Online Student Publication <br> Winner: Viking Fusion — by staff, Berry College<br> Finalist: The Gargoyle — by staff, Flagler College<br> <br> <b>Art/Graphics/Multimedia</b><br> <br> General News Photography<br> Winner: Anti-mandate rally held in Rome over the weekend — by Taylor Corley, Berry College<br> <br> Feature Photography<br> Winner: Screaming in Indigo — by Chasity Maynard, University of Florida<br> Finalist: Shutout: Gators take huge SEC win against rival Auburn — by Emma Bissell, University of Florida<br> Finalist: Berry Bees to undergo expansion due to high demand — by Rette Solomon, Berry College<br> <br> Photo Illustration<br> Winner: Atrium illustrations — by Apoorva Thapa, University of Florida<br> Finalist: Cane Records — by Keagan Larkins, University of Miami<br> Finalist: Heads of hair — by Tyler Hogan, University of Alabama<br> <br> Sports Photography <br> Winner: ‘Saved’: GK blocks a shot in loss against in-state rival Miami — by Emma Bissell, University of Florida<br> Finalist: Field goal attempt — by David Gray, University of Alabama<br> Finalist: National championship postgame celebration — by Kathryn Skeean, Jessica Gratigny, University of Georgia<br> <br> Editorial Cartooning <br> Winner: Cartoons — by Christopher Labaza, Emory University<br> Finalist: Welcome back; The library computers; Dinner — by Dior Brown, Troy University<br> Finalist: COVID storm; The jab; Supply chain issues — by Wesley Picard, University of Alabama<br> <br> Broadcast/Online Feature Videography<br> Winner: Never say never — by Chris O'Brien, University of Florida<br> <br> <b>Audio</b><br> <br> Radio News Reporting<br> Winner: Soil collection ceremony for lynching victims — by Kristin Moorehead, University of Florida<br> <br> Radio Feature<br> Winner: A conversation with Alabama Noir contributor Kirk Curnutt — by Baylen Parker, Troy University<br> Finalist: The Traveling child: How one Miami family is using their story to inspire through travel — by Nadia Gordon, Florida Atlantic University<br> <br> Podcast<br> Winner: Wheel Talk — by staff of The Emory Wheel, Emory University<br> <br> <b>Broadcast</b><br> <br> Television Breaking News Reporting <br> Winner: Problems at the polls — by Robbie Greenwald, University of South Carolina<br> <br> Television General News Reporting<br> Winner: Sex offenders — by Chris O'Brien, University of Florida<br> Finalist: University of Miami dorms ventilation does not comply with COVID-19 CDC guidelines — by Liam Fabre, University of Miami<br> Finalist: Enforcing Columbia's mask ordinance — by Ward Jolles, University of South Carolina<br> <br> Television Feature Reporting <br> Winner: Never say never — by Chris O'Brien, University of Florida<br> Finalist: Living for Leonard — by Sophia Vitello, University of Miami<br> Finalist: Beneath Lake Murray — by Ward Jolles, University of South Carolina<br> <br> Television In-Depth Reporting <br> Winner: Throwing up the hand U — by Derryl Barnes, Gianna Sanchez, University of Miami<br> <br> Television Sports Reporting <br> Winner: Gators fire Dan Mullen, hire Billy Napier — by Alexa Harley, Harrison Smajovits, Sofia Mingote, Madi Camporese, University of Florida<br> Finalist: Advantage Chris — by Victor Prieto, University of Florida<br> <br> Best All-Around Television Newscast<br> Winner: NewsVision — by staff, University of Miami<br> Finalist: Carolina News — by staff, University of South Carolina<br> Finalist: TROY TrojanVision News — by staff, Troy University<br> <br> Best All-Around Television News Magazine<br> Winner: Rising from the rubble — by WUFT-TV staff, University of Florida<br> Finalist: Python pursuit — by UMTV staff, University of Miami<br> <br> <b>All Platforms</b><br> <br> Arts/Fashion Journalism <br> Winner: Fall 2021 fashion section — by Distraction staff, University of Miami<br> Finalist: Gainesville arts scene coverage — by Drew Dees, Jill Colombo, Macie Goldfarb, University of Florida<br> Finalist: ‘Dust Ye Shall Be’ presents spice as art — by Sydney Kate Watson, Berry College<br> <br> Food/Restaurant Journalism <br> Winner: Tlaloc brings Mexican authenticity, family tradition to Athens community — by Nava Rawls, University of Georgia<br> Finalist: Sophia's smorgasbord — by Sophia Ling, Emory 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="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 SPJ Foundation</a>.</i><br> <br> <div align"=center">-END-</center> Thu, 28 Apr 2022 00:00:00 -0500 SPJ/JEA announce High School Essay Contest winners http://www.spj.org/news.asp?REF=1877 CONTACT:<br> Rebecca Aguilar, SPJ National President, 317-361-4134, <email address="rebeccaaquilar50@gmail.com">rebeccaaguilar50@gmail.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 <a href="https://www.spj.org"> Society of Professional Journalists </a> and <a href="http://jea.org/wp">Journalism Education Association</a> announce three scholarship winners in the 2022 SPJ/JEA High School Essay Contest. <br> <br> More than 115 students participated in the nationwide contest, which was judged by 10 journalism educators from around the country.<br> <br> “Congratulations to the three essay winners. And our gratitude also goes to the other essayists and the judges for their time and efforts,” said SPJ National President Rebecca Aguilar. “The voices of today’s generation of high school students are important because they are the truth seekers the public will count on in the future. While they have tools like social media to bring all voices to the table, the essays prove they know they have a responsibility to be ethical and responsible.” <br> <br> Established in 1998, the contest is a project of JEA and SPJ. The topic for the 2022 contest — “How can student journalists use social media for free speech and amplifying voices, but still ensure ethical and responsible use of the platforms?” — was selected by members of JEA’s Scholastic Journalism Week committee.<br> <br> “The quality of essays that students submit to this contest never cease to amaze me,” JEA Executive Director Kelly Glasscock, CJE, said. “They understood the importance of free speech as a fundamental freedom and how that interacts with the practice of media literacy for youth media creators. The judges had their hands full when choosing this year’s winning essays.” <br> <br> The 2022 SPJ/JEA High School Essay Contest winners are: <br> <br> — First Place, $1,000 Scholarship Winner: <a href=" http://jea.org/wp/wp-content/uploads/2022/04/1790-Q16-The_Twenty-First_Century_Bazaar_of_Ideas.pdf">Mariam Baldwin, St. Vincent Pallotti High School, Laurel, Maryland</a><br> — Second Place, $500 Scholarship Winner: <a href=" http://jea.org/wp/wp-content/uploads/2022/04/1804-Q16-SPJ_JEA_Essay_Contest_-_The_Weaponization_of_Social_Media.pdf">Grace Holst, Durango (Colorado) High School</a><br> — Third Place, $300 Scholarship Winner: <a href=" http://jea.org/wp/wp-content/uploads/2022/04/1863-Q16-Listening_in_the_Age_of_Shouting.pdf">Anjali Suva, Oxford Academy, Cypress, California</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/ldf.asp">give to the Legal Defense Fund</a> or <a href="https://www.spj.org/donate.asp">give to the SPJ Foundation</a>.<br> <br> Founded in 1924, <a href=”http://jea.org/wp/”>JEA</a> supports free and responsible scholastic journalism by providing resources and educational opportunities, promoting professionalism, encouraging and rewarding student excellence and teacher achievement, and an atmosphere which encompasses diversity yet builds unity. It is headquartered at Kansas State University, Manhattan, Kansas.</i><br> <br> <div align"=center">-END-</center><br> <br> <br> Tue, 26 Apr 2022 00:00:00 -0500 SPJ Freelance Fund created to support independent journalists with training and resources http://www.spj.org/news.asp?REF=1876 CONTACT:<br> Hilary Niles, SPJ Freelance Community Chair, <email address="spjfreelancecommunity@gmail.com">spjfreelancecommunity@gmail.com</a><br> Michelle Lagos, SPJ Communications Coordinator, 317-361-4134, <email address="mlagos@spj.org ">mlagos@spj.org</a><br> <br> INDIANAPOLIS – The <a href=https://www.spj.org/foundation.asp>Society of Professional Journalists Foundation</a> and SPJ <a href= https://www.spj.org/freelance.asp>Freelance Community</a> have established the <a href=https://my.spj.org/donate>SPJ Foundation Freelance Fund</a> to provide financial support to independent journalists. <br> <br> The fund, seeded by an anonymous donor, will support freelance journalists seeking educational and professional development opportunities they otherwise may not be able to pursue. <a href=https://my.spj.org/donate>Donations are being accepted</a> to help sustain and grow the fund. The fund is also one of several funds that generous donors may contribute to during <a href=https://www.spj.org/sdxday.asp>Sigma Delta Chi Day</a> on Thursday. <br> <br> “In the modern media environment, more reporting and writing is being done by freelancing journalists. This fund will help them acquire the skills they need to do the quality work our nation needs from journalism,” said SPJ Foundation President Irwin Gratz. <br> <br> "Today, freelance journalists can breathe a sigh of relief because they will have access to financial support to pursue training and reporting opportunities, especially during challenging times in the news industry,” said SPJ President Rebecca Aguilar. “We applaud the SPJ Freelance Community and the SPJ Foundation for their vision in creating this much-needed fund for independent journalists."<br> <br> The Freelance Fund's first offering will <a href=https://www.spj.org/freelance-fellowship.asp>sponsor at least two independent journalists</a> attending <a href=https://www.spj.org/convention.asp>MediaFest22</a> in Washington, D.C., in October. Freelance Fellows will receive one convention registration, a $250 stipend, up to $500 in supplemental funds for travel and lodging for those attending from outside the D.C. area, and one ticket to the SPJ President's Installation Banquet.<br> <br> Additional offerings of the Freelance Fund may include:<br> <br> • Financing expenses for specialized training and professional development <br> • Supporting opportunities for reporting ventures<br> • Covering the cost of applying for fellowships and awards<br> • Underwriting technology that would be used to create and maintain resources for freelancers<br> <br> “The SPJ Freelance Community has grown by leaps and bounds in recent years, and we are thrilled now to support independent journalists even more substantially, thanks to this generous donation and the SPJ Foundation,” said chair of the SPJ Freelance Community Board of Directors Hilary Niles. <br> <br> A team from the Freelance Community will select recipients based on need, merit and applicants’ contribution to the Freelance Community and SPJ.<br> <br> <a href=https://airtable.com/shrt6VGsh92oR42e9>Apply</a> by July 1 and <email address="spjfreelancecommunity@gmail.com">email</a> with any questions. <br> <br> <i>The Society of Professional Journalists 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 SPJ 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 SPJ Foundation</a>.</i><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/ldf.asp">give to the Legal Defense Fund</a> or <a href="https://www.spj.org/donate.asp">give to the SPJ Foundation</a>.</i><br> <div align"=center">-END-</center><br> Wed, 20 Apr 2022 00:00:00 -0500 Region 2 Mark of Excellence Awards winners announced http://www.spj.org/news.asp?REF=1870 CONTACT:<br> Lou Harry, SPJ Manager of Publications and Awards, 317-920-4786, <email address="lharry@spj.org">lharry@spj.org</a><br> Zoë Berg, SPJ Communications Specialist, 317-920-4785, <email address="zberg@spj.org">zberg@spj.org</a><br> <br> INDIANAPOLIS — The <a href=https://www.spj.org/index.asp>Society of Professional Journalists</a> recognizes the best collegiate journalism in Region 2 with <a href=https://www.spj.org/a-moe.asp>2021 Mark of Excellence Awards</a> winners.<br> <br> SPJ’s <a href=https://www.spj.org/region2.asp>Region 2</a> comprises Delaware, District of Columbia, Maryland, North Carolina and Virginia. 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 <a href=https://www.spj.org/convention.asp>MediaFest22</a> convention in Washington, D.C., Oct. 27-30.<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 SPJ Manager of Publications and Awards Lou Harry <email address="lharry@spj.org">by email</a> or 317-920-4786.<br> <br> This list reflects the spelling and titles submitted in the award entries. New MOE categories were added this year for cultural criticism, arts/fashion journalism and food/restaurant journalism.<br> <br> <b>Print/Online</b><br> <br> Breaking News Reporting (Large)<br> Winner: Pro-Trump mob storms U.S. Capitol building in stunning clash with police over election results — by Zach Schonfeld, George Washington University<br> Finalist: Senate acquits Trump of inciting Capitol attack, though bipartisan majority finds him guilty — by Hannah Fields and Jennifer Mandato, The University of Maryland<br> Finalist: Blackburn takeover: Howard University student protests — by The Hilltop staff, Howard University<br> <br> Breaking News Reporting (Small)<br> Winner: Student charged with felony for bomb threat on Sadler Center — by Lulu Dawes, William & Mary<br> Finalist: Provost’s mental health comment in office hours sparks outrage, petition for removal — by Claire Hogan, William & Mary<br> Finalist: UR Here Giving Day paused following calls for community members to abstain from donating — by Morgan Howland, University of Richmond<br> <br> General News Reporting (Large)<br> Winner: The Commonwealth Times covers the hazing death of Adam Oakes — by Sahara Sriraman, Katharine DeRosa, Anna Chen, Virginia Commonwealth University<br> Finalist: Stories on the Maryland healthcare system — by Trisha Ahmed, The University of Maryland<br> Finalist: Trustees supported LeBlanc amid calls to resign, retirement announcement — by Isha Trivedi, George Washington University<br> <br> General News Reporting (Small)<br> Winner: Black Student Coalition demands renaming of buildings named after enslaver, eugenicist — by The Collegian staff, University of Richmond<br> Finalist: Family of former AU student starts organization to bring awareness to fentanyl overdoses — by Kelsey Carolan, American University<br> Finalist: Town of Pembroke awarded $5.2 million DoT grant — by Zachary C. Young, University of North Carolina Pembroke<br> <br> In-Depth Reporting (Large)<br> Winner: US deems migrant seafood workers ‘essential’ but limits their COVID-19 protections — by Capital News Service staff, The University of Maryland<br> Finalist: Over 20% of children in Jackson County are food insecure — by Sara Stanley, Western Carolina University<br> Finalist: The COVID-19 pandemic and mental health — by Kelly Livingston, The University of Maryland<br> <br> In-Depth Reporting (Small)<br> Winner: 84 forced hospitalizations in six years: students' negative experiences with mental health services — by Alexandra Byrne, William & Mary<br> Finalist: Multiple sexual misconduct complaints filed against former University chaplain — by Skye Witley, American University<br> Finalist: AU decision makers: What trustees bring to the table — by Abigail Pritchard, Riley Gillis, American University<br> <br> Feature Writing (Large)<br> Winner: Adoption and foster care during the COVID-19 pandemic — by Clara Longo de Freitas , The University of Maryland<br> Finalist: Local pastor struggles on the road to equality — by Jake Conley, James Madison University<br> Finalist: Indianapolis’ Black music scene comes to life at NCAA men’s basketball tournament — by David Suggs, University of Maryland<br> <br> Feature Writing (Small)<br> Winner: Ronald Crutcher reflects on the Westham Burying Ground — by Morgan Howland, University of Richmond<br> Finalist: Art imitating life: Pride Week’s LGBTQ+ and POC art gallery showcases work from student, alumni — by Adithi Ramakrishnan, William & Mary<br> Finalist: Williamsburg as we know it — by Mary Trimble, William & Mary<br> <br> Sports Writing (Large)<br> Winner: App State football super seniors: how the pandemic created a rare opportunity — by Silas Albright, Appalachian State University<br> Finalist: Student-athletes experience burnout, increased stress during pandemic — by Nuria Diaz, George Washington University<br> Finalist: Former women’s basketball athlete alleges unfair treatment from program — by Iman Mekonen and Sarah Elson, Virginia Commonwealth University<br> <br> Sports Writing (Small)<br> Winner: Do student athletes come from more privileged backgrounds? — by Alexandra Byrne, William & Mary<br> Finalist: Murphy’s baseball: Leaving behind a legacy of lasting friendships and drive beyond the diamond — by Lexie Hiestand, William & Mary<br> Finalist: Conference Carolinas' soccer champs — by Mahala Treish, University of North Carolina Pembroke<br> <br> Editorial Writing <br> Winner: Columns — by Ashleigh Fields, Howard University<br> Finalist: Columns — by Andrew Sugrue and Shreeya Aranake, George Washington University<br> Finalist: Notes from a college newspaper ombudsman — by Matt Lowrie, William & Mary<br> <br> General Column Writing<br> Winner: — by Zeniya Cooley, George Washington University<br> Finalist: — by Anthony Liberatori, University of Maryland<br> Finalist: Through Ella's eyes — by Ella Adams, Appalachian State University<br> <br> Corbin Gwaltney Award for Best All-Around Student Newspaper (Large)<br> Winner: The GW Hatchet — by staff, George Washington University<br> Finalist: The Breeze — by staff, James Madison University<br> Finalist: The Appalachian — by staff, Appalachian State University<br> <br> Corbin Gwaltney Award for Best All-Around Student Newspaper (Small)<br> Winner: The Flat Hat — by staff, William & Mary<br> Finalist: The Pine Needle — by staff, University of North Carolina Pembroke<br> <br> Best Student Magazine<br> Winner: Amendment Literary and Art Journal — by staff, Virginia Commonwealth University<br> Finalist: Pwatem Literary and Art Journal — by staff, Virginia Commonwealth University<br> Finalist: Ink Magazine — by staff, Virginia Commonwealth University<br> <br> Best Affiliated Web Site <br> Winner: The Appalachian website — by staff, Appalachian State University<br> Finalist: The GW Hatchet — staff by, George Washington University<br> <br> Best Independent Online Student Publication <br> Winner: 101Magazine.net — by Lauryn Forbes, Bria Scott, Howard University<br> Finalist: Echoes of Appalachia — by CPJW staff, University of North Carolina<br> Finalist: Howard University News Service — by staff, Howard University<br> <br> <b>Art/Graphics/Multimedia</b><br> <br> Breaking News Photography<br> Winner: Pro-Trump mob storms U.S. Capitol building in stunning clash with police over election results — by Zach Brien, George Washington University<br> Finalist: Watauga County Sheriff standoff leaves five dead, including two deputies — by Max Correa, Appalachian State University<br> <br> Breaking News Photography<br> Finalist: Hyattsville barbershop holds COVID-19 vaccine clinic with UMD, Luminis Health partnership — by Julia Nikhinson, University of Maryland<br> <br> General News Photography (Large)<br> Winner: ‘Surthriving’ in a liminal education — by Kara Haselton, Appalachian State University<br> Finalist: After Atlanta shooting, UMD students hold vigil to heal and confront anti-Asian hate — by Eric Harkleroad, University of Maryland<br> Finalist: Robert E. Lee monument to come down — by Megan Lee, Virginia Commonwealth University<br> <br> General News Photography (Small)<br> Winner: Murdered and missing Indigenous women — by Mahala Treish, University of North Carolina Pembroke<br> Finalist: Vanilla Ice homecoming show — by Alyssa Hernandez, University of North Carolina Pembroke<br> Finalist: Native youth roadside cleanup — by Zachary C. Young, University of North Carolina Pembroke<br> <br> Feature Photography<br> Winner: Beauty in business: Student-owned lash business offers affordable services to community — by Evan Bates, Appalachian State University<br> Finalist: From Blue Ridge to Blue Room: Local tree selected for White House display — by Jesse Barber, Appalachian State University<br> Finalist: Sculptor and painter Keith Ramsey — by Enza Marcy, Virginia Commonwealth University<br> <br> Sports Photography (Large)<br> Winner: Catch at third — by Trevor Cockburn, James Madison University<br> Finalist: Sliding into third — by Trevor Cockburn, James Madison University<br> Finalist: App State trounces Elon in 44-10 home opener — by Max Correa, Appalachian State University<br> <br> Sports Photography (Small)<br> Winner: UNCP women's basketball — by Andrew Thrift, University of North Carolina Pembroke<br> Finalist: UNCP soccer — by Andrew Thrift, University of North Carolina Pembroke<br> Finalist: UNCP military appreciation — by Andrew Thrift, University of North Carolina Pembroke<br> <br> Editorial Cartooning <br> Winner: Cartoons — by Lauren Johnson, Virginia Commonwealth University<br> <br> Best Use of Multimedia<br> Winner: White-owned newspapers fueled the 1919 Elaine massacre — by Nick McMillan, Jenna Cohen, Madison Peek and Clara Longo de Freitas, The University of Maryland<br> Finalist: ‘Building the plane as we fly it’ — by Jackie Park and Mickey Hutchings, Appalachian State University<br> <br> Broadcast/Online News Videography<br> Winner: ‘I need people to care’: The voices of UMD’s vigil for victims of anti-Asian hate — by Amelia Jarecke and Kimi Fleming, University of Maryland<br> Finalist: Desperate for diapers — by Annabelle Janssens, The University of Maryland<br> Finalist: Helping Tyler Heights — by Dominick Waldman, The University of Maryland<br> <br> Broadcast/Online Feature Videography<br> Winner: A horse from heaven — by Kimi Fleming, The University of Maryland<br> Finalist: Plant therapy — by Garrett Mogge, The University of Maryland<br> Finalist: Community growth — by Dominick Acierno, The University of Maryland<br> <br> Data Visualization<br> Winner: Initiatives take on the challenge of cleaning the Baltimore Harbor, but problems run deep — by James Hartner and Taneen Momeni, The University of Maryland<br> Finalist: ‘An aggressive wave’ of voting laws nationwide, in charts — by Aadit Tambe, The University of Maryland<br> <br> <b>Audio</b><br> <br> Radio News Reporting<br> Winner: For people with eating disorders, the pandemic is ‘almost tailor made’ for relapses — by Charlotte Ix, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill<br> <br> Radio Feature<br> Winner: Mushroom foragers find delicacies in the most unlikely places — by Ava Pukatch, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill<br> <br> Radio Sports Reporting<br> Finalist: Roy Williams retires as UNC men’s basketball coach, saying he’s no longer ‘the right man’ for the job — by Ben Rappaport, Ava Pukatch, Zach Engler and Aurora Charlow, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill<br> <br> Best All-Around Radio Newscast<br> Winner: Carolina Connection — by staff, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill<br> <br> Podcast<br> Winner: Behind the scenes of LGBTQ TikTok — by Offbeat staff, University of Maryland<br> Finalist: ‘Getting to the Bottom of It’: The pandemic’s impact on higher education — by Alec Rich and Gwyn Wheeler, George Washington University<br> Finalist: Appalachian Dispatch: Student media and the year like no other — by Jackie Park and Mickey Hutchings, Appalachian State University<br> <br> <b>Broadcast</b><br> <br> Television Breaking News Reporting <br> Winner: Thank you Coach Williams — by Chip Sweeney, Edward Trentzch, Nick Perlin and Erin Jenkins, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill<br> Finalist: Coaches and Gymnasts demand change after sexual assault victims testify — by Glory Ngwe, The University of Maryland<br> Finalist: D.C. LGBTQ+ shelter struggling to stay open after losing government funding — by Michael Hernandez, The University of Maryland<br> <br> Television General News Reporting<br> Winner: Desperate for diapers — by Annabelle Janssens, The University of Maryland<br> Finalist: Alexa Casciano: From hell and back — by Edward Trentzch, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill<br> Finalist: ‘The Holy Spirit was blowing through’ — by Morgan Pravato, The University of Maryland<br> <br> Television Feature Reporting <br> Winner: A horse from heaven — by Kimi Fleming, The University of Maryland<br> Finalist: One more year — by Dominick Waldman, The University of Maryland<br> Finalist: Crystals in commemoration — by Morgan Pravato, The University of Maryland<br> <br> Television In-Depth Reporting <br> Winner: One more year — by Dominick Waldman, The University of Maryland<br> Finalist: Big Ten diversity — by Katie Maher, The University of Maryland<br> <br> Television Sports Reporting <br> Winner: Jake Funk's comeback — by Katie Maher, The University of Maryland<br> Finalist: Women's hockey exploding in NC — by Edward Trentzch, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill<br> Finalist: Lacrosse equity — by Steve Mehling, The University of Maryland<br> <br> Best All-Around Television News Magazine<br> Finalist: Finding community — by ViewFinder - CNS staff, The University of Maryland<br> Winner: Carolina Week — by staff, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill<br> Finalist: Capital News Service — by staff, The University of Maryland<br> <br> <b>All platforms</b><br> <br> Cultural Criticism <br> Winner: Cultural Criticism — by Aubrey Smith, Appalachian State University<br> Finalist: Cultural Criticism — by Alexandra Bowman, Georgetown University<br> <br> Arts/Fashion Journalism <br> Winner: Exhibition simulates mental health disorders to raise awareness — by Grace McOmber, Virginia Commonwealth University<br> Finalist: Changing the tune: Music student seniors in the age of COVID-19 — by Kara Haselton, Appalachian State University<br> Finalist: Sophomore breaks into D.C. drag scene during pandemic — by Nora Fitzgerald and Stella Lanuti, George Washington University<br> <br> Food/Restaurant Journalism <br> Winner: How the pandemic changed GW’s food truck scene — by David Brothers, George Washington University<br> Finalist: App State football player to tackle New York culinary school — by Lily Kincaid, Dan Davidson and Kara Haselton, Appalachian 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="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 SPJ Foundation</a>.</i><br> <br> <div align"=center">-END-</center> Mon, 11 Apr 2022 00:00:00 -0500 Region 4 Mark of Excellence Awards winners announced http://www.spj.org/news.asp?REF=1871 CONTACT:<br> Lou Harry, SPJ Manager of Publications and Awards, 317-920-4786, <email address="lharry@spj.org">lharry@spj.org</a><br> Michelle Lagos, SPJ Communications Coordinator, 317-927-8000, <email address="mlagos@spj.org">mlagos@spj.org</a><br> <br> INDIANAPOLIS — The <a href=https://www.spj.org/index.asp>Society of Professional Journalists</a> recognizes the best collegiate journalism in Region 4 with <a href=https://www.spj.org/a-moe.asp>2021 Mark of Excellence Awards</a> winners.<br> <br> SPJ’s <a href=https://www.spj.org/region4.asp>Region 4</a> comprises Michigan, Ohio, Western Pennsylvania and West Virginia. 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 <a href=https://www.spj.org/convention.asp>MediaFest22</a> convention in Washington, D.C., Oct. 27-30.<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 4 winners. If you have any questions regarding the MOE Awards, contact SPJ Manager of Publications and Awards Lou Harry <email address="lharry@spj.org">by email</a> or 317-920-4786.<br> <br> This list reflects the spelling and titles submitted in the award entries. New MOE categories were added this year for cultural criticism, arts/fashion journalism and food/restaurant journalism.<br> <br> <b>Print/Online</b><br> <br> Breaking News Reporting<br> Winners: More than a thousand students rave on Chittenden, flip cars, no arrests — by staff, The Ohio State University<br> Finalist: UMich police, FBI identify individual responsible for shooter threat at U-M campus — by Emma Ruberg, Jasmin Lee, Barbara Collins and Liat Weinstein, University of Michigan - Ann Arbor<br> Finalist: Football player in critical condition after April 24 shooting — by Christian Booher, Central Michigan University<br> <br> General News Reporting (Large)<br> Winner: Nutrition clubs find a place in Columbus — by Sarah Donaldson, Ohio University<br> Finalist: Skin color matters — by Sarah Donaldson, Ohio University<br> Finalist: UC athletic department left with decreased revenue and deficit, records show — by Allison Kiehl, University of Cincinnati<br> <br> General News Reporting (Small)<br> Winner: Facing financial strain, university cuts programs, 2 tenured profs and facilities department — by Harm Venhuizen and Abigail Ham, Calvin University<br> Finalist: JCU book writing partnership draws criticism — by Laken Kincaid, John Carroll University<br> Finalist: COPA students and the Office of Equity and Inclusion hold a virtual town hall to address accusations — by Nardos Haile, Point Park University <br> <br> In-Depth Reporting <br> Winner: Shedding light on the darkness of abuse — by Hannah Deane, Cedarville University<br> Finalist: The story of MSU's last competing diver: Amanda Ling — by Joe Dandron, Michigan State University<br> Finalist: ‘The Hell Hole’: Fighting for safe rental housing in Bowling Green — by Andrew Bailey and Shaelee Haaf, Bowling Green State University<br> <br> Feature Writing (Large)<br> Winner: 24 hours with the Robert Anderson survivor protesters outside Schlissel’s house — by staff, University of Michigan - Ann Arbor<br> Finalist: A hidden history, Black history holds deep roots in Athens County — by Kayla Bennett, Ohio University<br> Finalist: From Oxford to the Philippines: Working as a Cru missionary — by Claudia Zaunz, Miami University<br> <br> Feature Writing (Small)<br> Winner: A crowd, a question and a typewriter — by Katia Faroun, Duquesne University<br> Finalist: Soccer missions — by Chris Karenbauer, Cedarville University<br> Finalist: Tattoos and christianity — by Maggie Walker, Cedarville University<br> <br> Sports Writing (Large)<br> Winner: Beauty vs. body: MSU's female student-athletes share body image struggles — by Jayna Bardahl, Michigan State University<br> Finalist: ‘Your purpose is to be loud and create change’: Climbing communities address lack of diversity — by Abby Bammerlin, Miami University<br> Finalist: Star pitcher Sam Bachman has sights set on College World Series — by Jack Schmelzinger, Miami University<br> <br> Sports Writing (Small)<br> Winner: JV soccer makes the most of five-game season — by Jamison Van Andel, Calvin University<br> Finalist: Sartain’s sharp shooting shatters three program records for John Carroll — by Anna Meyer, John Carroll University<br> Finalist: Flipping and tumbling stereotypes — by Lauren Steen, Miami University<br> <br> General Column Writing<br> Winner: Columns — by Bryce Hoehn, Ohio University<br> Finalist: Columns — by Lyndsey Brennan, Kent State University <br> <br> Sports Column Writing<br> Winner: Columns — by Michael Vestey, Miami University<br> Finalist: Casey's callouts — by Casey Smith, The Ohio State University<br> <br> Corbin Gwaltney Award for Best All-Around Student Newspaper (Large)<br> Winner: Central Michigan Life — by staff, Central Michigan University<br> Finalist: The State News — by staff, Michigan State University<br> <br> Corbin Gwaltney Award for Best All-Around Student Newspaper (Small)<br> Winner: Chimes — by staff, Calvin University<br> <br> Best Student Magazine<br> Winner: Fusion — by staff, Kent State University <br> Finalist: Miami Student Magazine — by staff, Miami University<br> Finalist: Off the Bluffer Magazine — by staff, Duquesne University<br> <br> Best Affiliated Web Site <br> Finalist: The Michigan Daily — by staff, University of Michigan - Ann Arbor <br> <br> Best Independent Online Student Publication<br> Winner: The New Political — by staff, Ohio University<br> <br> <b>Art/Graphic/Multimedia</b><br> <br> Breaking News Photography<br> Winner: Walking out — by Dominick Sokotoff, University of Michigan<br> Finalist: M.A.C. Avenue after Michigan State's 37-33 victory over Michigan — by Lauren DeMay, Michigan State University<br> Finalist: ‘Stop the spending’ protest fills Howell streets as Biden comes to town — by Chloe Trofatter, Michigan State University<br> <br> General News Photography<br> Winner: Michigan National Guard blocks the road leading to the Michigan State Capitol in Lansing, MI — by Becca Mahon, University of Michigan - Ann Arbor<br> <br> Feature Photography<br> Winner: The show must go on — by Dominick Sokotoff, University of Michigan<br> Finalist: Hundreds march in Dearborn in support of Palestinians — by Jarett Orr, University of Michigan - Ann Arbor<br> Finalist: A beautiful country — by Dominick Sokotoff, University of Michigan<br> <br> Photo Illustration<br> Winner: SportsMonday: Still got it — by Emma Mati, Julia Schachinger, Allison Engkvist and Jack Silberman, University of Michigan - Ann Arbor<br> <br> Sports Photography<br> Winner: Junior running back Kenneth Walker III (9) celebrates after scoring a touchdown — by Lauren DeMay, Michigan State University<br> Finalist: Maughmer to the basket — by Ernest Toh, Cedarville University<br> Finalist: Michigan State football takes down Pitt 31-21 in the Peach Bowl — by Devin Anderson-Torrez, Michigan State University<br> <br> Broadcast/Online News Videography<br> Winner: The next generation of innovation — by Ian Gilmour, Michigan State University<br> Finalist: This is it for us, please let us play — by Sam Britten, Michigan State University<br> <br> Broadcast/Online Feature Videography<br> Winner: Urban farming — by Kelly Krabill, Kent State University <br> Finalist: A new twist in Dewitt — by Regan Holgate, Michigan State University<br> Finalist: ‘You guys are the stars. You just make me shine, that's all.’ — by Sam Britten, Michigan State University<br> <br> Broadcast/Online Sports Videography<br> Winner: One kick at a time — by Ian Gilmour, Michigan State University<br> Finalist: WVU women's basketball player nominated for prestigious award — by Kierstin Lindkvist, West Virginia University<br> <br> Data Visualization<br> Winner: We looked at the 301 high schools with the most applicants to U-M. Here’s what we found. — by Eric Lau, Drishaan Jain, Naitian Zhou and Parth Dhyani, University of Michigan - Ann Arbor<br> <br> <b>Audio</b><br> <br> Radio News Reporting<br> Winner: Campus pro choice protests — by Tyler Kennett, Marshall University <br> <br> Radio Sports Reporting<br> Winner: Impact sports update — by Luke Sloan, Michigan State University<br> Finalist: Hunter Rogan wins scholarship — by Will Price, Ohio University<br> Finalist: Abi Hugh freshman of the year — by Andrew Rogers, Marshall University <br> <br> <b>Broadcast</b><br> <br> Television Breaking News Reporting <br> Winner: Zachary Blosser arraignment — by Melissa Meyers, Kent State University <br> <br> Television General News Reporting<br> Winner: Asian hate crimes rise across the U.S. — by Alayna Degenhardt, West Virginia University<br> Finalist: New law poses domestic violence risks — by Natalie Bowman, West Virginia University<br> Finalist: West Virginia tackles campus carry debates — by Claire O'Neil, West Virginia University<br> <br> Television Feature Reporting <br> Winner: ‘You guys are the stars. You just make me shine, that's all.’ — by Sam Britten, Michigan State University<br> Finalist: Bam and Bros. barbershop — by Andre Norrils, Ohio University<br> Finalist: More green in the southeast — by Regan Holgate and Ian Gilmour, Michigan State University<br> <br> Television Sports Reporting <br> Winner: WVU women's basketball player nominated for prestigious award — by Kierstin Lindkvist, West Virginia University<br> Finalist: One kick at a time — by Ian Gilmour, Michigan State University<br> Finalist: WVU football reopens stadium with eased restrictions — by Irelend Viscount, West Virginia University<br> <br> Best All-Around Television Newscast<br> Winner: Focal Point News — by staff, Michigan State University<br> Finalist: TV2KSU — by staff, Kent State University <br> <br> Best All-Around Television News Magazine<br> Winner: Special edition: Small towns — by staff, Michigan State University<br> Finalist: WVU News— staff, West Virginia University<br> <br> <b>All Platforms</b> <br> <br> Cultural Criticism <br> Winner: Fearless (Taylor's version) WILLOW explores a new sound, We don't need gender-neutral clothes — by Lexi Whitehead, Miami University<br> Finalist: Criticism of ‘Music,’ ‘Love on the Spectrum,’ ‘We Can Be Heroes,’ ‘It Takes Two,’ ‘Centaurworld’ — by Joseph Stanichar, Ohio University<br> Finalist: Cultural columns — by David Kwiatkowski, Miami University<br> <br> Arts/Fashion Journalism <br> Winner: You can't always paint when you're crying — by Ollie Gratzinger, Duquesne University<br> Finalist: Daily arts ran a marathon, but I didn't, and that's fine — by Kari Anderson, University of Michigan - Ann Arbor<br> <br> Food/Restaurant Journalism <br> Winner: More than 100 Ann Arbor restaurants closed in the past three years. How closures affect community. — by Emily Blumberg, University of Michigan - Ann Arbor<br> Finalist: UT:10 extra! Keegan's restaurant reviews — by Keegan Shannon, University of Toledo <br> Finalist: To my food editor: Cincinnati chili doesn’t like you either — by Maggie Peña, Miami University<br> <br> Video Game/Tabletop Game Reporting<br> Winner: Meet the all-womxn speedrunners of Fleet Fatales — by Joseph Stanichar, Ohio University<br> Finalist: Game over! No vaccine, no service? — by Becca Lustic, University of Toledo <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/ldf.asp">give to the Legal Defense Fund</a> or <a href="https://www.spj.org/donate.asp">give to the SPJ Foundation</a>.</i><br> <br> <div align"=center">-END-</center> Mon, 11 Apr 2022 00:00:00 -0500 Region 5 Mark of Excellence Awards winners announced http://www.spj.org/news.asp?REF=1872 CONTACT:<br> Lou Harry, SPJ Manager of Publications and Awards, 317-920-4786, <email address="lharry@spj.org">lharry@spj.org</a><br> Michelle Lagos, SPJ Communications Coordinator, 317-927-8000, <email address="mlagos@spj.org">mlagos@spj.org</a><br> <br> INDIANAPOLIS — The <a href=https://www.spj.org/index.asp>Society of Professional Journalists</a> recognizes the best collegiate journalism in Region 5 with <a href=https://www.spj.org/a-moe.asp>2021 Mark of Excellence Awards</a> winners.<br> <br> SPJ’s <a href=https://www.spj.org/region5.asp>Region 5</a> comprises Illinois, Indiana and Kentucky. 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 <a href=https://www.spj.org/convention.asp>MediaFest22</a> convention in Washington, D.C., Oct. 27-30.<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 SPJ Manager of Publications and Awards Lou Harry <email address="lharry@spj.org">by email</a> or 317-920-4786.<br> <br> This list reflects the spelling and titles submitted in the award entries. New MOE categories were added this year for cultural criticism, arts/fashion journalism and food/restaurant journalism.<br> <br> <b>Print/Online</b><br> <br> Breaking News Reporting <br> Winner: 'Infamy is just as good as fame': UK student among crowd that mobbed capitol building — by Natalie Parks, University of Kentucky<br> Finalist: Vaccine phase 1C ‘projected’ to include most, but not all, University employees — by Cam Rodriguez, Claire Malon and Francesca Mathewes, DePaul University<br> Finalist: Surprise shots, limited slots: Northwestern students seek last-minute Pfizer vaccines in Norris — by Alex Perry and Nick Francis, Northwestern University<br> <br> General News Reporting (Large)<br> Winner: Fentanyl-laced counterfeits of prescription pills make non-prescribed pills a life-or-death gamble — by Phyllis Cha, Indiana University<br> Finalist: Texas lawmakers advance bills blocking access to gender-affirming health care — by Megan Munce, Northwestern University<br> Finalist: Data show disparities in Chicago vaccine distribution — by Jaylene Rodriguez, UIC<br> <br> General News Reporting (Small)<br> Winner: Who's the boss? Workers emerge from the pandemic wanting more — by Teresa Nowakowski, Northwestern University<br> Finalist: After anti-Indigenous vandalism on the Rock: ‘And yet we are still here’ — by Olivia Lloyd, Northwestern University<br> Finalist: UIndy looks to former IMPD Chief and Indianapolis Public Safety Officer Troy Riggs to increase campus safety amid crime spike — by Justus O'Neil, University of Indianapolis<br> <br> In-Depth Reporting (Large)<br> Winner: As vaccine hesitancy threatens to increase COVID 19 disparities, local experts try to build trust — by Jorja Siemons, Northwestern Medill School of Journalism<br> Finalist: Ball State students call for an on-campus minimum wage raise — by Joey Sills, Ball State University<br> Finalist: ‘An art, not a science’: As WKU enrollment decreases, other state universities see increases — by Lily Burris and Michael J. Collins, Western Kentucky University<br> <br> In-Depth Reporting (Small)<br> Winner: Rohingya diaspora in the U.S. — by Imran Mohammad Fazal Hoque, Harry S Truman College<br> Finalist: Angela Davis, and the bureaucracy that cancelled her — by Bridget Early and Meghan Stratton, Butler University<br> Finalist: Inside the intense life of a Butler ballerina — by Emma Chamley and Alison Miccolis, Butler University<br> <br> Feature Writing (Large)<br> Winner: Marfan syndrome made my brother beautiful. Then it killed him. — by Marcus Robertson, DePaul University <br> Finalist: In China’s new age communes, burned-out millennials go back to nature — by Xuandi Wang, Northwestern University<br> Finalist: First in the family — by Ali Bianco, Northwestern University<br> <br> Feature Writing (Small)<br> Winner: The biggest crop in prison gardens: Hope — by Eva Herscowitz, Northwestern University <br> Finalist: Reparations housing program fuels discussion on how to move forward — by Olivia Lloyd, Northwestern University<br> Finalist: Uneven playing field — by Jenna Anderson, Northwestern University<br> <br> Sports Writing (Large)<br> Winner: Football: As Northwestern climbs toward contention for a Big Ten title, coach Randy Walker’s legacy — by Drew Schott, Northwestern University<br> Finalist: Got sponsors? Student-athletes’ newest play: Marketing themselves — by Coop Daley, Northwestern University<br> Finalist: Through the years: A timeline of major events during Mike Polisky's 11 years at Northwestern — by Coop Daley and Olivia Lloyd, Northwestern University<br> <br> Sports Writing (Small)<br> Winner: Before Jackie Robinson, there was Thomas Harding — by Drew Favakeh, Butler University<br> Finalist: Brad Stevens, players, reflect on 2011 national championship run — by Henry Bredemeier and Eric Young, Butler University<br> <br> Editorial Writing <br> Winner: Kentucky Kernel editorials — by staff, University of Kentucky<br> Finalist: Loyola Phoenix editorials — by editorial board, Loyola University Chicago<br> <br> General Column Writing <br> Winner: Dear cable news, leaving Afghanistan was the right choice; Free Steven Donziger; Taxing the rich — by Erik Uebelacker, DePaul University <br> Finalist: On the media — by Alex Perry, Northwestern University<br> Finalist: Columns — by John Lynch, Ball State University<br> <br> Sports Column Writing<br> Winner: Columns — by John Riker, Northwestern University<br> Finalist: Illinois’ and Loyola Chicago’s success; Last place finish; They start with poor gameplans — by Lawrence Kreymer, DePaul University <br> Finalist: Football columns — by Bradley Locker, Northwestern University<br> <br> Corbin Gwaltney Award for Best All-Around Student Newspaper (Large)<br> Winner: Kentucky Kernel — by staff, University of Kentucky<br> Finalist: Ball State Daily News — by staff, Ball State University<br> Finalist: Indiana Daily Student — by staff, Indiana University<br> <br> Corbin Gwaltney Award for Best All-Around Student Newspaper (Small)<br> Winner: The Reflector — by staff, University of Indianapolis<br> Finalist: Butler Collegian — by staff, Butler University<br> <br> Best Student Magazine<br> Winner: Ball Bearing Magazine — by staff, Ball State University<br> Finalist: KRNL Lifestyle + Fashion — by staff, Kentucky Kernel<br> Finalist: BURST Magazine — by staff, Millikin University<br> <br> Best Affiliated Website <br> Winner: northbynorthwestern.com — by staff, Northwestern University<br> Finalist: idsnews.com — by staff, Indiana University<br> Finalist: The Reflector Online — by staff, University of Indianapolis<br> <br> Best Independent Online Student Publication <br> Winner: 14 East — by staff, DePaul University<br> <br> <b>Art/Graphics/Multimedia</b><br> <br> Breaking News Photography <br> Winner: State Street couch burning — by Jack Weaver, University of Kentucky<br> Finalist: Women from across the nation protest abortion bans in Washington, D.C. — by Hannah Zhihan Jiang, Northwestern University<br> <br> General News Photography <br> Winner: Indianapolis mourns FedEx shooting victims — by Alex Deryn, Indiana University<br> Finalist: Picking up the pieces — by Anna Leachman, Western Kentucky University<br> Finalist: March to defend abortion access assembles in downtown Chicago — by Angeli Mittal, Northwestern University<br> <br> Feature Photography <br> Winner: The hardest job she’ll ever love — by Allie Hendricks, Western Kentucky University<br> Finalist: Fall fashion: ‘Hot girl summer’ to ‘witch b*tch autumn’ — by Lauren Hough, Butler University<br> Finalist: Thundercat — by Zack Miller, Loyola University Chicago<br> <br> Photo Illustration <br> Winner: It happens here too — by Sam Mallon, Western Kentucky University<br> Finalist: Food pantry — by Kiara Conley, University of Indianapolis<br> Finalist: Gamer's club — by Jacob Walton, University of Indianapolis<br> <br> Sports Photography <br> Winner: Volleyball wins it all — by Michael Clubb, University of Kentucky<br> Finalist: Clemons beats Bradley — by Zack Miller, Loyola University Chicago<br> Finalist: Men's Soccer celebrates winning NCAA regional — by Jacob Walton, University of Indianapolis<br> <br> Best Use of Multimedia<br> Winner: Indignity in death — by Matt Cohen, Mallorey Daunhauer and Carson Terbush, Indiana University<br> Finalist: Immersed in deaf culture — by Nicole Thomas, Ball State University<br> Finalist: Red Line Project guiding principles and policies — by The Red Line Project staff, UIC<br> <br> Broadcast/Online News Videography<br> Winner: 'I was choked up': Thousands lay flowers, honoring the unknown soldiers — by Hannah Zhihan Jiang, Northwestern University<br> Finalist: Sister Cindy visits Ball State — by John Lynch, Ball State University<br> <br> Broadcast/Online Feature Videography<br> Winner: How Chicago lost its commercial fishing industry — by Jacob Ohara, Northwestern University<br> Finalist: Go Jiangsu: Expats explore Jiangsu's most trendy attractions — by Hannah Zhihan Jiang, Northwestern University<br> Finalist: Square feet, not square acres: GlennArt Farm is home to goats, chickens on Chicago’s West Side — by Madison Smith, Northwestern University<br> <br> Data Visualization<br> Winner: COVID-19 in Illinois: State ranks sixth nationally in vaccination doses administered — by Laaiba Mahmood, UIC<br> Finalist: Affordable housing sees increase in funds – Where will it go? — by Sarita Cavazos, UIC<br> <br> <b>Audio</b><br> <br> Radio News Reporting<br> Winner: Campus cooks in decline — by Angelina Campanile, Northwestern University<br> Finalist: ‘Unacceptable’ - ReformCAPS meets with CAPS directors to change mental health services at NU — by Ali Bianco, Northwestern University<br> Finalist: Students protest greek life after university announces reported frat house druggings — by Maria Ximena Aragon, Northwestern University <br> <br> Radio Feature<br> Winner: Community rallies to save Glenview Beavers — by Helen Bradshaw, Northwestern University<br> Finalist: Castaways: Childhood memories & TikTok fame — by Maria Ximena Aragon, Northwestern University <br> Finalist: Native and Indigenous community works to build connections and solidarity on campus — by Alex Harrison, Northwestern University<br> <br> Radio In-Depth Reporting<br> Winner: Challenging Roe v. Wade: Breaking down today’s abortion debate — by Angelina Campanile, Northwestern University<br> Finalist: A deep dive into Trump's rhetoric — by Angelina Campanile, Northwestern University<br> <br> Podcast<br> Winner: ‘No Wiindigo economy’: Student activism and the fight for fossil fuel divestment — by The Daily Northwestern staff, Northwestern University<br> Finalist: Defining safe: One teacher's battle for Asian American studies — by The Daily Northwestern staff, Northwestern University<br> Finalist: The Word — by staff, Northwestern University<br> <br> <b>Broadcast</b><br> <br> Television Breaking News Reporting <br> Winner: Protesting Polisky — by Joey Safchik and Andrew Rowan, Northwestern University<br> Finalist: Abolish greek life protest erupts at Northwestern University — by Jenny Jiin Huh and Gabrielle Khoriaty, Northwestern University <br> <br> Television General News Reporting<br> Winner: Police chief posts EPD mugshots to Snapchat — by Vanessa Kjeldsen, Northwestern University<br> Finalist: IRS warns university students of email impersonation scam — by Andrew Rowan, Northwestern University<br> Finalist: The Red Zone: Survivors speak — by Griffin Gonzalez, Indiana University<br> <br> Television Feature Reporting <br> Winner: "I've adopted you all:" Beloved CVS employee makes errands enjoyable — by Joey Safchik and Andrew Rowan, Northwestern University<br> Finalist: The story of Mustard's Last Stand — by Andy Paden, Northwestern University<br> Finalist: Studio W.I.P. expands to Evanston — by Logan Schiciano, Northwestern University<br> <br> Television In-Depth Reporting <br> Winner: The Red Zone: Part 1 — by Mary Claire Malloy, Indiana University<br> Finalist: The Red Zone: Part 2 — by Mary Claire Molloy, Indiana University<br> Finalist: Restaurants deal with COVID — by Rebecca Chouinard, DePaul University<br> <br> Television Sports Reporting <br> Winner: SIV strong — by Nicholas Moreano, DePaul University<br> Finalist: Athlete overcomes handicap — by Rebecca Chouinard, DePaul University<br> Finalist: Breaking barriers — by Andy Paden, Northwestern University<br> <br> Best All-Around Television Newscast<br> Winner: IU NewsNet — by staff, Indiana University<br> Finalist: Northwestern News Network — by staff, Northwestern University <br> Finalist: Chicago Show 2021 — by staff, Northwestern University<br> <br> <b>All Platforms</b><br> <br> Collaborative Journalism <br> Winner: Illinois divided — by The Daily Northwestern staff, Northwestern University<br> <br> Cultural Criticism <br> Winner: 14 beats — by Aneesah Shealey, DePaul 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="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 SPJ Foundation</a>.</i><br> <br> <div align"=center">-END-</center> Mon, 11 Apr 2022 00:00:00 -0500 Region 7 Mark of Excellence Awards winners announced http://www.spj.org/news.asp?REF=1873 CONTACT:<br> Lou Harry, SPJ Manager of Publications and Awards, 317-920-4786, <email address="lharry@spj.org">lharry@spj.org</a><br> Michelle Lagos, SPJ Communications Coordinator, 317-927-8000, <email address="mlagos@spj.org">mlagos@spj.org</a><br> <br> INDIANAPOLIS — The <a href=https://www.spj.org/index.asp>Society of Professional Journalists</a> recognizes the best collegiate journalism in Region 7 with <a href=https://www.spj.org/a-moe.asp>2021 Mark of Excellence Awards</a> winners.<br> <br> SPJ’s <a href=https://www.spj.org/region7.asp>Region 7</a> comprises Iowa, Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska. 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 <a href=https://www.spj.org/convention.asp>MediaFest22</a> convention in Washington, D.C., Oct. 27-30.<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 SPJ Manager of Publications and Awards Lou Harry <email address="lharry@spj.org">by email</a> or 317-920-4786.<br> <br> This list reflects the spelling and titles submitted in the award entries. New MOE categories were added this year for cultural criticism, arts/fashion journalism and food/restaurant journalism.<br> <br> <b>Print/Online</b><br> <br> Breaking News Reporting<br> Winner: Police served multiple warrants against FIJI and its members last year, court records show — by Caleb McCullough, University of Iowa<br> Finalist: Barbara Wilson named next University of Iowa president — by Rylee Wilson, Rachel Schilke and Eleanor Hildebrandt, University of Iowa<br> Finalist: What will replace safe ride? — by Raegan Neufeld, Fort Hays State University<br> <br> General News Reporting (Large)<br> Winner: COVID curtains for musicals — by Alayna Verduyn, University of Nebraska-Lincoln <br> Finalist: Lawrence plans to move forward with the return of ‘Founder's Rock’ to Kanza Tribe — by Max Irvine, University of Kansas<br> Finalist: University of Iowa presidential finalists — by The Daily Iowan staff, University of Iowa<br> <br> General News Reporting (Small)<br> Winner: Turning point USA petitions to become a registered student organization — by Gannon Henry, Drake University<br> Finalist: Main Street nightlife hit with 'footloose' ban — by Alexis Montgomery, Lindenwood University<br> Finalist: TikTok personality Sister Cindy preaches on campus — by Luke Clausen, Mackenzie Swenson, Drake University<br> <br> In-Depth Reporting<br> Winner: Weathering the storm — by Vox Magazine staff, Missouri School of Journalism<br> Finalist: KU grapples with diverse faculty retention — by Lucy Peterson, University of Kansas<br> Finalist: If you can see it, you can be it: How volleyball in Nebraska created a cycle of greatness — by Abby Barmore, College of Journalism and Mass Communications<br> <br> Feature Writing<br> Winner: Being Black in Lincoln: Albert Maxey recalls his days walking the beat — by Nick McConnell, University of Nebraska<br> Finalist: After 20 years, the UI and Daily Iowan remember 9/11 — by Josie Fischels and Rachel Schilke, University of Iowa<br> Finalist: Friends, colleagues, students and family reflect on the legacy of Iowa’s first Poet Laureate Marvin — by Josie Fischels, University of Iowa<br> <br> Sports Writing<br> Winner: Luka Garza: The Iowa men’s basketball program’s humble, team-driven all-time leading scorer — by Robert Read, University of Iowa<br> Finalist: ‘We knew that she was the special one’: Caitlin Clark dominating in her first season — by Chloe Peterson, University of Iowa<br> Finalist: Kevin Kugler is the everywhere man — by Grant Hansen, College of Journalism and Mass Communications<br> <br> Editorial Writing <br> Winner: Editorials — by DI Editorial Board, University of Iowa<br> Finalist: Kansan.com — by Paul Samberg, University of Kansas<br> <br> General Column Writing<br> Winner: Columns — by Yassie Buchanan, University of Iowa<br> Finalist: Columns — by Hannah Pinski, University of Iowa<br> Finalist: Columns — by John Carter Jr., Fort Hays State University<br> <br> Sports Column Writing<br> Winner: Columns — by Robert Read, University of Iowa<br> <br> Best Student Magazine<br> Winner: Drake Mag — by staff, Drake University<br> Finalist: Vox Magazine — by staff, Missouri School of Journalism<br> Finalist: Climate change Nebraska Magazine — by staff, College of Journalism and Mass Communications<br> <br> Best Affiliated Web Site <br> Winner: Dailyiowan.com — by staff, University of Iowa<br> Finalist: VoxMagazine.com — by staff, Missouri School of Journalism<br> Finalist: Nebraska News Service — by staff, University of Nebraska-Lincoln<br> <br> Best Independent Online Student Publication <br> Winner: Lindenlink — by staff, Lindenwood University<br> Finalist: UNLimited Sports Magazine — by staff, University of Nebraska <br> <br> <b>Art/Graphics/Multimedia</b><br> <br> General News Photography<br> Winner: Vaccine — by Grace Smith, University of Iowa<br> Finalist: State of the state — by Ryan Adams, University of Iowa<br> <br> Feature Photography<br> Winner: Fanning a dying flame — by Owen Ziliak, Missouri School of Journalism<br> Finalist: Freakshow — by Tate Hildyard, University of Iowa<br> <br> Photo Illustration<br> Winner: Inside on the outside — by Jacob Moscovitch, Missouri School of Journalism<br> <br> Sports Photography<br> Winner: Goodson hurdle — by Jerod Ringwald, University of Iowa<br> <br> Best Use of Multimedia<br> Winner: Iowa’s first poet laureate, Marvin Bell — by Josie Fischels, Hannah Kinson, Kelsey Harrell and Parker Jones, University of Iowa<br> Finalist: Wood River continues recovery from 2019 flooding — by Samantha Hargens, Lena Nelson and Riley Tolan-Keig, University of Nebraska-Lincoln <br> <br> Broadcast/Online News Videography<br> Winner: John and Esteban — by Ryan Adams and Jenna Galligan, University of Iowa<br> <br> Broadcast/Online Feature Videography<br> Winner: Mom: Iowa City mothers on pandemic parenthood — by Jenna Galligan, University of Iowa<br> Finalist: Character camp — by staff, College of the Ozarks<br> Finalist: Making a musical — by Verve Reposar, Alexander Olson and Abby Riffel, College of the Ozarks<br> <br> Broadcast/Online Sports Videography<br> Winner: Skating past the stigma — by Daniel McGregor-Huyer, University of Iowa<br> Finalist: Meet the tigers: Kade Wallace — by Ethan Booe, Fort Hays State University<br> <br> Data Visualization<br> Winner: How universities across the Big Ten are continuing to combat COVID-19 — by Kelsey Harrell, University of Iowa<br> <br> <b>Audio</b><br> <br> Radio News Reporting<br> Winner: For this Columbia activist, life in pandemic hasn't slowed down — by Xcaret Nunez, University of Missouri<br> Finalist: In-school flu shot clinics pave the way for vaccinating kids under twelve against COVID — by Caoilinn Goss, University of Missouri<br> Finalist: Nebraska bill seeks to raise minimum wage to $20 — by Damon Barr, University of Nebraska-Lincoln <br> <br> Radio Feature<br> Winner: Their ‘pocket world’: Parkade students learn meaning of land — by Xcaret Nunez, University of Missouri<br> Finalist: Lavender a tough crop for ‘muggy’ Missouri, but this couple is giving it a go. — by Rachel Schnelle, University of Missouri<br> Finalist: Battle of the Joshes: How an internet meme raised over $13,000 for the Children’s Hospital and Medical Center — by Nebraska News Service staff, University of Nebraska-Lincoln <br> <br> Radio In-Depth Reporting<br> Winner: Researchers and student scientists look to Missouri lakes for clues about the impact of climate change — by Becca Newton, University of Missouri<br> Finalist: The Red Zone: Sexual assault at UNL — by Luke Weidner, University of Nebraska-Lincoln <br> <br> Podcast<br> Winner: State of waste — by Jolie Peal, Emma Krab, Anne Gallagher and Geoff Exstrom, University of Nebraska-Lincoln <br> Finalist: The Check-In: MU's social justice centers — by Isabella Paxton, Becca Newton and Hannah France, University of Missouri<br> Finalist: Gas tax brass tacks: What drove Missouri’s first fuel tax increase in 25 years — by D.C. Benincasa and Ian Laird, University of Missouri<br> <br> <b>Broadcast</b><br> <br> Television General News Reporting<br> Winner: Veterans of Afghanistan — by Avery Reed, Nate Hankins and Nathan Jeffries, College of the Ozarks<br> Finalist: Crescent Moon adapts following pandemic — by Nathan Bacon, University of Nebraska-Lincoln <br> Finalist: Heritage kickoff — by Kerrigan Hutton, Fort Hays State University<br> <br> Television Feature Reporting <br> Winner: Basement creators network — by Ty Hawkins, University of Nebraska-Lincoln <br> Finalist: Reagan Myer feature — by Ryan Atchison, University of Kansas<br> Finalist: The Vintage Hawks — by Caroline Soro, University of Kansas<br> <br> Television In-Depth Reporting <br> Winner: 2021 Nebraska harvest — by Kloee Sander, University of Nebraska-Lincoln <br> Finalist: Gamestop — by Karsten Armstrong, Sarah Best, Anna Ginnings and Alexander Olson, College of the Ozarks<br> <br> Television Sports Reporting <br> Winner: Omaha North playoff run — by Blake Aerni, University of Nebraska-Lincoln <br> <br> Best All-Around Television Newscast<br> Winner: Nebraska Nightly — by staff, University of Nebraska<br> Finalist: KUJH News — by KUJH and Media Crossroads staff, University of Kansas<br> Finalist: DITV — by staff, University of Iowa<br> <br> Best All-Around Television News Magazine<br> Winner: The Point — by staff, College of the Ozarks<br> <br> <b>All Platforms</b><br> <br> Arts/Fashion Journalism <br> Winner: The people behind the instruments — by Irina Matchavariani, Missouri School of Journalism<br> Finalist: Many faces, one community — by Kaylee Schreiner, Missouri School of Journalism<br> Finalist: A song a day — by Jillian Lampkins, College of Journalism and Mass Communications<br> <br> Food/Restaurant Journalism <br> Winner: Restaurant staffing issues — by Will Sleddins, University of Nebraska-Lincoln <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/ldf.asp">give to the Legal Defense Fund</a> or <a href="https://www.spj.org/donate.asp">give to the SPJ Foundation</a>.</i><br> <br> <div align"=center">-END-</center> Mon, 11 Apr 2022 00:00:00 -0500 Region 8 Mark of Excellence Awards winners announced http://www.spj.org/news.asp?REF=1874 CONTACT:<br> Lou Harry, SPJ Manager of Publications and Awards, 317-920-4786, <email address="lharry@spj.org">lharry@spj.org</a><br> Zoë Berg, SPJ Communications Specialist, 317-920-4785, <email address="zberg@spj.org">zberg@spj.org</a><br> <br> INDIANAPOLIS — The <a href=https://www.spj.org/index.asp>Society of Professional Journalists</a> recognizes the best collegiate journalism in Region 8 with <a href=https://www.spj.org/a-moe.asp>2021 Mark of Excellence Awards</a> winners.<br> <br> SPJ’s <a href=https://www.spj.org/region8.asp>Region 8</a> comprises Oklahoma and Texas. 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 <a href=https://www.spj.org/convention.asp>MediaFest22</a> convention in Washington, D.C., Oct. 27-30.<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 8 winners. If you have any questions regarding the MOE Awards, contact SPJ Manager of Publications and Awards Lou Harry <email address="lharry@spj.org">by email</a> or 317-920-4786.<br> <br> This list reflects the spelling and titles submitted in the award entries. New MOE categories were added this year for cultural criticism, arts/fashion journalism and food/restaurant journalism.<br> <br> <b>Print/Online</b><br> <br> Breaking News Reporting <br> Winner: How Julius Jones’ life was spared, years after conviction, hours before execution — by Blake Douglas, University of Oklahoma<br> Finalist: Four injured in school shooting — by Taylor Coit and Cole Kembel, University of Texas at Arlington<br> Finalist: Emergency officials investigate house fire near Texas State — by Jaden Edison and Brianna Benitez, Texas State University<br> <br> General News Reporting <br> Winner: Police called on Black students studying, socializing in Moody Library — by Emily Cousins, Baylor Student Media<br> Finalist: OU open records access anything but 'prompt, reasonable' due to flaws, vagaries of state law — by Blake Douglas, University of Oklahoma<br> Finalist: Deadly disaster makes history — by Alyson Oliver and Jose Romero, Tarrant County College<br> <br> In-Depth Reporting <br> Winner: Tulsa Race Massacre centennial — by The OU Daily staff, University of Oklahoma<br> Finalist: The Corona Chronicles — by Mayborn Literary Nonfiction Conference website staff, University of North Texas<br> Finalist: Recovery in the Time of COVID — by Sean Riedel, University of North Texas<br> <br> Feature Writing (Large)<br> Winner: ‘Does god hate’": 2SLGBTQ+ individuals seek affirmation, face religious condemnation — by Jillian Taylor, University of Oklahoma<br> Finalist: He risked his life as an interpreter for the US. Now Sam Al Helli is in the Navy Reserve — by Adam Morey, Oklahoma State University<br> Finalist: Dignity in death: Anthropologists work to identify remains of migrants — by Leanne Castro, Texas State University<br> <br> Feature Writing (Small)<br> Winner: University veterans remember 9/11 attacks 20 years later — by Daisy Gonzalez-Quezada, Texas A&M University-San Antonio<br> Finalist: Astroworld attendee, student shares perspective on tragic night — by Irma Saenz, Texas A&M University-San Antonio<br> <br> Sports Writing <br> Winner: Greg Young's rise to Maverick's head coach — by Arianna Vedia, University of Texas at Arlington<br> Finalist: Texas Skate Forever: Remembering the ‘skate dad’ of San Marcos — by Aidan Bea, Texas State University<br> Finalist: Caleb Williams, from BoomSquad to nail salon, is charismatic leader Sooners need for new era — by Mason Young, University of Oklahoma<br> <br> Editorial Writing <br> Winner: Editorials: Gamma, COVID-19 and masks — by Camille Rasor, Ava Dunwoody, Baylor University<br> Finalist: Editorials — by The University Star staff, Texas State University<br> Finalist: Editorials — by Shorthorn Staff, University of Texas at Arlington<br> <br> General Column Writing <br> Winner: Columns — by Aaron Reff, Clarissa Martinez, Denise Treviño, Texas A&M University-San Antonio<br> Finalist: National hot-button issues — by Emily Cousins, Baylor University<br> Finalist: The Devil is thin — by Julia Fox, Southern Methodist University<br> <br> Sports Column Writing<br> Winner: SMU Football: A season of high and lows, and a coach's fall from grace — by Kevin Reynolds, Southern Methodist University<br> Finalist: Baylor, the Big 12, and a March Madness Cinderella — by Harper Mayfield and Michael Haag, Baylor Student Media<br> <br> Corbin Gwaltney Award for Best All-Around Student Newspaper <br> Winner: The Shorthorn — by staff, University of Texas at Arlington<br> Finalist: The OU Daily — by staff, University of Oklahoma<br> Finalist: The Collegian — by staff, Tarrant County College<br> <br> Best Student Magazine<br> Winner: Crimson Quarterly — by staff, University of Oklahoma<br> Finalist: SMU Look — by staff, Southern Methodist University<br> Finalist: El Espejo magazine — by staff, Southern Methodist University<br> <br> Best Affiliated Web Site <br> Winner: The Shorthorn — by staff, University of Texas at Arlington<br> Finalist: The Collegian online — by staff, Tarrant County College<br> Finalist: The University Star Online — by staff, Texas State University<br> <br> <b>Art/Graphics/Multimedia</b><br> <br> Breaking News Photography <br> Winner: Protestors gather outside Dallas Police headquarters — by Nicholas Badeaux, University of Texas at Arlington<br> Finalist: Emergency officials investigate house fire near Texas State — by Jaden Edison, Texas State University<br> Finalist: Alumni fight giant factory fire — by Logan Evans, Tarrant County College<br> <br> General News Photography <br> Winner: Vaccine cringe — by Elias Valverde II, University of Texas at Arlington<br> <br> Feature Photography <br> Winner: Mud, sweat and cheers — by Ward Sakeik, University of Texas at Arlington<br> Finalist: Austin City Limits music festival — by Natalie Ryan, Texas State University<br> Finalist: Bubble baseball — by Elias Valverde II, University of Texas at Arlington<br> <br> Photo Illustration <br> Winner: Trump's legacy garners mixed reaction — by Elias Valverde II, University of Texas at Arlington<br> Finalist: A peek at post-pandemic dating — by Nicholas Badeaux and Vivian Santillan, University of Texas at Arlington<br> <br> Sports Photography <br> Winner: Big 12 Championship tackle — by Josh Wilson, Baylor Student Media<br> Finalist: Bobcats vs. South Alabama — by Vanessa Buentello, Texas State University<br> Finalist: Men celebrate conference championship — by Riley Fisher, Abilene Christian University<br> <br> Editorial Cartooning <br> Winner: Cartoons — by Cristina del Coro Trio, University of Texas at Arlington<br> Finalist: Cartoons — by Amber Davis, Tarrant County College<br> Finalist: Taxes, minimum wage and world affairs — by Morgan Dowler and Summer Merkle, Baylor University<br> <br> Best Use of Multimedia<br> Winner: U.S. Secretary of Education talks ASPIRE network impact, helping students, teachers — by Asiah Mendoza, Irma Saenz and Joshua Villagomez, Texas A&M University-San Antonio<br> Finalist: Protests, arrests, tears, negotiations: Activism at Texas State leaves Black students with unhealed — by The University Star staff, Texas State University<br> Finalist: Emergency officials investigate house fire near Texas State — by Jaden Edison and Briana Benitez, Texas State University<br> <br> Broadcast/Online Feature Videography<br> Winner: Texas becomes biggest U.S. state to lift pandemic mask mandate — by Armando Villarreal III, Texas A&M University-San Antonio<br> Finalist: Say it with your chest — by Meredith Holser, University of North Texas<br> <br> Data Visualization<br> Winner: UTA salary database — by Camille Hill, University of Texas at Arlington<br> <br> <b>Audio</b><br> <br> Radio Feature<br> Winner: COVID and teachers — by Beth Wallis, University of Oklahoma<br> <br> Podcast<br> Winner: Destination: Greenwood — by Beth Wallis, University of Oklahoma<br> Finalist: The OU Daily — by staff, University of Oklahoma<br> Finalist: Through the Cracks: Unsolved Cases of Oklahoma — by Lacee Mouser, University of Oklahoma<br> <br> <b>Broadcast</b><br> <br> Television General News Reporting<br> Winner: Students lose home to winter storm — by Sarah Gill, Baylor Student Media<br> Finalist: Destruction of 4th/5th Street bridge causes problems — by Grace Smith, Baylor University<br> Finalist: US Gymnasts testify about sexual abuse by Larry Nasser — by Zaria Oates, University of Oklahoma<br> <br> Television Feature Reporting <br> Winner: Growing up Native — by Katie Smith, University of Oklahoma<br> Finalist: Book vending machine — by Audrey Goodson, University of Oklahoma<br> Finalist: Shelter pets — by Avery John, University of Oklahoma<br> <br> Television In-Depth Reporting <br> Winner: Chinese scholar controversy — by Andrew Fancher, University of North Texas<br> Finalist: McGirt reshaping Oklahoma — by Ralph Bernhardt, University of Oklahoma<br> Finalist: Foster Care during a pandemic — by Lauren Rangel and Ralph Bernhardt, Southern Methodist University<br> <br> Television Sports Reporting <br> Winner: Under the jersey — by Carson Racich, Lamar University<br> Finalist: Coach Venables comes home — by Ben Thomas and Jared Thomas, University of Oklahoma<br> Finalist: Chasing a feeling: How Baylor created an acro & tumbling dynasty — by Nate Smith, Baylor Student Media<br> <br> Best All-Around Television Newscast<br> Winner: ntTV Nightly News — by staff University of North Texas<br> Finalist: OU Nightly — by staff, University of Oklahoma<br> Finalist: Enlace — by Univision Media Lab, Texas A&M University-San Antonio<br> <br> Best All-Around Television News Magazine<br> Winner: Lariat TV News Today — by Staff, Baylor University<br> <br> <b>All platforms</b><br> <br> Cultural Criticism <br> Winner: Columns — by Emma Weidmann, Baylor University<br> Finalist: Columns — by Gabrielle Tellez, Texas A&M University-San Antonio<br> <br> Arts/Fashion Journalism <br> Winner: Supporting Style — by Allysann Jackson, Southern Methodist University<br> Finalist: Art exhibit seeks to usher conversations about race — by Mario Ruiz, Texas A&M University-San Antonio<br> <br> Food/Restaurant Journalism <br> Winner: Locate it local: Tank's Pizza — by Amanda Barela, Texas A&M University-San Antonio<br> <br> Video Game/Tabletop Game Reporting<br> Winner: UTA varsity Smash Bros. team wins first championship — by Cole Kembel, University of Texas at Arlington<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 the SPJ Foundation</a>.</i><br> <br> <div align"=center">-END-</center> Mon, 11 Apr 2022 00:00:00 -0500 Region 9 Mark of Excellence Awards winners announced http://www.spj.org/news.asp?REF=1875 CONTACT:<br> Lou Harry, SPJ Manager of Publications and Awards, 317-920-4786, <email address="lharry@spj.org">lharry@spj.org</a><br> Zoë Berg, SPJ Communications Specialist, 317-920-4785, <email address="zberg@spj.org">zberg@spj.org</a><br> <br> INDIANAPOLIS — The <a href=https://www.spj.org/index.asp>Society of Professional Journalists</a> recognizes the best collegiate journalism in Region 9 with <a href=https://www.spj.org/a-moe.asp>2021 Mark of Excellence Awards</a> winners.<br> <br> SPJ’s <a href=https://www.spj.org/region9.asp>Region 9</a> comprises Colorado, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming. 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 <a href=https://www.spj.org/convention.asp>MediaFest22</a> convention in Washington, D.C., Oct. 27-30.<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 SPJ Manager of Publications and Awards Lou Harry <email address="lharry@spj.org">by email</a> or 317-920-4786.<br> <br> This list reflects the spelling and titles submitted in the award entries. New MOE categories were added this year for cultural criticism, arts/fashion journalism and food/restaurant journalism.<br> <br> <b>Print/Online</b><br> <br> Breaking News Reporting <br> Winner: Former BYU professor charged with sexually abusing a student pleads not guilty — by Decker Westenburg, Brigham Young University<br> Finalist: 22 forever: U campus community gathers at candlelight vigil to honor student-athlete Aaron Lowe — by Kayleigh Silverstein and Jack O'Leary, University of Utah<br> Finalist: Resident assistants raise concerns about pay and working conditions — by Ernesto Cisneros, Luis Rios and Hannah Zamora, New Mexico State University <br> <br> General News Reporting<br> Winner: BYU, Utah women find healing amid high rates of sexual assault — by Cassidy Wixom, Brigham Young University<br> Finalist: Reflecting on research: A year of COVID-19 at CSU — by Noelle Mason, Colorado State University <br> Finalist: UNC students, community members experience difficulties at University Flats — by Cinthia Cortez, University of Northern Colorado<br> <br> In-Depth Reporting <br> Winner: Vatican pronouncement highlights clash between gay marriage and religious freedom — by Cassidy Wixom, Brigham Young University<br> Finalist: Mine of local legend sealed — by Sarah Earnshaw, Weber State University<br> Finalist: Native American Heritage Month: Recognizing history and moving forward — by Abhilasha Khatri and Haley Utendorfer, University of Utah<br> <br> Feature Writing<br> Winner: Land art, vandalism and Utah’s natural environment — by Drew Reynolds, University of Utah<br> Finalist: Undetected light — by Emily White, Utah State University<br> Finalist: Back to the Fairgrounds: After a year away, NM State Fair vendors are optimistic despite challenges — by Rachel Lorenz, Metropolitan State University of Denver<br> <br> Sports Writing<br> Winner: A bond and brotherhood: How 7 returned missionaries are thriving with Stanford football — by Joseph Hovey, Brigham Young University<br> <br> Editorial Writing <br> Winner: Campus police, college tuition, divestment — by The Daily Utah Chronicle Editorial Board, University of Utah<br> Finalist: Women's safety, the Gabby Petito case, Olympic athletes — by Aya Hibben, University of Utah<br> Finalist: Nonviolent offenders, plea deals, junk science — by KC Ellen Cushman, University of Utah<br> <br> General Column Writing <br> Winner: Tackling student, local and national issues — by Megan Cowdell, Utah State University<br> Finalist: Kincart on MMIW, Deznat and the LDS church — by Sydney Kincart, University of Utah<br> Finalist: Cushman on domestic violence, tax rhetoric, stereotypes about sex — by KC Ellen Cushman, University of Utah<br> <br> Sports Column Writing<br> Winner: Sports columns — by Jackson Payne, Brigham Young University<br> <br> Corbin Gwaltney Award for Best All-Around Student Newspaper <br> Winner: The Signpost — by staff, Weber State University<br> Finalist: The Daily Utah Chronicle — by staff, University of Utah<br> Finalist: Rocky Mountain Collegian — by staff, Colorado State University <br> <br> Best Student Magazine<br> Winner: The Bold Magazine — by staff, University of Colorado Boulder<br> Finalist: The Daily Universe Magazine — by staff, Brigham Young University<br> Finalist: Talon Magazine — by staff, Community College of Denver<br> <br> Best Independent Online Student Publication <br> Winner: The Arapahoe Pinnacle — by staff, Arapahoe Community College<br> <br> <b>Art/Graphics/Multimedia</b><br> <br> Breaking News Photography <br> Winner: 22 Forever: U campus community gathers at candlelight vigil to honor student-athlete Aaron Lowe — by Jack Gambassi, University of Utah<br> Finalist: Inauguration Day stays quiet — by Sarah Earnshaw, Weber State University<br> Finalist: Contention captured: Preachers on the plaza — by Grayson Reed, Colorado State University <br> <br> General News Photography <br> Winner: Colorado Air Show — by Devin Cornelius, Colorado State University <br> Finalist: Utah’s fossil fuel industry: Is divestment possible? — by Gwen Christopherson, University of Utah<br> Finalist: COVID testing — by Brooklyn Kilgore, Weber State University<br> <br> Feature Photography<br> Winner: Excited for the show — by Tri Duong, Colorado State University <br> Finalist: Buening: Protect our pollinators — by Brooklyn Critchley, University of Utah<br> Finalist: Bring a good camera and wear the right shoes: Lessons From a protest — by Molly Thomas, Community College of Denver<br> <br> Photo Illustration <br> Winner: The Chrony sports desk's favorite athletes of all time — by Sydney Stam, University of Utah<br> Finalist: Water bottle — by Skyler Pradhan, Colorado State University <br> Finalist: Kincart: Another blow to the Voting Rights Act should spark worry — by Cyan Larson, University of Utah<br> <br> Sports Photography <br> Winner: Logging — by Milo Gladstein, Colorado State University <br> Finalist: Utah Men’s swim and dive falls to No. 2 California in hard fought dual meet — by Jack Gambassi, University of Utah<br> Finalist: Victory touchdown — by Dallin Wilks, Brigham Young University<br> <br> Broadcast/Online News Videography<br> Winner: Veterans vigil — by William Bultez, Utah State University<br> Finalist: Family-owned businesses struggle with shortages — by Natalie Devereaux, Colorado State University <br> Finalist: Houska blood drive — by Kenneth Frederick, Colorado State University <br> <br> Broadcast/Online Feature Videography<br> Winner: CSU bug zoo — by Robbie Patla, Colorado State University <br> Finalist: All Sales Vinyl — by Tom Isaacson, Colorado State University <br> Finalist: Cam the Ram — by Ren Wadsworth, Colorado State University <br> <br> Broadcast/Online Sports Videography<br> Winner: From Santiago to Tokyo: A BYU swimmer’s journey to the Olympics — by Ashley Pasley, Brigham Young University<br> Finalist: Trash car racing — by Sarah Murphy, Utah State University<br> <br> <b>Audio</b><br> <br> Podcast<br> Winner: Talking on La Frontera — by Jose Chavez, Colorado State University Pueblo<br> Finalist: Bulls Ice — by Michelle Wells, Colorado State University Pueblo<br> <br> <b>Broadcast</b><br> <br> Television Breaking News Reporting <br> Winner: October storm hits Logan — by A-TV News staff, Utah State University<br> <br> Television General News Reporting<br> Winner: Sexual assault rates on college campuses higher than you might think — by Natalie Schiller, University of Denver<br> Finalist: Distracted driving dangers plague Provo — by Joe Belnap, Brigham Young University<br> Finalist: Spider goats — by Sam Walker, Utah State University<br> <br> Television Feature Reporting <br> Winner: Artist Santiago Jaramillo connects community and heritage — by Linneya Gardner, Haley Birt, University of Denver<br> Finalist: Photography professor finds personal connection with 1917 family album — by Linneya Gardner, University of Denver<br> Finalist: Sarah says thanks — by Sarah Murphy, Utah State University<br> <br> Television In-Depth Reporting <br> Winner: Biden riles Catholics — by Jonathan May, Utah State University<br> Finalist: Provo moves to more sustainable power practices — by Carly Wasserlein, Brigham Young University<br> Finalist: Campus safety: Testing campus resources — by Ally Arnold O'Rullian, Brigham Young University<br> <br> Television Sports Reporting <br> Winner: Trash car racing — by Sarah Murphy, Utah State University<br> Finalist: NBA coach retires — by Emma Feuz, Utah State University<br> <br> Best All-Around Television News Magazine<br> Winner: Cache Rendezvous — by Fa'aitiiti Tuileta, A-TV Staff, Utah State University<br> Finalist: Universe Live — by staff, Brigham Young University<br> <br> <b>All platforms</b><br> <br> Cultural Criticism <br> Winner: Film and television critiques — by Megan Fisher and Luke Jackson, University of Utah<br> Finalist: Diwali Unites — by Emma Feuz, Utah State University<br> Finalist: Performing arts critiques — by Paige Gardner, Tervela Georgieva, India Bown and Hannah Keating, University of Utah<br> <br> Arts/Fashion Journalism <br> Winner: Met Gala 2021 a fashion spectacle but at the expense of safety? — by Lee Kedem, University of Utah<br> Finalist: Examining environmental traditions through maize with artist Jorge Rojas — by Paige Gardner, University of Utah<br> Finalist: North Denver theaters ‘Keep The Arts Alive’ — by Rachel Lorenz, Metropolitan State University of Denver<br> <br> Food/Restaurant Journalism <br> Winner: Yum Yum's Lebanese restaurant is a Fort Collins institution — by Tri Duong, Colorado State University <br> Finalist: CTV Cooks: Burger battle — by Hattie Williams and Zeya Highley, Colorado 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="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 SPJ Foundation</a>.</i><br> <br> <div align"=center">-END-</center> Mon, 11 Apr 2022 00:00:00 -0500 Region 6 Mark of Excellence Awards winners announced http://www.spj.org/news.asp?REF=1867 CONTACT:<br> Lou Harry, SPJ Manager of Publications and Awards, 317-920-4786, <email address="lharry@spj.org">lharry@spj.org</a><br> Zoë Berg, SPJ Communications Specialist, 317-920-4785, <email address="zberg@spj.org">zberg@spj.org</a><br> <br> INDIANAPOLIS — The <a href=https://www.spj.org/index.asp>Society of Professional Journalists</a> recognizes the best collegiate journalism in Region 6 with <a href=https://www.spj.org/a-moe.asp>2021 Mark of Excellence Awards</a> winners.<br> <br> SPJ’s <a href=https://www.spj.org/region6.asp>Region 6</a> comprises Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin. 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 <a href=https://www.spj.org/convention.asp>MediaFest22</a> convention in Washington, D.C., Oct. 27-30.<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 SPJ Manager of Publications and Awards Lou Harry <email address="lharry@spj.org">by email</a> or 317-920-4786.<br> <br> This list reflects the spelling and titles submitted in the award entries. New MOE categories were added this year for cultural criticism, arts/fashion journalism and food/restaurant journalism.<br> <br> <b>Print/Online</b><br> <br> Breaking News Reporting<br> Winner: Chauvin verdict inspires cheers, tears in downtown Minneapolis — by Mia Laube, Emily Haugen and Angeline Terry, University of St. Thomas<br> Finalist: Marquette student-athlete removed from team after racial slur video surfaces on social media — by Benjamin Wells, Marquette University<br> <br> General News Reporting<br> Winner: A year-long battle over University budget — by Benjamin Wells and Megan Woolard, Marquette University<br> Finalist: UWM Struggles to find students for low-paying campus jobs — by Brianna Schubert, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee<br> Finalist: The UWM Student Union is getting a facelift — by Hunter Turpin, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee<br> <br> Feature Writing<br> Winner: Saving the planet one sniff at a time — by Jessica Gatzow, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee<br> Finalist: Thank the honeybees at Hatch Distillery — by Elizabeth Charney, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee<br> Finalist: University embraces ‘Lovell Strong’ — by Julia Abuzzahab, Marquette University<br> <br> Sports Writing<br> Winner: The new ‘Wild West’ of college athletics — by John Leuzzi, Marquette University<br> Finalist: Sarah Rose battles Ewing Sarcoma — by Jackson Gross, Marquette University<br> Finalist: Between the lines: Student-athletes embrace mental health problems — by Sam Arco, Marquette University<br> <br> Editorial Writing <br> Winner: Editorials — by Marquette Wire Editorial Board, Marquette University<br> Finalist: Op-eds — by Maddie Peters, University of St. Thomas<br> <br> General Column Writing<br> Winner: Opinions Desk columns — by Alexandra Garner, Grace Cady and Laura Niezgoda, Marquette University<br> Finalist: Columns — by Hope Moses, Marquette University<br> <br> Sports Column Writing<br> Winner: Sports Columns — by Zoe Comerford, John Leuzzi, Alexandra Garner and the Marquette Wire Editorial Board, Marquette University<br> <br> Best Student Magazine<br> Winner: Marquette Journal — by staff, Marquette University<br> Finalist: Out of the Dark — by staff, University of Wisconsin-Madison<br> <br> Best Affiliated Web Site <br> Winner: Out of the Dark Online — by staff, University of Wisconsin-Madison<br> Finalist: Marquettewire.org — by Marquette Wire Staff, Marquette University<br> <br> Best Independent Online Student Publication <br> Winner: Media Milwaukee — by staff, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee<br> Finalist: TommieMedia — by staff, University of St. Thomas<br> <br> <b>Art/Graphics/Multimedia</b><br> <br> Feature Photography<br> Winner: Thinking Outside the Box cover photo — by Kalli Anderson, University of Wisconsin-Madison<br> Finalist: ‘Another Day in Paradise’ for Quinn XCII fans at Summerfest — by Josh Meitz, Marquette University<br> Finalist: ‘Even in darkness it's possible to create light’ cover photo — by Kalli Anderson, University of Wisconsin-Madison<br> <br> Best Use of Multimedia<br> Winner: Blackout: The dark side of the drunkest state in America — by Tamia Fowlkes, Elea Levin and Cailyn Schiltz, University of Wisconsin-Madison<br> Finalist: Indian Student Association celebrates the triumph of light over darkness at Diwali Night — by Kim Cook, Julianna Okosun, Ryan Hagan and Patrick Curran, Marquette University<br> <br> Broadcast/Online News Videography<br> Winner: M-State Automotive Class — by Merissa Reed, Minnesota State University Moorhead<br> Finalist: Tensions, anticipation turn to relief, celebration at George Floyd memorial — by Justsin Amaker, Sam Larson, Irene Shin and Leila Weah, University of St. Thomas<br> Finalist: NDSU cpr — by Ty Schonert, Minnesota State University Moorhead<br> <br> Broadcast/Online Feature Videography<br> Winner: Tattoo stigmas fading away in working world — by Mia Laube and Emily Rudie, University of St. Thomas<br> Finalist: Scientific glassblower — by Manuel Gonzalez Barreto and Tim Littau, Marquette University<br> Finalist: Archery dodgeball — by Devynn Ullyott, Minnesota State University Moorhead<br> <br> Broadcast/Online Sports Videography<br> Winner: Softball puppies — by Jeb Duininck, Minnesota State University Moorhead<br> Finalist: MSUM Tennis twins — by Ty Schonert, Minnesota State University Moorhead<br> <br> <b>Audio</b><br> <br> Radio News Reporting<br> Winner: Robbery rash — by Charlotte Ives, Marquette University<br> Finalist: Students return to campus, but not campus jobs — by Brianna Schubert, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee<br> Finalist: Restaurant staffing shortages — by Katrina Okeson, Minnesota State University Moorhead<br> <br> Radio Feature<br> Winner: Colorful Hmong traditions shine at New Year’s celebration — by Nkaujoua Xiong, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee<br> Finalist: New composting program turns campus food scraps into rich soil — by Jessica Gatzow, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee<br> Finalist: MSUM bassoonist — by Aiyanna Hoeben-Taylor, Minnesota State University Moorhead<br> <br> Radio In-Depth Reporting<br> Winner: Red River Market — by Jack Curtis, Minnesota State University Moorhead<br> <br> Radio Sports Reporting<br> Winner: Athlete mental health — by Matt Yeazel, Marquette University<br> Finalist: MSUM receiver — by Hunter Schwartz, Minnesota State University Moorhead<br> Finalist: MSUM Rugby — by Nick Tabatt, Minnesota State University Moorhead<br> <br> Best All-Around Radio Newscast<br> Winner: Wire Weekly — by Marquette Wire: MUR staff, Marquette University<br> <br> Podcast<br> Winner: Milwaukee Coffee: Reimagined Brew City — by Aidan Hatton, Marquette University<br> Finalist: Games and grub: Sports, food and everything in Halloween — by Aidan Hatton, Zack Passios and Brian Gallagher, Marquette University<br> Finalist: Crushin’ in COVID — by Grace Landsberg, University of Wisconsin-Madison<br> <br> <b>Broadcast</b><br> <br> Television General News Reporting<br> Winner: Rittenhouse trial verdict divides community — by Grayson Sewell, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee<br> Finalist: MSUM Theater is closing — by Ty Schonert, Minnesota State University Moorhead<br> Finalist: NDSU vaccination clinic — by Mike McGurran, Minnesota State University Moorhead<br> <br> Television Feature Reporting <br> Winner: Glassblower — by Tim Littau and Manuel Gonzalez Barreto, Marquette University<br> Finalist: Frank’s Diner: A jewel in the heart of Kenosha — by Allison Peoples, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee<br> Finalist: Go for Mars — by Amalia Liguori-Coneff and John Leuzzi, Marquette University<br> <br> Television In-Depth Reporting <br> Winner: Tagged — by Zoe Bockhorst, University of Wisconsin-Madison<br> Finalist: Navigating domestic violence during the holidays — by Matt Gotsch, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee<br> Finalist: Student mom — by Chase Scherr, Minnesota State University Moorhead<br> <br> Television Sports Reporting <br> Winner: NCAA COVID testing — by Chloe Marotta, Marquette University<br> Finalist: Between the lines: Women in sports — by Kristin Parisi and Tyler Peters, Marquette University<br> Finalist: MSUM Wrestling during COVID — by Breck Stutz, Minnesota State University Moorhead <br> <br> Best All-Around Television Newscast<br> Winner: The Badger Report — by staff, University of Wisconsin-Madison<br> Finalist: UTVS News — by staff, St. Cloud State University<br> Finalist: Marquette Now — by staff, Marquette University<br> <br> Best All-Around Television News Magazine<br> Winner: Campus News — by staff, Minnesota State University Moorhead<br> Finalist: President Wacker interview — by UTVS Television staff, St. Cloud State University<br> Finalist: Being the difference: Diversity and inclusion — by Marquette Wire: MUTV staff, Marquette University<br> <br> <b>All Platforms</b><br> <br> Cultural Criticism <br> Winner: Reviews — by Kim Cook, Marquette University<br> <br> Food/Restaurant Journalism <br> Winner: Old fashioned, never out of style — by Joe Rickles, University of Wisconsin-Madison<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/ldf.asp">give to the Legal Defense Fund</a> or <a href="https://www.spj.org/donate.asp">give to the SPJ Foundation</a>.</i><br> <br> <div align"=center">-END-</center> Mon, 4 Apr 2022 00:00:00 -0500 Region 10 Mark of Excellence Awards winners announced http://www.spj.org/news.asp?REF=1868 CONTACT:<br> Lou Harry, SPJ Manager of Publications and Awards, 317-920-4786, <email address="lharry@spj.org">lharry@spj.org</a><br> Zoë Berg, SPJ Communications Specialist, 317-920-4785, <email address="zberg@spj.org">zberg@spj.org</a><br> <br> INDIANAPOLIS — The <a href=https://www.spj.org/index.asp>Society of Professional Journalists</a> recognizes the best collegiate journalism in Region 10 with <a href=https://www.spj.org/a-moe.asp>2021 Mark of Excellence Awards</a> winners.<br> <br> SPJ’s <a href=https://www.spj.org/region10.asp>Region 10</a> comprises Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington. 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 <a href=https://www.spj.org/convention.asp>MediaFest22</a> convention in Washington, D.C., Oct. 27-30.<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 SPJ Manager of Publications and Awards Lou Harry <email address="lharry@spj.org">by email</a> or 317-920-4786.<br> <br> This list reflects the spelling and titles submitted in the award entries. New MOE categories were added this year for cultural criticism, arts/fashion journalism and food/restaurant journalism.<br> <br> <b>Print/Online</b><br> <br> Breaking News Reporting (Large)<br> Winner: Anti-abortion demonstration faces pro-choice opposition on OSU campus — by Sukhjot Sal, Oregon State University<br> Finalist: Firefighters fight for pay & benefits — by Mak Sisson, University of Montana<br> Finalist: CPD investigating violent incident, OSU seeking to confirm student involvement — by Sukhjot Sal, Oregon State University<br> <br> Breaking News Reporting (Small)<br> Winner: Massive power outage forces cancellation of classes and operations for second day — by William Seekamp, Havi Stewart, Andrew Gotshall and Molly Lowney, University of Portland<br> Finalist: Racist phone call made to student at GU welcome desk — by Mila Yoch, Gonzaga University<br> Finalist: GU administration removes inappropriate photos from College Hall — by Devan Iyomasa, Gonzaga University<br> <br> General News Reporting (Large)<br> Winner: College Hill shooting suspect claims self-defense — by Nick Gibson, Washington State University <br> Finalist: Local first responders and police work to combat fentanyl overdoses — by Omar Benitez, Sean Bessette, Meghan Salsbury and Star Diavolikis, Central Washington University<br> Finalist: Local business leaders react to students' return to Pullman — by Nick Gibson, Washington State University<br> <br> General News Reporting (Small)<br> Winner: Who trusts the trustees? — by Dana Parsons, Aislin Tweedy and Kaylee Brown, North Idaho College<br> Finalist: Nursing students and faculty see aftermath of Lents Park police shooting — by Austin De Dios, University of Portland<br> Finalist: 'I'm actually going to get home' — by Carlos Fuentes, University of Portland<br> <br> In-Depth Reporting (Large)<br> Winner: Insecure: The rise and fall of the Crow Nation police department — by Nikki Zambon, University of Montana School of Journalism<br> Finalist: Welcome to gun country — by Clarise Larson, University of Montana School of Journalism<br> Finalist: Essential but unprotected — by Daisy Zavala, Washington State University<br> <br> In-Depth Reporting (Small)<br> Winner: GU commission releases report on Catholic sexual abuse crisis — by Asher Ali and Devan Iyomasa, Gonzaga University<br> Finalist: New COVID dashboard may not give full picture — by Kate Cuadrado, University of Portland<br> Finalist: University of Portland faces staffing issues beyond labor shortages — by Austin De Dios, University of Portland<br> <br> Feature Writing (Large)<br> Winner: Detached — by Garrett Rahn, Western Washington University<br> Finalist: Welcome to the jungle: A look at Greenhouse Coffee & Plants — by Colin Rickman, Oregon State University<br> Finalist: Dam it — by Janie Egan, Western Washington University<br> <br> Feature Writing (Small)<br> Winner: Yuri Hernandez Osorio: Past and present — by Will Mulligan, University of Portland<br> Finalist: Memories to last a lifetime — by Vincent Saglimbeni, Gonzaga University<br> <br> Sports Writing (Large)<br> Winner: How Bjorn Bergvall sailed to Olympic gold before coming to the University of Idaho — by Cody Roberts, University of Idaho<br> Finalist: A tale of three Freddys: A generational basketball name pays off — by Jack Marshall, University of Montana School of Journalism<br> <br> Sports Writing (Small)<br> Winner: Freshman makes big impact for Linfield softball — by Madeline Loverich, Linfield University <br> <br> Editorial Writing <br> Winner: Columns — by Anteia McCollum and The Argonaut Editorial Board, University of Idaho<br> Finalist: Columns — by Tatum Lindquist, Mary Murphy and Deborah Kwon, University of Washington<br> Finalist: Columns — by Jennifer Ng and Mia Werner, University of Portland<br> <br> General Column Writing<br> Winner: Columns — by Sadie Wuertz and Carlos Fuentes, University of Portland<br> Finalist: Columns — by Austin De Dios, University of Portland<br> <br> Sports Column Writing<br> Winner: Zags sports columns — by Vincent Saglimbeni, Gonzaga University<br> <br> Corbin Gwaltney Award for Best All-Around Student Newspaper (Large)<br> Winner: The Argonaut —by staff, University of Idaho<br> Finalist: Montana Kaimin — by staff, University of Montana School of Journalism<br> Finalist: The Daily Barometer — by staff, Oregon State University<br> <br> Corbin Gwaltney Award for Best All-Around Student Newspaper (Small)<br> Winner: The Gonzaga Bulletin — by staff, Gonzaga University<br> <br> Best Student Magazine<br> Winner: BYLINE Magazine — by staff, University of Montana<br> Finalist: PULSE magazine — by staff, Central Washington University<br> Finalist: The Planet magazine — by staff, Western Washington University<br> <br> Best Affiliated Web Site <br> Winner: Klipsun Magazine — by staff, Western Washington University<br> Finalist: The Observer — by staff, Central Washington University<br> Finalist: PULSE magazine — by staff, Central Washington University<br> <br> Best Independent Online Student Publication <br> Winner: Vital Relief — by Native News Honors Project/Missoulian staff, University of Montana<br> <br> <b>Art/Graphics/Multimedia</b><br> <br> Breaking News Photography<br> Winner: Drive-by shooting near campus — by Lily Kaneshige, Gonzaga University<br> <br> General News Photography<br> Winner: Galbreath protest — by Antonio Ibarra, University of Montana<br> Finalist: Sexual abuse trial — by Antonio Ibarra, University of Montana<br> Finalist: Black-footed ferret — by Sarah Mosquera, University of Montana<br> <br> Feature Photography<br> Winner: Outdoor outreach: Vamos connecting community and culture — by Cierra Coppock, Western Washington University<br> Finalist: Broken Bones bassist — by Antonio Ibarra, University of Montana<br> Finalist: Flag & fair — by Antonio Ibarra, University of Montana<br> <br> Photo Illustration <br> Winner: Cover Image - The Sentinel, fall 2021 — by Dana Parsons, North Idaho College<br> <br> Sports Photography (Large)<br> Winner: Bareback riding — by Antonio Ibarra, University of Montana<br> Finalist: Cross country celebration — by Antonio Ibarra, University of Montana<br> <br> Sports Photography (Small)<br> Winner: Men's team celebrates with fans — by Ryan Reynolds, University of Portland<br> <br> Best Use of Multimedia<br> Winner: More to love: Diving deeper into fatphobia — by Kyra Planetz, Western Washington University<br> <br> Broadcast/Online Feature Videography<br> Winner: Uncertain waters — by Hazel Cramer, University of Montana<br> Finalist: Making Lakewood accessible — by Troy Schulz and Hugh Fogarty, Western Washington University<br> <br> <b>Audio</b><br> <br> Radio News Reporting<br> Winner: Law school dean ousted — by Elle Wilgus, University of Montana<br> <br> Radio Feature<br> Winner: Dinosaurs of Montana — by Peyton Butler, University of Montana<br> Finalist: Child care in COVID — by Madison Morgan, University of Montana<br> <br> Podcast<br> Winner: Drilling into history — by Olivia Hicks, Western Washington University<br> Finalist: KBVR busts COVID vaccine myths — by Andrew Foran, Oregon State University<br> Finalist: Inspiration Dissemination: The promise and peril of new plants on Oregon's sand dunes — by Lisa Hildebrand and Adrian Gallo, Oregon State University<br> <br> <b>Broadcast</b><br> <br> Television General News Reporting<br> Winner: Yellowstone County switching strategies in COVID vaccine rollout — by Austin Amestoy, University of Montana<br> Finalist: MindGaps — by Jackson Groff, University of Montana<br> Finalist: Use it or lose it: Students working to get early vaccinations — by Andrew Baertlein, Washington State University<br> <br> Television Feature Reporting <br> Winner: Student becomes the teacher — by Austin Amestoy, University of Montana<br> Finalist: Dance on location — by Jourden Redmond, University of Montana<br> Finalist: Your other mother — by Henry Lenhardt, Washington State University<br> <br> Television In-Depth Reporting <br> Winner: Weathering the storm — by Weathering the Storm staff, University of Montana<br> <br> <b>All Platforms</b><br> <br> Arts/Fashion Journalism <br> Winner: Beyond skin deep — by Spencer Clifton, Katie Jo Stewart, Kassandra Eller and Lexi Wicks, Central Washington University<br> <br> Food/Restaurant Journalism <br> Winner: In my Abuela's kitchen — by Bella Coronado, Western Washington University<br> Finalist: Coffee corner: Brothers brew up success — by Nick Gibson, Washington State University<br> <br> Video Game/Tabletop Game Reporting<br> Winner: Keep chasing bonfires — by Austin De Dios, University of Portland<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/ldf.asp">give to the Legal Defense Fund</a> or <a href="https://www.spj.org/donate.asp">give to the SPJ Foundation</a>.</i><br> <br> <div align"=center">-END-</center> Mon, 4 Apr 2022 00:00:00 -0500 Region 12 Mark of Excellence Awards winners announced http://www.spj.org/news.asp?REF=1869 CONTACT:<br> Lou Harry, SPJ Manager of Publications and Awards, 317-920-4786, <email address="lharry@spj.org">lharry@spj.org</a><br> Zoë Berg, SPJ Communications Specialist, 317-920-4785, <email address="zberg@spj.org">zberg@spj.org</a><br> <br> INDIANAPOLIS — The <a href=https://www.spj.org/index.asp>Society of Professional Journalists</a> recognizes the best collegiate journalism in Region 12 with <a href=https://www.spj.org/a-moe.asp>2021 Mark of Excellence Awards</a> winners.<br> <br> SPJ’s <a href=https://www.spj.org/region12.asp>Region 12</a> comprises Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Tennessee. 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 <a href=https://www.spj.org/convention.asp>MediaFest22</a> convention in Washington, D.C., Oct. 27-30.<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 SPJ Manager of Publications and Awards Lou Harry <email address="lharry@spj.org">by email</a> or 317-920-4786.<br> <br> This list reflects the spelling and titles submitted in the award entries. New MOE categories were added this year for cultural criticism, arts/fashion journalism and food/restaurant journalism.<br> <br> <b>Print/Online</b><br> <br> Breaking News Reporting<br> Winner: Students protest LSU's handling of former French student accused of rape: 'Safe not silenced' — by Maddie Scott and Domenic Purdy, Louisiana State University<br> Finalist: UPDATED: Founder’s Walk interrupted by Dores Divest demonstration — by Charlotte Mauger and Rachael Perrotta, Vanderbilt University<br> Finalist: Louisiana AG demands LSU punish professor for criticizing public official following Faculty Senate meeting — by Piper Hutchinson, Louisiana State University<br> <br> General News Reporting (Large)<br> Winner: Slaughter in the Delta — by Abbi Ross, University of Arkansas<br> Finalist: Bankruptcy leaves Taylor Bend residents in limbo — by Cassie Morrison, University of Mississippi <br> Finalist: 'Outright, it's segregated': A look at Greek life on MSU's campus — by Hannah Blankenship, Mississippi State University<br> <br> General News Reporting (Small)<br> Winner: Loyola Law Clinic sues for protection of juveniles — by Ava Acharya, Loyola University New Orleans<br> Finalist: Jesuits’ plan for reparations met with mixed reactions — by Domonique Tolliver, Loyola University New Orleans<br> Finalist: Uptown home expansions impact community — by Jacqueline Galli, Loyola University New Orleans<br> <br> In-Depth Reporting (Large)<br> Winner: Louisiana residents face climate crisis — by Joe Rizzo, Joey Bullard and Michael Sanders, Louisiana State University<br> Finalist: Segregated cemeteries — by Allison Kadlubar, Bailee Hoggatt, Ezekiel Robinson and Jordanne Davis, Louisiana State University<br> <br> In-Depth Reporting (Small)<br> Winner: Marijuana charges hold past offenders back from future opportunities — by Artie Bennett and Jabez Berniard, Loyola University New Orleans<br> Finalist: Activists fight plastic plant’s entrance into St. James Parish — by Rae Walberg, Loyola University New Orleans<br> Finalist: Tenure at Loyola declines as tenure-track hires decrease — by Gabriela Carballo, Loyola University New Orleans<br> <br> Feature Writing (Large)<br> Winner: Out of hiding, into the Bible Belt — by Kari Adams, University of Arkansas<br> <br> Feature Writing (Small)<br> Winner: Mother and son walk together at Loyola’s graduation — by Madeline Taliancich, Loyola University New Orleans<br> <br> Sports Writing (Large)<br> Winner: Under Brian Kelly, LSU expects multiple championships: 'He's here to sustain it' — by Reed Darcey, Louisiana State University<br> Finalist: How advanced analytics are fueling the VandyBoys behind the scenes — by Jaime Peréz, Vanderbilt University<br> Finalist: Collis Temple Jr. helped integrate LSU athletics 50 years ago — by Peter Rauterkus, Louisiana State University<br> <br> Sports Writing (Small)<br> Winner: Cheer and dance communities remember the late Rickey Hill — by Brendan Heffernan, Loyola University New Orleans<br> Finalist: Before the ring: Night of Champions — by Joshua Olufelo, Lee University<br> Finalist: Former dance team member joins Pelicans Hype Team — by Jabez Berniard, Loyola University New Orleans<br> <br> Editorial Writing <br> Winner: Maroon editorials — by Artie Bennett and Daniel Schwalm, Loyola University New Orleans<br> Finalist: Reveille editorials — by the Editorial Board, Louisiana State University<br> Finalist: Vanderbuilt Hustler editorials — by Alexa White, Vanderbilt University<br> <br> General Column Writing<br> Winner: Title IX enforcement — by Claire Sullivan, Louisiana State University<br> Finalist: Renaming LSU buildings — by Charlie Stephens, Louisiana State University<br> Finalist: Op-ed columns — by Londyn Lorenz, University of Mississippi <br> <br> Sports Column Writing<br> Winner: Columns — by Peter Rauterkus, Louisiana State University<br> Finalist: Commodore brunch — by Justin Hershey, Vanderbilt University<br> <br> Corbin Gwaltney Award for Best All-Around Student Newspaper (Large)<br> Winner: Arkansas Traveler — by staff, University of Arkansas<br> Finalist: The Daily Mississippian — by staff, University of Mississippi <br> Finalist: Reveille | LSUReveille.com — by staff, Louisiana State University<br> <br> Corbin Gwaltney Award for Best All-Around Student Newspaper (Small)<br> Winner: The Maroon — by Rose Wagner, Gabriela Carballo, Loyola University New Orleans<br> <br> Best Student Magazine<br> Winner: Hill Magazine — by staff, University of Arkansas<br> <br> Best Affiliated Web Site <br> Winner: The Maroon Online — by staff, Loyola University New Orleans<br> <br> <b>Art/Graphics/Multimedia</b><br> <br> Breaking News Photography <br> Winner: Confrontation — by HG Biggs, University of Mississippi <br> <br> General News Photography<br> Winner: Snow day — by HG Biggs, University of Mississippi <br> <br> Feature Photography<br> Winner: Pilgrimage Festival — by Hannah Cron, Lipscomb University<br> Finalist: Portrait of ‘Meat,’ the tattoo artist — by Adam Sullivan , Mississippi State University<br> <br> Photo Illustration<br> Winner: Don't throw your masks away — by Grace Powell, Loyola University New Orleans<br> Finalist: Scholarships shouldn't stagnate — by Hannah Renton, Loyola University New Orleans<br> Finalist: Opiod cases on the rise — by Hannah Renton, Loyola University New Orleans<br> <br> Sports Photography<br> Winner: Jump — by HG Biggs, University of Mississippi <br> Finalist: Football photo — by Mattigan Kelly, Vanderbilt University<br> Finalist: Rushing for a first down — by HG Biggs, University of Mississippi <br> <br> Editorial Cartooning <br> Winner: Cartoons — by McKenna Greenleaf-Faulk, Loyola University New Orleans<br> Finalist: Cartoons — by Celina Watkins, Loyola University New Orleans<br> <br> Best Use of Multimedia<br> Winner: Dove Awards — by Lumination Network staff, Lipscomb University<br> Finalist: Loyno confessions builds community during COVID — by Artie Bennett, Loyola University New Orleans<br> <br> Broadcast/Online News Videography<br> Winner: Medline groundbreaking — by Taylor Nettle, Southeastern Louisiana University<br> Finalist: Causeway improvements — by Jordan Kliebert, Southeastern Louisiana University<br> <br> Broadcast/Online Feature Videography<br> Winner: Southeastern Vertebrate Museum — by Alexis Genovese, Southeastern Louisiana University<br> Finalist: Litter gitter — by Brian Williams, Southeastern Louisiana University<br> <br> Broadcast/Online Sports Videography<br> Winner: Southeastern vs. Northwestern State football — by Jermaine Kelly, Southeastern Louisiana University<br> <br> Data Visualization<br> Winner: VSG Senate pass/fail survey results — by Emery Little, Vanderbilt University<br> Finalist: Waste, human trafficking in Arkansas — by Lilli Martin, University of Arkansas<br> Finalist: The SAT by the numbers — by Emery Little, Vanderbilt University<br> <br> <b>Audio</b><br> <br> Radio News Reporting<br> Winner: For a better life — by Wendy Echeverria, University of Arkansas <br> Finalist: COVID transitions — by Ethan Fostera, Mississippi State University<br> Finalist: Telehealth in Mississippi — by Brendan Galbraith, University of Mississippi<br> <br> Radio Feature<br> Winner: Nashville Dog Day festival — by Sam Phalen, Lipscomb University<br> Finalist: Maroon Volunteer Center — by Jada Evans, Mississippi State University<br> Finalist: Gabriel Watkins congressional intern — by Sierra Vanderhorst, Louisiana State University<br> <br> Radio In-Depth Reporting<br> Winner: A performers heart: Metri Lyons — by Ethan Foster, Mississippi State University<br> <br> Best All-Around Radio Newscast<br> Winner: Lumination Radio newscast — by staff, Lipscomb University<br> Finalist: WMSV News Update — by staff, Mississippi State University<br> Finalist: Rebel Radio Newscast — by staff, University of Mississippi<br> <br> Podcast<br> Winner: College Voices — by staff, Vanderbilt University<br> Finalist: Mysteries of Music City — by staff, Lipscomb University<br> Finalist: Tiger Talk — by staff, Louisiana State University<br> <br> <b>Broadcast</b><br> <br> Television General News Reporting<br> Winner: Local HS tackles concussions — by Jacob Cheatwood, Louisiana State University<br> Finalist: Boutique owner fights back — by Marissa Galatas, Louisiana State University<br> <br> Television Feature Reporting <br> Winner: Baton Rouge Gym strengthens mental health — by Ally Kadlubar, Louisiana State University<br> Finalist: Litter gitter — by Lauren Hawkins, Southeastern Louisiana University<br> <br> Television In-Depth Reporting <br> Winner: Transgender bills could hurt tourism — by Brooke Smith, Louisiana State University<br> <br> Television Sports Reporting <br> Winner: Swimming siblings — by Kendall Duncan, Louisiana State University<br> Finalist: Morgan Carrier — by Carson Fryou, Southeastern Louisiana University<br> <br> Best All-Around Television Newscast<br> Winner: Tiger TV Newsbeat — by staff, Louisiana State University<br> Finalist: Northshore News — by staff, Southeastern Louisiana University<br> Finalist: Take 30 — by staff, Mississippi State University<br> <br> Best All-Around Television News Magazine<br> Winner: Hotty Toddy News — by staff, University of Mississippi<br> Finalist: Sports Extra — by Lumination Network staff, Lipscomb University<br> <br> <b>All Platforms</b><br> <br> Collaborative Journalism <br> Winner: Covid reportage in Arkansas — by Mary Hennigan, Abby Zimmardi and Rachell Sanchez-Smith, University of Arkansas<br> Finalist: Printing hate — by Mary Hennigan, University of Arkansas<br> <br> Cultural Criticism <br> Winner: Movie reviews — by Ver Lumod, Loyola University New Orleans<br> Finalist: Reviews and previews — by Hannah Cron, Lipscomb University<br> <br> Arts/Fashion Journalism <br> Winner: Fashion reporting — by Lilli Martin, University of Arkansas<br> Finalist: Loyola a la Mode creates a space for fashion savvy students — by Alan Dieu, Gabrielle Korein, Loyola University New Orleans<br> Finalist: A few years ago, GoldenGate was writing fan mail to Steve Aoki — now, he’s opening for him — by Samuel Hyland, Vanderbilt University<br> <br> Food/Restaurant Journalism <br> Winner: Composting initiative at University cafeteria — by Abby Davis, Lipscomb 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="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 SPJ Foundation</a>.</i><br> <br> <div align"=center">-END-</center> Mon, 4 Apr 2022 00:00:00 -0500 SPJ presents report on government employee gag policies http://www.spj.org/news.asp?REF=1866 CONTACT:<br> Haisten Willis, SPJ Freedom of Information Committee Chair, 317-927-8000, <email address="haisten.willis@gmail.com">haisten.willis@gmail.com</a><br> Zoë Berg, SPJ Communications Specialist, 317-920-4785, <email address="zberg@spj.org">zberg@spj.org</a><br> <br> INDIANAPOLIS — The <a href=https://www.spj.org/>Society of Professional Journalists</a> is publishing <a href=https://www.spj.org/gagged/>“The Gagging of America,”</a> a report on the policies in place by government agencies restricting employee speech. <br> <br> “The silencing of employees is problematic for workers, journalists and the public for many reasons, and is especially troubling in the public sector, which is funded by taxpayer dollars and protected by the First Amendment,” the report says. “Even though restrictive speech policies are <a href=https://www.spj.org/news.asp?REF=1695>almost certainly illegal</a>, they remain prevalent.”<br> <br> To gauge the extent and reach of these gag policies, the <a href=https://www.spj.org/com-foi.asp>SPJ Freedom of Information Committee</a> sought press policies from government agencies ranging from small school systems and police departments to federal agencies with tens of thousands of employees.<br> <br> Through a combination of informal inquiries, internet searches and Freedom of Information requests, the Committee obtained 25 policies in total. Its findings are consistent with what journalists experience in the field: 12 of the 25 agencies explicitly state that all contact between employees and journalists must be handled by minders, often with titles like “public information officer” or “public affairs,” while 10 include vague language that can create confusion and leave employees unsure. Only three agencies had no formal restrictions. <br> <br> The report details the findings from each agency and provides access to the documents the Committee reviewed. <br> <br> “What we found in our search was unfortunately not surprising — employees at all levels of government are being told they cannot speak freely about their jobs,” said Haisten Willis, chair of the SPJ Freedom of Information Committee. “We are now calling on other journalists to get involved. Issue FOIA requests to get policies at the agencies you cover. Once you obtain a copy of the policy, write about it, publicize it, question it and challenge it.”<br> <br> SPJ has pushed back against these harmful policies for years. This includes <a href=https://www.spj.org/news.asp?ref=1858>urging the Biden administration</a> to amend a federal government report that doesn’t go far enough in giving federal scientists the freedom to speak to journalists and <a href=https://www.spj.org/news.asp?ref=1827>sending a letter</a> to the White House to request a meeting to discuss crucial ways to protect against federal interference in journalists’ important work. The Society also has provided information on <a href=https://www.spj.org/pios.asp>working with PIOs</a>. <br> <br> The report concludes on a positive note. <br> <br> “We believe this disturbing trend can be reversed,” it states. “Journalists can seek out and report on gag policies at the agencies they cover, inform sources of their First Amendment rights, and let readers know who isn’t being allowed to speak and what questions aren’t being answered as a result.<br> <br> “We hope this project helps further the conversation around the First Amendment, the rights of employees to let their voices be heard and the duty of public agencies to be just that — public.”<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/ldf.asp">give to the Legal Defense Fund</a> or <a href="https://www.spj.org/donate.asp">give to the SPJ Foundation</a>.</i><br> <br> <div align"=center">-END-</center> Tue, 29 Mar 2022 00:00:00 -0500 Indianapolis event to explore media literacy, ethics http://www.spj.org/news.asp?REF=1865 CONTACT:<br> Rod Hicks, Director of Ethics and Diversity, 317-954-0025, <email address="rhicks@spj.org">rhicks@spj.org</a><br> Zoë Berg, SPJ Communications Specialist, 317-920-4785, <email address="zberg@spj.org">zberg@spj.org</a><br> <br> INDIANAPOLIS — The <a href=https://www.spj.org/>Society of Professional Journalists</a> is partnering with the <a href= https://www.appe-ethics.org/>Association for Practical and Professional Ethics</a> and local organizations to hold a free event on media literacy and ethics in Indianapolis. <br> <br> <a href=https://www.wfyi.org/events/how-true-is-what-i-read-in-the-news>“How True is What I Read in the News and Why Should I Care?”</a> is a panel discussion held at <a href=https://www.butler.edu/>Butler University</a> for Central Indiana residents to hear directly from local and national journalists and learn about a variety of issues related to media ethics and literacy. The discussion will feature Arika Herron from The Indianapolis Star, Farah Yousry from WFYI and The Indianapolis Recorder and Erik Wemple from The Washington Post. <br> <br> The event will be held from 6-7:30 p.m. EDT Thursday in the Reilly Room in Atherton Union.<br> <br> Lee Anne Peck, assistant professor at Colorado State University who focuses on media ethics, will moderate the conversation. It will include topics such as: What goes on in a newsroom to give us faith that the news being reported isn’t fake, but rather is fact-based? What are the ethical standards that journalists adhere to? How do they ensure that their reporting is fair and balanced? How has the rise of social media disrupted the way we consume news?<br> <br> At least 20 minutes of the conversation will be open to Q&A from the audience. The event is free and open to the public but <a href=https://www.wfyi.org/events/how-true-is-what-i-read-in-the-news>registration is required</a>.<br> <br> “To many people, ‘the media’ has an agenda and is biased,” said Kristen Fuhs Wells, executive director of the Association for Practical and Professional Ethics. “Through this event, we’ll get to hear from local and national journalists to get their side of the story. Together, we’ll learn from these professionals about what makes them journalists, how we can empower and seek out trustworthy journalists, and why it matters that those who deliver the news earn – and keep – our trust.”<br> <br> “I hope attendees leave with a better understanding of how much effort journalists put into making sure they get all the details in their story right,” said Rod Hicks, SPJ director of ethics and diversity. “In today’s environment, when anyone can amass a huge audience on social media and distribute all kinds of information, it’s even more important for journalists to distinguish themselves by basing their stories on evidence, being accurate and fair in their reporting and adhering to high ethical standards.”<br> <br> This program is made possible thanks to a partnership between <a href=https://www.butler.edu/communication/>Butler University’s College of Communication</a>, <a href=https://www.wfyi.org/>WFYI Public Media</a>, SPJ and APPE. Grant funding was provided by <a href=https://indianahumanities.org/>Indiana Humanities</a> with funds from the American Rescue Plan.<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/ldf.asp">give to the Legal Defense Fund</a> or <a href="https://www.spj.org/donate.asp">give to the SPJ Foundation</a>.</i><br> <br> <div align"=center">-END-</center> Mon, 28 Mar 2022 00:00:00 -0500 Region 1 Mark of Excellence Awards winners announced http://www.spj.org/news.asp?REF=1864 CONTACT:<br> Lou Harry, SPJ Manager of Publications and Awards, 317-920-4786, <email address="lharry@spj.org">lharry@spj.org</a><br> Zoë Berg, SPJ Communications Specialist, 317-920-4785, <email address="zberg@spj.org">zberg@spj.org</a><br> <br> INDIANAPOLIS — The <a href=https://www.spj.org/index.asp>Society of Professional Journalists</a> recognizes the best collegiate journalism in Region 1 with <a href=https://www.spj.org/a-moe.asp>2021 Mark of Excellence Awards</a> winners.<br> <br> SPJ’s <a href=https://www.spj.org/region1.asp>Region 1</a> comprises Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Central and Eastern Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Vermont. 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 <a href=https://www.spj.org/convention.asp>MediaFest22</a> convention in Washington, D.C., Oct. 27-30.<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 SPJ Manager of Publications and Awards Lou Harry <email address="lharry@spj.org">by email</a> or 317-920-4786.<br> <br> This list reflects the spelling and titles submitted in the award entries. New MOE categories were added this year for cultural criticism, arts/fashion journalism and food/restaurant journalism.<br> <br> <b>Print/Online</b><br> <br> Breaking News Reporting (Large)<br> Winner: SEAS doctoral student, 30, dead following stabbing on 123rd and Amsterdam — by Elizabeth Karpen, Dia Gill, Irie Sentner and Zachary Schermele, Columbia University<br> Finalist: Harvard graduate student union strike — by staff of The Harvard Crimson, Harvard College<br> Finalist: Charles Lieber trial — by Isabella B. Cho, Brandon L. Kingdollar and Mayesha R. Soshi, Harvard College<br> <br> Breaking News Reporting (Small)<br> Winner: Two white supremacy-related decals found on campus — by Leighah Beausoleil, Framingham State University<br> <br> General News Reporting (Large)<br> Winner: Interstate 81's impact on Syracuse community, then and now — by Maggie Hicks and Sarah Alessandrini, Syracuse University<br> Finalist: Asian community fears attacks and harassment — by MeiJun Lei, The City College of New York<br> Finalist: Comfort women Ramseyer series — by Ariel H. Kim and Simon J. Levien, Harvard College<br> <br> General News Reporting (Small)<br> Winner: Deconstructing the police narrative — by Devin Yingling, Saint Joseph's University<br> Finalist: ‘Shape of the College’ draft met with criticism — by Alexis Manore, Alyshia Korba and Caitlin Holtzman, Ithaca College<br> <br> In-Depth Reporting (Large) <br> Winner: Our poisoned kids — by Sydney Gold, Syracuse University<br> Finalist: BLK in the ADK — by Kamal Morgan, Syracuse University<br> Finalist: The crimson klan — by Simon J. Levien, Harvard College<br> <br> In-Depth Reporting (Small)<br> Winner: ‘This will change us:’ Swarthmore considers upscale condo proposal in downtown — by Owen Mortner, Swarthmore College<br> Finalist: From Afghanistan to Albany — by Rayan El Amine, Vassar College<br> Finalist: In plain sight: A controversial faith group finds a home at Simmons — by Iz Indelicato, Simmons University <br> <br> Feature Writing (Large) <br> Winner: Violence for migrants at the border — by Pamela De La Cruz, University of Pennsylvania<br> Finalist: When Yale harbored a Nazi — by Zachary Groz, Yale University<br> Finalist: Inuit midwives' mission to improve maternal and newborn health in Nunavik, Quebec — by Miriam Gladstone, McGill University<br> <br> Feature Writing (Small) <br> Winner: The Diffenderfers: A sibling bond — by Dylan Manfre, Rider University<br> Finalist: Southside’s small shops: A glimpse into the struggle behind the scenes — by Sharon Jo, Lehigh University<br> Finalist: Service animals support students — by Sofia Rositani, Southern Connecticut State University <br> <br> Sports Writing (Large) <br> Winner: Why doesn’t Syracuse University pay Otto the Orange? — by Christopher Cicchiello, Syracuse University<br> Finalist: In a ‘lighter equals faster’ culture, runners must combat a culture of disordered eating — by Elizabeth Karpen and Jade Justice, Columbia University<br> Finalist: Ten years after — by Preston Shoemaker, The Pennsylvania State University<br> <br> Sports Writing (Small)<br> Winner: The rise and return of track star James Green — by Dylan Manfre, Rider University<br> Finalist: Gender equity issues persist within Ithaca College athletics — by Connor Glunt, Ithaca College<br> <br> Editorial Writing <br> Winner: The Daily Free Press — by Abbigale Shi and Bini Ollivier-Yamin, Boston University<br> Finalist: The Harvard Crimson — by Editorial Board, Harvard College<br> <br> General Column Writing (Large)<br> Winner: The wheelchair quarterback — by Joey Pagano, Syracuse University<br> Finalist: Columns — by Margo Moran, Syracuse University<br> Finalist: What we owe — by Caleb Dunson, Yale University<br> <br> General Column Writing (Small) <br> Winner: The Lehigh-LGBTQ+ experience — by Alana Bonfiglio, Lehigh University<br> Finalist: Keep ‘community’ in community colleges; Even $15 per hour isn't enough in NJ — by Amandeep Sidhu, Mercer County Community College<br> <br> Sports Column Writing<br> Winner: Dino Babers' 2021-22 season — by Anish Vasudevan, Roshan Fernandez and Connor Smith, Syracuse University<br> <br> Corbin Gwaltney Award for Best All-Around Student Newspaper (Large)<br> Winner: The NJIT Vector — by executive board/staff, New Jersey Institute of Technology<br> Finalist: The Hofstra Chronicle — by staff, Hofstra University<br> Finalist: Best of The Heights — by staff, Boston College<br> <br> Corbin Gwaltney Award for Best All-Around Student Newspaper (Small)<br> Winner: The Ithacan — by staff, Ithaca College<br> Finalist: The Wesleyan Argus — by Hannah Docter-Loeb and Emma Smith, Wesleyan University<br> Finalist: The Fairfield Mirror — by Molly Lamendola, Fairfield University<br> <br> Best Student Magazine<br> Winner: The New Journal — by staff, Yale University<br> Finalist: Globalists — by staff, Syracuse University<br> Finalist: Baked — by staff, Syracuse University<br> <br> Best Affiliated Web Site <br> Winner: The Harvard Crimson — by staff, Harvard College<br> Finalist: Columbia Daily Spectator — by staff, Columbia University<br> <br> Best Independent Online Student Publication <br> Winner: Upstate Unearthed — by staff, Syracuse University<br> Finalist: Philadelphia Neighborhoods — by staff, Temple University<br> Finalist: NYCity News Service — by staff, Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY<br> <br> <b>Art/Graphics/Multimedia</b><br> <br> Breaking News Photography (Large)<br> Winner: Racial reckoning — by TJ Shaw, Syracuse University<br> Finalist: SWC-UAW forms picket lines at campus entrances — by Jake Borden, Columbia University<br> <br> General News Photography (Large) <br> Winner: Candlelight vigil — by Gavin Liddell, Syracuse University<br> Finalist: Syracuse community protests Columbus statue — by Wendy Wang, Syracuse University<br> Finalist: It was 20 years ago — by Hunter Smith, The Pennsylvania State University<br> <br> General News Photography (Small) <br> Winner: ‘Get it right the first time, that was a hate crime’ — by Mitchell Shields, Saint Joseph's University<br> <br> Feature Photography (Large) <br> Winner: A century of experience — by Leah Strong, The Pennsylvania State University<br> Finalist: Not for you — by Elijah Earnest, The Pennsylvania State University<br> Finalist: Weeeeeeeee! — by Noah Riffe, The Pennsylvania State University<br> <br> Feature Photography (Small)<br> Winner: It's snow time — by Mitchell Shields, Saint Joseph's University<br> Finalist: Arts Council celebrates Dia de los Muertos — by Elijah Parkman-Williams, Mercer County Community College<br> <br> Sports Photography (Large) <br> Winner: Rugby tackle — by Teagan Staudenmeier, The Pennsylvania State University<br> Finalist: Hockey fan — by Leah Strong, The Pennsylvania State University<br> Finalist: The agony of defeat — by Lily LaRegina, The Pennsylvania State University<br> <br> Sports Photography (Small) <br> Winner: Teams still on the field even as semester ends — by Alessandro Rivero, Mercer County Community College<br> <br> Editorial Cartooning <br> Winner: Symptom tracker; CARES money; Email blast — by Liam Simonelli, Mercer County Community College<br> <br> Best Use of Multimedia<br> Winner: Visualizing 81 — by staff of The NewsHouse, Syracuse University<br> Finalist: The Bronx is buffering — by staff of NYCity News Service, Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY<br> Finalist: Seeking mercy — by staff of NYCity News Service, Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY<br> <br> Broadcast/Online News Videography<br> Winner: Special delivery from Atlantic Terminal Squad — by Anthony Ruiz, City College of New York<br> Finalist: Selling your soul — by Noah Riffe, The Pennsylvania State University<br> Finalist: Fire in the Bronx — by Samantha Alvarez, The City College of New York<br> <br> Broadcast/Online Feature Videography<br> Winner: The late shift — by Hevidar Jankir, The Pennsylvania State University<br> Finalist: Two City College of New York students choose return to campus — by Kainoa Presbitero, The City College of New York<br> Finalist: Balkan folk dancing brightens pandemic life — by Flora Lennihan, The City College of New York<br> <br> Broadcast/Online Sports Videography<br> Winner: The comeback year — by Annie Boos, Syracuse University<br> Finalist: The diminutive Nottoli — by Lily LaRegina, The Pennsylvania State University<br> <br> Data Visualization<br> Winner: International students struggle to learn across time zones as COVID-19 keeps them out of New York — by Jun Yi Zhang, Melissa Wang, Jessica Li and Michelle Xu, Columbia University<br> <br> <b>Audio</b><br> <br> Radio News Reporting<br> Winner: Our poisoned kids — by Sydney Gold, Syracuse University<br> Finalist: Court is back in (person) session — by Yessenia Moreno, Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY<br> <br> Radio Feature<br> Winner: Kayak paddle to save the ecosystem — by Olivia Bensimon, Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY<br> Finalist: Dolphin researchers look to NYC whale-watching to understand rising numbers — by Aaron Tremper, Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY<br> Finalist: How can a computer create art? — by Cole Strong and T. Michael Collier, Syracuse University<br> <br> Radio In-Depth Reporting<br> Winner: Health care proxies in the time of COVID — by Yessenia Moreno, Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY<br> Finalist: When a woman goes to jail — by Emily Nadal, Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY<br> <br> Radio Sports Reporting<br> Winner: Ithaca v. RPI football broadcast open — by Matthew Sosler, Ithaca College<br> <br> Best All-Around Radio Newscast<br> Winner: Ithaca Now, 4-4-2021 — by Jay Bradley, Clayton Davis, Himadri Seth, Madolyn Laurine and Bridget Bright of WICB News, Ithaca College<br> <br> Podcast<br> Winner: Looking for Violet — by Carmen V Borca-Carrillo, Fordham University<br> Finalist: Sex work after Gilgo | Getting to the Root — by Alexandra Whitbeck, Hofstra University<br> Finalist: A legacy revealed episode 5: A knife to carve a turkey — by Raquel Coronell Uribe and Sixiao Yu, Harvard College<br> <br> <b>Broadcast</b><br> <br> Television Breaking News Reporting <br> Winner: Students protest rape culture — by John Perik, Ricky Sayer, Chilekasi Adele and Lindsey Fine, Syracuse University<br> Finalist: Storm causes widespread flooding in Ithaca — by Grant Johnson and Emily Hung, Ithaca College<br> <br> Television General News Reporting<br> Winner: Surfs up, surf pups! Annual dog surfing competition returns to Huntington Beach — by Sophia Giordano, Emerson College <br> Finalist: Skyline apartment hearing — by Colby Yablon, Syracuse University<br> Finalist: Excavation uncovers more about Ithaca's Underground Railroad history — by Emily Hung, Ithaca College<br> <br> Television Feature Reporting <br> Winner: ‘Safe at home’ - smiling through the pain — by Preston Shoemaker, The Pennsylvania State University<br> Finalist: Retired Professor Marvin Druger's lasting legacy at Syracuse University — by Ricky Sayer, Syracuse University<br> Finalist: Gym uses mixed martial arts to empower Dorchester youth — by Sophia Giordano and Angel Salcedo, Emerson College <br> <br> Television In-Depth Reporting <br> Winner: Transparency - private emails, public business — by NCC Spotlight Team, Syracuse University<br> Finalist: Tackling the opioid crisis — by Jordan Broking, Ithaca College<br> Finalist: Ten years after: Key figures remember moments and lessons from the Sandusky scandal — by Preston Shoemaker, The Pennsylvania State University<br> <br> Television Sports Reporting <br> Winner: ‘The Dopest Dude’ on Penn State’s basketball team — by Zach Gershman, The Pennsylvania State University<br> <br> Best All-Around Television Newscast<br> Winner: Centre County Report — by Hope Burley,Connor Griffin, Isabel Hayes and Kyle Cannillo, The Pennsylvania State University<br> Finalist: Good Day Ithaca — by Megan Sileo, Roxanne Palladino and Lauren Dague, Ithaca College<br> Finalist: Temple Update — by Yu Chen, Blake Nutis and Niccolas Uff, Temple University<br> <br> Best All-Around Television News Magazine<br> Winner: ICTV Reports - A city of progress — by Riley Garand, Paige Tolan and Julia Davis, Ithaca College<br> Finalist: The Temp — by student staff, Rochelle Davis, Temple University<br> Finalist: COVID-19 year-in-review/CitrusTV special report — by Erin Lyons, Josh Meyers, Katie Lane and Ricky Sayer, Syracuse University<br> <br> <b>All Platforms</b><br> <br> Immersion Journalism<br> Winner: Visualizing 81 — by staff of The NewsHouse, Syracuse University<br> Finalist: Live oaks and dead folks — by Jonathan Harris and Hanna Martin, Syracuse University<br> Finalist: Forging ahead with a winter adventure — by Sonny Cirasuolo, Syracuse University<br> <br> Cultural Criticism <br> Winner: Why do we crave creepy shows?; Bridgerton challenges racial expectations; Little free libraries — by Kayla Jannetti, Mercer County Community College<br> Finalist: Columns — by Sean Cabot, Framingham State University<br> Finalist: Harvard Crimson Cultural Criticism — by Sofia Andrade, Harvard College<br> <br> Arts/Fashion Journalism <br> Winner: Wear me this — by Sujena Soumyanath, Boston University<br> Finalist: Inside the fight to #SaveOurStages: Independent venues struggle to survive the pandemic year — by Sam D. Cohen, Harvard College<br> <br> Food/Restaurant Journalism <br> Winner: The real flavor of Syracuse — by Julia Fesser, Syracuse 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="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 SPJ Foundation</a>.</i><br> <br> <div align"=center">-END-</center> Tue, 22 Mar 2022 00:00:00 -0500 Idaho Lt. Gov. Janice McGeachin recipient of 2022 Black Hole Award http://www.spj.org/news.asp?REF=1863 CONTACT:<br> Haisten Willis, SPJ Freedom of Information Committee Chair, 317-927-8000, <email address="haisten.willis@gmail.com">haisten.willis@gmail.com</a><br> Michelle Lagos, SPJ Communications Coordinator, 317-927-8000, <email address="mlagos@spj.org">mlagos@spj.org</a><br> <br> INDIANAPOLIS – <a href="https://www.spj.org">The Society of Professional Journalists</a> is presenting its annual <a href="https://www.spj.org/blackhole.asp">Black Hole Award</a> to Idaho Lt. Gov. Janice McGeachin for <a href="https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/idaho-press-club-files-suit-against-lt-gov-mcgeachin-over-indoctrination-task-force-records/ar-AAMkHW1">declining to provide records of the public comment section</a> under her official state website and pushing back on media outlets for taking legal actions to gain access to that information. <br> <br> The Black Hole Award is bestowed annually upon government institutions or agencies for acts of outright contempt of the public’s right to know. The recipient is announced during Sunshine Week each year.<br> <br> In May 2021, McGeachin organized a “Task Force to Examine Indoctrination in Idaho Education,” which was intended to “root out the alleged ‘teachings on social justice, critical race theory, socialism, communism (and) Marxism’ from public schools,” the nomination letter states. <br> <br> McGeachin claimed that these efforts address the <a href="https://idahocapitalsun.com/2021/06/04/mcgeachins-office-refuses-to-release-public-comments-on-indoctrination-task-force">“most significant threats facing our society today”</a> as Idahoans are frustrated with the lack of transparency and leadership coming from the state regarding public education. <br> <br> The official website for the task force allowed parents and others to give feedback via a Google document form. <br> <br> As of May 4, the site had received nearly 3,600 comments, according to McGeachin’s Chief of Staff Jordan Watters. <br> <br> Three Idaho news organizations, The Capital Sun, The Idaho Stateman and Idaho Education News, requested copies of the comments through the state’s Open Records Act. <br> <br> Journalists, including Audrey Dutton with the Idaho Capital Sun, were first told they would only receive some of the requested information as some of it was exempted from disclosure. Along with receiving incomplete records, the news organizations were told they would have to pay fees as hefty as $1,540 to file the request. <br> <br> The request was ultimately denied, or the files were heavily redacted. <br> <br> As Dutton explained, they received documents that failed to list the respondents’ names and email addresses, and most of the comments submitted were blacked out. <br> <br> Despite McGeachin being told by Idaho Attorney General Lawrence Wasden’s office that she needed to disclose the records under state law, McGeachin took to social media to criticize the news organizations for pushing back on their response and for pursuing legal actions. She argued that the media could potentially release the personal information on the files, and those on the record could face retaliation. <br> <br> Ultimately, <a href="https://www.idahopress.com/court-decision-idaho-press-club-v-mcgeachin/pdf_fef9a204-f51b-5e48-8f5c-0dcacdf5dae3.html">through the lawsuit filed by The Idaho Press Club</a> in July, it was decided that McGeachin’s attempts to withhold the documents from public view were baseless. Her office was required to pay the Idaho Press Club’s legal fees and additional fines. <br> <br> In the officially released documents, The Idaho Capital Sun found that the public feedback was overwhelmingly opposed to her education task force. <br> <br> Previous recipients of the Black Hole Award include <a href="https://www.spj.org/news.asp?REF=1781">Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry</a>, <a href="https://www.spj.org/news.asp?REF=1554">President Trump and his administration</a> and the <a href="https://www.spj.org/news.asp?ref=1703">Connecticut State Police</a>.<br> <br> Nominations come from journalists, open government advocates and the general public. <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/ldf.asp">give to the Legal Defense Fund</a> or <a href="https://www.spj.org/donate.asp">give to the SPJ Foundation</a>.</i><br> <br> <div align"=center">-END-</center><br> Thu, 17 Mar 2022 00:00:00 -0500 Muck Rack, SPJ survey data shows journalists cover more beats than before; produce content for more than one medium http://www.spj.org/news.asp?REF=1862 CONTACT:<br> John Shertzer, SPJ Executive Director, 317-920-4781, <email address="jshertzer@spj.org"> jshertzer@spj.org</a><br> Linda Zebian, Muck Rack Director of Communications, <email address="linda@muckrack.com"> linda@muckrack.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 <a href="https://www.spj.org/index.asp">Society of Professional Journalists</a> has partnered with <a href=https://muckrack.com/>Muck Rack</a> and nine other journalism organizations to present “The State of Journalism 2022: Social media habits, reporting strategies, PR pitching preferences and more.”<br> <br> Journalists are busier than ever, covering four beats compared to three beats just a year ago on average. They’re producing content in more formats, too, according to the results of <a href=https://muckrack.com/blog/2022/03/15/state-of-journalism-2022>Muck Rack’s 2022 State of Journalism</a> survey released today.<br> <br> Just under three-quarters (74%) of journalists say they produce content in addition to online and print, such as newsletters (17%) and podcasts (15%). Half of journalists publish five or more stories per week, with a third publishing eight or more a week.<br> <br> Audience trust, a significant concern for <a href=https://news.gallup.com/poll/355526/americans-trust-media-dips-second-lowest-record.aspx> American news media </a>, appears to be improving for nearly one-third (32%) of journalists who claim trust in their coverage has increased in the past year. Nearly half (47%) said trust has remained the same and 22 percent said it’s decreased.<br> <br> Notably, 39% of journalists covering health & wellness, agriculture and religion said trust of their coverage has increased, while some journalists covering weather (29%) and regional/local news (28%) said trust decreased.<br> <br> Sentiment surrounding journalists’ work has remained consistent. For the fourth year in a row, more than half (58%) of journalists said they are optimistic about their profession. Journalists in fashion & beauty and religion are the most optimistic, while those covering weather and crime are the least.<br> <br> Most journalists (57%) look to online newspapers or magazines for news, while nearly one-fifth (18%) get their news from Twitter, a slight increase from 2021 (16%). Twitter remains the most valued social media platform, followed by Facebook and LinkedIn, and around half of journalists said they plan to spend more time on Twitter, LinkedIn and YouTube in 2022. The number of journalists who cite TikTok as most valuable doubled from 2% to 4% year-over-year.<br> <br> Fewer journalists (44%) say that the way companies share information is outdated, a significant decrease from last year, when 61% of journalists said as much, indicating that PR pros are improving the way they share information.<br> Most journalists feel positive or neutral about their relationship with PR pros, with more than half calling it mutually beneficial.<br> <br> Most journalists say they are just as likely to respond to pitches as last year, while nearly a quarter are more likely to respond. According to the survey, preferred pitches:<br> <br> • Are sent earlier in the workweek<br> • Are sent earlier in the day<br> • Are less than 200 words<br> • Are emails that are timely and personalized<br> <br> Now in its sixth year, The State of Journalism study aims to take a pulse on how journalists get their news, how they’re using social media and how they work with PR professionals. Muck Rack surveyed 2,547 journalists from Jan. 4-25, 2022.<br> <br> In addition to SPJ, Muck Rack conducted The State of Journalism 2022 in partnership with Online News Association, Foreign Press Association, Native American Journalists Association, International Journalists Network and numerous other journalism-focused organizations.<br> <br> For the first time, Muck Rack has created a <a href=https://form.typeform.com/to/j2WGG2x9> quiz </a> where folks can test their knowledge of journalism trends. For full survey results and to sign up for a free virtual discussion breaking down the data at 1 p.m. EDT April 5, visit <a href=muckrack.com>Muckrack.com</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/ldf.asp">give to the Legal Defense Fund</a> or <a href="https://www.spj.org/donate.asp">give to the SPJ Foundation</a>.<br> <br> Muck Rack enables organizations to build trust, tell their stories and demonstrate the unique value of earned media. Its Public Relations Management (PRM) platform curates millions of data points to help PR teams be more efficient and effective at finding journalists, generating coverage, monitoring news and proving the value of their work. Journalists use Muck Rack’s free tools to showcase their portfolios, analyze news about any topic and measure the impact of their stories. Founded in Brooklyn, NY in 2011, Muck Rack’s fully-remote workforce is distributed around the world. Learn more at <a href=muckrack.com>Muckrack.com</a>.</i><br> <br> <div align"=center">-END-</center><br> <br> <br> Tue, 15 Mar 2022 00:00:00 -0500 Gatekeeping continues to prevent the flow of government information to journalists, public http://www.spj.org/news.asp?REF=1861 CONTACT:<br> Kathryn Foxhall, SPJ Freedom of Information Committee Vice Chair, 301-779-8239, <email address="kfoxhall@verizon.net">kfoxhall@verizon.net</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 – <i>Editor’s Note: The following column was written by Kathryn Foxhall, <a href=https://www.spj.org/index.asp>Society of Professional Journalists</a> <a href=https://www.spj.org/com-foi.asp>Freedom of Information Committee</a> vice chair, for Sunshine Week.</i><br> <br> Last year, 25 groups <a href=https://www.spj.org/news.asp?ref=1827>wrote to President Joe Biden’s administration</a> saying journalists’ jobs are intentionally hindered by the government in many ways. These include, as we wrote, “barring government scientists, issue specialists and other government employees from communicating directly with reporters and even refusing to allow interviews of such scientists or specialists, even with oversight by a public information officer.”<br> <br> Addressed to the President’s Office of Science and Technology Policy, the letter was signed on by groups including the Society of Professional Journalists, the National Newspaper Association, the Society for Environmental Journalists and the National Association of Black Journalists. <br> <br> The issue is far from new, of course. Over the past three decades the forced monitoring and blocking of journalists has become tighter and tighter. Some journalists say one presidential administration learns from the last and then builds the controls stronger.<br> <br> Foundational to the restrictions is the message that agencies or offices give to the employees — written or otherwise — that they may never speak to a journalist without monitoring from the bosses, often through public information offices.<br> <br> This means that when a reporter contacts a staff member at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention or the Food and Drug Administration, that person will usually tell the reporter they have to go through the PIOs. From there, officials decide behind closed doors whether there will be an answer at all, who can speak and what can be said.<br> <br> A <a href=https://brechner.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/Public-employee-gag-orders-Brechner-issue-brief-as-published-10-7-19.pdf>comprehensive analysis</a> from the Brechner Center for Freedom of Information found that existing controls are unconstitutional violations of the First Amendment.<br> <br> Last spring the Washington, D.C., chapter of SPJ <a href=https://profficecensorship.blogspot.com/search?q=Walensky>wrote to CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky</a>, saying the “restrictions on staff speaking to reporters without notifying authorities amount to a human rights abuse, withholding critical perspective from the public and from health professionals.”<br> <br> Walensky responded, “CDC scientists and researchers communicate with members of the press about their work. However, CDC experts are working scientists and are not always available for interviews. Our press officers serve as points of contact for news media to provide relevant background information and to ensure questions are answered in a timely manner.”<br> <br> With reporters’ access pretty well controlled through that choke point, leaders can also make briefings few and far between, without fear reporters will get around them.<br> <br> Journalists get stories, of course. Sometimes we take what officials hand to us or interviews they allow under monitors. Sometimes we fill an article out with comments from outside sources. Sometimes insiders defy the rules and talk to us without reporting to the authorities.<br> <br> However, with up to several thousand people in an institution prohibited to speak, or prohibited to speak without minders, it’s impossible that we know enough about issues critical to the public.<br> <br> Two years into the COVID-19 pandemic, The New York Times <a href=https://www.nytimes.com/2022/02/20/health/covid-cdc-data.html>reported</a> that CDC was not releasing all the data it has on COVID. Perhaps reporters should have been in the buildings getting to know staff people, chatting with them normally.<br> <br> Meanwhile, the controls have become somewhat of a societal norm. Many government entities on the federal, state and local level, businesses and nonprofit organizations put the no-talking-to-the-press rules on employees.<br> <br> There are many reasons these controls have happened, including reporters rushing to get a story; journalists believing what they get is the story, rather than a limited piece of the overall context; and officials legitimately fearing something will blow up on them, sometimes before they know about it themselves.<br> <br> However, there is also a great deal of manipulation of information to serve political or other purposes.<br> As Russia is so profusely illustrating for us, information control by people in power is not just wrong, it’s one of the most corrosive and deadly forces in human existence.<br> <br> In January, the Office of Science and Technology Policy published the <a href=https://www.whitehouse.gov/wp-content/uploads/2022/01/01-22-Protecting_the_Integrity_of_Government_Science.pdf>scientific integrity report</a> for the Biden administration, which basically endorsed press control policies as they have existed for years.<br> <br> Freedom of information officers from SPJ and SEJ <a href=https://www.spj.org/news.asp?ref=1858>wrote to the OSTP</a>, saying the gatekeeping process “has slowed and effectively constricted the flow of information to journalists. The public is instead often fed a steady diet of curated information and official ‘talking points’ designed to support the agency’s position.”<br> <br> Seven months after the original letter, and with the exception of acknowledgement emails, OSTP has not answered any of the groups’ correspondence.<br> <br> <i>Kathryn Foxhall is a veteran reporter on federal health issues. She is an active <a href=https://www.spj.org/foi.asp>SPJ Freedom of Information Committee Member</a> and on the <a href=https://spjdc.org/>SPJ Washington, D.C., Pro Chapter Board</a>.<br> <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 SPJ Foundation</a>.</i><br> <br> <div align"=center">-END-</center> Mon, 14 Mar 2022 00:00:00 -0500 SPJ mourns the death of Brent Renaud, the first US journalist killed in the Russian war http://www.spj.org/news.asp?REF=1860 CONTACT:<br> Rebecca Aguilar, SPJ National President, 317-361-4134, <email address="rebeccaaguilar50@gmail.com">rebeccaaguilar50@gmail.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 — We are saddened about the <a href=https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/mar/13/brent-renaud-us-film-maker-killed-by-russian-forces-ukraine>killing of U.S. journalist Brent Renaud in Ukraine</a> and condemn the actions that lead to his death. He was killed while covering the exodus of refugees from war-torn Ukraine. According to a Ukrainian news agency, Renaud and his film crew were shot by Russian troops. <br> <br> At the time of his death, Renaud <a href=https://www.nytimes.com/2022/03/13/obituaries/brent-renaud-dead.html>was working on a multi-part documentary about the refugees for MSNBC</a>. He was an award-winning documentary video journalist who has covered war, drug addiction, gang violence and refugees from Central America and Haiti.<br> <br> "His death is a reminder to us of the danger that exists to tell these important stories,” said SPJ International Community Co-Chair Elle Toussi. "We are all diminished by his passing."<br> <br> Renaud is the second journalist to be killed covering the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Yevhenii Sakun, a photojournalist for EFE, the Spanish news service, <a href=https://www.ifj.org/media-centre/news/detail/category/press-releases/article/ukraine-cameraman-yevhenii-sakun-killed-in-tv-tower-bombing.html>was killed when the Russian army destroyed the Kyiv television tower</a> on March 1. Renaud is the first American to be killed covering the war.<br> <br> "Renaud and Sakun were courageous journalists who died bringing the world the truth about the Russian attack on Ukraine," said SPJ National President Rebecca Aguilar. "We at SPJ send our condolences to their families and pray for Renaud's colleague, Juan Arrendondo, who was shot while the two were preparing to film refugees from Kyiv."<br> <br> The <a href=https://spj-international-community.mailchimpsites.com/>SPJ International Community</a> calls on the Russian army to honor <a href=https://ihl-databases.icrc.org/customary-ihl/eng/docindex/v1_rul_rule34>Rule 34 of the Geneva Convention</a>, which states that journalists shall be considered as civilians. And to further live up to the <a href=https://ihl-databases.icrc.org/customary-ihl/eng/docindex/v2_rul_rule34>Russian military manual</a>, which states: "Journalists are considered civilians and enjoy protection stipulated by international humanitarian law..."<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/ldf.asp">give to the Legal Defense Fund</a> or <a href="https://www.spj.org/donate.asp">give to the SPJ Foundation</a>.</i><br> <br> <div align"=center">-END-</center> Sun, 13 Mar 2022 00:00:00 -0500