SPJ News http://www.spj.org/ SPJ Delivers Today's Media News en-us Copyright 2006 Society of Professional Journalists 1440 SPJ is making it crystal clear: Ethical Journalism Matters http://www.spj.org/news.asp?REF=1564 Contacts:<br> Andrew Seaman, SPJ Ethics Committee Chair, 570-483-8555, <email address="as@andrewmseaman.com">as@andrewmseaman.com</a><br> Jennifer Royer, SPJ Director of Communications and Marketing, 317-361-4134, <email address="jroyer@spj.org">jroyer@spj.org</a><br> <br> INDIANAPOLIS – The Society of Professional Journalists' 15th annual <a href="https://www.spj.org/ethicsweek.asp">Ethics Week</a> is April 23-27. The aim for 2018 is clear: SPJ is showing the public that responsible, ethical and accurate journalism is, and will always be, the bedrock of democracy.<br> <br> "The public needs ethical journalism," said Andrew Seaman, SPJ Ethics Committee chair. "Journalists all around the world work each day with our profession's highest standards in mind, and we want to make sure the public understands what ethical journalism looks like in their communities."<br> <br> SPJ's Code of Ethics, which traces its origin to 1926, states that ethical journalism is truthful, compassionate, independent and transparent. The SPJ Code of Ethics, available in nine languages, is voluntarily embraced by thousands of writers, editors and other news professionals around the world. <br> <br> "Ethics Week is an opportunity to educate the public about our work and practices, as well as reinforce the importance of journalism in public discourse," Seaman said. "Without journalism, and without the Code of Ethics to guide journalists, the world would be a much scarier place."<br> <br> SPJ will once again be in Times Square, with giant, blue Ethics Week billboards at 3 Times Square in New York. The billboards will be there from Sunday through April 28. <br> <br> The events planned for Ethics Week 2018 are designed to help journalists and the public talk about ethical journalism – where to find it, how to identify it and how to support and share it.<br> <br> Journalists who would like to bring the Code of Ethics into newsrooms and into day-to-day journalism can participate in SPJ’s Ethics Week webinar. Seaman will host with special guest Lynn Walsh, immediate past president of SPJ, at noon EDT April 25. <a href="https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSes5q859v7bPdVqmmESXy8_JLYyGrmimGBSRP343X7fraRlAA/viewform">Register for the free webinar here</a>.<br> <br> Journalists and members of the public can participate in a Twitter chat "town hall" where journalists will be available to explain their practices to the public, share contact information and provide behind-the-scenes details about how they get story ideas, what happens when they make a mistake and many other areas of journalism. Anyone can join the conversation using the hashtag <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/PressForEthics?src=hash">#PressForEthics</a> at noon EDT April 26.<br> <br> SPJ will publish an e-book April 27. The book will educate the public about journalism ethics. Some of the topics include "How to civilly raise concerns about editorial decisions at print, broadcast and digital news organizations;" "How to tell the difference between impartial and partisan sources of information;" and "What the public should expect from journalists."<br> <br> Also on April 27, Walsh will talk all things journalism ethics on <a href="http://www.jimbohannonshow.com/">The Jim Bohannon Show</a> at 11 p.m. EDT. <a href="http://www.jimbohannonshow.com/station-finder/">Find a station here</a>.<br> <br> SPJ chapters, journalism schools and newsrooms may request free Code of Ethics posters and bookmarks by <a href="https://www.spj.org/ethicsweek-codecopy.asp">filling out this form</a>. Or <a href="https://www.spj.org/ethicscode.asp">download printable copies here</a>. The general public may request a free copy of the Code of Ethics by <a href="https://www.spj.org/ethicsweek-codecopy.asp">filling out this form</a>. Small and large posters may also be purchased in <a href="http://www.cafepress.com/spjmart/11648835">SPJ’s J-Mart</a>.<br> <br> Watch SPJ’s <a href="https://www.facebook.com/SocietyofProfessionalJournalists/">Facebook</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/SPJ_tweets">Twitter</a> and #PressforEthics for updates. Everything else related to Ethics Week will be available online at <a href="ethics.spj.org">ethics.spj.org</a>.<br> <br> <i>SPJ promotes the free flow of information vital to informing citizens; works to inspire and educate the next generation of journalists; and fights to protect First Amendment guarantees of freedom of speech and press. Support excellent journalism and fight for your right to know. <a href="http://www.spj.org/join.asp">Become a member</a>, <a href="https://www.spj.org/ldf.asp">give to the Legal Defense Fund</a>, or <a href="https://www.spj.org/donate.asp">give to the Sigma Delta Chi Foundation</a>.</i><br> <br> <div align"=center">-END-</div> Fri, 20 Apr 2018 00:00:00 -0500 SPJ Board reaffirms support for student newsrooms http://www.spj.org/news.asp?REF=1563 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE<br> <br> Contacts:<br> Rebecca Baker, SPJ National President, 203-640-3904, <email address="rbaker@spj.org">rbaker@spj.org</a><br> Jennifer Royer, SPJ Communications Strategist, 317-361-4134, <email address="jroyer@spj.org">jroyer@spj.org</a><br> <br> INDIANAPOLIS – In advance of <a href="https://savestudentnewsrooms.com/">Save Student Newsrooms Day</a> on April 25, the <a href="https://www.spj.org/index.asp">Society of Professional Journalists</a> Board of Directors acknowledges the difficulties student newsrooms face across the country and reaffirms its commitment to supporting them.<br> <br> The board voted to show its support to student journalists Sunday at its meeting in Indianapolis.<br> <br> Recently, the student-run newspaper <a href="http://www.smudailycampus.com/">The Daily Campus</a>, which covers Southern Methodist University, announced it must re-affiliate with its university. It is one of many student-run newspapers facing lack of funding and other hardships. <br> <br> <a href="http://www.toledoblade.com/local/2018/04/15/UT-newspaper-in-danger-of-closing.html/">The Independent Collegian, staffed by University of Toledo students</a>, published a front-page editorial this month headlined “Our newspaper is dying.” The newspaper is facing serious financial problems due to steadily decreasing advertising revenue.<br> <br> These are two of many student media outlets facing dire budget issues.<br> <br> “We need discussion about this problem to spread off campus to alumni and other groups that can pressure universities to support their student media,” SPJ National President Rebecca Baker said. “Student newsrooms are laboratories for journalism and communication majors. It’s where they learn accurate and fair writing, reporting and editing skills and then put what they learn into practice. It’s up to this country’s institutions of higher education to prepare tomorrow’s journalists, and that can’t be done without committing funds and resources to help them thrive.”<br> <br> Hayley Harding, an Ohio University student who serves as a campus representative on the SPJ Board of Directors, asked the board to formally acknowledge the issue and help bring general awareness to the problem.<br> <br> "I felt like the board formally recognizing this was an important step to solidify that SPJ supports students," Harding said. "As I've learned during my time in college, student media present huge opportunities for the growth and development of the next generation of journalists. SPJ supports all journalists, regardless of age."<br> <br> Baker asked the five board members who represent campuses to form a committee to explore ways SPJ can better institutionalize this commitment and develop ideas for a strategy or initiative to help student journalists across the country.<br> <br> In light of the funding crisis many student newsrooms are facing, student editors at <a href="http://www.alligator.org/">The Independent Florida Alligator at the University of Florida</a>, are spearheading Support Student Journalism Day on Wednesday. Student-run news organizations will publish editorials highlighting the need for student media and the importance of supporting it. <br> <br> There will be a social media campaign to #SaveStudentNewsrooms as part of the day. Student journalists will share their best work, provide student and alumni testimonials and encourage donations to student media. <br> <br> “So many student newsrooms are in danger of losing their funding because of universities cutting budgets, decreased ad revenue, etc. If they are not lost completely, they are facing severe budget crunches. We need to not only realize that student newsrooms benefit students, but they benefit the universities and communities they serve as well,” Harding said.<br> <br> <i>SPJ promotes the free flow of information vital to informing citizens; works to inspire and educate the next generation of journalists; and fights to protect First Amendment guarantees of freedom of speech and press. Support excellent journalism and fight for your right to know. <a href="http://www.spj.org/join.asp">Become a member</a>, <a href="https://www.spj.org/ldf.asp">give to the Legal Defense Fund</a>, or <a href="https://www.spj.org/donate.asp">give to the Sigma Delta Chi Foundation</a>.</i><br> <br> <div align"=center">-END-</div> Thu, 19 Apr 2018 00:00:00 -0500 Region 2 Mark of Excellence winners announced in Richmond, Va. http://www.spj.org/news.asp?REF=1560 Contacts:<br> Christine Cordial, SPJ Program Coordinator, 317-920-4788, awards@spj.org<br> Anna Gutierrez, SPJ Communications Coordinator, 317-920-4785, communications@spj.org<br> <br> INDIANAPOLIS — The Society of Professional Journalists recognizes the best collegiate journalism in Region 2 with 2017 Mark of Excellence Awards winners.<br> <br> SPJ’s Region 2 comprises Delaware, District of Columbia, Maryland, North Carolina and Virginia. Honorees received award certificates the weekend of April 14 at the Region 2 Conference. First-place winners will compete at the national level among other regional MOE winners from the 12 SPJ regions.<br> <br> National winners will be notified in the late spring and will be recognized at the Excellence in Journalism conference in Baltimore.<br> <br> MOE Awards entries are judged by professionals with at least three years of journalism experience. Judges were directed to choose entries they felt were among the best in student journalism. If no entry rose to the level of excellence, no award was given. Any category not listed has no winner.<br> <br> School divisions are based on student enrollment, including both graduate and undergraduate: Large schools have at least 10,000 students and small schools have 9,999 or fewer students.<br> <br> The list below details all Region 2 winners. If you have any questions regarding the MOE Awards, contact Christine Cordial via email or phone at 317-920-4788.<br> <br> This list reflects the spelling and titles submitted in the award entries.<br> <br> <b>Newspapers</b><br> <br> Breaking News Reporting (Large) 10,000+ Students<br> Winner: Following the homicide of Richard Collins - by Staff of The Diamondback, University of Maryland, College Park <br> Finalist: Public Safety investigating racist incident involving bananas - by Staff of The Eagle, American University<br> Finalist: Watson booted from SA presidential race after harassment, stalking charges - by Andrew Goudsward, Cayla Harris and Elise Zaidi, The George Washington University<br> <br> Breaking News Reporting (Small) 1-9,999 Students<br> Winner: Demonstrators gather at RDU Airport to protest immigration ban executive order - by Alex Hager, Elon University<br> <br> General News Reporting (Large) 10,000+ Students<br> Winner: One year into new dining plan, students still struggle to pay for meals - by Cayla Harris and Kelly Hooper, The George Washington University<br> Finalist: VCU gave the contact information of more than 30,000 students to a progressive political group - by Fadel Allassan, Virginia Commonwealth University<br> Finalist: UMD Trump supporters say they feel voiceless on a liberal campus - by Natalie Schwartz, University of Maryland, College Park<br> <br> General News Reporting (Small) 1-9,999 Students<br> Winner: Sexual assault: It happens here, too - by Diego Pineda, Elon University<br> Finalist: Elon administration grapples with legal demands, safety concerns of immigration ban - by Bryan Anderson, Elon University<br> Finalist: Who are the candidates? - by Emmanuel Morgan, Elon University<br> <br> In-Depth Reporting (Large) 10,000+ Students<br> Winner: ‘It’s real’: a seven-part look at how sexual assault is handled at the University of Maryland - by Staff of The Diamondback, University of Maryland, College Park <br> Finalist: The Russia-AU connection: University's Russian cultural institute stirs controversy - by Katherine Saltzman, American University <br> Finalist: VCU “dreamers” in limbo awaiting Trump DACA decision - by Fadel Allassan, Virginia Commonwealth University<br> <br> In-Depth Reporting (Small) 1-9,999 Students<br> Winner: The undocumented general - by Hannah Denham, Washington and Lee University<br> Finalist: Amid national debate, Farmville quiet about Confederate statue in its own backyard - by Halle Parker, Longwood University<br> <br> Feature Writing (Large) 10,000+ Students<br> Winner: 'I can never escape' - by Taylor Swaak, University of Maryland, College Park<br> Finalist: ‘Undocumented and unafraid’: For DACA students at Maryland, studying and living requires resilience - by Natalie Schwartz, University of Maryland, College Park<br> Finalist: AU theater department reaffirms commitment to diversity through classes and productions - by Daniella Ignacio, American University<br> <br> Feature Writing (Small) 1-9,999 Students<br> Winner: Greensboro school welcomes 320 students new to the U.S.; Two students share insight - by Praveena Somasundaram, Guilford College<br> Finalist: Two years after accident, former Elon student Gabriela Rosales shows promising recovery - by Diego Pineda, Elon University<br> <br> Sports Writing (Large) 10,000+ Students<br> Winner: Back to business: Antoine Brooks defied odds to star for Maryland football - by Daniel Bernstein, University of Maryland, College Park<br> Finalist: Playing in silence: As athletes continue protesting racism, Maryland's remain silent. Why? - by Kyle Melnick, University of Maryland, College Park<br> Finalist: Three setbacks, one big comeback - by Jason Huber, Appalachian State University<br> <br> Sports Writing (Small) 1-9,999 Students<br> Winner: Four years later, senior women's lacrosse players see impact left on program - by Tommy Hamzik, Elon University<br> Finalist: Inside the revival of Elon's football program - by Emmanuel Morgan, Elon University<br> Finalist: A surprising change: Cignetti arrives at Elon - by Alex Simon, Elon University<br> <br> Editorial Writing<br> Winner: In the face of hate, UMD community must not grow numb; UMD officials must acknowledge student concerns, not deflect them; Email from mock trial coaches highlights misunderstanding of diversity - by The Diamondback Editorial Board, University of Maryland, College Park<br> Finalist: SA leadership hasn’t accomplished much and it’s time for them to step up; D.C. should eliminate statute of limitations for sex-related crimes; GW should take these steps to improve female representation in top leadership positions - by The GW Hatchet Editorial Board, The George Washington University<br> <br> General Column Writing (Large) 10,000+ Students<br> Winner: Essay: Don’t speak for veterans, taking a knee is not about them; The Midwest is more than cornfields and conservatives; Asian-Americans need to break the silence when other groups face discrimination - by Renee Pineda, The George Washington University<br> <br> General Column Writing (Small) 1-9,999 Students<br> Winner: Homophobia alive and well; Mental illness affects everyone; Where I'm 'really' from is here - by Olivia Ryan, Elon University<br> Finalist: The guardian angels of Elon University; Technology doesn't control us; Remembering Dr. King's words - by Stephanie Ntim, Elon University<br> Sports Column Writing<br> Winner: Press Box columns - by Zachary Joachim, Virginia Commonwealth University<br> Finalist: Take Elon football seriously; Men's basketball after Duke loss; Don't kneel out of conversation - by Emmanuel Morgan, Elon University<br> Finalist: Maryland football must step up in Texas’ hostile road environment; Maryland football’s upset over Texas is one of its best wins in program history; Maryland basketball coach Mark Turgeon has his most experienced trio ever - by Kyle Melnick and Daniel Bernstein, University of Maryland, College Park<br> <br> Best All-Around Non Daily Student Newspaper<br> Winner: The Pendulum - by Staff of Elon News Network, Elon University<br> Finalist: The Commonwealth Times - by Staff of The Commonwealth Times, Virginia Commonwealth University<br> <br> <b>Magazines</b><br> <br> Non-Fiction Magazine Article<br> Winner: African-American struggle for freedom & civil rights commemorated in Brown's Island monument - by Caitlin Barbieri, Virginia Commonwealth University <br> Finalist: Why Us? The alt-right’s assault on American University - by Ben Weiss, American University<br> Finalist: Nickelus F.: Provocative composition - by Leah Dickshinski and Dina Alemu, Virginia Commonwealth University<br> <br> Best Student Magazine<br> Finalist: Ink Magazine - by Staff of Ink Magazine, Virginia Commonwealth University<br> Finalist: AWOL Magazine - by Evangeline Lacroix, Andrea Lin and Claire Osborn, American University<br> <br> <b>Art/Graphics</b><br> <br> Breaking News Photography (Large) 10,000+ Students<br> Winner: Protesters opposing Capital Pride block streets, parade reroutes at least twice - by Olivia Anderson, The George Washington University<br> Finalist: Firefighter responds to five-alarm blaze at College Park apartment complex - by Tom Hausman, University of Maryland, College Park<br> <br> General News Photography (Large) 10,000+ Students<br> Winner: Activists, lawmakers demand Attorney General Sessions resign - by Megan Shiffres, Virginia Commonwealth University<br> Finalist: American University hosts town hall to address racist incident targeting black women - by Anthony Holten, American University<br> <br> General News Photography (Small) 1-9,999 Students<br> Winner: Can I have a hug? - by Abigail Bekele, Guilford College<br> <br> Feature Photography (Small) 1-9,999 Students<br> Winner: Atlantic marine monument - by Ellen Kanzinger, Washington and Lee University<br> Finalist: I-81: a hell of a ride - by Ellen Kanzinger, Washington and Lee University<br> <br> Photo Illustration (Large) 10,000+ Students<br> Winner: Hero worship - by Jordan Stephenson, Towson University<br> Finalist: A year in review - by Evan Berkowitz and Tom Hausman, University of Maryland, College Park<br> Finalist: Thriving underground: the 16-year story of Epsilon Iota, AU’s unrecognized fraternity - by Samad Arouna, American University<br> <br> Photo Illustration (Small) 1-9,999 Students<br> Winner: The move-in edition - by Stephanie Hays and Caroline Brehman, Elon University<br> Finalist: Falling into dance - by Alex Toma and Diego Pineda, Elon University<br> <br> Sports Photography (Large) 10,000+ Students<br> Winner: Flipped quarterback - by James Allen, James Madison University<br> Finalist: Diving catch - by Connor Woisard, James Madison University<br> Finalist: Rams ground Ospreys in shootout, can’t close Cavaliers - by Erin Edgerton, Virginia Commonwealth University<br> <br> Sports Photography (Small) 1-9,999 Students<br> Winner: Swoope's scorching start - by AJ Mandell, Elon University<br> Finalist: Going dancing - by Alex Simon, Elon University<br> Finalist: Homecoming face-off - by Abigail Bekele, Guilford College<br> <br> Editorial Cartooning<br> Winner: Midterm week; Gun violence; Net neutrality - by Eva Shen, University of Maryland, College Park<br> Finalist: The glass; Facts; Existential snacks - by Jacque Chandler, Virginia Commonwealth University<br> Finalist: Untitled; Cooking after 10 hours of studying; Thanksgiving - by Steck Von, Virginia Commonwealth University<br> <br> <b>Radio</b><br> <br> Radio News Reporting<br> Winner: Lexington church named after R. E. Lee changes its name - by Faith Pinho, Washington and Lee University<br> <br> Radio Feature<br> Winner: Music and sounds, powered by the sun - by Faith Pinho, Washington and Lee University<br> Finalist: Fighting diabetes with outdoor adventure - by Julie Rothey, Virginia Commonwealth University<br> <br> Best All-Around Radio Newscast<br> Winner: When it's over - by The Dive, University of Maryland, College Park<br> Finalist: One credit news - by Staff of WVCW, Virginia Commonwealth University<br> <br> <b>Television</b><br> <br> Television Breaking News Reporting<br> Winner: Winding Way house fire - by Kinsey Grant, Washington and Lee University<br> Finalist: Restaurant crash - by Becca King and Hallie Miller, University of Maryland, College Park<br> Finalist: Baltimore detective funeral - by Carly Kempler and Jamal Francis, University of Maryland, College Park<br> <br> Television General News Reporting<br> Winner: ViewFinder: a chief's promise - by Emily Kallmyer, Jojo Dominick and Ryan Eskalis, University of Maryland, College Park<br> Finalist: A look into the dark web - by Perry Elyaderani, Elon University<br> Finalist: Cathedral bells - by Alex Flum, University of Maryland, College Park<br> <br> Television Feature Reporting<br> Winner: Bob Benson mirror artist - by Julianne Maxwell, University of Maryland, College Park<br> Finalist: Yoga enthusiasts get help from some four-legged friends - by Hallie Miller, University of Maryland, College Park<br> Finalist: Water bottle man - by Becca King and Alex Flum, University of Maryland, College Park<br> <br> Television In-Depth Reporting<br> Winner: ViewFinder: Aging - by ViewFinder Fall 2017 Team, University of Maryland, College Park<br> Finalist: Afghan Vet: One aid worker shares his journey to America - by Megan Smedley, University of Maryland, College Park<br> Finalist: Maryland prepares to open dispensaries - by Carly Kempler and Hallie Miller, University of Maryland, College Park<br> <br> Television Sports Reporting<br> Winner: Dragon boating - by Becca King and Jamal Francis, University of Maryland, College Park<br> Finalist: Olympic curling - by Alex Flum and Jamal Francis, University of Maryland, College Park<br> Finalist: Yoyo master - by Alex Flum and Jamal Francis, University of Maryland, College Park<br> <br> Best All-Around Television Newscast<br> Winner: ViewFinder: Opioid crisis - by Staff of ViewFinder, University of Maryland, College Park<br> Finalist: ELN Morning - by Grace Morris, Brooke Wivagg and Elizabeth Bilka, Elon University<br> Finalist: Elon Local News - by Staff of Elon News Network, Elon University<br> <br> <b>Online</b><br> <br> Online News Reporting<br> Winner: On her own - by Hallie Miller and Ellie Silverman, University of Maryland, College Park<br> Finalist: Maryland’s mysterious Russian compound gathers dust, awaits its fate - by J.F. Meils and Jamal Francis, University of Maryland, College Park<br> <br> Online Feature Reporting<br> Winner: Chasing the Northern Lights - by Evan B. Dupuis, High Point University<br> Finalist: Carol Dudley guides students on career path for 30 years - by Victoria Jones, Howard University<br> Finalist: Agreeing to disagree: Political pundits play nice in new group - by Faith Pinho, Washington and Lee University<br> <br> Online In-Depth Reporting<br> Winner: Home sick - by Staff of Capital News Services, University of Maryland, College Park<br> Finalist: Southern prisons have a cellphone smuggling problem - by Matt Riley, Duke University<br> Finalist: "It's real": a seven-part look at how sexual assault is handled at the University of Maryland - by Staff of The Diamondback, University of Maryland, College Park<br> <br> Online Sports Reporting<br> Winner: Pro sports leagues, teams spend millions lobbying Washington - by Staff of Capital News Services, University of Maryland, College Park<br> Finalist: Major League Baseball players prefer hip-hop songs to get pumped up - by Chris Rogers-Spatuzzi, Jake Gluck and Gillian Vesely, University of Maryland, College Park<br> Finalist: VCU drops ball on student-athletes graduation rates - by Sean Boyce, Virginia Commonwealth University<br> <br> Best Affiliated Web Site<br> Winner: CNSMaryland.org - by Staff of Capital News Services, University of Maryland, College Park<br> Finalist: The GW Hatchet - by Staff of The GW Hatchet, The George Washington University<br> <br> Best Independent Online Student Publication<br> Winner: River Reflections - by Staff of CPJW, University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill<br> Finalist: The Rockbridge Report - by Staff of The Rockbridge Report, Washington and Lee University<br> <br> Best Use of Multimedia<br> Winner: "It's real": a seven-part look at how sexual assault is handled at the University of Maryland - by Staff of The Diamondback, University of Maryland, College Park<br> Finalist: Major League Baseball players prefer hip-hop songs to get pumped up - by Chris Rogers-Spatuzzi, Jake Gluck and Gillian Vesely, University of Maryland, College Park<br> Finalist: To build staff, Jay Gruden relied on his NFL coaching social network - by Daniel Chavkin, University of Maryland, College Park<br> <br> <b>Videography</b><br> <br> Broadcast News Videography<br> Winner: ViewFinder: On the call - by Emily Olsen, University of Maryland, College Park<br> <br> Broadcast Feature Videography<br> Winner: ViewFinder: Take you there - by Jay Reed, University of Maryland, College Park<br> Finalist: ViewFinder: Fostering new lives - by Henrietta Biayemi, University of Maryland, College Park<br> <br> Online/Digital News Videography<br> Winner: This little land of mines - by Erin McGoff, American University <br> Finalist: DACA supporters block intersection near White House - by Keren Carrion, The George Washington University<br> Finalist: ViewFinder: Treatment at last - by Alex Littlehales, University of Maryland, College Park<br> <br> Online/Digital Feature Videography<br> Winner: ViewFinder: Going home - by Tina Vo and Pearl Mak, University of Maryland, College Park<br> Finalist: ViewFinder: Don't go gentle - by Tina Vo, University of Maryland, College Park<br> Finalist: ViewFinder: Fighting to move on - by Tina Vo, University of Maryland, College Park<br> <br> Online/Digital Sports Videography<br> Winner: Beating the buzzer: Wizards keep games tight to the end - by Evan Berkowitz and Gabe Fernandez, University of Maryland, College Park<br> <br> <i>SPJ promotes the free flow of information vital to informing citizens; works to inspire and educate the next generation of journalists; and fights to protect First Amendment guarantees of freedom of speech and press. Support excellent journalism and fight for your right to know. <a href="http://www.spj.org/join.asp">Become a member</a>, <a href="https://www.spj.org/ldf.asp">give to the Legal Defense Fund</a>, or <a href="https://www.spj.org/donate.asp">give to the Sigma Delta Chi Foundation</a>.</i><br> <br> <div align"=center">-END-</div> Mon, 16 Apr 2018 00:00:00 -0500 Region 6 Mark of Excellence winners announced in Bloomington, Minn. http://www.spj.org/news.asp?REF=1561 Contacts:<br> Christine Cordial, SPJ Program Coordinator, 317-920-4788, awards@spj.org<br> Anna Gutierrez, SPJ Communications Coordinator, 317-920-4785, communications@spj.org<br> <br> INDIANAPOLIS — The Society of Professional Journalists recognizes the best collegiate journalism in Region 6 with 2017 Mark of Excellence Awards winners.<br> <br> SPJ’s Region 6 comprises Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin. Honorees received award certificates the weekend of April 14 at the Region 6 Conference. First-place winners will compete at the national level among other regional MOE winners from the 12 SPJ regions.<br> <br> National winners will be notified in the late spring and will be recognized at the Excellence in Journalism conference in Baltimore.<br> <br> MOE Awards entries are judged by professionals with at least three years of journalism experience. Judges were directed to choose entries they felt were among the best in student journalism. If no entry rose to the level of excellence, no award was given. Any category not listed has no winner.<br> <br> School divisions are based on student enrollment, including both graduate and undergraduate: Large schools have at least 10,000 students and small schools have 9,999 or fewer students.<br> <br> The list below details all Region 6 winners. If you have any questions regarding the MOE Awards, contact Christine Cordial via email or phone at 317-920-4788.<br> <br> This list reflects the spelling and titles submitted in the award entries.<br> <br> <b>Newspapers</b><br> <br> Breaking News Reporting (Large) 10,000+ Students<br> Winner: MUPD responds to alleged sexual assault, video shows officer threatening to tase - by Jennifer Walter, Clara Janzen and McKenna Oxenden, Marquette University<br> Finalist: Report of shots fired on campus - by Clara Janzen, Marquette University<br> Finalist: SCSU interim president Ashish Vaidya accepts position at NKU - by Jessica Wade, Saint Cloud State University<br> <br> General News Reporting (Large) 10,000+ Students<br> Winner: Governor’s budget could slash student fees for popular programs, require internships - by Staff of Media Milwaukee, University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee<br> Finalist: We don't feel like a priority - by Makenzie Huber, South Dakota State University <br> Winner: Choosing not to sign the covenant - by Mady Fortier, Bethel University<br> <br> In-Depth Reporting (Large) 10,000+ Students<br> Winner: Breaking the silence - by Staff of Marquette Wire, Marquette University<br> Finalist: UWM profs, staff accused of sexual assault and harassment but details hidden - by Talis Shelbourne, Jennifer Rick and Miela Fetaw, University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee<br> Finalist: DACA repeal looms, Marquette impact - by Clara Janzen, Marquette University<br> <br> In-Depth Reporting (Small) 1-9,999 Students<br> Winner: Admissions move will cost $186,000 - by Hunter Andes and Alicia Larsgaard, Bismarck State College<br> Finalist: What is done cannot be undone - by Anna Landsverk, Minnesota State University Moorhead<br> <br> Feature Writing (Large) 10,000+ Students<br> Winner: Un/natural disaster? - by Talis Shelbourne, University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee<br> Finalist: Water is life - by Dwayne Lee, University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee<br> Finalist: Beehive installed on Engineering Hall rooftop - by Josh Anderson, Marquette University<br> <br> Feature Writing (Small) 1-9,999 Students<br> Winner: Lessons from a cross country traveler - by McKenzie Van Loh, Bethel University<br> Finalist: Reality check: Reporters talk real news - by Hunter Andes, Bismarck State College<br> Finalist: Keeping your distance - by Laura Grimm, Minnesota State University Moorhead<br> <br> Sports Writing (Large) 10,000+ Students<br> Winner: One finger salute: Vulgar image captures peak of Marquette-Wisconsin rivalry - by Brendan Ploen, John Hand and Brian Boyle, Marquette University<br> Finalist: Approaching the stress of coaching - by Brianna Schreurs, South Dakota State University<br> <br> Sports Writing (Small) 1-9,999 Students<br> Winner: Reaching for a dream on her tiptoes - by Maddie DeBilzan, Bethel University<br> Finalist: Carr's last ride - by Martin Schlegel, Minnesota State University Moorhead<br> <br> Editorial Writing<br> Winner: Universities have important role in enacting social change; MUPD must deliver on body camera promise; Intentionally provocative speech serves no one - by Morgan Hughes, Marquette University<br> Finalist: Collegian editorials - by Makenzie Huber, Katie Gebauer and Emily De Waard, South Dakota State University<br> Finalist: Why ‘fresh’ was a step too far, even for liberal Trinity; UCDSU is what happens when apathy prevails in student elections; Trinity’s new conservative publication isn’t off to a promising start - by Dominic McGrath, Edmund Heaphy, Eleanor O'Mahony and Róisín Power, Trinity College Dublin<br> <br> General Column Writing (Large) 10,000+ Students<br> Winner: Good Girls Revolt cannot be silenced; Digital journalism brings change for University Chronicle; A tribute to a princess… - by Jessica Wade, Saint Cloud State University<br> Finalist: Is cryptocurrency too dramatic for us?; How men in hip-hop perpetuate mistreatment of women; Why you should spend more time with your family - by Madeline Matzinger, Kalan Taubner and Naomi Wilson, University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee<br> <br> General Column Writing (Small) 1-9,999 Students<br> Winner: Love series - by Maddie DeBilzan, Carlo Holmberg and Kellie Lawless, Bethel University<br> <br> Best All-Around Non Daily Student Newspaper<br> Winner: The University Times - by Dominic McGrath, Eleanor O'Mahony, Róisín Power and Sinéad Baker, Trinity College Dublin<br> Finalist: The Collegian - by Makenzie Huber, Emily De Waard and Katie Gebauer, South Dakota State University <br> Finalist: Marquette Tribune - by Rebecca Carballo, Marquette University<br> <br> <b>Magazines</b><br> <br> Non-Fiction Magazine Article<br> Winner: Life after 'The Life' - by Laura Schmitt, University of Wisconsin - Madison<br> Finalist: Valley in the shadow - by Carly Schesel, University of Wisconsin - Madison<br> Finalist: After today - by Abby Petersen, Bethel University<br> <br> Best Student Magazine<br> Winner: Curb: Kinetic - by Staff of Curb Magazine, University of Wisconsin - Madison<br> Finalist: Marquette Journal - by Stephanie Harte, Marquette University<br> <br> <b>Art/Graphics</b><br> <br> General News Photography (Large) 10,000+ Students<br> Winner: In Harvey's wake - by Ethan Duran, University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee<br> <br> Feature Photography (Large) 10,000+ Students<br> Winner: Curb Magazine feature photography - by Katie Scheidt, University of Wisconsin - Madison<br> Finalist: Finding Flint - by Sabrina Johnkins and Ed Makowski, University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee<br> <br> Feature Photography (Small) 1-9,999 Students<br> Finalist: Photo gallery: Looking for the eclipse - by Callie Schmidt, Bethel University<br> <br> Photo Illustration (Large) 10,000+ Students<br> Finalist: The hidden hustle - by Carolina Silva, University of Wisconsin - Madison<br> <br> Photo Illustration (Small) 1-9,999 Students<br> Winner: Reality check: Reporters talk real news - by Hunter Andes and Quinnlyn Nelson, Bismarck State College<br> <br> Sports Photography (Large) 10,000+ Students<br> Winner: Feature photo - by Abby Fullenkamp, South Dakota State University<br> Finalist: N.D. Football - by Abby Fullenkamp, South Dakota State University<br> <br> Sports Photography (Small) 1-9,999 Students<br> Winner: One last chance - by Maddie Christy, Bethel University<br> <br> <b>Radio</b><br> <br> Radio News Reporting<br> Winner: Only one in five black students make it to graduation day - by Nia Wilson, Chardanay Hunt and Talis Shelbourne, University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee<br> Finalist: "A tangible problem on this campus" - by Dylan Walker, Saint Olaf College<br> Finalist: The heartache of addiction - by Brandon Anderegg, Matthew Mussa and Nelson Sederstrom, University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee<br> <br> Radio Feature<br> Winner: Milwaukee’s Florentine Opera brews holiday cheer - by Morgan Langley, University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee<br> Finalist: Milwaukee hosting global conference on intergenerational care - by Amanda Becker, University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee<br> Finalist: Why are there no water taxis on the Milwaukee River? - by Amanda Becker, University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee<br> <br> Radio In-Depth Reporting<br> Winner: Net neutrality - by Spencer Schacht, Saint Cloud State University<br> <br> Radio Sports Reporting<br> Finalist: Uren interview - by Adrian Fredrickson, Saint Cloud State University<br> <br> <b>Television</b><br> <br> Television Breaking News Reporting<br> Winner: Assault in St. Cloud - by Nick Maxson, Saint Cloud State University<br> <br> Television General News Reporting<br> Winner: Women's march on Madison - by Jenna Gaidosh, Tisia Muzinga, Stevan Stojanovic and Jenna Graham, University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee<br> Finalist: The Flint water crisis: Resident and community outreach - by Amanda Becker, University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee<br> Finalist: Husky Baseball hits a home run with the Miracle League - by Piper Shaw, Saint Cloud State University<br> <br> Television Feature Reporting<br> Winner: Professor's vinyl collection - by Emma Vatnsdal, Minnesota State University Moorhead<br> Finalist: Un"presidented" misspelling - by Hannah Kirby and Lisa Roman, Marquette University<br> <br> Television In-Depth Reporting<br> Winner: Breaking the silence - by Staff of Marquette Wire News, Marquette University<br> Finalist: Trump's travel ban sparks debate on campus - by Trever Theis, Minnesota State University Moorhead<br> <br> Television Sports Reporting<br> Winner: Ryan Poehling | The Draft - by Katie Emmer, Saint Cloud State University<br> Finalist: Relentless – the Joe Hallock story - by Tyler Zeigler, Minnesota State University Moorhead<br> Finalist: 2 Minute Minor with Katie Emmer - by Katie Emmer, Saint Cloud State University<br> <br> Best All-Around Television Newscast<br> Winner: April 29, 2017 newscast - by Staff of Campus News, Minnesota State University Moorhead<br> Finalist: UTVS News - by Piper Shaw and Spencer Schacht, Saint Cloud State University<br> Finalist: Marquette Now - November 15, 2017 - by Larson Seaver, Amelia Jones and Haley Velez, Marquette University<br> <br> <b>Online</b><br> <br> Online News Reporting<br> Winner: Mental health needs soar at St. Thomas, administration looks to new options - by Simeon Lancaster, Noah Brown and Carrie Tronvold, University of St. Thomas<br> Finalist: Patrick Fowler repeatedly set free before fatally stabbing girlfriend, 4-year-old toddler - by Ariel Goronja, University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee<br> Finalist: Campus ministries delays guest chapel recording - by Conrad Engstrom and Sarah Nelson, Bethel University<br> <br> Online Feature Reporting<br> Winner: A trilogy of change - by Darby Hoffman, Samantha Loomis, Laura Schmitt and Krystal Du, University of Wisconsin - Madison<br> Finalist: Swinging into MKE dance - by Alex Groth and Jennifer Walter, Marquette University<br> Finalist: Family, faith shape past decade for Caruso - by Carolyn Meyer, University of St. Thomas<br> <br> Online In-Depth Reporting<br> Winner: 343 and counting: the epidemic no one saw coming - by Staff of Media Milwaukee, University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee<br> Finalist: Finding Flint - by Staff of Media Milwaukee, University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee<br> <br> Online Sports Reporting<br> Winner: Not rebuilding — reloading - by Peter Culver, University of Wisconsin - Madison<br> <br> Online Opinion & Commentary<br> Winner: Visa lottery program needs work, but has American value - by Ariel Goronja, University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee<br> <br> Best Affiliated Web Site<br> Winner: Marquette Wire - by Patrick Thomas, Marquette University<br> <br> Best Independent Online Student Publication<br> Winner: Media Milwaukee - by Staff of Media Milwaukee, University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee<br> Finalist: The University Chronicle - by Jessica Wade, Saint Cloud State University<br> Finalist: TommieMedia.com - by Staff of TommieMedia, University of St. Thomas<br> <br> Best Use of Multimedia<br> Winner: 24 hours at Bethel - by Staff of The Clarion, Bethel University<br> Finalist: City and university leaders attend Sendik’s ribbon cutting ceremony - by Clara Janzen, Larson Seaver and Haley Velez, Marquette University<br> Finalist: Report of shots fired on campus - by Clara Janzen, Larson Seaver, Phil Pinarski and Kevin Wells, Marquette University<br> <br> <b>Videography</b><br> <br> Broadcast News Videography<br> Winner: Women's march in Fargo - by Betsy Harmsen, Minnesota State University Moorhead<br> Finalist: Twin Cities Honor Flight - by Piper Shaw, Saint Cloud State University<br> Finalist: Standing with Standing Rock - by Ben Rieke, Minnesota State University Moorhead<br> <br> Broadcast Feature Videography<br> Winner: The mark of a generation - by Jared Eischen, Minnesota State University Moorhead<br> <br> Broadcast Sports Videography<br> Winner: Off the court connection - by Jared Eischen, Minnesota State University Moorhead<br> Finalist: Drum guy - by Andrew Goldstein, Marquette University<br> Finalist: Relentless – the Joe Hallock story - by Leah Backstrom, Minnesota State University Moorhead<br> <br> <i>SPJ promotes the free flow of information vital to informing citizens; works to inspire and educate the next generation of journalists; and fights to protect First Amendment guarantees of freedom of speech and press. Support excellent journalism and fight for your right to know. <a href="http://www.spj.org/join.asp">Become a member</a>, <a href="https://www.spj.org/ldf.asp">give to the Legal Defense Fund</a>, or <a href="https://www.spj.org/donate.asp">give to the Sigma Delta Chi Foundation</a>.</i><br> <br> <div align"=center">-END-</div><br> <br> Mon, 16 Apr 2018 00:00:00 -0500 Region 7 Mark of Excellence winners announced in Ames, Iowa http://www.spj.org/news.asp?REF=1562 Contacts:<br> Christine Cordial, SPJ Program Coordinator, 317-920-4788, awards@spj.org<br> Anna Gutierrez, SPJ Communications Coordinator, 317-920-4785, communications@spj.org<br> <br> INDIANAPOLIS — The Society of Professional Journalists recognizes the best collegiate journalism in Region 7 with 2017 Mark of Excellence Awards winners.<br> <br> SPJ’s Region 7 comprises Iowa, Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska. Honorees received award certificates the weekend of April 14 at the Region 7 Conference. First-place winners will compete at the national level among other regional MOE winners from the 12 SPJ regions.<br> <br> National winners will be notified in the late spring and will be recognized at the Excellence in Journalism conference in Baltimore.<br> <br> MOE Awards entries are judged by professionals with at least three years of journalism experience. Judges were directed to choose entries they felt were among the best in student journalism. If no entry rose to the level of excellence, no award was given. Any category not listed has no winner.<br> <br> School divisions are based on student enrollment, including both graduate and undergraduate: Large schools have at least 10,000 students and small schools have 9,999 or fewer students.<br> <br> The list below details all Region 7 winners. If you have any questions regarding the MOE Awards, contact Christine Cordial via email or phone at 317-920-4788.<br> <br> This list reflects the spelling and titles submitted in the award entries.<br> <br> <b>Newspapers</b><br> <br> Breaking News Reporting (Large) 10,000+ Students<br> Winner: Council approves $110 million financing plan for Dollar Tree - by Jacque Flanagan, University of Central Missouri<br> Finalist: Officers make arrest following manhunt - by Chris Holmberg, University of Central Missouri<br> <br> Breaking News Reporting (Small) 1-9,999 Students<br> Winner: College Republicans react to notes left on poster - by Katherine Bauer, Drake University<br> <br> General News Reporting (Large) 10,000+ Students<br> Winner: Headcount padding: Wichita State reports largest student increase in state - by Chance Swaim, Matthew Kelly and Ray Strunk, Wichita State University<br> Finalist: Supplemental tuition coming to the fore - by Rachel Zuckerman, University of Iowa<br> Finalist: Did Lawrence's plan for an arts district fail? - by Omar Sanchez and Courntey Biernam, University of Kansas<br> <br> General News Reporting (Small) 1-9,999 Students<br> Winner: Students ‘shame’ St. Louis Police Department after Stockley verdict - by Haley Walter, Webster University<br> Finalist: They're Beyonce's, made by LU alumna - by Kyle Rainey, Lindenwood University<br> Finalist: Burglaries evoke response from public safety - by Jessica Lynk, Drake University<br> <br> In-Depth Reporting (Large) 10,000+ Students<br> Winner: When evidence goes untested, sex offenders go undetected, advocates say - by Anna Brett, University of Missouri <br> Finalist: Surviving El Monte's food deserts - by Titus Wu, University of Missouri<br> Finalist: The cheating dilemma — deciphering academic fraud at the UI - by Anis Shakirah Mohd Muslimin, University of Iowa<br> <br> In-Depth Reporting (Small) 1-9,999 Students<br> Winner: The heroic life and traumatic death of Tom Palozola - by Sara Bannoura and Hanna Holthaus, Webster University<br> <br> Feature Writing (Large) 10,000+ Students<br> Winner: Who's really listening? - by Grace Pateras, University of Iowa<br> Finalist: Every day I'm terrified': Hugo Bolanos' story - by Emily Blobaum, Iowa State University<br> Finalist: It's not rare, it's rarely diagnosed - by Emily Blobaum, Iowa State University<br> <br> Feature Writing (Small) 1-9,999 Students<br> Winner: Drepung Gomang Monastery brings traditional mandala art to Webster University - by Andrew McMunn, Webster University<br> Finalist: Mind’s Eye Radio brings beepball to Webster University - by Andrew McMunn, Webster University<br> <br> Sports Writing (Large) 10,000+ Students<br> Winner: Beneath Brick, Haley's impact on players is traced to his son's impact on him - by Peter Baugh, University of Missouri<br> Finalist: It's not just another game - by Emily Barske, Iowa State University<br> <br> Sports Writing (Small) 1-9,999 Students<br> Winner: Coach brings musical past, success - by J.T. Buchheit, Lindenwood University<br> Finalist: Former LU linebacker's ascent - by Phil Scherer, Lindenwood University<br> Finalist: Alumni divided, lawsuits pending, athletic director criticized - by Adam Rogan, Drake University<br> <br> Editorial Writing<br> Winner: Why transparency matters; Now is the time to stand up for academic freedom; ‘Sooner or later, the truth catches up’ - by Chance Swaim, Wichita State University<br> <br> General Column Writing (Large) 10,000+ Students<br> Winner: What can K-State actually do to fight bigotry?; Witch-hunting does nothing to stop racism on campus; The “alt-right” movement is built on lies, misinformation - by Kyle Hampel, Kansas State University<br> <br> Sports Column Writing<br> Winner: If Big 12 quarterbacks were fast food chains; If Big 12 running backs were cars; If Big 12 wide receivers were soda brands - by DeAundra Allen and Nathan Enserro, Kansas State University<br> <br> Best All-Around Daily Student Newspaper<br> Winner: Iowa State Daily - by Emily Barske, Iowa State University<br> <br> <b>Magazines</b><br> <br> Non-Fiction Magazine Article<br> Winner: Missouri’s opioid epidemic - by Rick Morgan, University of Missouri<br> Finalist: On thin ice - by Molly Longman, Drake University<br> Finalist: Staring down the barrel - by Staff of Vox Magazine, University of Missouri<br> <br> Best Student Magazine<br> Winner: Vox Magazine - by Staff of Vox Magazine, University of Missouri<br> Finalist: Legacy - by Staff of Legacy, Lindenwood University<br> Finalist: The Annual - by Jennifer Krane, Drake University<br> <br> <b>Art/Graphics</b><br> <br> Breaking News Photography (Large) 10,000+ Students<br> Finalist: Transgender Republican - by Emily Blobaum, Iowa State University<br> Finalist: Shooting on Market - by Brian Hayes, Wichita State University<br> <br> Breaking News Photography (Small) 1-9,999 Students<br> Winner: Police give details of violence following verdict - by Ashley Higginbotham, Lindenwood University<br> <br> General News Photography (Large) 10,000+ Students<br> Winner: Special delivery - by Matt Crow, Wichita State<br> <br> Feature Photography (Large) 10,000+ Students<br> Winner: Manipur: Portraits of resilience - by Neeta Satam, University of Missouri<br> Finalist: Train. Race. Win. Repeat. - by Claire Rounkles, University of Missouri <br> Finalist: Autumn air - by Meg Shearer and Emilly Starkey, Kansas State University<br> <br> Feature Photography (Small) 1-9,999 Students<br> Winner: Very velvet - by Sam Fathallah, Drake University<br> <br> Photo Illustration (Large) 10,000+ Students<br> Winner: White space - by Huong Truong and Alex Wozniczka, University of Missouri<br> Finalist: Hushed and hidden - Rape culture awareness - by George Walker and Olivia Bergmeier, Kansas State University <br> Finalist: Spice up your style - by Huong Truong and Alex Wozniczka, University of Missouri<br> <br> Sports Photography (Large) 10,000+ Students<br> Winner: Drake relays - by Emily Blobaum, Iowa State University<br> Finalist: Nearing victory - by Matt Crow, Wichita State<br> Finalist: The triumphant underdog - by Cooper Kinley, Kansas State University<br> <br> Sports Photography (Small) 1-9,999 Students<br> Winner: Freshman Max Meylor unsuccessfully blocks Northwest's Anthony Woods - by Carly Fristoe, Lindenwood University <br> Finalist: Lindenwood table tennis flies past divisional tournament - by Walker Van Wey, Lindenwood University<br> <br> <b>Radio</b><br> <br> Radio News Reporting<br> Finalist: Food insecurity on campus: Local pantry helps students as awareness grows - by Kara Tabor, University of Missouri<br> Finalist: Bike safety concerns in Lincoln, Nebraska - by Holly Kell, University of Nebraska - Lincoln<br> <br> Radio Feature<br> Winner: The appeal of modern obstacle courses - by Hannah Jerome, University of Kansas<br> Finalist: Following the trail of the monarch butterflies: an interview with Sara Dykman - by Erin McKinstry, University of Missouri<br> Finalist: Women raising alpacas, creating fabric - by Catherine Wheeler, University of Missouri<br> <br> Radio In-Depth Reporting<br> Winner: Intersection - Missouri DACA recipients share stories of immigration and belonging - by Hannah Haynes, University of Missouri <br> Finalist: Retired doctor holds on to dwindling African American farming tradition - by Erin McKinstry, University of Missouri <br> Finalist: We've Got Issues Ep.6: Cryonics (ft. Alcor Co-Founder Linda Chamberlain) - by Garrett Mould, University of Kansas<br> <br> Radio Sports Reporting<br> Winner: Columbia College's Girls Who Game event connects teen girls to electronic sports - by Hannah Haynes, University of Missouri<br> <br> <b>Television</b><br> <br> Television General News Reporting<br> Winner: Growth threatens fire safety in parts of Lincoln - by Kellan Heavican, University of Nebraska - Lincoln <br> Finalist: Racism at Burger King - by Lauren Davidson, University of Kansas<br> <br> Television Feature Reporting<br> Winner: Joe's journey - by Jackson Kurtz, University of Kansas<br> Finalist: The Carillonist - by Grant Stephens, University of Kansas<br> Finalist: Raising the star - by Austin Moulder, Micah Redding and Cole Howerton, College of the Ozarks<br> <br> Television In-Depth Reporting<br> Winner: DACA uncertainty in Crete, Nebraska - by Bree Samani, University of Nebraska - Lincoln<br> Finalist: Blair Oaks High School eliminates class rank - by Eva Cheng, University of Missouri<br> <br> Best All-Around Television Newscast<br> Winner: February 15, 2017 newscast - by Staff of LCTV News, Loras College<br> Finalist: December 6, 2017 newscast - by Mallory Hauser and Courtney Gehrke, University of Kansas<br> Finalist: Star City News - by Staff of LNKTV, University of Nebraska - Lincoln<br> <br> <b>Online</b><br> <br> Online News Reporting<br> Winner: Lincoln nonprofit provides training, hope to former inmates - by Lauren Brown-Hulme, University of Nebraska - Lincoln<br> Finalist: Residential fire near campus - by Kim Harms, Nell Gross, Carina Smith and Spencer Carey, Johnson County Community College<br> Finalist: College Republicans weigh in on Trump's term - by Joe Hooper, Johnson County Community College<br> <br> Online Feature Reporting<br> Winner: Fathers and sons - by Marcella Mercer and Emily McMinn, University of Nebraska - Lincoln<br> Finalist: The protesting priest - by Angela Ufheil, Drake University<br> Finalist: Labor intensive fight - by Staff of Vox Magazine, University of Missouri<br> <br> Online In-Depth Reporting<br> Winner: Refuge on the prairie: Lincoln's story of resettlement - by Staff of Nebraska Mosaic, University of Nebraska - Lincoln <br> Finalist: Campus carry at KU - by Chandler Boese, Angie Baldelomar, McKenna Harford and Darby VanHoutan, University of Kansas <br> Finalist: From endless pines to oil mines - by Hannah Trull, University of Nebraska - Lincoln<br> <br> Online Sports Reporting<br> Winner: 500 miles on 500 dollars - by Matthew Gogerty and Adam Rogan, Drake University<br> Finalist: Five years later: the final border war - by Amie Just, University of Kansas<br> Finalist: Exercising minds: Mental strength training enhances athletic performance - by Walker Van Wey, Lindenwood University<br> <br> Online Opinion & Commentary<br> Winner: Autism in America columns - by J.T. Buchheit, Lindenwood University<br> Finalist: International security issues the U.S. faces in the Middle East and North Africa - by Daniel Saenz, Fort Hays State University<br> <br> Best Affiliated Web Site<br> Winner: VoxMagazine.com - by Staff of Vox Magazine, University of Missouri<br> Finalist: Kansan.com - by Staff of Kansan.com, University of Kansas<br> <br> Best Independent Online Student Publication<br> Winner: Urban Plains - by Staff of Urban Plains, Drake University<br> Finalist: Nebraska Mosaic - by Staff of Nebraska Mosaic, University of Nebraska - Lincoln<br> <br> Best Use of Multimedia<br> Winner: Book Brigade helps Lindenwood start a new chapter - by Lindsey Fiala, Lindenwood University<br> Finalist: Exploring the abandoned Midwest - by Anne Matte and Nate Sohn, Drake University<br> <br> <b>Videography</b><br> <br> Broadcast News Videography<br> Winner: Solar eclipse - by Ben Johnson and Jordan Davis, College of the Ozarks<br> <br> Broadcast Feature Videography<br> Winner: Videography compilation - by Brody Kuhar, Loras College<br> Finalist: Raising the star - by Micah Redding and Cole Howerton, College of the Ozarks<br> Finalist: Fire support team - by Don Glunt, Caleb Brubaker, Daniel Labrot and Jacy Snider, College of the Ozarks<br> <br> Online/Digital Feature Videography<br> Winner: We are human - by Whitney Matewe, University of Missouri<br> Finalist: Kickin’ it old school! New toy museum to open with a fully functioning arcade - by Kaitlin Brothers, University of Central Missouri<br> Finalist: ‘Out of the Darkness’ walk to fight suicide: Erica Williams - by Kaitlin Brothers, University of Central Missouri<br> <br> <i>SPJ promotes the free flow of information vital to informing citizens; works to inspire and educate the next generation of journalists; and fights to protect First Amendment guarantees of freedom of speech and press. Support excellent journalism and fight for your right to know. <a href="http://www.spj.org/join.asp">Become a member</a>, <a href="https://www.spj.org/ldf.asp">give to the Legal Defense Fund</a>, or <a href="https://www.spj.org/donate.asp">give to the Sigma Delta Chi Foundation</a>.</i><br> <br> <div align"=center">-END-</div> Mon, 16 Apr 2018 00:00:00 -0500 Three students earn scholarships in SPJ/JEA Essay Contest http://www.spj.org/news.asp?REF=1559 Contacts:<br> Christine Cordial, SPJ Program Coordinator, 317-920-4788, <email address="ccordial@spj.org">ccordial@spj.org</a><br> Anna Gutierrez, SPJ Communications Coordinator, 317-920-4785, <email address="agutierrez@spj.org">agutierrez@spj.org</a><br> <br> MANHATTAN, Kan. — The Journalism Education Association and the Society of Professional Journalists announce three scholarship winners in the 2018 SPJ/JEA High School Essay Contest. <br> <br> Over 220 students participated in the nationwide contest, which was judged by 28 journalism educators. Established in 1998, the contest is a project of both JEA and SPJ. The topic for the 2018 contest ("Why do we — as consumers of media — need to obtain news from multiple feeds and not just one or two outlets?") was selected by members of the Scholastic Press Rights Committee of JEA and a representative of SPJ.<br> <br> "It’s inspiring and encouraging to see the next generation of journalists recognizes the crucial role that accurate, fair and thorough journalism plays in our democratic society," SPJ National President Rebecca Baker said. <br> <br> "It proves that journalists, no matter their age or experience, can use their talents to protect the free exchange of information across media outlets. SPJ is proud that so many high school students are taking an interest in promoting responsible, ethical journalism."<br> <br> "Successful essays demonstrated sound understanding of today's media environment and how consumers are uniquely positioned to take control of their own consumption habits," Kelly Glasscock, Certified Journalism Educator and JEA executive director, said. "The winning essays also excelled grammatically with focused, concise and well-organized arguments backed by research."<br> <br> 2018 SPJ/JEA High School Essay Contest award winners:<br> <br> First Place, $1,000 Scholarship Winner:<br> Alexandria Kim, Marlborough School – Los Angeles, California<br> <br> Second Place, $500 Scholarship Winner:<br> Madeleine Bernardeau, Hunter College High School – New York, New York<br> <br> Third Place, $300 Scholarship Winner:<br> Emili Kovell, East Brunswick High School – East Brunswick, New Jersey<br> <br> <i>SPJ promotes the free flow of information vital to informing citizens; works to inspire and educate the next generation of journalists; and fights to protect First Amendment guarantees of freedom of speech and press. Support excellent journalism and fight for your right to know. <a href="http://www.spj.org/join.asp">Become a member</a>, <a href="https://www.spj.org/ldf.asp">give to the Legal Defense Fund</a>, or <a href="https://www.spj.org/donate.asp">give to the Sigma Delta Chi Foundation</a>.<br> <br> Founded in 1924, the Journalism Education Association supports free and responsible scholastic journalism by providing resources and educational opportunities, by promoting professionalism, by encouraging and rewarding student excellence and teacher achievement, and by fostering an atmosphere which encompasses diversity yet builds unity. It is headquartered at Kansas State University, Manhattan, Kansas. For further information about JEA, please visit www.jea.org.</i><br> <br> <div align"=center">-END-</div><br> Wed, 11 Apr 2018 00:00:00 -0500 Region 5 Mark of Excellence Awards winners announced in Chicago http://www.spj.org/news.asp?REF=1558 Contacts:<br> Christine Cordial, SPJ Program Coordinator, 317-920-4788, awards@spj.org<br> Anna Gutierrez, SPJ Communications Coordinator, 317-920-4785, communications@spj.org<br> <br> INDIANAPOLIS — The Society of Professional Journalists recognizes the best collegiate journalism in Region 5 with 2017 Mark of Excellence Awards winners.<br> <br> SPJ’s Region 5 comprises Illinois, Indiana and Kentucky. Honorees received award certificates the weekend of April 7 at the Region 5 Conference. First-place winners will compete at the national level among other regional MOE winners from the 12 SPJ regions.<br> <br> National winners will be notified in the late spring and will be recognized at the Excellence in Journalism conference in Baltimore.<br> <br> MOE Awards entries are judged by professionals with at least three years of journalism experience. Judges were directed to choose entries they felt were among the best in student journalism. If no entry rose to the level of excellence, no award was given. Any category not listed has no winner.<br> <br> School divisions are based on student enrollment, including both graduate and undergraduate: Large schools have at least 10,000 students and small schools have 9,999 or fewer students.<br> <br> The list below details all Region 5 winners. If you have any questions regarding the MOE Awards, contact Christine Cordial via email or phone at 317-920-4788.<br> <br> This list reflects the spelling and titles submitted in the award entries.<br> <br> <b>Newspapers</b><br> <br> Breaking News Reporting (Large) 10,000+ Students<br> Winner: Evanston police investigate sexual assault allegations against former ETHS teacher - by Rishika Dugyala, Northwestern University<br> Finalist: Humans vs. Zombies player sparks gun scare on campus - by Allie Kirkman and Casey Smith, Ball State University<br> Finalist: Victim's family not happy with Wisani's sentencing - by Benjamin Din, Northwestern University<br> <br> Breaking News Reporting (Small) 1-9,999 Students<br> Winner: Gas leak interrupts class, spurs evacuations - by Brock Turner, DePauw University<br> Finalist: Police apprehend robbery suspects in Upland - by Eric Andrews and Katherine Yeager, Taylor University<br> Finalist: After Texas church shooting, Southern Baptists to meet about security - by Cassidy Grom, Taylor University<br> <br> General News Reporting (Large) 10,000+ Students<br> Winner: Parents push for Texas to screen all newborns for spinal muscular atrophy - by Matthew Choi, Northwestern University <br> Finalist: Against the smog: NKU Science students, faculty reflect on proposed federal budget cuts - by Mackenzie Manley, Northern Kentucky University <br> Finalist: Following executive order, international students at Northwestern express fear, confusion - by Matthew Choi and Kristina Karisch, Northwestern University<br> <br> General News Reporting (Small) 1-9,999 Students<br> Winner: Hey, Chapman! - by Eric Andrews, Taylor University <br> Finalist: The Facebook and Youtube war - by Madison Dudley, DePauw University<br> Finalist: Adler ‘stunned’ by allegations, subsequent dismissal - by David Kobe, DePauw University<br> <br> In-Depth Reporting (Large) 10,000+ Students<br> Winner: In the dark: Records shed light on sexual misconduct at Kentucky universities - by Nicole Ares, Western Kentucky University <br> Finalist: As university aims to increase awareness of Title IX process, reporting remains a taxing experience - by Claire Hansen, Northwestern University<br> <br> In-Depth Reporting (Small) 1-9,999 Students<br> Winner: Donald Trump course at Butler reveals no process, forces university to take precautions - by Zach Horrall, Butler University <br> Finalist: Trash talk - by Becca Robb and Eric Andrews, Taylor University <br> Finalist: DePauw student finds hole in DePauw E-Services webpage; student mailboxes switched as result - by Bryttni Carpenter, DePauw University<br> <br> Feature Writing (Large) 10,000+ Students<br> Winner: The third life of Darryl Pinkins - by Taylor Telford, Indiana University <br> Finalist: Sticker shock - by Allyson Chiu, Northwestern University <br> Finalist: Affording Evanston - by David Fishman, Northwestern University<br> <br> Feature Writing (Small) 1-9,999 Students<br> Winner: Missing wallet returned 20 years later - by Becca Robb and Eric Andrews, Taylor University<br> <br> Sports Writing (Large) 10,000+ Students<br> Winner: Afraid of the unknown - by Michal Dwojak, University of Illinois <br> Finalist: How a Northwestern startup plans to revolutionize college football recruiting - by Dan Waldman, Northwestern University <br> Finalist: The John Basalyga story - by Christopher Decker, Northern Kentucky University<br> <br> Sports Writing (Small) 1-9,999 Students<br> Winner: Controversial two-point conversion in Monon Bell game leaves room for debate - by Austin Candor, DePauw University<br> <br> Editorial Writing<br> Winner: Evans’ name should be removed from campus buildings; We must keep local officials accountable in response to Crosby’s violent arrest; ETHS censorship of The Evanstonian sets dangerous precedent - by Staff of The Daily Northwestern, Northwestern University<br> Finalist: University, students must more actively raise awareness of sexual assault resources; Local journalism requires public support; Campus safety’s lack of transparency misrepresents the community’s crime rate - by Loyola Phoenix Editorial Board, Loyola University Chicago<br> Finalist: Administration tries to wield influence over Herald; The silencing of sexual harassment victims must stop; Pride Fest is progress, still need a fairness ordinance - by The Herald WKU Editorial Board, Western Kentucky University<br> <br> General Column Writing (Large) 10,000+ Students<br> Winner: When discussing immigration, try to see things from the other side of the border; Learning to love America in bits and pieces; In journalism, never forget empathy - by Mariana Alfaro, Northwestern University <br> Finalist: Adult-ish columns - by Audrey Bowers, Ball State University <br> Finalist: Use of N-word at A&O Ball representative of greater campus issues; When athletes kneel during national anthem, understand greater significance; The Spectrum: Students of color shouldn’t be forced to feel obligated to always speak about their identities - by Troy Closson, Northwestern University<br> <br> General Column Writing (Small) 1-9,999 Students<br> Winner: Dressing like a dawg; BUPD issues an untimely warning; A timely follow up to concerns of student safety - by Madeleine Lucchetti, Butler University <br> Finalist: The Female Gaze columns - by Lindsey Jones, DePauw University<br> <br> Sports Column Writing<br> Winner: Big Ten changes will take away from Northwestern’s season; Wildcats locking arms is a non-story; Northwestern needs a big-time performance from Law to shock Gonzaga - by Tim Balk, Northwestern University<br> Finalist: Taking on Butler basketball - by Dana Lee, Butler University<br> <br> Best All-Around Daily Student Newspaper<br> Winner: The Daily Northwestern - by Staff of The Daily Northwestern, Northwestern University<br> <br> Best All-Around Non Daily Student Newspaper<br> Winner: The Daily Illini - by Staff of The Daily Illini, University of Illinois<br> Finalist: Indiana Daily Student - by Staff of Indiana Daily Student, Indiana University<br> Finalist: Loyola Phoenix - by Staff of Loyola Phoenix, Loyola University Chicago<br> <br> <b>Magazines</b><br> <br> Non-Fiction Magazine Article<br> Winner: Examining sapphic sex - by Emma Sarappo, Northwestern University<br> Finalist: Baby-proofing - by Libby Berry, Northwestern University<br> <br> Best Student Magazine<br> Winner: Ball Bearings: The Human Experience - by Staff of Ball Bearings, Ball State University<br> Finalist: Al Bayan - by Amal Ahmed, Northwestern University<br> Finalist: The Talisman - by Staff of The Talisman, Western Kentucky University<br> <br> <b>Art/Graphics</b><br> <br> Breaking News Photography (Large) 10,000+ Students<br> Winner: Chief Illiniwek protesters block Homecoming Parade - by Ethan Scholl, University of Illinois<br> Finalist: Muncie Fire Department responds to house fire on Carson Street - by Grace Hollars, Ball State University<br> <br> General News Photography (Large) 10,000+ Students<br> Winner: The people united - by Abby Potter, Western Kentucky University<br> Finalist: Daylight - by Alyssa Wisnieski, Northwestern University<br> <br> Feature Photography (Large) 10,000+ Students<br> Winner: Mother’s love powers family through Hurricane Maria aftermath - by Ryan Michalesko, Southern Illinois University Carbondale<br> Finalist: Freewheeling - by Alyssa Wisnieski, Northwestern University<br> <br> Feature Photography (Small) 1-9,999 Students<br> Winner: Bust a fit - by Byron Mason, DePauw University<br> Finalist: ‘Frankenstein’ takes stage for novel’s 200th anniversary - by Cassie Reverman, University of Indianapolis<br> <br> Photo Illustration (Large) 10,000+ Students<br> Winner: My schizophrenia - by Tt Shinkan and Branden Dwyer, Ball State University<br> <br> Photo Illustration (Small) 1-9,999 Students<br> Finalist: Music festival showcases local, regional and national talents - by Andy Carr and Erik Cliburn, University of Indianapolis<br> Finalist: DePauw swimming - by Sam Caravana, DePauw University<br> <br> Sports Photography (Large) 10,000+ Students<br> Winner: At arm's length - by Kelsea Hobbs, Western Kentucky University<br> Finalist: Football vs. Central Michigan 2017 - by Grace Hollars, Ball State University <br> Finalist: Men’s Basketball: Northwestern erupts in blowout win over Iowa - by Rachel Dubner, Northwestern University<br> <br> Sports Photography (Small) 1-9,999 Students<br> Finalist: Andrew Chrabascz - by Jimmy Lafakis, Butler University<br> <br> Editorial Cartooning<br> Winner: Trophy hunting; U.S. South battered and bruised; Gamer Trump - by Andy Carr, University of Indianapolis<br> <br> <b>Radio</b><br> <br> Radio News Reporting<br> Winner: Birds-I-View: Charlottesville - by Nick Landi, Illinois State University <br> Finalist: Birds-I-View: Planned Parenthood - by Maddy Wierus, Illinois State University<br> Finalist: Binge drinking - by Travis Higdon, Western Kentucky University<br> <br> Radio Feature<br> Winner: Dining with Doyle - by Neil Doyle, Illinois State University<br> Finalist: A child food critic grows up - by Shane McKeon, Northwestern University<br> Finalist: Birds-I-View: Comptroller - by Jake Fahrow, Illinois State University<br> <br> Radio In-Depth Reporting<br> Winner: Mar-a-Lago or Trump Tower: Could a federal law force Trump to choose? - by Madeline Fox, Northwestern University<br> <br> Best All-Around Radio Newscast<br> Winner: November 3, 2017 newscast - by Neil Doyle, Illinois State University<br> <br> <br> <b>Television</b><br> <br> Television Breaking News Reporting<br> Winner: Inauguration protests - by Dan Beedie, DePaul University<br> Finalist: Protest breaks out over Muncie Community Schools finances - by Tony Sandleben, Mallory Weil, Evan Like and Emerson Lehmann, Ball State University<br> <br> Television General News Reporting<br> Winner: DACA students at UI - by Jean Kang, University of Illinois <br> Finalist: Low-income students battle the winter - by Michelle Baik, Northwestern University <br> Finalist: The Christian priority in Trump's America - by Michelle Baik, Northwestern University<br> <br> Television Feature Reporting<br> Winner: Opera - by Dan Beedie, DePaul University<br> Finalist: Former trustee reflects on Ball State experience - by Tony Sandleben, Ball State University<br> <br> Television In-Depth Reporting<br> Winner: From Damascus to Chicago - by Colleen Cassingham and Alex Lederman, Northwestern University<br> Finalist: Muncie Community Schools takeover continuing coverage - by Tony Sandleben, Ball State University<br> <br> Television Sports Reporting<br> Winner: Leigh Healey is finally ready to hit the bodybuilding stage - by Grace Choi, Northwestern University<br> <br> Best All-Around Television Newscast<br> Winner: November 23, 2017 broadcast - by Mallory Weil, Tony Sandleben, Ryan McClain and Evan Like, Ball State University<br> <br> <b>Online</b><br> <br> Online News Reporting<br> Winner: Champaign County uninsured rate drops, but not everyone pleased with Affordable Care Act - by Staff of CU-CitizenAccess, University of Illinois<br> Finalist: Evanston Decides 2017 - by David Fishman, Max Schuman and Nora Shelly, Northwestern University<br> Finalist: Wrong place, wrong time - by Staff of The Medill Justice Project, Northwestern University<br> <br> Online Feature Reporting<br> Winner: Can't get there from here - by Emma Sarappo, Northwestern University<br> Finalist: Something in the night - by Jack Evans, Noble Guyon and Eman Mozaffar, Indiana University<br> Finalist: 4 women, 8 names - by Rachel Yang, Northwestern University<br> <br> Online In-Depth Reporting<br> Winner: Camp fever: Injuries, illnesses missing from Indiana state records - by Indiana University Media School, Indiana University<br> Finalist: The system - by Carley Lanich, Nicole McPheeters, Emily Miles and Eman Mozaffar, Indiana University <br> Finalist: Birth justice is social justice - by Emma Krupp, DePaul University<br> <br> Online Sports Reporting<br> Winner: The shoes on the sideline - by Madeline Happold, DePaul University<br> Finalist: Building Northwestern Basketball - by Caleb Friedman, Northwestern University<br> Finalist: A greater role: Gueye's game - by Elizabeth Wyman, Ball State University<br> <br> Online Opinion & Commentary<br> Winner: How to be heard - by Cody Corrall, DePaul University<br> <br> Best Affiliated Web Site<br> Winner: idsnews.com - by Staff of Indiana Daily Student, Indiana University<br> Finalist: NorthbyNorthwestern.com - by Staff of NorthbyNorthwestern.com, Northwestern University<br> Finalist: The Daily Illini - by Staff of The Daily Illini, University of Illinois<br> <br> Best Independent Online Student Publication<br> Winner: The White House & the press - by WKU Fleischaker and Greene Scholars, Western Kentucky University<br> Finalist: Fourteen East Magazine - by Staff of Fourteen East Magazine, DePaul University<br> Finalist: RE(a)D WKU - by Staff of RE(a)D 01-12, Western Kentucky University<br> <br> Best Use of Multimedia<br> Winner: When I am healed - by Abby Potter, Western Kentucky University<br> Finalist: Love you forever: a mother survives after daughter’s suicide - by Srijita Chattopadhyay, Western Kentucky University<br> Finalist: Bigger bodies - by Emily Sabens, Ball State University<br> <br> <b>Videography</b><br> <br> Broadcast Feature Videography<br> Winner: From Damascus to Chicago - by Colleen Cassingham and Alex Lederman, Northwestern University<br> <br> Online/Digital News Videography<br> Winner: Convict of 302: Death penalty in Pakistan - by Shakeeb Asrar and Urooj Kamran Azmi, Northwestern University in Qatar<br> Finalist: Affordable Care Act in Central Illinois: Falling apart, smiling again - by Stephen Cohn, Andrew Ng and Hinna Raja, University of Illinois<br> Finalist: Affordable Care Act in Central Illinois: a passport to healthcare - by Jessica Bursztynsky and Bobbi McSwine, University of Illinois<br> <br> Online/Digital Feature Videography<br> Winner: Burlesque dancer after double mastectomy - by Hangda Zhang, Northwestern University<br> Finalist: Healing Chicago: the story of raptivist Bella Bahhs - by Courtney Kang, Nastasya Popov and Hangda Zhang, Northwestern University<br> Finalist: Legally blind student pursuing passion for theater - by Hangda Zhang, Northwestern University<br> <br> <i>SPJ promotes the free flow of information vital to informing citizens; works to inspire and educate the next generation of journalists; and fights to protect First Amendment guarantees of freedom of speech and press. Support excellent journalism and fight for your right to know. <a href="http://www.spj.org/join.asp">Become a member</a>, <a href="https://www.spj.org/ldf.asp">give to the Legal Defense Fund</a>, or <a href="https://www.spj.org/donate.asp">give to the Sigma Delta Chi Foundation</a>.</i><br> <br> <div align"=center">-END-</div> Mon, 9 Apr 2018 00:00:00 -0500 SPJ disappointed by Sinclair chairman comments about print journalists http://www.spj.org/news.asp?REF=1557 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE<br> <br> Contacts:<br> Rebecca Baker, SPJ National President, 203-640-3904, <email address="rbaker@spj.org">rbaker@spj.org</a><br> Jennifer Royer, SPJ Communications Strategist, 317-361-4134, <email address="jroyer@spj.org">jroyer@spj.org</a><br> <br> <i><br> Update 4/17/18: After agreeing to meet with SPJ, Smith changed his mind and notified Bethel McKenzie today that he will not be meeting with SPJ leaders. <br> <br> Update 4/4/18: After receiving SPJ's letter, David Smith has agreed to a meeting with President Rebecca Baker and Executive Director Alison Bethel McKenzie soon.</i><br> <br> INDIANAPOLIS – The <a href=https://www.spj.org/>Society of Professional Journalists</a> is profoundly disappointed by comments made by David Smith, executive chairman of Sinclair Broadcast Group, as reported earlier today in <a href=" http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2018/04/sinclair-chairman-entire-print-media-has-no-credibility.html?utm_campaign=nym&utm_source=fb&utm_medium=s1">New York magazine</a>. <br> <br> “Mr. Smith’s attack on legitimate, fact-based print journalism is frustrating,” said SPJ National President Rebecca Baker. “It appears Mr. Smith is attempting to discredit any and all journalism except that produced by the 193 television stations he owns or controls throughout 39 states. This is a serious attack on not only the thousands of hard-working print journalists across the country but on the free press as protected by the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.<br> <br> “It is not good for the country or journalism to have one individual or company control such a large portion of news being broadcast,” Baker continued.<br> <br> Baker and SPJ Executive Director Alison Bethel McKenzie <a href=" https://www.spj.org/pdf/news/sinclair-letter-04032018.pdf">sent a letter</a> to Smith today asking him to rethink his opinions about print journalism. <br> <br> “At a time when journalists are constantly being ridiculed and attacked by those in positions of power, we would expect someone in your position, at a media company as large as yours, to realize the difficult job ALL journalists have and stand in solidarity with them,” the letter stated. <br> <br> <br> <i>SPJ promotes the free flow of information vital to informing citizens, works to inspire and educate the next generation of journalists and fights to protect First Amendment guarantees of freedom of speech and press. Support excellent journalism and fight for your right to know. <a href="http://www.spj.org/join.asp">Become a member</a>, <a href="https://www.spj.org/ldf.asp">give to the Legal Defense Fund</a>, or <a href="https://www.spj.org/donate.asp">give to the Sigma Delta Chi Foundation</a>.</i><br> <br> <div align"=center">-END-</div> Tue, 3 Apr 2018 00:00:00 -0500 Region 3 Mark of Excellence Awards winners announced in Charleston, S.C. http://www.spj.org/news.asp?REF=1556 Contacts:<br> Christine Cordial, SPJ Program Coordinator, 317-920-4788, <emailaddress="awards@spj.org">awards@spj.org</a><br> Anna Gutierrez, SPJ Communications Coordinator, 317-920-4785, <emailaddress="communications@spj.org">communications@spj.org</a><br> <br> INDIANAPOLIS — The Society of Professional Journalists recognizes the best collegiate journalism in Region 3 with 2017 Mark of Excellence Awards winners.<br> <br> SPJ’s Region 3 comprises Alabama, Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Honorees received award certificates the weekend of March 24 at the Region 3 Conference. First-place winners will compete at the national level among other regional MOE winners from the 12 SPJ regions.<br> <br> National winners will be notified in the late spring and will be recognized at the Excellence in Journalism conference in Baltimore.<br> <br> MOE Awards entries are judged by professionals with at least three years of journalism experience. Judges were directed to choose entries they felt were among the best in student journalism. If no entry rose to the level of excellence, no award was given. Any category not listed has no winner.<br> <br> School divisions are based on student enrollment, including both graduate and undergraduate: Large schools have at least 10,000 students and small schools have 9,999 or fewer students.<br> <br> The list below details all Region 3 winners. If you have any questions regarding the MOE Awards, contact Christine Cordial via email or phone at 317-920-4788.<br> <br> This list reflects the spelling and titles submitted in the award entries.<br> <br> <b>Newspapers</b><br> Breaking News Reporting (Large) 10,000+ Students<br> Winner: Protesters take a stand, outnumber Spencer supporters - by Ian Cohen, Romy Ellenbogen, David Hoffman and Jimena Tavel, University of Florida <br> Finalist: Fraudulent agency scams SPC - by Alex Klugerman and Richard Chess, Emory University<br> Finalist: SGA elections board resigns - by Will Jones, University of Alabama<br> <br> Breaking News Reporting (Small) 1-9,999 Students<br> Winner: University and FarmHouse reach agreement after public backlash to insensitive video - by Sable Riley, Troy University<br> Finalist: Update on fraternity house fire - by Hillary Taylor, University of North Alabama<br> <br> General News Reporting (Large) 10,000+ Students<br> Winner: Succession of scandals hits Auburn Athletics - by Chip Brownlee, Sam Willoughby and Will Sahlie, Auburn University<br> Finalist: Cell phones shed new light on police violence - by Camille Studebaker, University of Alabama<br> Finalist: Two drivers charged with rape, sodomy of student on university transit bus - by Chip Brownlee and Jessica Ballard, Auburn University<br> <br> General News Reporting (Small) 1-9,999 Students<br> Finalist: New policy affects student refund checks - by Harley Duncan, University of North Alabama<br> <br> In-Depth Reporting (Large) 10,000+ Students<br> Winner: College costs: the CW explores the real price of your degree - by Shahriyar Emami, Will Baggett, Kirstin Carroll and Adam Dodson, University of Alabama<br> <br> Feature Writing (Large) 10,000+ Students<br> Winner: Into the void - by Ethan Bauer, University of Florida<br> Finalist: Freshman's climate change efforts go from local to national - by Nathalie Mairena, University of Miami<br> Finalist: Service dog gives mobility to student with visual impairment - by Annie Cappetta, University of Miami<br> <br> Feature Writing (Small) 1-9,999 Students<br> Winner: Suffering in silence: Men and domestic violence - by Nadia Holloway, Florida A&M University<br> Finalist: Troy student wrestles with the pros - by Zach Henson, Troy University<br> Finalist: Uncovered secrets series - by Tyler Hargett, University of North Alabama<br> <br> Sports Writing (Large) 10,000+ Students<br> Winner: Former Miami Dolphins wait and wonder about future health - by Ethan Bauer, University of Florida<br> Finalist: Best foot forward: UF kicker Eddy Pineiro using football to give his family a comfortable life - by Matthew Brannon, University of Florida<br> Finalist: Her decision - by Ethan Bauer, University of Florida<br> <br> Sports Writing (Small) 1-9,999 Students<br> Winner: Rampersad's journey to Berry - by Haiden Widener, Berry College<br> Finalist: Women's lacrosse excited for rule change - by Christopher Ferguson, Berry College<br> Finalist: Wallace adds honor to legacy - by Jacob Cole, University of North Alabama<br> <br> Editorial Writing<br> Winner: Leath’s appointment warrants criticism; For the good of Auburn, Jay Jacobs should go; It’s time for voters to put an end to Moore’s antics - by Weston Sims, Chip Brownlee and The Auburn Plainsman Editorial Board, Auburn University<br> Finalist: Kneeling is not un-American; Doug Jones for US Senate; UA should have commencement speakers - by The Crimson White Editorial Board, University of Alabama<br> Finalist: First Amendment flaws in Viking code; Changes needed in chalk policy draft; Use your voice for good - by Campus Carrier and Viking Fusion Staffs, Berry College<br> <br> General Column Writing (Small) 1-9,999 Students<br> Winner: DACA decision forced on Congress; Media favor sensation in catering to public interest; Is Christianity a religion or a culture? - by Pradyot Sharma, Troy University<br> <br> Sports Column Writing<br> Winner: I get why Jim McElwain should go. But remember he’s human, too; Adversity is the most overused word in sports. Instead, let’s not cheapen it; Don’t make football a priority in times of crisis - by Ethan Bauer, University of Florida<br> Finalist: In the wake of Spencer controversy, it’s OK to take a break from sports; Nobody should just stick to sports; Take yourselves less seriously, sports teams - by Ian Cohen, University of Florida<br> Finalist: Earth is flat, obviously, you idiot; Dan Mullen just volunteered to go through hell; UF’s new uniforms are so cool they almost make me forget how bad the team is - by Matt Brannon, University of Florida<br> <br> Best All-Around Non Daily Student Newspaper<br> Winner: The Miami Hurricane - by The Staff of The Miami Hurricane, University of Miami<br> Finalist: The Auburn Plainsman - by Corey Williams, Chip Brownlee and The Auburn Plainsman Staff, Auburn University<br> Finalist: The Oracle - by The Staff of The Oracle, University of South Florida<br> <br> <b>Magazines</b><br> <br> Non-Fiction Magazine Article<br> Winner: Drag race - by Theo Willson and Marissa Vonesh, University of Miami<br> Finalist: Sea of dreams - by Matthew Wilson and Mary Katherine Carpenter, University of Alabama<br> <br> Best Student Magazine<br> Winner: Distraction Magazine - by The Staff of Distraction Magazine, University of Miami<br> Finalist: SCAN Magazine - by The Staff of SCAN Magazine, Savannah College of Art and Design Atlanta<br> <br> <b>Art/Graphics</b><br> <br> Breaking News Photography (Large) 10,000+ Students<br> Winner: Hunter sets eyes on governing after SGA presidential win - by Jacob Arthur, University of Alabama<br> Finalist: 'You need a heart': Community protests Emory's delay of kidney transplant - by Parth Mody, Emory University<br> <br> Feature Photography (Large) 10,000+ Students<br> Winner: Words - by The Staff of Distraction Magazine, University of Miami<br> <br> Feature Photography (Small) 1-9,999 Students<br> Winner: Finding home from Myanmar - by Katherine Lewin, Flagler College<br> Finalist: Better diabetes care available, yet few can afford it - by Jessie Rowan, Flagler College<br> <br> Photo Illustration (Large) 10,000+ Students<br> Winner: Sex stats - by Staff of Distraction Magazine, University of Miami<br> Finalist: Cadet Canes - by Sidney Sherman and Marissa Vonesh, University of Miami<br> Finalist: Cell phones shed new light on police violence - by Kylie Cowden and Jake Stevens, University of Alabama<br> <br> Photo Illustration (Small) 1-9,999 Students<br> Winner: Musician Maggie Schneider - by Christian Zubernis, Savannah College of Art and Design Atlanta<br> <br> Sports Photography (Large) 10,000+ Students<br> Winner: Gators lose in Elite Eight - by Grace King, University of Florida<br> Finalist: Football cover - by Josh White and Marissa Vonesh, University of Miami <br> Finalist: FGCU men's basketball versus Weber International's Warriors - by Zack Rothman, Florida Gulf Coast University<br> <br> Sports Photography (Small) 1-9,999 Students<br> Winner: Junior guard Wesley Person - by Joshua Thurston, Troy University<br> Finalist: Women's tennis - by Valerie DeWandel, Berry College<br> Finalist: Women's softball - by Bailey Albertson, Berry College<br> <br> Editorial Cartooning<br> Winner: The Current State series: Liberty; Tweety; War games - by Richard Goodwin, Savannah College of Art and Design Atlanta<br> <br> <br> <b>Radio</b><br> <br> Radio News Reporting<br> Winner: Irma aftermath - by Staff of WUFT-FM, University of Florida<br> Finalist: Richard Spencer speech & rally - by Staff of WUFT-FM, University of Florida<br> Finalist: Mayor of Midland City emerges after difficult election night - by Eriq Roberts, Troy University<br> <br> Radio Feature<br> Winner: The high cost of sugar - by Miranda Fulmore, University of Alabama<br> Finalist: ALS doesn't stop this artist - by Alexa Lorenzo, University of Florida<br> <br> Radio In-Depth Reporting<br> Winner: When the lights go out, and stay out - by Luke Sullivan, University of Florida<br> <br> Radio Sports Reporting<br> Winner: A Cuban woman who wants to box - by Caitie Switalski, University of Florida<br> Finalist: Family travels to Omaha - by Savanna Collins, University of Florida<br> <br> Best All-Around Radio Newscast<br> Winner: October 19, 2017 Newscast - by Henry Coburn, Dolores Hinckley, University of Florida<br> <br> <b>Television</b><br> <br> Television Breaking News Reporting<br> Winner: Pulse anniversary - by Ryan Roberts, Daniela Hurtado, University of Florida<br> Finalist: Gators drown out Richard Spencer - by Alexa Lorenzo, University of Florida<br> Finalist: Fire engulfs East Alabama Mill - by Brandon Etheredge, Auburn University<br> <br> Television General News Reporting<br> Winner: 2017 hurricane season begins - by Grace King, University of Florida <br> Finalist: Santa Fe River flooding lingers - by Grace King, University of Florida<br> <br> Television Feature Reporting<br> Winner: The chicken man - by Allen Devlin, University of South Carolina<br> Finalist: M.I.A. Mia - by Zoe Haugen, University of Florida<br> Finalist: Painting with a purpose - by Alexa Lorenzo, University of Florida<br> <br> Television In-Depth Reporting<br> Winner: Lead in school water - by Daniela Hurtado and Danielle Frew, University of Florida<br> Finalist: Tale of two cities - by Brian Principe, University of South Carolina<br> Finalist: Peach crop loss - by Caitlin Mathias, University of South Carolina<br> <br> Television Sports Reporting<br> Winner: D'Mauri Jones: Painting inspiration - by David Perez, University of Miami<br> Finalist: Palatka pride - by Savanna Collins, University of Florida<br> Finalist: Three coaches, three players, one city - by J.P. Hovey, University of South Carolina<br> <br> Best All-Around Television Newscast<br> Winner: WUFT News - by Rachel Trent and The Staff of WUFT News, University of Florida<br> Finalist: WUFT News First at Five - by Aaron Abell and The Staff of WUFT News, University of Florida<br> Finalist: TROY TrojanVision News - by The Staff of TROY TrojanVision News, Troy University<br> <br> <b>Online</b><br> <br> Online News Reporting<br> Winner: Flooding leaves refugee family with moldy apartment - by Katherine Lewin, Flagler College<br> Finalist: Drawing lines: Debate over gerrymandering, political power comes to South Carolina - by Brodie Putz, University of South Carolina<br> Finalist: Flagler College jury scam: When technology is used for evil - by Katherine Hamilton, Flagler College<br> <br> Online Feature Reporting<br> Winner: Two veterans, two wars - by Briana Erickson, University of Florida<br> Finalist: Artist Tyrone Geter: Searching for a universal language - by Taylor Halle, University of South Carolina<br> Finalist: Unpredictable weather, breaking buds part of S.C. winemaking life - by Michaela Wendell, University of South Carolina<br> <br> Online In-Depth Reporting<br> Winner: Grade expectations - by Molly Donovan, University of Florida<br> Finalist: Energy burden - by Staff of WUFT.org, University of Florida<br> Finalist: ‘Feels like an earthquake’: Newberry neighborhood fears damage from limestone mine - by Nicole Dan, University of Florida<br> <br> Online Sports Reporting<br> Winner: Vikings football playoffs - by Allie Pritchett, Bruno Rosa and Chris Ferguson, Berry College<br> Finalist: Beach volleyball player takes familial approach to competition - by Collyn Taylor, University of South Carolina<br> Finalist: Sara P's Fast 5 - by Sara Palczewski, Auburn University<br> <br> Online Opinion & Commentary<br> Winner: An open letter from a sick and tired Atlanta driver; The first lady is missing; What the new tax plan means for students - by Allison Bolt, Savannah College of Art and Design Atlanta<br> Finalist: Life is precious: My sister’s story; Why I’m happy to be financially independent; Logic brings powerful, important performance to the VMAs - by Jared Talbot, Flagler College<br> <br> Best Affiliated Web Site<br> Winner: Alpine Living New Zealand - by Jonathan Norris, Taylor Armer, Kaylin Bowen and Hailey Grace Steele, University of Alabama<br> Finalist: Eagle Eye TV - by The Staff of Eagle Eye TV, Auburn University<br> <br> Best Independent Online Student Publication<br> Winner: Flagler College Gargoyle – by The Staff of Flagler College Gargoyle, Flagler College<br> Finalist: The Connector - by The Staff of The Connector, Savannah College of Art and Design Atlanta<br> Finalist: Viking Fusion - by The Staff of Viking Fusion, Berry College<br> <br> Best Use of Multimedia<br> Winner: Our Gainesville – by The Staff of WUFT News, University of Florida<br> Finalist: The 45th President - by The Staff of The Independent Florida Alligator, University of Florida<br> Finalist: Resilient - by Christopher Chase Edmunds, Taylor Armer, Cara Walker and Thomas Joa, University of Alabama<br> <br> <br> <b>Videography</b><br> <br> Broadcast News Videography<br> Winner: Troy Out of the Darkness Walk - by Lauren Harksen, Troy University<br> <br> Online/Digital News Videography<br> Winner: Gainesville residents react to Thursday speech event on campus - by Ramsey Touchberry, University of Florida<br> <br> Online/Digital Feature Videography<br> Winner: Beyond gender - by Andrea Cornejo, University of Florida<br> Finalist: Flagler student tears up the t-shirt business - by Gabrielle Garay, Flagler College<br> <br> <i>SPJ promotes the free flow of information vital to informing citizens; works to inspire and educate the next generation of journalists; and fights to protect First Amendment guarantees of freedom of speech and press. Support excellent journalism and fight for your right to know. <a href="http://www.spj.org/join.asp">Become a member</a>, <a href="https://www.spj.org/ldf.asp">give to the Legal Defense Fund</a>, or <a href="https://www.spj.org/donate.asp">give to the Sigma Delta Chi Foundation</a>.</i><br> <br> <div align"=center">-END-</div><br> Mon, 26 Mar 2018 00:00:00 -0500 Region 12 Mark of Excellence Awards winners announced in Little Rock, Ark. http://www.spj.org/news.asp?REF=1555 Contacts:<br> Christine Cordial, SPJ Program Coordinator, 317-920-4788, <email address="awards@spj.org">awards@spj.org</a><br> Anna Gutierrez, SPJ Communications Coordinator, 317-920-4785, <email address="communications@spj.org">communications@spj.org</a><br> <br> INDIANAPOLIS — The Society of Professional Journalists recognizes the best collegiate journalism in Region 12 with 2017 Mark of Excellence Awards winners.<br> <br> SPJ’s Region 12 comprises Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Western Tennessee. Honorees received award certificates the weekend of March 17 at the Region 12 Conference. First-place winners will compete at the national level among other regional MOE winners from the 12 SPJ regions.<br> <br> National winners will be notified in the late spring and will be recognized at the Excellence in Journalism conference in Baltimore.<br> <br> MOE Awards entries are judged by professionals with at least three years of journalism experience. Judges were directed to choose entries they felt were among the best in student journalism. If no entry rose to the level of excellence, no award was given. Any category not listed has no winner.<br> <br> School divisions are based on student enrollment, including both graduate and undergraduate: Large schools have at least 10,000 students and small schools have 9,999 or fewer students.<br> <br> The list below details all Region 12 winners. If you have any questions regarding the MOE Awards, contact Christine Cordial via email or phone at 317-920-4788.<br> <br> This list reflects the spelling and titles submitted in the award entries.<br> <br> <b>Newspapers</b><br> <br> Breaking News Reporting (Large) 10,000+ Students<br> Winner: LSUPD investigation finds evidence Maxwell Gruver was 'targeted' during hazing event - by Natalie Anderson and Evan Saacks, Louisiana State University<br> Finalist: All individuals arrested for Maxwell Gruver hazing death released on bond - by Staff of The Daily Reveille, Louisiana State University<br> Finalist: Sen. Cotton faces angry crowd at town meeting - by Andrea Johnson, University of Arkansas<br> <br> General News Reporting (Large) 10,000+ Students<br> Winner: Fees: Use what you pay for; STEM— open to women, organization offers help; Defunding diversity and inclusion, House Bill 1213 - by Amber Quaid, Arkansas Tech University<br> Finalist: International student's death a result of Kappa Sigma's hazing practices, lawsuits say - by Kailey Broussard, University of Louisiana at Lafayette<br> Finalist: Student apartment charges residents hidden fee - by Shelby Evans, University of Arkansas<br> <br> In-Depth Reporting (Large) 10,000+ Students<br> Winner: UA student, local community face effect of opioid epidemic - by Meleah Perez, University of Arkansas<br> Finalist: Living with dyslexia - by Halie Brown, University of Arkansas<br> <br> In-Depth Reporting (Small) 1-9,999 Students<br> Winner: Behind the blue - by Savanna DiStefano, Harding University<br> <br> Feature Writing (Large) 10,000+ Students<br> Winner: To Adams, art, God and love are sacred - by Devna Bose, University of Mississippi<br> Finalist: Lost art: Stolen paintings of historic LSU figures still lost after nearly 40 years - by William Taylor Potter and Carrie Grace Henderson, Louisiana State University<br> <br> Feature Writing (Small) 1-9,999 Students<br> Winner: Christmas trees stop costal erosion in Jefferson Parish - by Colleen Dulle, Loyola University New Orleans<br> Finalist: Visiting with Searcy Mormon Missionaries - by Joshua Johnson, Harding University<br> <br> Sports Writing (Large) 10,000+ Students<br> Winner: Kristen's battle - by Alex Nicolls, University of Arkansas<br> Finalist: Forty-five innings of softball on history-making weekend - by Mathew Emery and Amber Quaid, Arkansas Tech University<br> Finalist: Coach D-D Breaux recognized for impact, dedication to gymnastics program - by Hannah Martin, Louisiana State University<br> <br> Sports Writing (Small) 1-9,999 Students<br> Winner: Men's and women's teams make history as they travel to national tournament - by Brian Wollitz and Ryan Micklin, Loyola University New Orleans<br> Finalist: Swim team strengthens roster and sets sights on improved national ranking - by Brian Wollitz, Loyola University New Orleans<br> <br> Editorial Writing<br> Winner: UREC 'leisure pool' expansion frivolous use of student fees; Alexander right to suspend LSU Greek Life activities; LSU needs to do more following Michael Nickelotte's suicide - by The Daily Reveille Editorial Board, Louisiana State University<br> <br> General Column Writing (Large) 10,000+ Students<br> Winner: Arkansas gun bills creates more problems than it solves; Equifax breach reveals agency's shake infrastructure; Senate strikes down pro-consumer rule for partisan victory - by Joah Clements, University of Arkansas<br> <br> General Column Writing (Small) 1-9,999 Students<br> Winner: Same song, second verse - by Joshua Johnson, Harding University<br> <br> Sports Column Writing<br> Winner: JC does sports - by JC Canicosa, Loyola University New Orleans<br> Finalist: Apathy among fans, dwindling attendance a result of a non-elite football program; Despite midseason coaching change, Orgeron hauls in strong class; LSU versus Auburn represents a pivotal point in season - by Chris Caldarera, Louisiana State University<br> Finalist: Sports team columns - by Ricci Logan, Matthew Emery, Noah Delashaw and Amber Quaid, Arkansas Tech University<br> <br> Best All-Around Daily Student Newspaper<br> Winner: The Daily Mississippian - by Staff of The Daily Mississippian, University of Mississippi<br> Finalist: The Daily Helmsman - by Jonathan Capriel and Gus Carrington, University of Memphis<br> <br> Best All-Around Non Daily Student Newspaper<br> Winner: The Arkansas Traveler - by Alex Nicoll, University of Arkansas<br> Finalist: Loyola Maroon - by Starlight Williams and Nick Reimann, Loyola University New Orleans<br> Finalist: The Arka Tech - by Staff of The Arka Tech, Arkansas Tech University<br> <br> <b>Magazines</b><br> <br> Non-Fiction Magazine Article<br> Winner: ‘We have completely failed a generation' - by Bethany Osborn, University of Arkansas<br> Finalist: Why teens become moms - by Devynne Diaz, University of Arkansas<br> <br> Best Student Magazine<br> Winner: Hill Magazine - by Alex Gladden, University of Arkansas<br> <br> <b>Art/Graphics</b><br> <br> Breaking News Photography (Large) 10,000+ Students<br> Winner: Fire at Ole Miss Yerby Center - by Marlee Crawford, University of Mississippi<br> <br> Breaking News Photography (Small) 1-9,999 Students<br> Winner: Total eclipse - by Ben Davis, Lipscomb University<br> <br> General News Photography (Small) 1-9,999 Students<br> Winner: Raising hope - by Amanda Floyd, Harding University<br> Finalist: Inside looking out - by Andrew Callaghan, Loyola University New Orleans<br> <br> Feature Photography (Large) 10,000+ Students<br> Winner: Burning for Tibet - by Adams Pryor, University of Arkansas<br> <br> Feature Photography (Small) 1-9,999 Students<br> Winner: Sugar-powered goodness meets good will - by Paula Amezquita, Loyola University New Orleans<br> Finalist: Moms Against Madonna - by Anna Rogers, Lipscomb University<br> Finalist: Tamm in her favorite beanie, Mary Jane - by Keion Hayes, Grambling State University<br> <br> Sports Photography (Large) 10,000+ Students<br> Winner: Men's basketball vs. Stephen F. Austin - by Whitney Williston, Louisiana State University<br> Finalist: The long walk back - by Tyler Lamb, Middle Tennessee State University<br> <br> Sports Photography (Small) 1-9,999 Students<br> Winner: Lady Tigers Jazmin Torian drives to the basket - by Keion Hayes, Grambling State University<br> Finalist: Martez Carter scores the game-winning touchdown - by Raven Leday, Grambling State University<br> Finalist: Top 8 Moments from the Elite 8 - by Evan Swearingen, Harding University<br> <br> Editorial Cartooning<br> Winner: Daily Mississippian cartoons - by Jake Thrasher, University of Mississippi<br> Finalist: Arkansas Traveler editorial cartoons - by Olivia Fredericks, University of Arkansas<br> Finalist: Cartoons - by Rachel Gibson, Harding University<br> <br> <br> <b>Radio</b><br> <br> Radio Sports Reporting<br> Winner: Bison Basketball completes sweep of Belmont - by Russell Vannozzi, Lipscomb University<br> <br> <br> <b>Television</b><br> <br> Television Breaking News Reporting<br> Winner: Gruver's suite mates exclusive - by Kennedi Walker and Matt Houston, Louisiana State University<br> <br> Television General News Reporting<br> Winner: Holmes County MS tornado damage - by Jules Marcantonio, University of Mississippi<br> Finalist: Loyola adds braille signs to buildings on campus - by Dannielle Garcia, Loyola University New Orleans<br> Finalist: TOPS cuts hurt LSU enrollment - by Hunter Lovell, Louisiana State University<br> <br> Television Feature Reporting<br> Winner: Student firefighter training - by Brittany Lofaso, Louisiana State University<br> Finalist: Floating marsh - by Amanda Kitch, Southeastern Louisiana University<br> Finalist: The good life with Grant - by Grant Gaar, University of Mississippi<br> <br> Television In-Depth Reporting<br> Winner: To speak again - by Amanda Triay, Southeastern Louisiana University<br> Finalist: In-depth: Marijuana legalization in Tennessee - by Ashley Sharp, University of Tennessee Knoxville<br> Finalist: LGBTQ mentoring - by Ramsey Minto, University of Arkansas<br> <br> Television Sports Reporting<br> Winner: Pre-med player - by Dylan Alvarez, Louisiana State University<br> Finalist: Saints vs. Bucs: Meet the Justice League - by Wesley Boone, Southeastern Louisiana University<br> Finalist: MMA student athlete – by Max Hawkins, Louisiana State University<br> <br> Best All-Around Television Newscast<br> Winner: Northshore News - by Staff of The Southeastern Channel, Southeastern Louisiana University<br> Finalist: HU16 Live at Five - by Staff of HU16, Harding University<br> <br> <b>Online</b><br> <br> Online News Reporting<br> Winner: Travel ban has mixed impact on Ole Miss - by Ariyl Onstott, University of Mississippi<br> Finalist: President Lowry issues apology for ‘offensive’ decorations at dinner for African-American students - by Cole Gray, Lipscomb University<br> <br> Online Feature Reporting<br> Winner: Just talking: Correl Hoyle prepares to graduate after three years of activism - by Clara Turnage and Malachi Shinault, University of Mississippi<br> Finalist: Chemistry professor Dr. Villa Mitchell to retire after 40 years - by Lorena Coleman, Lipscomb University<br> Finalist: Sound Emporium allows Lipscomb students to make their mark in its iconic history - by Erin Franklin, Lipscomb University<br> <br> Online In-Depth Reporting<br> Winner: Arkansas veterans face higher suicide rates - by Lindsey Guimont and Kayla Nunez, University of Arkansas<br> Finalist: Generation of change - by Chance Gowan and Jordan Huntley, Harding University<br> <br> Online Sports Reporting<br> Winner: Gigliotti enters season as top prospect - by Cole Gray, Lipscomb University<br> Finalist: From Dugan Field to Camden Yards: How former Lipscomb standouts fare in pro ranks - by Russell Vannozzi, Lipscomb University<br> <br> Online Opinion & Commentary<br> Winner: Columns - by LeBron Hill, Lipscomb University<br> <br> Best Affiliated Web Site<br> Winner: theDMonline.com - by Staff of The Daily Mississippian, University of Mississippi<br> Finalist: LoyolaMaroon.com - by Starlight Williams and Nick Reimann, Loyola University New Orleans<br> Finalist: The Daily Reveille - by Staff of The Daily Reveille, Louisiana State University<br> <br> Best Use of Multimedia<br> Winner: Lipscomb reacts to once-in-a-lifetime total solar eclipse - by Lumination Network Staff, Lipscomb University<br> Finalist: Celebrating the Little Rock 9 - by Chance Gowan and Jordan Huntley, Harding University<br> Finalist: Lipscomb welcomes 48th annual GMA Dove Awards for gospel music’s biggest night - by Lumination Network Staff, Lipscomb University<br> <br> <b>Videography</b><br> <br> Broadcast News Videography<br> Winner: RaceTrac controversy - by Tara Barbe, Southeastern Louisiana University<br> Finalist: Courthouse and jail tax - by Amanda Kitch, Southeastern Louisiana University<br> Finalist: Mandeville Beach - by Amanda Kitch, Southeastern Louisiana University<br> <br> Broadcast Feature Videography<br> Winner: Floating marsh - by Amanda Kitch, Southeastern Louisiana University<br> Finalist: Clydesdale horses - by Maria Goddard, Southeastern Louisiana University<br> Finalist: To speak again - by Amanda Triay, Southeastern Louisiana University<br> <br> Broadcast Sports Videography<br> Finalist: Coach Jay Ladner - by Jaylon Morris, Southeastern Louisiana University<br> Finalist: Lions vs. William Carey Basketball - by Jordan Rheams, Southeastern Louisiana University<br> <br> Online/Digital Feature Videography<br> Winner: Feeling the music - by Lauren Layton, University of Mississippi<br> Finalist: The Cover Zone - Young musicians and the music scene in Memphis - by Christian Volk, University of Memphis<br> <br> <div align"=center">-END-</div><br> <br> <i>SPJ promotes the free flow of information vital to informing citizens; works to inspire and educate the next generation of journalists; and fights to protect First Amendment guarantees of freedom of speech and press. Support excellent journalism and fight for your right to know. <a href="http://www.spj.org/join.asp">Become a member</a>, <a href="https://www.spj.org/ldf.asp">give to the Legal Defense Fund</a>, or <a href="https://www.spj.org/donate.asp">give to the Sigma Delta Chi Foundation</a>.</i> Mon, 19 Mar 2018 00:00:00 -0500 2018 Black Hole Award bestowed upon Trump and his administration http://www.spj.org/news.asp?REF=1554 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE<br> <br> Contact:<br> Danielle McLean, SPJ Freedom of Information Committee Chair, (202) 741- 6247, <email address="daniellemclean87@gmail.com">daniellemclean87@gmail.com</a><br> Anna Gutierrez, SPJ Communications Coordinator, 317-920-4785, <email address="agutierrez@hq.spj.org">agutierrez@spj.org</a><br> <br> INDIANAPOLIS — Each year during <a href="http://sunshineweek.rcfp.org/">Sunshine Week</a>, the <a href="https://www.spj.org/index.asp">Society of Professional Journalists</a> bestows the <a href="http://www.spj.org/blackhole.asp">Black Hole Award</a> upon government institutions or agencies for outright contempt of the public’s right to know. Today, the seventh annual Black Hole Award is given to <b>President Donald Trump and his administration</b>.<br> <br> In selecting the Trump administration for the "dishonor," members of the <a href="https://www.spj.org/com-foi.asp">SPJ Freedom of Information Committee</a> pointed to an <a href="https://apnews.com/714791d91d7944e49a284a51fab65b85/US-sets-new-record-for-censoring,-withholding-gov%27t-files">Associated Press report this week</a> that documented records set by the Trump administration for failing to provide information sought under the Freedom of Information Act. <br> <br> "A huge 'congratulations' to the Trump administration for being the first presidential administration to win this prestigious award," said Danielle McLean, SPJ Freedom of Information Committee chair. “A true democracy gives free and open access to the very public body it is supposed to serve. The Trump administration has so far done a fantastic job shielding the public from that essential access by censoring and withholding a record number of files requested through the Freedom of Information Act. Saying that, I urge the Trump administration to please stop this practice and start governing for the people."<br> <br> After analyzing federal reports for eight months in 2017, the Associated Press found that private citizens, journalists and others who sought records under the Freedom of Information Act received files that had been censored or nothing at all in 78 percent of 823,222 requests. That exceeded similar results in every year of the past decade. In about half of the cases where the government provided no records, the government said it could find no information related to the request.<br> <br> Ironically, the <a href="https://www.foia.gov/">website for the Freedom of Information Act</a> displays this message in large letters: "The basic function of the Freedom of Information Act is to ensure informed citizens, vital to the functioning of a democratic society."<br> <br> The government did provide everything requested in about one of five cases, the AP said. <br> <br> The analysis also found the Trump administration set a second record, spending $40.6 million to defend its decisions to withhold requested files. <br> <br> Legitimate reasons do exist for the government to deny requests for government information. Among the nine exempt areas are privacy concerns, national security and trade secrets. <br> <br> The SPJ Freedom of Information Committee felt that it was important not to ignore the elephant in the room, but also to address more local issues that have resulted because of a trickle-down effect from the current and prior administrations. This trickle-down effect is evident by the record number of Black Hole Award nominations the FOI committee received this year. <br> <br> For equally egregious and heinous violations of the public’s right to know, here are the committee’s picks for "Dishonorable Mentions" or runners-up. <br> <br> <b>Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner’s Office</b><br> Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner’s Office is well known for taking its time with Freedom of Information Act requests, often taking over a year to respond. <br> <br> Because of this, Erik Abderhalden wrote in his nomination letter, "the Illinois Governor's Office is egregious in violation of FOIA law due to their lack of timely response, which is causing great strife to the public seeking the records."<br> <br> The governor’s office has been sued multiple times (<a href="http://edgarcountywatchdogs.com/2017/10/governors-office-facing-foia-lawsuit/">here</a>, <a href="https://cookcountyrecord.com/stories/511251990-law-courts-governor-s-office-accused-of-failing-to-comply-with-freedom-of-information-act-request">here</a> and <a href="https://cookcountyrecord.com/stories/511313334-ex-rauner-communications-chief-sues-governor-demands-emails-about-abortion-law-other-topics">here</a>) after failing to comply with FOIA, and even went so far as to <a href="https://www.politico.com/story/2017/08/15/illinois-first-lady-email-request-blocked-241644">block a request for Illinois first lady Diana Rauner’s emails</a>. <br> <br> It has been proven multiple times that <a href="http://edgarcountywatchdogs.com/2018/01/gov-rauner-is-abusing-foia-keeping-secrets/">Rauner's office is abusing FOIA and keeping secrets</a>. The egregiousness has risen to a level where the Illinois Attorney General’s Public Access Counselor issued two separate opinions (<a href="http://www.documentcloud.org/documents/4356740-49522-F-3g-Und-Bur-Improper-Sa.html">here</a> and <a href="http://www.documentcloud.org/documents/4356739-49845-49984-F-3d-No-Pb-Response-Sa.html">here</a>) stating Rauner’s office has violated FOIA, and asked that it comply by providing the requested records. In their review of FOIA denials, the governor’s office would not even comply with the review process. Gov. Rauner’s office has even failed to comply with the AG’s written opinion(s).<br> <br> <b>Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services</b><br> This government agency routinely sells public data, but refuses to give the basic versions to <a href="https://www.reclaimtherecords.org/records-request/7/">Reclaim the Records</a>, a not-for-profit group of genealogists, historians, researchers and open government advocates. When the agency finally agreed to turn over the information, it tried to <a href="http://www.stltoday.com/news/local/columns/tony-messenger/messenger-hawley-makes-sunshine-splash-while-defending-state-secrecy-in/article_26e2a104-16fd-5828-8fac-06e1ad130f2f.html">charge Reclaim the Records $1.5 million</a> for it. <br> <br> The agency also tried to get dirt on the requestor’s organization and repeatedly tried to stonewall the requests. These are just a few of the heinous ways this government agency conspired to blatantly break Sunshine Law and avoid releasing public information. <br> <br> <b>Washington State Legislature</b><br> It was only Gov. Jay Inslee’s veto that prevented the Washington State Legislature from permanently banning access to lawmakers’ past emails, text messages and calendars, as well as past disciplinary proceedings and complaints about lawmakers’ conduct — <a href="https://www.seattletimes.com/opinion/opinion-governor-jay-inslee-must-stand-up-for-the-people-and-veto-legislative-secrecy-bill/">basically an attempt to exempt themselves from the Freedom of Information Act</a>. <br> <br> For that reason, the SPJ FOI Committee awarded the Washington State Legislature as a dishonorable mention. <br> <br> In February, Washington state lawmakers passed <a href="http://app.leg.wa.gov/billsummary?BillNumber=6617&Year=2017">Senate Bill 6617</a>. SPJ National President <a href="https://twitter.com/spj_tweets/status/968843650456309760">Rebecca Baker</a>, SPJ’s <a href="https://blogs.spjnetwork.org/foi/2018/02/28/washingtons-governor-needs-to-use-veto-pen-to-make-stand-for-transparency/">Freedom of Information Committee</a> and SPJ <a href="https://www.spjwash.org/spjwash-opposes-washington-legislature-action-restricts-public-access/">Western Washington Pro Chapter</a> urged Gov. Inslee to veto the bill.<br> <br> "Journalism and open government groups have been <a href="https://www.spj.org/news.asp?ref=1402">calling on state and federal governments to be more open and transparent</a> for years. Yet lawmakers continue these ridiculous attempts to stymie journalists and ignore the First Amendment," Baker said earlier this month. "It’s time for elected officials to do what they were elected to do, do what is right, and be honest and transparent with journalists and the public."<br> <br> Nominations for the Black Hole Award come from journalists, open-government advocates and the general public.<br> <br> Previous recipients of the Black Hole Award include the <a href="https://www.spj.org/news.asp?REF=1418">U.S. Virgin Islands Government</a>, <a href="https://www.spj.org/news.asp?REF=1317">U.S. Forest Service</a>, <a href="https://www.spj.org/news.asp?REF=1158">Oklahoma State University</a>, the <a href="https://www.spj.org/news.asp?REF=1101">Georgia</a>, <a href="https://www.spj.org/news.asp?ref=1037">Utah</a> and <a href="https://www.spj.org/news.asp?REF=1101">Wisconsin</a> state legislatures and the <a href="https://www.spj.org/news.asp?REF=1101">Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services</a>. The <a href="https://www.spj.org/news.asp?REF=1489">New Mexico Interstate Stream Commission</a> was last year’s recipient. <br> <br> The Society of Professional Journalists launched the Black Hole Award to highlight the most heinous violations of the public's right to know. By exposing such abuses, SPJ’s Freedom of Information Committee seeks to educate members of the public about their rights and call attention to those who would interfere with openness and transparency.<br> <br> <div align"=center">-END-</div><br> <br> <i>SPJ promotes the free flow of information vital to informing citizens; works to inspire and educate the next generation of journalists; and fights to protect First Amendment guarantees of freedom of speech and press. Support excellent journalism and fight for your right to know. <a href="http://www.spj.org/join.asp">Become a member</a>, <a href="https://www.spj.org/ldf.asp">give to the Legal Defense Fund</a>, or <a href="https://www.spj.org/donate.asp">give to the Sigma Delta Chi Foundation</a>.</i> Fri, 16 Mar 2018 00:00:00 -0500 Region 4 Mark of Excellence Awards winners announced in Pittsburgh http://www.spj.org/news.asp?REF=1553 Contacts:<br> Christine Cordial, SPJ Program Coordinator, 317-920-4788, <emailaddress="awards@spj.org">awards@spj.org</a><br> Anna Gutierrez, SPJ Communications Coordinator, 317-920-4785, <emailaddress="communications@spj.org">communications@spj.org</a><br> <br> INDIANAPOLIS — The Society of Professional Journalists recognizes the best collegiate journalism in Region 4 with 2017 Mark of Excellence Awards winners.<br> <br> SPJ’s Region 4 comprises Michigan, Ohio, West Virginia and Western Pennsylvania. Honorees received award certificates the weekend of March 10 at the Region 4 Conference. First-place winners will compete at the national level among other regional MOE winners from the 12 SPJ regions.<br> <br> National winners will be notified in the late spring and will be recognized at the Excellence in Journalism conference in Baltimore.<br> <br> MOE Awards entries are judged by professionals with at least three years of journalism experience. Judges were directed to choose entries they felt were among the best in student journalism. If no entry rose to the level of excellence, no award was given. Any category not listed has no winner.<br> <br> School divisions are based on student enrollment, including both graduate and undergraduate: Large schools have at least 10,000 students and small schools have 9,999 or fewer students.<br> <br> The list below details all Region 4 winners. If you have any questions regarding the MOE Awards, contact Christine Cordial via email or phone at 317-920-4788.<br> <br> This list reflects the spelling and titles submitted in the award entries.<br> <br> <b>Newspapers</b><br> <br> Breaking News Reporting (Large) 10,000+ Students<br> Winner: June flood coverage - by Mitchell Kukulka and McKenzie Sanderson, Central Michigan University<br> <br> Breaking News Reporting (Small) 1-9,999 Students<br> Winner: Full-time faculty union reaches contract agreement - by Alexander Popichak and Josh Croup, Point Park University<br> Finalist: Seventh floor caught in hot water after pipe joint burst - by Alexander Popichak, Point Park University<br> <br> General News Reporting (Large) 10,000+ Students<br> Winner: Science vs. policy: examining the clash over cannabis - by Sarah Wolpoff, Central Michigan University <br> Finalist: 911 callers say Columbus Police dismissed their pleas to save Heather Campbell’s life - by Summer Cartwright and Owen Daugherty, Ohio State University<br> Finalist: Immigration policy aftershocks hit Kent - by Cameron Gorman and McKenzie Jean-Philippe, Kent State University<br> <br> General News Reporting (Small) 1-9,999 Students<br> Winner: Science in the wild - by Drew Boxler, Baldwin Wallace University<br> Finalist: County faces opioid epidemic - by Teghan Simonton, Waynesburg University<br> Finalist: Concealed carry raises discussion - by Alexandria Hentschel, Cedarville University<br> <br> In-Depth Reporting (Large) 10,000+ Students<br> Winner: Keeping up with compliance - by Karl Schneider, Kent State University<br> Finalist: Gender pay gap at Ohio State: Male employees earn nearly $8,000 more than females - by Erin Gottsacker, Ohio State University<br> Finalist: Community in crisis: Miami's drinking problem - by The Staff of The Miami Student, Miami University<br> <br> In-Depth Reporting (Small) 1-9,999 Students<br> Winner: Missions at a glance – by The Staff of Cedars, Cedarville University<br> Finalist: Sexual assault an even more complicated issue on Christian campuses - by Jacob Meyer, Waynesburg University<br> Finalist: The problem of performance-related pain - by Emma Selmon, Baldwin Wallace University<br> <br> Feature Writing (Large) 10,000+ Students<br> Winner: FSB professor wants to 'be everything' - by Audrey Davis, Miami University<br> Finalist: What they left behind: Life after loss - by Mackenzie Rossero, Miami University<br> Finalist: TMS reporter rides along with MUPD on 'Blackout' Thursday - by Kirby Davis, Miami University<br> <br> Feature Writing (Small) 1-9,999 Students<br> Winner: Joe's big break - by Mattie Winowitch, Waynesburg University<br> Finalist: Bird sisters 'stick together' during recovery - by Teghan Simonton, Waynesburg University<br> Finalist: Sisters in arms - by Luke Goodling, Waynesburg University<br> <br> Sports Writing (Large) 10,000+ Students<br> Winner: Unwanted, unconventional and unrelenting: the Michael Wroblewski story - by Orion Sang, University of Michigan<br> Finalist: After premature end to career, Chris Bryant finds peace off the field - by Orion Sang, University of Michigan<br> <br> Sports Writing (Small) 1-9,999 Students<br> Winner: Top runner competes in honor of father - by Luke Goodling, Waynesburg University<br> Finalist: Grinnen leaves legacy at Waynesburg - by Luke Goodling and Jacob Meyer, Waynesburg University<br> <br> Editorial Writing<br> Winner: OU, newsrooms need to do more to end harassment; University freedom of expression policy limits speech; Making the Edition - by Elizabeth Backo, Kaitlin Coward, Hayley Harding and Marisa Fernandez, Ohio University<br> Finalist: Hey Point Park, we need to talk; Keeping your constituency in mind; Tuition increase an annual upset - by The Staff of The Globe, Point Park University<br> Finalist: Unaffiliated fraternities diminish standards set by Greeks, university; No Joking Matter; Fact not Fiction: global warming is an issue we must admit in order to repair - by The Central Michigan Life Editorial Board, Central Michigan University<br> <br> General Column Writing (Large) 10,000+ Students<br> Winner: Speaking up about mental health is key; Jodie Sweetin hits the mark with talk on addiction; 'Jim and Andy' and learning to live with your worst inner critic - by Devon Shuman, Miami University<br> Finalist: War on Christmas is a disingenuous fight against religious tolerance; Baby Boomers and Gen Xers are all a bunch of snowflakes — get over it; You should know what the Confederate flag stands for - by Elio Stante, Central Michigan University<br> <br> General Column Writing (Small) 1-9,999 Students<br> Winner: Columns - by Ryan Brown, John Carroll University<br> Finalist: When are we going to learn?; #metoo; In the era of heroin - by Carly Cundiff, John Carroll University<br> <br> Sports Column Writing<br> Winner: Just like that; Take a knee; Worth the wait - by Betelhem Ashame, University of Michigan<br> Finalist: The Bengals, Browns and English poetry; YAHN-iss ah-deh-toh-KOON-boh; MLB teams with aces up their sleeves - by Mitchell Hausfeld, Miami University<br> Finalist: On big stage, Bush showcases star potential; O’Korn jumps on chance to rewrite story; Recipe for heartbreak - by Orion Sang, University of Michigan<br> <br> Best All-Around Non Daily Student Newspaper<br> Winner: The Post – by The Staff of The Post, Ohio University<br> Finalist: The State News - by The Staff of The State News, Michigan State University<br> Finalist: Central Michigan Life – by The Staff of Central Michigan Life, Central Michigan University<br> <br> <b>Magazines</b><br> <br> Non-Fiction Magazine Article<br> Winner: A hitch in Jim's step - by Emma Kinghorn, Miami University<br> Finalist: Doing the most - by Megan Zahneis, Miami University<br> Finalist: Breaking down the crown - by Kelly Powell, Kent State University<br> <br> Best Student Magazine<br> Winner: The Miami Student Magazine – by The Staff of The Miami Student Magazine, Miami University<br> Finalist: The Burr Magazine - by Benjamin VanHoose, Kent State University<br> Finalist: Fusion Magazine - by MJ Eckhouse, Ella Abbott, Mike Kiczek and Abby Winternitz, Kent State University<br> <br> <b>Art/Graphics</b><br> <br> Breaking News Photography (Large) 10,000+ Students<br> Winner: Urban Meyer walks through enemy lines - by Jack Westerheide, Ohio State University<br> Finalist: Oxford march against white supremacy - by Jugal Jain, Miami University<br> <br> General News Photography (Small) 1-9,999 Students<br> Winner: That’s an image that will always be in my head - by Nikole Kost, Point Park University<br> Finalist: We remember: rest in peace Jason Ritter - by Jessica Crosson, California University of Pennsylvania<br> <br> Feature Photography (Large) 10,000+ Students<br> Winner: Marching Chips - by Josie Norris, Central Michigan University<br> Finalist: Passion to play - by Josie Norris, Central Michigan University<br> Finalist: Road to recovery - by Carter Adams and Aaron Self, Kent State University<br> <br> Feature Photography (Small) 1-9,999 Students<br> Finalist: Assistant coach dedicates lifetime to track program - by Teghan Simonton, Waynesburg University<br> Finalist: Remembering the fallen - by Mitchell Kendra, Waynesburg University<br> <br> Sports Photography (Large) 10,000+ Students<br> Winner: Watch party - by Nate Manley, Kent State University<br> Finalist: Wide receiver Gary Jennings is tackled in the air after catching a pass - by Ryan Alexander, West Virginia University<br> Finalist: Marcus Baugh goes airborne vs. Maryland - by Jack Westerheide, Ohio State University<br> <br> Sports Photography (Small) 1-9,999 Students<br> Winner: National Championship Game - by Bree Gannon, Ashland University<br> <br> <b>Radio</b><br> <br> Radio News Reporting<br> Winner: Carter G. Woodson Lyceum - by Kyra Biscarner, Marshall University<br> Finalist: MU President Jerome Gilbert responds to WV State of the State Address - by Adam Stephens, Marshall University<br> Finalist: Protests on Marshall's campus - by Matthew Groves, Marshall University<br> <br> Radio Feature<br> Winner: Bearwood Company - by Luke Creasy, Marshall University<br> Finalist: Political satire in Egypt: not just a joke - by Yasmeen Nabil Mansour, The American University in Cairo<br> Finalist: A Covered Bridge Christmas - by Media Practicum Class students, Alderson Broaddus University<br> <br> Radio In-Depth Reporting<br> Winner: Catfishing in the Nile: sexploitation and online blackmail in Egypt - by Ahmed Hosam Refai, The American University in Cairo<br> Finalist: Mared & Karen: The WVU coed murders - by J. Kendall Perkinson, West Virginia University<br> <br> Radio Sports Reporting<br> Winner: Brady's record day - by Adam Rogers, Marshall University<br> Finalist: Marshall football running game hitting its stride - by Spencer DuPuis, Marshall University<br> Finalist: Basketball Friday Night in WV standout athlete of the week - Jayden Lindsey - by Luke Creasy, Marshall University<br> <br> Best All-Around Radio Newscast<br> Winner: Newscenter 88 - by Staff, Marshall University<br> <br> <b>Television</b><br> <br> Television Breaking News Reporting<br> Winner: Seniors serving seniors - by Sierra Searcy, Michigan State University<br> Finalist: They weren't allowed to come forward - by Katie McCoy and Christian Barrington, Michigan State University<br> <br> Television General News Reporting<br> Winner: Voices of DACA - by Madison Humphrey, University of Toledo<br> Finalist: Texting and driving - by Leanne Shinkle, West Virginia University<br> Finalist: Brady Lake residents clash with village council - by Anna Huntsman, Kent State University<br> <br> Television Feature Reporting<br> Winner: Water walk - by Courtney Kramer, West Virginia University<br> Finalist: Black lung in the Mountain State - by CJ Harvey, West Virginia University<br> Finalist: With just luck - by Chloe Kiple, Michigan State University<br> <br> Television In-Depth Reporting<br> Winner: Down to the wire - by Anna Huntsman, Kent State University<br> Finalist: Planned Parenthood fights for its future - by Ben Orner, Kent State University<br> Finalist: Know your rights - by Leanne Shinkle, West Virginia University<br> <br> Television Sports Reporting<br> Winner: West Virginia's theme song - by Elizabeth Haines, West Virginia University<br> <br> Best All-Around Television Newscast<br> Winner: Oxford Weekly News – by The Staff of MUTV, Miami University<br> Finalist: TV2 News at 6 - by Kiana Duncan and Devon McCarty, Kent State University<br> Finalist: 100 days in Trump country - by Ashley Rogers, West Virginia University<br> <br> <b>Online</b><br> <br> Online News Reporting<br> Winner: A story of addiction and recovery - by Laura Fitzgerald, Miami University<br> Finalist: A tribute to Too's - by Elizabeth Suarez, Ohio State University<br> Finalist: Lauren Rohrs: Ohio State student's road to women's professional football - by Ashley Nelson and Colin Hass-Hill, Ohio State University<br> <br> Online Feature Reporting<br> Winner: Cultural perceptions on fertility and contraception in rural Egypt - by Sara Mohamed and Sarah Guirguis, The American University in Cairo<br> Finalist: Hope anchors the soul - by K. Grace Warner, Ohio University<br> Finalist: Toiling for a toilet - by Yardain Amron, University of Michigan<br> <br> Online In-Depth Reporting<br> Winner: Keeping kids alive in West Virginia - by Nick Foutrakis, Dalia Elsaid, Zane Coss and Jade Artherhults, Reed College of Media<br> Finalist: Population growth in Egypt: More people, more problems? - by Sara Mohamed and Sarah Guirguis, The American University in Cairo<br> <br> Best Affiliated Web Site<br> Winner: Central Michigan Life – by The Staff of Central Michigan Life, Central Michigan University<br> Finalist: thepostathens.com - by The Staff of The Post, Ohio University<br> Finalist: statenews.com – by The Staff of The State News, Michigan State University<br> <br> Best Independent Online Student Publication<br> Winner: Grand Central Magazine - by The Staff of Grand Central Magazine, Central Michigan University<br> <br> Best Use of Multimedia<br> Winner: Plan it ahead - by Sara Mohamed and Sarah Guirguis, The American University in Cairo<br> Finalist: High risk: Miami University's drinking problem - by A.J. Newberry and Céilí Doyle, Miami University<br> Finalist: WATCH: Here’s what you need to know before you vote tomorrow - by Connor Perrett, Marilyn Icsman, Marianne Dodson and Nate Doughty, Ohio University<br> <br> <b>Videography</b><br> <br> Broadcast News Videography<br> Winner: "In the last ten years, we've just lost so many" - by Whitney Burney, Michigan State University<br> <br> Broadcast Feature Videography<br> Winner: I can't tell you how it warms your heart - by Macy Krupiczewicz, Michigan State University<br> Finalist: We'll be doing this 'till we die - by Gabriella Galloway, Michigan State University<br> <br> Broadcast Sports Videography<br> Winner: Feel close to him - by Griffin Wasik, Michigan State University<br> Finalist: Fulfilling a dream - by Matt Mika, Michigan State University<br> <br> Online/Digital News Videography<br> Winner: Paris under attack: American abroad - by Nate Doughty, Ohio University<br> <br> Online/Digital Feature Videography<br> Winner: Battling fate - by Josh Barnhart, Central Michigan University<br> Finalist: Dixieland comes to High Street in Morgantown - by Ella Jennings and Lauren Caccamo, Reed College of Media<br> Finalist: Ministries of Cedarville - by Erica Zichi, Cedarville University<br> <br> <i>SPJ promotes the free flow of information vital to informing citizens; works to inspire and educate the next generation of journalists; and fights to protect First Amendment guarantees of freedom of speech and press. Support excellent journalism and fight for your right to know. <a href="http://www.spj.org/join.asp">Become a member</a>, <a href="https://www.spj.org/ldf.asp">give to the Legal Defense Fund</a>, or <a href="https://www.spj.org/donate.asp">give to the Sigma Delta Chi Foundation</a>.</i><br> <br> <div align"=center">-END-</div> Tue, 13 Mar 2018 00:00:00 -0500 SPJ, GAP launch “The Whistleblower Project” http://www.spj.org/news.asp?REF=1552 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE<br> <br> Contact:<br> Danielle McLean, SPJ Freedom of Information Committee Chair, (202) 741- 6247, <email address="daniellemclean87@gmail.com"> daniellemclean87@gmail.com</a><br> Anna Gutierrez, SPJ Communications Coordinator, 317-920-4785, <email address="agutierrez@spj.org">agutierrez@spj.org </a><br> <br> INDIANAPOLIS – The <a href="https://www.spj.org/index.asp">Society of Professional Journalists</a> and the <a href="https://www.whistleblower.org">Government Accountability Project</a> announce the launch today of <a href="https://www.spj.org/whistleblower/index.asp">“The Whistleblower Project.”</a> This project, announced in conjunction with <a href="http://sunshineweek.org/">Sunshine Week</a>, is dedicated to spreading awareness to ensure that whistleblowers and the journalists who work with them are protected and supported.<br> <br> The Whistleblower Project shares best practices for working with whistleblowers, includes ways for journalists to protect information and communication with their sources, highlights 25 whistleblowers that have changed history, lists laws that would, if passed, help improve protection for whistleblowers and includes everything reporters would need to protect sources from retaliation.<br> <br> “Whistleblowers and journalists must work together to uncover and expose corruption and incompetence in government,” SPJ President Rebecca Baker said. “I consider this project a public service, and I thank the GAP for working with us to make it a reality.”<br> <br> Danielle McLean, <a href="https://www.spj.org/foi.asp">SPJ Freedom of Information Committee Chair</a> and project coordinator, said one of the project’s goals is to combat the rhetoric and bad reputation whistleblowers are given by people who don’t understand their importance or that, without them, some important information might never reach the public.<br> <br> “They’re not leakers. Often, whistleblowers are just government employees who see something wrong and want the problem addressed,” McLean said. <br> <br> McLean gave a preview of the project Friday in an <a href="https://blogs.spjnetwork.org/foi/2018/03/09/whistleblowers-and-journalism-are-essential-for-democracy">FOI FYI blog post.</a> <br> <br> “Journalists have a long history of working with their sources to reveal essential public information,” McLean continued. “Both leakers and whistleblowers are essential for a democracy with an informed citizenry.”<br> <br> Dana Gold, the Government Accountability Project’s Director of Education, who led GAP’s partnership with SPJ, added, “Without journalists, whistleblowers are like trees falling in an abandoned forest. No one will hear them. There is only silence with no impact, no reform, no story. Journalists and whistleblowers need each other and our democracy needs both. The Whistleblower Project partnership with SPJ and GAP could not be more timely nor more important.” <br> <br> <div align"=center">-END-</div><br> <br> <i>SPJ promotes the free flow of information vital to informing citizens; works to inspire and educate the next generation of journalists; and fights to protect First Amendment guarantees of freedom of speech and press. Support excellent journalism and fight for your right to know. <a href="https://www.spj.org/join.asp">Become a member</a>, give to the <a href="https://www.spj.org/ldf.asp">Legal Defense Fund</a>, or give to the <a href="https://www.spj.org/sdx.asp">Sigma Delta Chi Foundation</a>.</i><br> <br> <i>The Government Accountability Project is the nation’s leading whistleblower protection and advocacy organization. Founded in 1977, GAP helps whistleblowers hold government and corporate institutions accountable by presenting their verified concerns to public officials, advocacy groups and journalists, and seeking redress for them when they suffer reprisal. In addition, GAP has drafted and spearheaded the campaigns to pass, or helped defend, all the federal whistleblower protection laws that exist today, and have established best practice standards for domestic and international whistleblower policies. GAP’s long-standing work with whistleblowers has involved fighting for accountability in the areas of public health, food safety, national security, human rights, energy and the environment, finance and banking, and international institutions.</i><br> <br> Mon, 12 Mar 2018 00:00:00 -0500 Region 8 Mark of Excellence Awards winners announced in San Antonio http://www.spj.org/news.asp?REF=1551 Contacts:<br> Christine Cordial, SPJ Program Coordinator, 317-920-4788, <emailaddress=“awards@spj.org”>awards@spj.org</a><br> Anna Gutierrez, SPJ Communications Coordinator, 317-920-4785, <emailaddress=“communications@spj.org”>communications@spj.org</a><br> <br> INDIANAPOLIS — The Society of Professional Journalists recognizes the best collegiate journalism in Region 8 with 2017 Mark of Excellence Awards winners.<br> <br> SPJ’s Region 8 comprises Oklahoma and Texas. Honorees received award certificates the weekend of March 3 at the Region 8 Conference. First-place winners will compete at the national level among other regional MOE winners from the 12 SPJ regions.<br> <br> National winners will be notified in the late spring and will be recognized at the Excellence in Journalism conference in Baltimore.<br> <br> MOE Awards entries are judged by professionals with at least three years of journalism experience. Judges were directed to choose entries they felt were among the best in student journalism. If no entry rose to the level of excellence, no award was given. Any category not listed has no winner.<br> <br> School divisions are based on student enrollment, including both graduate and undergraduate: Large schools have at least 10,000 students and small schools have 9,999 or fewer students.<br> <br> The list below details all Region 8 winners. If you have any questions regarding the MOE Awards, contact Christine Cordial via email or phone at 317-920-4788.<br> <br> This list reflects the spelling and titles submitted in the award entries.<br> <br> <b>Newspapers</b><br> <br> Breaking News Reporting (Large) 10,000+ Students<br> Winner: Boren resigns - by The Staff of The OU Daily, University of Oklahoma<br> Finalist: Student death under investigation - by Shayan Faradineh, Texas State University<br> <br> General News Reporting (Large) 10,000+ Students<br> Winner: Texas’ attempt to reform foster care system: privatization - by James Norman and Hannah Lauritzen, University of North Texas<br> Finalist: Confronting history - by Dana Branham, University of Oklahoma<br> Finalist: '...not prepared for what we walked into' - by Elisabeth Tatum, Lamar University<br> <br> General News Reporting (Small) 1-9,999 Students<br> Winner: Sidelined by the legal system - by Haley Remenar, Abilene Christian University<br> Finalist: Controversy over work-study funds - by Danial Conrad and Kathleen Creedon, Trinity University<br> Finalist: Williams runs for mayor 20 years after mentor McCaleb - by Haley Remenar, Abilene Christian University<br> <br> In-Depth Reporting (Large) 10,000+ Students<br> Winner: In OU’s shadow - by Kayla Branch, University of Oklahoma<br> Finalist: Make TCC great again - by Katelyn Needham, Isabelle Zhu, Jason Middlebrooks and Hannah Lathen, Tarrant County College<br> Finalist: Presidential power - by Will Clark, Ellie Breed and Paul Cobler, University of Texas at Austin<br> <br> In-Depth Reporting (Small) 1-9,999 Students<br> Winner: Crash course - by Lauren Franco, Abilene Christian University<br> Finalist: The certification struggle - by Michaela Flonard, University of Tulsa<br> Finalist: Tragedy strikes all too close to home - by The Staff of Lake Front, Our Lady of the Lake University<br> <br> Feature Writing (Large) 10,000+ Students<br> Winner: Cropped out - by The Staff of Mayborn School of Journalism, University of North Texas <br> Finalist: Struggle in paradise - by Diamon Garza, University of Texas at Arlington<br> Finalist: Living for now - by Hannah Lathen, Tarrant County College<br> <br> Feature Writing (Small) 1-9,999 Students<br> Winner: Run, Jonathan, run - by Haley Remenar, Abilene Christian University<br> Finalist: Rep. Carol Bush discusses challenges and hopes for women - by Kayleigh Thesenvitz, University of Tulsa<br> <br> Sports Writing (Large) 10,000+ Students<br> Winner: Baker Mayfield - by Joe Buettner, University of Oklahoma<br> Finalist: UTA athletics honors Nancy Baker's memory - by Arianna Vedia, University of Texas at Arlington<br> Finalist: Guyton’s love for college gameday becomes reality at North Texas - by The Staff of North Texas Daily, University of North Texas<br> <br> Sports Writing (Small) 1-9,999 Students<br> Winner: Wildcat Stadium benefitting more than ACU fan base - by Jonathan Raitz, Abilene Christian University<br> Finalist: 17-year streak - by Elise Hester, Trinity University<br> Finalist: Rams win national title - by Matt Smith, Texas Wesleyan University<br> <br> Editorial Writing<br> Winner: North Texas Daily editorials - by The Staff of North Texas Daily, University of North Texas<br> Finalist: LGBT policies; Burke best option; First of all - by Allison Brown, Haley Remenar and Optimist editorial board, Abilene Christian University<br> Finalist: The Shorthorn editorials – by The Staff of The Shorthorn, University of Texas at Arlington<br> <br> General Column Writing (Large) 10,000+ Students<br> Winner: A campus with no Greek life; Texas State lacks cultural infrastructure necessary for student success; Underachieving football programs should be cut like public schools - by Tafari Robertson, Texas State University<br> Finalist: Trump Jr. event barring press implies distrust; Here’s to the young people; Gender expectations are dead - by The Staff of North Texas Daily, University of North Texas<br> Finalist: Stop calling me bossy — just call me boss; The perspective of a figure-drawing model: our bodies are art, not objects; Calexit goes against the American dream - by McKenna Middleton, Kristina Valdez and Meredith Wagner, Baylor University<br> <br> General Column Writing (Small) 1-9,999 Students<br> Winner: Talking politics with the deplorables; Absorbing experience, modern distraction; Balancing rationality and empathy - by Gabriel Levine, Trinity University<br> Finalist: Reporter's notebook - by Tatyana Nyborg, Tulsa Community College<br> <br> Sports Column Writing<br> Winner: On suspensions, the NBA and being no. 1 - by Ben Everett, Darrell Harris and Gavin Rodger, Baylor University<br> Finalist: Bleacher creature - by Justin Guglielmetti, University of Tulsa<br> Finalist: We are Astros, Astros are us; Girls just wanna have… a Falcons victory; Standing room only? - by Cassandra Jenkins and Olivia Malick, Lamar University<br> <br> Best All-Around Daily Student Newspaper<br> Winner: The Baylor Lariat - by The Staff of the Baylor Lariat, Baylor University<br> Finalist: Daily Texan - by The Staff of the Daily Texan, University of Texas at Austin<br> <br> Best All-Around Non Daily Student Newspaper<br> Winner: OU daily - by The Staff of OU Daily, University of Oklahoma<br> Finalist: The Daily Toreador - by The Staff of The Daily Toreador, Texas Tech University<br> Finalist: The University Star - by The Staff of The University Star, Texas State University<br> <br> <b>Magazines</b><br> <br> Non-Fiction Magazine Article<br> Winner: Misfit - by Tyler Hicks, University of North Texas<br> <br> Best Student Magazine<br> Winner: Focus Magazine: Rebuild - by The Staff of Focus Magazine, Baylor University<br> Finalist: UPbeat - by The Staff of University Press, Lamar University<br> <br> <b>Art/Graphics</b><br> <br> Breaking News Photography (Large) 10,000+ Students<br> Winner: Sheltered - by Noah Dawlearn, Lamar University<br> <br> General News Photography (Large) 10,000+ Students<br> Winner: ‘…not prepared for what we walked into’ - by Hannah LeTulle, Lamar University<br> Finalist: Pride - by Deandra Gonzalez, San Antonio College<br> Finalist: Officer Floyd East Jr.'s memorial - by Ciara Perozzi, Texas Tech University<br> <br> General News Photography (Small) 1-9,999 Students<br> Winner: Women’s march draws hundreds of people - by Jose Arredondo, Texas A&M University-San Antonio<br> <br> Feature Photography (Large) 10,000+ Students<br> Winner: A mighty 'rice' time - by Shane Proctor, Lamar University<br> Finalist: Mascots by firelight - by Liesje Powers, Baylor University<br> <br> Feature Photography (Small) 1-9,999 Students<br> Winner: Concert glow - by Lauren Franco, Abilene Christian University<br> Finalist: Sing song warm-up - by Erika Bolado, Abilene Christian University<br> <br> Photo Illustration (Large) 10,000+ Students<br> Winner: Me & her - by Aadil Sheikh, Baylor University<br> Finalist: Shattered - by Ryan Barrett, Baylor University<br> <br> Photo Illustration (Small) 1-9,999 Students<br> Winner: Debuting Dorrel - by Lauren Franco, Abilene Christian University<br> Finalist: Tragedy strikes all too close to home - by J.C.Wollslager, Our Lady of the Lake University<br> <br> Sports Photography (Large) 10,000+ Students<br> Winner: Morris takedown - by Jessica Hubble, Baylor University<br> Finalist: Cards demolish Falcons - by Matt Beadle, Lamar University<br> Finalist: Volleyball celebration - by Alexis Austin, University of Texas at Arlington<br> <br> Sports Photography (Small) 1-9,999 Students<br> Winner: Eyeing upfield - by Lauren Franco, Abilene Christian University<br> Finalist: Trinity ultimate frisbee - by Allison Wolff, Trinity University<br> Finalist: Congratulate - by Lauren Franco, Abilene Christian University<br> <br> Editorial Cartooning<br> Winner: Putin; Dangerous; Press - by Nate Wells, Texas Tech University <br> Finalist: War on the press; Cries of voter fraud lead to suppression of minority votes; Career ending joke, or media overreaction - by Alyssa Stevens, Lamar University <br> Finalist: Hefner; Trump; Good news vs. bad - by Rewon Shimray, Baylor University<br> <br> <b>Radio</b><br> <br> Radio News Reporting<br> Winner: Mother of slain journalist James Foley looks back - by Storme Jones, University of Oklahoma<br> Finalist: City forms new plan to help Abilene police reach full staff - by Haley Remenar, Abilene Christian University<br> <br> Radio In-Depth Reporting<br> Winner: Autism and police - by Storme Jones, University of Oklahoma<br> Finalist: In the public interest - past presidents - by Staff, Texas State University<br> <br> Radio Sports Reporting<br> Finalist: Big 12 Championship returns - by Storme Jones, University of Oklahoma<br> Best All-Around Radio Newscast<br> Finalist: NPR One - by Storme Jones, University of Oklahoma<br> <br> <b>Television</b><br> <br> Television Breaking News Reporting<br> Finalist: Budget rally - by Harlee Toothman, University of Oklahoma<br> <br> Television General News Reporting<br> Winner: High school sexual assault - by Grant Tosterud, University of Oklahoma<br> Finalist: A face with the numbers - by Jake Odgers, University of Oklahoma<br> Finalist: Monument protest - by Mishal Niha, University of North Texas<br> <br> Television Feature Reporting<br> Winner: Picture this - by Elisabeth Tharp, Baylor University<br> Finalist: Antique collector - by Blake Hardman, University of Oklahoma<br> Finalist: No strings attached - by Austin Dane, University of Oklahoma<br> <br> Television In-Depth Reporting<br> Winner: Routes TV: Dirty little secrets—sexual assault on campus - by Jstyn Strain, University of Oklahoma<br> <br> Television Sports Reporting<br> Winner: Knocking out addictions - by Jennifer Yacuta, Lamar University<br> Finalist: Welcoming our boys back home - by Sachiko Jayaratne, Texas Wesleyan University<br> Finalist: OU golf national champs - by Carson Williams, University of Oklahoma<br> <br> Best All-Around Television Newscast<br> Winner: OU Nightly - by Pamela Ortega, Rebecca Walters, Torii Bicondova and Devon Gadberry, University of Oklahoma<br> Finalist: Global news relay: solutions journalism - by Jessica Babb, Christy Soto, Morgan Kilgo and Elisabeth Tharp, Baylor University<br> <br> <b>Online</b><br> <br> Online News Reporting<br> Winner: Anti-discrimination rally - by Madelyn Edwards, University of Texas at Arlington<br> <br> Online Feature Reporting<br> Winner: Bola in the barrio - by Jose Arredondo, Texas A&M University-San Antonio<br> Finalist: The rise and fall of Hillcrest - by Travis Pettis and Colby Farr, Del Mar College<br> Finalist: Recent Tarleton graduate and recipient of DACA remains hopeful - by Quanecia Fraser, Tarleton State University<br> <br> Online In-Depth Reporting<br> Winner: College town - by Kayla Branch, University of Oklahoma<br> Finalist: Small town boy to Texas Senator: a younger brother recalls the legacy of Frank Madla Jr. - by Josiah Cuellar, Aaron Perez, Seth Ruiz and Marcellius Caviness, Texas A&M University-San Antonio<br> <br> Online Sports Reporting<br> Winner – Heisman history - by Joe Buettner, University of Oklahoma<br> Finalist: An enduring rivalry with roots in community - by Rene Orozco, Brittany Denayer, Jose Arredondo and Victoria Martinez, Texas A&M University-San Antonio<br> Finalist: Voice of the Mavs recalls journey to sportscasting - by Arianna Vedia, University of Texas at Arlington<br> <br> Online Opinion & Commentary<br> Winner: CommUNITY voices - by CommUNITY Voices Staff, University of Texas at Arlington<br> <br> Best Affiliated Website<br> Winner – theshorthorn.com - by The Staff of The Shorthorn, University of Texas at Arlington<br> Finalist – OU daily - by The Staff of the OU Daily, University of Oklahoma<br> Finalist – Baylorlariat.com - by The Staff of The Baylor Lariat<br> <br> Best Use of Multimedia<br> Winner: Hydrogen car project crosses finish line in Detroit - by Brianna Rodrigue and James Dusek, San Antonio College<br> Finalist: In memory of Officer East - by Justin Rex, Texas Tech University<br> Finalist: Thousands rally at Women's March, - by The Staff of The Shorthorn, University of Texas at Arlington<br> <br> <b>Videography</b><br> <br> Online/Digital News Videography<br> Winner: Trump visits with first responders - by Brittany Claramunt, Del Mar College<br> Finalist: March for science at San Antonio College - by Nicole M. Bautista, San Antonio College<br> Finalist- PETA protest - by Quanecia Fraser, Arynn Tomson and Danny Hernandez, Tarleton State University<br> <br> Online/Digital Feature Videography<br> Winner: Canstruction 2017 - by Nicole M. Bautista, San Antonio College<br> Finalist- The rise and fall of Hillcrest - by Col- by Farr, Del Mar College<br> Finalist: National Compliment Day - by Shay Cohen, University of Texas at Arlington<br> Mon, 5 Mar 2018 00:00:00 -0500 SPJ urges Utah, Washington lawmakers to be honest, transparent http://www.spj.org/news.asp?REF=1550 Contacts:<br> Rebecca Baker, SPJ National President, 203-640-3904, <email address="rbaker@spj.org">rbaker@spj.org</a><br> Jennifer Royer, SPJ Communications Strategist, 317-361-4134, <email address="jroyer@spj.org">jroyer@spj.org</a><br> <br> <i>Update 11 a.m. EST: Washington Governor <a href="https://www.governor.wa.gov/news-media/inslee-vetoes-esb-6617-%E2%80%93-legislature-and-media-agree-discuss-path-forward">Jay Inslee has vetoed Senate Bill 6617</a> and legislative leadership has signed a letter committing to not attempt to override the veto.</i> <br> <br> <i>Update 12:30 p.m. EST: Utah's House of Representatives has backed away from the proposal that would ban reporters from the House floor. <a href="https://www.seattletimes.com/nation-world/utah-house-backs-away-from-restricting-reporters-on-floor/">The House unanimously passed the change requiring journalists to leave the floor after conducting interviews Tuesday</a>; journalists are still allowed to access the area after floor sessions.</i> <br> <br> <br> INDIANAPOLIS – The Society of Professional Journalists is angry and disappointed at the repeated attempts of state legislatures to block journalists from reporting on them — this time, in Utah and Washington.<br> <br> This week, a Utah House of Representatives panel <a href="https://www.deseretnews.com/article/900011436/panel-oks-barring-reporters-from-house-floor-5-minutes-before-session-starts.html">voted to ban reporters from the House floor</a> five minutes before the start of each session. It will now go on to the full House for a vote. <br> <br> The <a href="http://kutv.com/news/local/utah-house-panel-votes-to-restrict-reporters-on-house-floor">Utah SPJ Chapter and other journalists</a> in the state argue the action restricts the public from having access to the people who have been elected to represent them. We couldn’t agree more. <br> <br> "Two years after <a href="http://www.richmond.com/news/virginia/government-politics/article_b29e54fe-2bea-59d0-927c-cbbdc314297f.html">Virginia</a> and <a href="https://www.cjr.org/united_states_project/uphill_battle.php">Missouri</a> state legislatures attempted similar tactics, it is time lawmakers across the country remember they work for the people," said SPJ National President Rebecca Baker. "Journalists cover elected officials to ask questions and get answers on behalf of the public, and ensure they are doing the jobs they were hired to do. Yet lawmakers continue to try to find ways to sidestep the press and hide from the public."<br> <br> Last week Washington state lawmakers passed <a href="http://app.leg.wa.gov/billsummary?BillNumber=6617&Year=2017">Senate Bill 6617</a>, which attempts to permanently ban access to lawmakers' past emails, text messages and calendars, as well as past disciplinary proceedings and complaints about lawmakers' conduct — <a href="https://www.seattletimes.com/opinion/opinion-governor-jay-inslee-must-stand-up-for-the-people-and-veto-legislative-secrecy-bill/">basically an attempt to exempt themselves from the Freedom of Information Act</a>. <br> <br> <a href="https://twitter.com/spj_tweets/status/968843650456309760">Baker</a>, SPJ’s <a href="https://blogs.spjnetwork.org/foi/2018/02/28/washingtons-governor-needs-to-use-veto-pen-to-make-stand-for-transparency/">Freedom of Information Committee</a> and SPJ <a href="https://www.spjwash.org/spjwash-opposes-washington-legislature-action-restricts-public-access/">Western Washington Pro Chapter</a> this week urged Gov. Jay Inslee to veto the bill.<br> <br> "Journalism and open government groups have been <a href="https://www.spj.org/news.asp?ref=1402">calling on state and federal governments to be more open and transparent</a> for years. Yet lawmakers continue these ridiculous attempts to stymie journalists and ignore the First Amendment," Baker said. "It’s time for elected officials to do what they were elected to do, do what is right, and be honest and transparent with journalists and the 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="http://www.spj.org/join.asp">Become a member</a>, <a href="https://www.spj.org/ldf.asp">give to the Legal Defense Fund</a>, or <a href="https://www.spj.org/donate.asp">give to the Sigma Delta Chi Foundation</a>.</i><br> <br> <div align"=center">-END-</div><br> Fri, 2 Mar 2018 00:00:00 -0500 Alison Bethel McKenzie named Society of Professional Journalists executive director http://www.spj.org/news.asp?REF=1547 Contacts:<br> Rebecca Baker, SPJ National President, 203-640-3904, <email address="rbaker@spj.org">rbaker@spj.org</a><br> Jennifer Royer, SPJ Communications Strategist, 317-361-4134, <email address="jroyer@spj.org">jroyer@spj.org</a><br> <br> INDIANAPOLIS –The <a href="https://www.spj.org/index.asp">Society of Professional Journalists today announced</a> that veteran journalist and association leader Alison Bethel McKenzie will become its 20th executive director. <br> <br> "Alison is a game changer for SPJ," said SPJ National President Rebecca Baker. "Her track record of successes, both as a working journalist and a tireless advocate for press rights and the practice of journalism, will help SPJ combat the forces that seek to diminish or destroy the role of the free press as a cornerstone of democracy in this country. SPJ and its members are fortunate to have Alison as our executive director, and I look forward to working with her."<br> <br> Bethel McKenzie succeeds Joe Skeel, who took the executive director position with the Indiana State Bar Association in December.<br> <br> <img src="//spj.org/images/headshots/alisonbethelmckenzie.jpg" class="right">A native of Miami, Bethel McKenzie served for five years as executive director of the <a href="https://ipi.media/">International Press Institute</a>, the world’s oldest global press freedom organization, in Vienna. She was the first American, first woman and first African-American to hold the position since it was founded in 1950. In addition, she has worked as a visiting professor of print and investigative journalism at the Indian Institute of Journalism and New Media in Bangalore, India.<br> <br> Bethel McKenzie is the first African-American to serve as SPJ’s executive director.<br> <br> "I am beyond excited to join an organization that I have held in high esteem since I first learned of it as a high school rookie reporter at The Miami Herald," Bethel McKenzie said. "The work that SPJ has done in supporting both student and professional journalists, as well as its diligent fight for press freedom in the United States and abroad, is crucial – now more than ever.<br> <br> "I look forward to sharing my experience with and passion for press freedom and best journalistic practices to help elevate SPJ’s work, including increasing the diversity among its membership," she continued. <br> <br> Bethel McKenzie was a Knight International Journalism Fellow in Ghana in 2008-09, managing director of the Nassau Guardian in the Bahamas in 2007 and executive editor of the Legal Times in Washington, D.C., in 2006-07. She has also worked at The Los Angeles Times and The Miami Herald.<br> <br> Earlier in her career, Bethel McKenzie worked as a reporter and editor at several newspapers in Louisiana, New York and Michigan. She was deputy business editor and senior assistant city editor at The Boston Globe and served as Washington Bureau Chief for The Detroit News.<br> <br> In 2010, she was named one of the <a href="http://blog.blackwomenineurope.com/2010/12/03/a-list-of-our-own-the-most-powerful-black-women-in-europe/">60 Most Influential Black Women in Europe</a> by Black Women in Europe. She is also on the Advisory Board of the <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Center_for_International_Media_Ethics">Center for International Media Ethics</a>, and is founder of the Media Institute of the Caribbean. She previously served on the board of the now-defunct Al Jazeera America.<br> <br> Bethel McKenzie is a graduate of Howard University, with a degree in journalism. She studied non-profit leadership at Harvard Kennedy School of Executive Education and is nearing completion of an MBA in media leadership at the University of Cumbria (U.K.) in collaboration with the Robert F. Kennedy College (Switzerland). <br> <br> "Alison is the real deal," said Robert Leger, president of the Sigma Delta Chi Foundation, SPJ’s supporting foundation. "She’s been in the trenches with high-profile reporting positions, and she’s run a well-respected international journalism association. But what really impresses me is her passion for journalism and the First Amendment. She’s going to do great things."<br> <br> Bethel McKenzie’s start date is March 19. She is the second woman executive director for SPJ. Vivian E. Vahlberg was the first, serving from 1987 to 1990. The top leadership positions in SPJ are all currently held by women: president, president-elect, immediate past president, secretary-treasurer, associate executive director and now, executive director. <br> <br> "Alison has spent the last decade emulating SPJ's work abroad: advocating for journalists' rights and training them in best practices," said Irwin Gratz, vice president of the SDX Foundation board and chair of the search committee. "We're thrilled she's coming back to the U.S. to work with us at a time when journalists here face their greatest challenge in generations."<br> <br> <i>SPJ promotes the free flow of information vital to informing citizens; works to inspire and educate the next generation of journalists; and fights to protect First Amendment guarantees of freedom of speech and press. Support excellent journalism and fight for your right to know. <a href="http://www.spj.org/join.asp">Become a member</a>, <a href="https://www.spj.org/ldf.asp">give to the Legal Defense Fund</a>, or <a href="https://www.spj.org/donate.asp">give to the Sigma Delta Chi Foundation</a>.</i><br> <br> <i>The Sigma Delta Chi Foundation is a public foundation dedicated to ensuring that those who carry on the tradition of a free press are prepared for the challenge. The SDX Foundation supports educational and professional needs of journalists and journalism students. Support excellent journalism and fight for your right to know. <a href="https://www.spj.org/donate.asp">Give to the Sigma Delta Chi Foundation</a>. </i><br> <br> <div align"=center">-END-</div> Mon, 26 Feb 2018 00:00:00 -0500 SPJ and Facebook Journalism Project team up to bring training to journalists http://www.spj.org/news.asp?REF=1546 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE<br> <br> Contacts:<br> Rebecca Baker, SPJ National President, 203-640-3904, <email address="rbaker@spj.org">rbaker@spj.org</a><br> Jennifer Royer, SPJ Communications Strategist, 317-361-4134, <email address="jroyer@spj.org">jroyer@spj.org</a> <br> <br> INDIANAPOLIS – The <a href="https://www.spj.org/index.asp">Society of Professional Journalists</a> and the Facebook Journalism Project are partnering to offer free training to journalists to improve digital storytelling.<br> <br> SPJ will train journalism professionals to teach Facebook tools to other journalists in newsrooms, classrooms, journalism institutions and conferences. Those trainers will then participate in a "Train-the-Trainers" summit March 5 and 6 in New York, where sessions will include tools for journalists, including Live, groups, video, insights and safety features.<br> <br> "One of SPJ's greatest strengths is to give journalists the training they need to be successful, and this is just the latest example," said SPJ National President Rebecca Baker. "We’re thrilled to partner with the Facebook Journalism Project and expand the tools we offer journalists across the country."<br> <br> The SPJ Training Program in partnership with the Facebook Journalism Project will offer the free training to as many journalists as possible. To request a training for your newsroom or organization, visit <a href="http://spj.org/facebook.asp">spj.org/facebook.asp</a>. Some of the early training sessions will take place at select SPJ Regional Conferences this spring.<br> <br> "The Society of Professional Journalists has done admirable work in strengthening newsrooms by training thousands of journalists across the country," said Campbell Brown, head of News Partnerships for Facebook. "We're proud to create an active community of trainers who can share expertise about the tools Facebook offers for reporting and storytelling."<br> <br> This partnership with the Facebook Journalism Project is the most recent in a series of other SPJ training initiatives, including the annual <a href="http://excellenceinjournalism.org/">Excellence in Journalism conference</a>, <a href="https://www.spj.org/journcamp.asp">JournCamps</a>, <a href="https://www.spj.org/scrippslt.asp">Ted Scripps Leadership Institute</a> and a wide array of online tools and resources available via its <a href="https://www.spj.org/training.asp">eCampus</a>, as well as a partnership with <a href="https://www.spj.org/google.asp">Google News Lab</a> and a long list of member benefit partnership programs.<br> <br> <img src="https://www.spj.org/images/spj-facebook.png" style="max-width:100%; height:auto;"><br> <br> <i>SPJ promotes the free flow of information vital to informing citizens; works to inspire and educate the next generation of journalists; and fights to protect First Amendment guarantees of freedom of speech and press. Support excellent journalism and fight for your right to know. <a href="http://www.spj.org/join.asp">Become a member</a>, <a href="https://www.spj.org/ldf.asp">give to the Legal Defense Fund</a>, or <a href="https://www.spj.org/donate.asp">give to the Sigma Delta Chi Foundation</a>.</i><br> <br> <i>The Facebook Journalism Project was created in January 2017 to ensure that quality news thrives on Facebook. FJP focuses on three pillars: collaborative development of new products; tools and trainings for newsrooms; and tools and trainings for people. </i><br> <br> <div align"=center">-END-</div><br> <br> <link rel=“image_src” href=“https://www.spj.org/images/spj-facebook.png” /> Thu, 22 Feb 2018 00:00:00 -0500 SPJ, JEA bring journalism into classrooms through #Press4Education initiative http://www.spj.org/news.asp?REF=1545 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE<br> <br> Contacts:<br> Rebecca Baker, SPJ National President, 203-640-3904, <email address="rbaker@spj.org">rbaker@spj.org</a><br> Jennifer Royer, SPJ Communications Strategist, 317-361-4134, <email address="jroyer@spj.org">jroyer@spj.org</a><br> <br> INDIANAPOLIS – The <a href="https://www.spj.org/index.asp">Society of Professional Journalists</a> and <a href="http://jea.org/">Journalism Education Association</a> are looking to match journalists and K-12 teachers in a nationwide effort to bring more journalism education to schools. <br> <br> <a href="https://www.spj.org/press4education.asp">The project, #Press4Education</a>, provides lesson plans, PowerPoint presentations and other resources to journalists who want to volunteer to share their knowledge about: <br> <br> • Reporting Basics<br> • Media Literacy/Identifying Fake News<br> • Ethics<br> • Editing<br> • Online Reporting<br> • Data Journalism<br> • Visual Journalism<br> • Broadcast Journalism<br> • Social Media<br> <br> “I’ve already spoken to more than 100 high school students across New York City. These young people not only were eager to understand what journalists do, but also how and why they do it,” said SPJ National President Rebecca Baker. “Any journalist who participates in #Press4Education will help the next generation become better informed citizens.”<br> <br> <a href="https://www.spj.org/com-jed.asp">SPJ Journalism Education Committee</a> Chair Becky Tallent explained that <a href="https://www.spj.org/news.asp?REF=1290">the Committee’s 2014 survey of high school journalism teachers</a> showed there was a real absence of journalism professionals in the classroom. The survey findings were published in the book <a href="https://www.amazon.com/Still-Captive-History-Teaching-Journalism/dp/1581072767">"Still Captive? History, Law and the Teaching of High School Journalism."</a><br> <br> “We have been looking for ways to cure that issue,” Tallent continued. “Thankfully, this year [Baker] wanted to make outreach to K-12 education a priority, launching #Press4Education. We are hopeful this will lead to a renewed commitment for journalism education in the country as well as an improved understanding of our profession.” <br> <br> The goal for the project is to not only provide a great resource for scholastic journalism educators, but to strengthen the future ranks of journalism practitioners, said JEA President Sarah Nichols. <br> <br> “The <a href="http://jea.org/">Journalism Education Association</a> is thrilled to be part of SPJ's #Press4Education initiative and connect teachers and their students with professional journalists,” Nichols said. “Our students are among the best and brightest, and more than ever we need them to go out and pursue careers in journalism. What better way to nurture that interest and provide authentic connections than from industry professionals directly.”<br> <br> Journalists interested in sharing their passion for journalism and the First Amendment to students should <a href="https://www.spj.org/press4education-volunteer.asp">fill out this volunteer form</a>. Volunteers will then be matched with a teacher who has requested a journalist to visit their classroom. Educators who would like to request a journalist for their classroom should <a href="https://www.spj.org/press4education-educator.asp">fill out this form</a>. <br> <br> <i>SPJ promotes the free flow of information vital to informing citizens; works to inspire and educate the next generation of journalists; and fights to protect First Amendment guarantees of freedom of speech and press. Support excellent journalism and fight for your right to know. <a href="http://www.spj.org/join.asp">Become a member</a>, <a href="https://www.spj.org/ldf.asp">give to the Legal Defense Fund</a>, or <a href="https://www.spj.org/donate.asp">give to the Sigma Delta Chi Foundation</a>.</i><br> <br> <i>Founded in 1924, <a href="http://jea.org/">JEA</a> supports free and responsible scholastic journalism by providing resources and educational opportunities, by promoting professionalism, by encouraging and rewarding student excellence and teacher achievement, and by fostering an atmosphere which encompasses diversity yet builds unity. It is headquartered at Kansas State University, Manhattan, Kansas. </i><br> <br> <div align"=center">-END-</div><br> Thu, 8 Feb 2018 00:00:00 -0500 SPJ enthusiastically endorses the Journalist Protection Act http://www.spj.org/news.asp?REF=1544 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE<br> <br> Contacts:<br> Rebecca Baker, SPJ National President, 203-640-3904, <email address="rbaker@spj.org">rbaker@spj.org</a><br> Jennifer Royer, SPJ Communications Strategist, 317-361-4134, <email address="jroyer@spj.org">jroyer@spj.org</a><br> <br> INDIANAPOLIS – The following statement regarding the <a href="https://swalwell.house.gov/media-center/press-releases/swalwell-introduces-journalist-protection-act">Journalist Protection Act</a> may be attributed to Society of Professional Journalists National President Rebecca Baker. <br> <br> “The <a href="https://www.spj.org/index.asp">Society of Professional Journalists</a> joins other journalism groups in supporting this legislation, which would make it a federal crime to attack or intimidate those reporting the news. <br> <br> “We thank Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-Calif.) for introducing <a href="https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/4366839-Journalism-Protection-Act.html">this legislation</a>, and we urge other lawmakers to support and vote for its passage. This legislation, if passed, will go a long way in protecting journalists who find themselves becoming targets because of the current climate. The rhetoric being spewed by some people in positions of power is dangerous to those covering the news — from small towns to large cities throughout our country and the world. It has to stop.” <br> <br> <div align"=center">-END-</div><br> <br> <i>SPJ promotes the free flow of information vital to informing citizens; works to inspire and educate the next generation of journalists; and fights to protect First Amendment guarantees of freedom of speech and press. Support excellent journalism and fight for your right to know. <a href="http://www.spj.org/join.asp">Become a member</a>, <a href="https://www.spj.org/ldf.asp">give to the Legal Defense Fund</a>, or <a href="https://www.spj.org/donate.asp">give to the Sigma Delta Chi Foundation</a>.</i> Mon, 5 Feb 2018 00:00:00 -0500 Pulliam Fellowship supports IndyStar columnist’s worldwide investigation into child sex trafficking http://www.spj.org/news.asp?REF=1543 Jan. 30, 2018<br> <br> FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE<br> <br> Contacts: <br> Todd Gillman, Pulliam Editorial Fellowship Selection Chairman, (202) 661-8421, <br> <email address="tgillman@dallasnews.com">tgillman@dallasnews.com</a> <br> Jennifer Royer, SPJ Communications Strategist, (317) 361- 4134,<br> <email address="jroyer@spj.org">jroyer@spj.org</a> <br> <br> INDIANAPOLIS – “More than 1 million children, according to the International Labour Organization, are exploited each year in the commercial sex trade,” Indianapolis Star columnist Tim Swarens writes in the first installment of a 10-part series called <a href="https://www.indystar.com/story/opinion/columnists/tim-swarens/2018/01/28/former-nfl-star-hunter-smith-records-song-usa-today-network-child-trafficking-project/962396001">“EXPLOITED,”</a> which begins today.<br> <br> Through the support of a $75,000 Pulliam Fellowship from the <a href="http://www.spj.org/sdx.asp">Sigma Delta Chi Foundation</a>, the educational foundation of the <a href="https://www.spj.org/index.asp">Society of Professional Journalists</a>, Swarens spent more than a year investigating a lucrative business where children are abused with low risk to buyers or traffickers, despite tougher laws and heightened international awareness of the scourge. The series explores the cultural and economic forces that contribute to commercial and sexual exploitation.<br> <br> Reporting for the series involved Swarens traveling more than 92,000 miles to report on five continents about a business that treats children like a commodity. “More than 1 million children, according to the International Labour Organization, are exploited each year in the commercial sex trade,” Swarens writes in the first installment of the series.<br> <br> Swarens also brought in former Indianapolis Colt and University of Notre Dame punter Hunter Smith to write and record a song for the project. The Hunter Smith Band’s creation, “Take You Home,” is “a song that recognizes the depravity of child trafficking... But it’s also a song about hope. A song that speaks to the work many people around the world are doing to ensure that children aren’t forgotten in the dark places of exploitation,” Swarens writes. <br> <br> Columns and other content in the EXPLOITED project will include:<br> <br> •“Who buys a child for sex? Otherwise ordinary men,” posting at 6 a.m. EST today.<br> •“'The smile on our face is fake,’” posting at 6 a.m. EST Thursday.<br> •“The trafficking victim who needs training wheels,” posting at 6 a.m. EST Feb. 6.<br> •“Boys – the silent victims of sex trafficking,” posting at 6 a.m. EST Feb. 8.<br> •“'It lights up the brain like crack’: Why men buy sex,” posting at 6 a.m. EST Feb. 13.<br> •“These are the ‘choices’ that lead girls into sex work,” posting at 6 a.m. EST Feb. 15.<br> •“Where sex trafficking and toxic masculinity collide,” posting at 6 a.m. EST Feb. 20.<br> •“Animals don’t do to their offspring what we as humans do to our children,” posting at 6 a.m. EST Feb. 22.<br> •“In a Mumbai brothel, with a 5-year-old boy,” posting at 6 a.m. EST Feb. 27.<br> •“The police harassed me enough to save my life,” posting at 6 a.m. EST March 1.<br> <br> Content, once posted, can be found at <a href= https://www.indystar.com/series/theexploited/ >indystar.com/Exploited</a><br> <br> Swarens, opinion director/columnist at the IndyStar, is the 2016 recipient of Fellowship. The Fellowship awards $75,000 to an outstanding editorial writer or columnist to help broaden his or her journalistic horizons and knowledge of the world. The annual award can be used to cover the cost of study, research and/or travel in any field. The Fellowship results in editorials and other writings, including books. <br> <br> Google, Eli Lilly and Co., and Indiana Wesleyan University provided additional support for this project. <br> <br> The Society first offered the Fellowship in 1977, when Nina Pulliam provided funding for the program. It honors Mrs. Pulliam’s husband, one of the original members of the Society and publisher of The Indianapolis Star, The Indianapolis News, The Arizona Republic and The Phoenix Gazette.<br> <br> <a href=https://www.spj.org/news.asp?ref=1270>Farah Stockman</a>, former columnist and editorial writer for the Boston Globe, received the 2014 Fellowship and went on to earn a Pulitzer Prize for her series that explored race relations in her city and beyond. <a href= https://www.spj.org/news.asp?ref=1537>Rochelle Riley</a>, a columnist for the Detroit Free Press, is the 2017 recipient and is studying the effect of trauma and a toxic environment on children’s learning. <br> <br> <a href=https://www.spj.org/a-pulliamfellow.asp>Deadline for entrants</a> for the 2018 Pulliam Fellowship is June 21. <br> <br> <i>SPJ promotes the free flow of information vital to informing citizens; works to inspire and educate the next generation of journalists; and fights to protect First Amendment guarantees of freedom of speech and press. Support excellent journalism and fight for your right to know. <a href="http://www.spj.org/join.asp">Become a member</a>, <a href="https://www.spj.org/ldf.asp">give to the Legal Defense Fund</a>, or <a href="https://www.spj.org/donate.asp">give to the Sigma Delta Chi Foundation</a>.</i><br> <br> <i>The Sigma Delta Chi Foundation is a public foundation dedicated to ensuring that those who carry on the tradition of a free press are prepared for the challenge. The SDX Foundation supports educational and professional needs of journalists and journalism students. Support excellent journalism and fight for your right to know. <a href="https://www.spj.org/donate.asp">Give to the Sigma Delta Chi Foundation</a>. </i><br> <br> <div align"=center">--END--</div><br> Tue, 30 Jan 2018 00:00:00 -0500