SPJ News http://www.spj.org/ SPJ Delivers Today's Media News en-us Copyright 2006 Society of Professional Journalists 1440 SPJ condemns arrest of freelance reporter at UCLA and demands charges be dropped http://www.spj.org/news.asp?REF=3022 CONTACT <br> Ashanti Blaize-Hopkins, SPJ National President, <email address="ashanti.blaize@gmail.com">ashanti.blaize@gmail.com</a> <br> Caroline Hendrie, SPJ Executive Director, <email address="chendrie@hq.spj.org">chendrie@hq.spj.org</a> <br> Kim Tsuyuki, SPJ Communications Specialist, <email address="ktsuyuki@hq.spj.org">ktsuyuki@hq.spj.org</a> <br> <br> INDIANAPOLIS — The <a href=https://www.spj.org>Society of Professional Journalists</a> condemns today’s arrest of freelance journalist Sean Beckner-Carmitchel at the University of California, Los Angeles and demands that authorities immediately drop a criminal charge against him. <br> <br> Beckner-Carmitchel was <a href=https://twitter.com/ACatWithNews/status/1787481125692297264>arrested Monday morning</a> while recording video as police <a href=https://twitter.com/ACatWithNews/status/1787469312263164321>detained</a> dozens of UCLA protesters in a parking structure. Beckner-Carmitchel faces a charge of misdemeanor conspiracy to commit a crime. <br> <br> “This unwarranted arrest flagrantly violates Sean’s First Amendment right to film police and protesters on public property,” said SPJ National President Ashanti Blaize-Hopkins. “It was to curb exactly this sort of over-reaction by law enforcement officials that a coalition of journalism organizations, media unions and First Amendment advocacy groups pushed successfully for California’s Senate Bill 98, which Governor Newsom signed into law two years ago.”<br> <br> <i>SPJ promotes the free flow of information vital to informing citizens; works to inspire and educate the next generation of journalists; and fights to protect First Amendment guarantees of freedom of speech and press. Support excellent journalism and fight for your right to know. <a href="https://www.spj.org/join.asp">Become a member</a>, <a href="https://www.spj.org/ldf.asp">give to the Legal Defense Fund</a> or <a href="https://www.spj.org/donate.asp">give to the SPJ Foundation</a>.</i> <br> <br> <div align"=center">-END-</center> Mon, 6 May 2024 00:00:00 -0500 SPJ-led coalition demands Texas authorities drop charges against photojournalist Carlos Sanchez http://www.spj.org/news.asp?REF=3021 CONTACT<br> Ashanti Blaize-Hopkins, SPJ National President, <email address="ashanti.blaize@gmail.com">ashanti.blaize@gmail.com</a> <br> Caroline Hendrie, SPJ Executive Director, <email address="chendrie@hq.spj.org">chendrie@hq.spj.org</a> <br> Kim Tsuyuki, SPJ Communications Specialist, <email address="ktsuyuki@hq.spj.org">ktsuyuki@hq.spj.org</a> <br> <br> INDIANAPOLIS — The <a href=https://www.spj.org>Society of Professional Journalists</a> has assembled a coalition of 43 signatories, including journalism organizations, First Amendment advocacy groups and media unions, all <a href=https://www.spj.org/pdf/joint-statement-05012024-final.pdf>calling on the Texas Department of Public Safety</a> to abandon its misguided pursuit of criminal charges against photojournalist Carlos Sanchez, who was arrested while covering protests at the University of Texas at Austin. <br> <br> “We, organizations that collectively represent and advocate on behalf of thousands of journalists, strongly urge the county attorney to decline prosecution of these charges and denounce authorities’ handling and escalation of the underlying incident. In addition to preventing a journalist from reporting the news as it was happening, their actions exert a chilling effect on reporters covering protests and law enforcement’s response to them, both during and beyond the current wave of campus demonstrations,” the statement says.<br> <br> The statement is also being sent to the Travis County Attorney, the Texas Department of Public Safety and Texas Governor Greg Abbott. <br> <br> <i>SPJ promotes the free flow of information vital to informing citizens; works to inspire and educate the next generation of journalists; and fights to protect First Amendment guarantees of freedom of speech and press. Support excellent journalism and fight for your right to know. <a href="https://www.spj.org/join.asp">Become a member</a>, <a href="https://www.spj.org/ldf.asp">give to the Legal Defense Fund</a> or <a href="https://www.spj.org/donate.asp">give to the SPJ Foundation</a>.</i><br> <br> <div align"=center">-END-</center> Wed, 1 May 2024 00:00:00 -0500 Region 8 Mark of Excellence Awards 2023 winners announced http://www.spj.org/news.asp?REF=3017 CONTACT: <br> Lou Harry, SPJ Manager of Publications and Awards,&#8239;<email address="lharry@spj.org">lharry@spj.org</a><br> Nadia Gordon, SPJ Communications Coordinator, <email address="ngordon@hq.spj.org">ngordon@hq.spj.org</a> <br> <br> INDIANAPOLIS — The <a href=https://www.spj.org/index.asp>Society of Professional Journalists</a>&#8239;recognizes the best collegiate journalism in Region 8 with <a href=https://www.spj.org/a-moe.asp>2023 Mark of Excellence Awards</a>&#8239;winners. <br> <br> SPJ’s&#8239;<a href= https://www.spj.org/region8.asp>Region 8</a> comprises Oklahoma and Texas. First-place winners will compete at the national level among other MOE winners from the 12 SPJ regions.<br> <br> National winners will be notified in the late spring.<br> <br> MOE Awards entries are judged by professionals with at least three years of journalism experience. Judges were directed to choose entries they felt were among the best in student journalism. If no entry rose to the level of excellence, no award was given. Any category not listed has no winner. <br> <br> School divisions are based on student enrollment, including both graduate and undergraduate: Large schools have at least 10,000 students and small schools have 9,999 or fewer students. <br> <br> The list below details all Region 8 winners. If you have any questions regarding the MOE Awards, contact SPJ Manager of Publications and Awards Lou Harry <email address="lharry@spj.org">by email</a>. <br> <br> This list reflects the spelling and titles submitted in the award entries. <br> <br> <b>Print/Online</b> <br> <br> Breaking News Reporting (Large) <br> Winner: One student killed, another injured at high school — by Drew Shaw, Christine Vo, The Shorthorn, University of Texas at Arlington <br> Finalist: Swatting incident — by Staff, OU Daily, University of Oklahoma <br> <br> Breaking News Reporting (Small) <br> Winner: Student reports aggravated assault in overflow housing — by Xochilt Garcia, Ashley Khamtrashyan, The Mesquite, Texas A&M University-San Antonio <br> Finalist: New college named for Onsteads through $25 million gift — by Jaylynn Ward, The Optimist, Abilene Christian University <br> Finalist: Baylor caught cheating, Tamusa Chess team awarded first place — by Matthew "Moose" Lopez, The Mesquite, Texas A&M University-San Antonio <br> <br> General News Reporting (Large)<br> Winner: Triumph over torture — by Fatimah Azeem, Andre Averion, The Mercury, University of Texas at Dallas <br> Finalist: First day of testimony centers on sexual assault scandal, Title IX policies — by Jenna Fitzgerald, The Baylor Lariat, Baylor University <br> Finalist: First day of testimony centers on sexual assault scandal, Title IX policies — by Jenna Fitzgerald, The Baylor Lariat, Baylor University <br> <br> General News Reporting (Small) <br> Winner: Zoo Day celebrates partnership with A&M-San Antonio, deadline for zoo internships Dec. 1 — by Beatriz Pizarro, The Mesquite, Texas A&M University-San Antonio <br> Finalist: Title IX hands out multitools with pocket knives as part of 'swag' merch at resource fair — by Ashley Khamtrashyan, Xochilt Garcia, Ally Gonzales, The Mesquite, Texas A&M University-San Antonio <br> <br> In-Depth Reporting (Large)<br> Winner: Value of a college degree — by Karoline Leonard, OU Daily, University of Oklahoma <br> Finalist: SMU archives reveal painful past — by Emma McRae, The Daily Campus, Southern Methodist University <br> Finalist: Joyless: Amusement park liquidation underway, owner recalls past — by Reece Nations, The Hub@TTU, Texas Tech <br> <br> Feature Writing (Large)<br> Winner: A way of life': A walk through Mission Arlington’s humble history, major impact — by Isaac Appelt, The Shorthorn, University of Texas at Arlington <br> Finalist: Remembering the Cookie Queen — by Karoline Leonard, OU Daily, University of Oklahoma <br> Finalist: The Sun God: Behind the man, myth, legend — by Brianna Chavez, The University Star, Texas State University <br> <br> Feature Writing (Small)<br> Winner: Communication lecturer shines light on mental health awareness, meditation — by Natalie Tristan, The Mesquite, Texas A&M University-San Antonio <br> Finalist: How tough are ya? — by Dylan Villalon, El Espejo, Texas A&M University-San Antonio <br> <br> Sports Writing (Large) <br> Winner: Born to ride — by Jonathan Perriello, The Shorthorn, University of Texas at Arlington <br> Finalist: Trick plays, T’Vondre Sweat lead Texas to Big 12 Title over Oklahoma State — by Lindsey Plotkin, The Daily Texan, University of Texas at Austin <br> Finalist: World Series fuels excitement — by Isaac Appelt, The Shorthorn, University of Texas at Arlington <br> <br> Sports Writing (Small) <br> Winner: Football earns nearly $1 million in contract guarantees from 2023 season — by Will Dalton, The Optimist, Abilene Christian University <br> <br> Editorial/Opinion Writing <br> Winner: Editorials — by Staff, The University Star, Texas State University <br> Finalist: Editorials — by Dang Le, Chris Huddleston, The Shorthorn, University of Texas at Arlington <br> <br> General Column Writing <br> Winner: The Shorthorn's column portfolio — by Ronaldo Bolaños, Deekota Diaz, Sam Salabit, The Shorthorn, University of Texas at Arlington <br> Finalist: Statues, singers and a political cliff — by George Schroeder, Sarah Gallaher, Emma Weidmann, The Baylor Lariat, Baylor University <br> Finalist: Opinion columns — by Diya Contractor, Trinitonian, Trinity University <br> <br> Corbin Gwaltney Award for Best All-Around Student Newspaper (Large) <br> Winner: The Daily Texan — by Staff, The Daily Texan, University of Texas at Austin <br> Finalist: The Mercury — by Staff, The Mercury, University of Texas at Dallas <br> Finalist: The Collegian — by Staff, The Collegian, Tarrant County College <br> <br> Best Ongoing Student Magazine <br> Winner: El Espejo magazine — by Staff, El Espejo, Texas A&M University-San Antonio <br> Finalist: SMU Look — by Staff, SMU Look, Southern Methodist University <br> <br> Best Affiliated Web Site <br> Winner: OUDaily.com — by Jillian Taylor, Colton Sulley, Karoline Leonard, OU Daily, University of Oklahoma <br> Finalist: The University Star Online — by Staff, The University Star, Texas State University <br> Finalist: The Collegian website — by Staff, The Collegian, Tarrant County College <br> <br> Best Independent Online Student Publication<br> Winner: The Hub@TTU — by Staff, The Hub@TTU, Texas Tech University <br> <br> <br> <b>Art/Graphics/Multimedia</b> <br> <br> Breaking News Photography <br> Winner: Protestors disrupt student government — by Joel Solis, The Shorthorn, University of Texas at Arlington <br> Finalist: UTA Police arrest suspect for criminal trespass — by Christine Vo, The Shorthorn, University of Texas at Arlington <br> Finalist: San Marcos under flash flood warning — by Kobe Arriaga, The University Star, Texas State University <br> <br> General News Photography <br> Winner: Community remembers Arlington police officer’s life, impact — by Christine Vo, The Shorthorn, University of Texas at Arlington <br> Finalist: TCC student leaders take Austin — by Alex Hoben, The Collegian, Tarrant County College <br> Finalist: Chess team’s historic run ends in the finals — by Tim Danger Ramos, The Mesquite, Texas A&M University-San Antonio <br> <br> Feature Photography <br> Winner: Powwow uplifts Native American culture — by Ronaldo Bolaños, The Shorthorn, University of Texas at Arlington <br> Finalist: Sing Song senior act — by Daniel Curd, The Optimist, Abilene Christian University <br> Finalist: Indian Culture Association hosted the Holi Festival of Color — by Daniel Curd, The Optimist, Abilene Christian University <br> <br> Photo Essay/Slideshow <br> Winner: 2023 SERVPRO First Responder Bowl: Texas State vs. Rice University — by Kobe Arriaga, The University Star, Texas State University <br> Finalist: Goin' Band embarks on Macy's Day Parade — by Jacob Lujan, Marianna Souriall, The Daily Toreador/dailytoreador.com, Texas Tech University <br> Finalist: Preserving paradise in pictures — by Ronaldo Bolaños, The Shorthorn, University of Texas at Arlington <br> <br> Illustration <br> Winner: Asian cinema — by Claudia Humphrey, The Shorthorn, University of Texas at Arlington <br> Finalist: Hispanic Heritage Month — by Cristina Del Coro Trio, The Shorthorn, University of Texas at Arlington <br> Finalist: Hands on horticulture — by Markus Meneses, The Collegian, Tarrant County College <br> <br> Photo Illustration<br> Winner: Beauty industry — by Kelsey Wells, The Shorthorn, University of Texas at Arlington <br> <br> Sports Photography <br> Winner: Texas State upends Baylor — by Ken Prabhakar, The Baylor Lariat, Baylor University <br> Finalist: Disbelief and relief — by Ronaldo Bolaños, The Shorthorn, University of Texas at Arlington <br> Finalist: Saints send the Jags home; OLLU showers A&M-San Antonio with home runs — by Tim Danger Ramos, The Mesquite, Texas A&M University-San Antonio <br> <br> Best Use of Multimedia<br> Winner: Texas State upends Baylor — by Michael Haag, George Schroeder, Ken Prabhakar, The Baylor Lariat, Baylor University <br> Finalist: Miss Juneteenth — by Christine Vo, The Shorthorn, University of Texas at Arlington <br> Finalist: Trump launches 2024 campaign in Waco — by Caitlyn Meisner, Luke Lattanzi, Ken Prabhakar, Jessica Rajkumar, The Baylor Lariat, Baylor University <br> <br> Feature Videography <br> Winner: Valley brush strokes — by Camilo Diaz, Jr., VocesdelaComunidad.com, University of North Texas <br> <br> <br> <b>Audio</b> <br> <br> Radio News Reporting <br> Winner: Council approves new library policy — by Athena Triantopoulos, KACU, Abilene Christian University <br> <br> Radio Feature <br> Winner: Texas archeologists team up with Indigenous communities in Paint Rock excavation — by Sheridan Wood, KACU, Abilene Christian University <br> Finalist: Two 81-year-old best friends have begun their expedition around the world — by Paige Taylor, KACU, Abilene Christian University <br> <br> Radio In-Depth Reporting <br> Winner: Texas adolescents need more access to mental healthcare — by Sammantha Gutierrez, KACU, Abilene Christian University <br> Finalist: West Texas landowners can get federal money to clear invasive plants to fight drought — by Sheridan Wood, KACU, Abilene Christian University <br> <br> Podcast (Conversational) <br> Winner: The Pony Pod — by Katie Bergelin, The Daily Campus, Southern Methodist University <br> <br> <br> <b>Broadcast</b> <br> <br> Television General News Reporting <br> Winner: Boxed-In: Improving storm shelters — by Carson Sanders, Gaylord In-depth, University of Oklahoma <br> Finalist: Language barrier-storm warnings for Spanish speakers — by Kevin Palomino, Gaylord In-depth, University of Oklahoma <br> Finalist: The College Tour premiere — by Khalaya Coleman, LUTV News, Lamar University<br> <br> Television Feature Reporting <br> Winner: Parents keep child's memory alive ten years after school tornado — by Sydney Price, Gaylord In-depth, University of Oklahoma <br> Finalist: Milk Mondays — by Claire Goodyear, Lariat TV News, Baylor University <br> Finalist: Recognizing greatness — by Taylor Justice, LUTV News and Media Online, Lamar University <br> <br> Television Sports Reporting<br> Winner: Crypto's final frontier — by Austin Hedgecoth, DCTV, University of North Texas <br> <br> Television Sports Reporting <br> Winner: The dark side of sports betting — by Alex Weister, DCTV, University of North Texas <br> Finalist: Texas State upends Baylor — by George Schroeder, Lariat TV News, Baylor University <br> <br> Best All-Around Television News Magazine <br> Winner: Hell in the Heartland: 10 Years — by Staff, Gaylord In-depth, University of Oklahoma <br> <br> <br> <b>All Platform</b> <br> <br> Arts/Entertainment/Fashion Journalism <br> Winner: Fashion goals — by Bo Rubenstein, SMU Look, Southern Methodist University <br> Finalist: Students focus on a different kind of paperwork with Crafty Jaguars and ACM — by Bryan Lopez, The Mesquite, Texas A&M University-San Antonio <br> Finalist: Mural sparks public arts' conversation — by Jonathan Perriello, The Shorthorn, University of Texas at Arlington <br> <br> Campus Reporting<br> Winner: Campus reporting from The Daily Texan — by Samantha Greyson, The Daily Texan, University of Texas at Austin <br> Finalist: Renaming Woolf Hall — by José Romero, Franceska ‘Wolf’ Isaly, Jonathan Perriello, The Shorthorn, University of Texas at Arlington <br> Finalist: Campus shuts down, employees step up — by Dang Le, Mandy Huynh, Jonathan Perriello, The Shorthorn, University of Texas at Arlington<br> <br> Cultural Criticism<br> Winner: Columns — by Dang Le, The Shorthorn, University of Texas at Arlington <br> <br> Food/Restaurant Journalism <br> Winner: From Scratch — by Jonathan Perriello, Leo Rosas, The Shorthorn, University of Texas at Arlington <br> <br> Investigative Reporting<br> Winner: Thinking Theta? Think again. — by Ellis Rold, The Daily Campus, Southern Methodist University <br> Finalist: Vice president solicited gifts — by Dang Le, The Shorthorn, University of Texas at Arlington <br> <br> Regional Political Reporting<br> Winner: Texas' DEI reporting — by Drew Shaw, The Shorthorn, University of Texas at Arlington <br> Finalist: Voters’ guide: Propositions 1-14 — by Mesquite Contributing Writers, Jemareon Moore, The Mesquite, Texas A&M University-San Antonio <br> <br> Retail/Small Business Journalism<br> Winner: Egg prices doubled — by Jonathan Perriello, The Shorthorn, University of Texas at Arlington <br> <br> <i>SPJ promotes the free flow of information vital to informing citizens; works to inspire and educate the next generation of journalists; and fights to protect First Amendment guarantees of freedom of speech and press. Support excellent journalism and fight for your right to know. <a href="https://www.spj.org/join.asp">Become a member</a>, <a href="https://www.spj.org/ldf.asp">give to the Legal Defense Fund</a> or <a href="https://www.spj.org/donate.asp">give to the SPJ Foundation</a>.</i><br> <br> <div align"=center">-END-</center> Mon, 29 Apr 2024 00:00:00 -0500 Region 12 Mark of Excellence Awards 2023 winners announced http://www.spj.org/news.asp?REF=3018 CONTACT: <br> Lou Harry, SPJ Manager of Publications and Awards,&#8239;<email address="lharry@spj.org">lharry@spj.org</a><br> Nadia Gordon, SPJ Communications Coordinator, <email address="ngordon@hq.spj.org">ngordon@hq.spj.org</a> <br> <br> INDIANAPOLIS — The <a href=https://www.spj.org/index.asp>Society of Professional Journalists</a>&#8239;recognizes the best collegiate journalism in Region 12 with <a href=https://www.spj.org/a-moe.asp>2023 Mark of Excellence Awards</a>&#8239;winners. <br> <br> SPJ’s&#8239;<a href= https://www.spj.org/region12.asp>Region 12</a> comprises Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Tennessee. First-place winners will compete at the national level among other MOE winners from the 12 SPJ regions.<br> <br> National winners will be notified in the late spring.<br> <br> MOE Awards entries are judged by professionals with at least three years of journalism experience. Judges were directed to choose entries they felt were among the best in student journalism. If no entry rose to the level of excellence, no award was given. Any category not listed has no winner. <br> <br> School divisions are based on student enrollment, including both graduate and undergraduate: Large schools have at least 10,000 students and small schools have 9,999 or fewer students. <br> <br> The list below details all Region 12 winners. If you have any questions regarding the MOE Awards, contact SPJ Manager of Publications and Awards Lou Harry <email address="lharry@spj.org">by email</a>. <br> <br> This list reflects the spelling and titles submitted in the award entries. <br> <br> <br> <b>Print/Online</b> <br> <br> Breaking News Reporting (Large)<br> Winner: Breaking: Seven dead after Covenant School shooting in Green Hills — by Aaditi Lele, Katherine Oung, Rachael Perrotta, The Vanderbilt Hustler, Vanderbilt University <br> <br> Breaking News Reporting (Small)<br> Winner: Pro-Palestine protest met with opposition — by Eloise Pickering, Maria DiFelice, The Maroon Online, Loyola University New Orleans <br> Finalist: Saturday's McNeese vs. Northwestern State homecoming game canceled — by Kelsea Ernst, The Poke Press, McNeese State University <br> Finalist: Former governor announces presidential run — by Delaney Reaves, Gillian Bunting, NWACC Eagle View blogsite, Northwest Arkansas Community College <br> <br> General News Reporting (Large) <br> Winner: Voter turnout in Georgia and Louisiana — by Staff, LA Illuminator, Louisiana State University <br> Finalist: Mississippi State students from Amory reflect on tornado's devastation — by Pam Dankins, Daily Journal, Mississippi State University <br> <br> General News Reporting (Small) <br> Winner: Gil named McNeese's first Rhodes Scholar finalist — by Kelsea Ernst, The Poke Press, McNeese State University <br> Finalist: Loyola’s only Black English professor says his dismissal feels targeted — by Macie Batson, The Maroon, Loyola University New Orleans <br> Finalist: Loyola program works to overturn wrongful convictions — by Ava Acharya, The Maroon, Loyola University New Orleans <br> <br> In-Depth Reporting (Large)<br> Winner: Tennessee gun laws: What you need to know — by Katherine Oung, The Vanderbilt Hustler, Vanderbilt University <br> Finalist: Community crushed by LGBTQ+ censorship — by Erica Wilson, Hill magazine, University of Arkansas <br> Finalist: The fatal shooting of Milton X Scott — by Myracle Lewis, Amelia Gabor, Birdie O'Connell, Verite News, Louisiana State University <br> <br> Feature Writing (Large)<br> Winner: ‘Elevate the people on the ground’: Dining employee reflects on Vanderbilt experience — by Brina Ratangee, The Vanderbilt Hustler, Vanderbilt University <br> Finalist: The making of 'Sister Cindy' — by Cross Harris, Reveille/LSUReveille.com, Louisiana State University <br> Finalist: No Adderall, no answers — by Katherine Taylor, Hill magazine, University of Arkansas <br> <br> Sports Writing (Large)<br> Winner: Freshmen professional amputee soccer players kick expectations to the curb — by Reagan Netherland, Arkansas Traveler, University of Arkansas <br> Finalist: Why Mwani Wilkinson stayed the course through program overhaul and injury: 'I'm a winner' — by Peter Rauterkus, Reveille | LSUReveille.com, Louisiana State University <br> Finalist: Full circle: How perspective and humility helped Ken Seals regain the starting quarterback position — by Andrew Wilf, The Vanderbilt Hustler, Vanderbilt University<br> <br> Sports Writing (Small)<br> Winner: Students revive Loyola fútbol club after 10+ years — by Matthew Richards, The Maroon, Loyola University New Orleans <br> Finalist: Women’s basketball starts season with new faces — by Matthew Richards, The Maroon, Loyola University New Orleans <br> Finalist: Former Loyola athlete opens up about mental health struggles — by Eve McFarland, The Maroon, Loyola University New Orleans <br> <br> Editorial/Opinion Writing <br> Winner: Opinion columns — by Isabella LaRue, Arkansas Traveler, University of Arkansas <br> Finalist: Editorials — by Mark Michel, Patrick Hamilton, The Maroon, Loyola University New Orleans <br> Finalist: Grappling with school shootings and mental heath — by Noah Weitzel, The Vanderbilt Hustler, Vanderbilt University <br> <br> General Column Writing<br> Winner: Columns — by Isabella LaRue, Arkansas Traveler, University of Arkansas <br> <br> Sports Column Writing<br> Winner: Commodore Brunch — by Andrew Wilf, The Vanderbilt Hustler, Vanderbilt University <br> Finalist: Columns — by Jason Willis, Reveille/ LSUReveille.com, Louisiana State University<br> <br> Corbin Gwaltney Award for Best All-Around Student Newspaper (Large)<br> Winner: The Reflector — by Staff, The Reflector, Mississippi State University <br> Finalist: Arkansas Traveler — by Staff, Arkansas Traveler, University of Arkansas <br> <br> Corbin Gwaltney Award for Best All-Around Student Newspaper (Small) <br> Winner: The Maroon — by Staff, The Maroon, Loyola University New Orleans<br> <br> Best Ongoing Student Magazine <br> Winner: Hill Magazine — by Staff, Hill magazine, University of Arkansas<br> <br> Best Affiliated Web Site <br> Winner: The Maroon Online — by Staff, The Maroon Online, Loyola University New Orleans<br> Finalist: Reflector online — by Staff, The Reflector, Mississippi State University <br> Finalist: Arkansas Traveler — by Staff, Arkansas Traveler, University of Arkansas <br> <br> Best Independent Online Student Publication<br> Winner: The Vanderbilt Hustler — by Staff, The Vanderbilt Hustler, Vanderbilt University<br> <br> <br> <b>Art/Graphics/Multimedia</b> <br> <br> General News Photography<br> Winner: Like scenes from a battlefield — by Eli Stokes, Hill magazine, University of Arkansas <br> <br> Feature Photography<br> Winner: Community aims to take back the night — by Sophia Renzi, The Maroon, Loyola University New Orleans <br> <br> Photo Essay/Slideshow<br> Winner: Nashville community rallies downtown, at Fisk University after Covenant School shooting — by Barrie Barto, Nikita Rohila, Amelia Simpson, Katherine Oung, The Vanderbilt Hustler, Vanderbilt University <br> Finalist: 10 things Mississippi State students can't live without — by Laura Parsley, Bulldog Online Newsroom, Mississippi State University <br> <br> Illustration <br> Winner: Orientation Edition Front Page — by Bryce Yzaguirre, The Reflector, Mississippi State University <br> <br> Photo Illustration <br> Winner: No Adderall, no answers — by Erika Fredericks, Hill magazine, University of Arkansas <br> <br> Sports Photography <br> Winner: Students revive Loyola fútbol club after 10+ years — by Sophia Renzi, The Maroon, Loyola University New Orleans <br> Finalist: Vanderbilt narrowly passes by UNC Greensboro 74-70 — by Josh Rehders, The Vanderbilt Hustler, Vanderbilt University <br> Finalist: Hogs fall after brutal brawl against BYU — by Alfonso Jaubert, Arkansas Traveler, University of Arkansas <br> <br> Best Use of Multimedia<br> Winner: Class of 2023: The senior survey — by Staff, The Vanderbilt Hustler, Vanderbilt University <br> Finalist: NWACC Eagle View first e-pub — by Samantha McClain, staff, NWACC Eagle View blogsite, Northwest Arkansas Community College <br> Finalist: Lipscomb kicks off the holiday season with 19th annual Lighting of the Green — by Anastasiia Boldyreva, Brandon Bigsby, Gracey Parnell, Herd Media, Lipscomb University <br> <br> <br> <b>Audio</b> <br> <br> Radio News Reporting <br> Winner: AI in education — by Amelia Bridges, KLSU, Louisiana State University <br> <br> Radio Sports Reporting<br> Winner: Lady Tigers superfan Stan Douglas — by Patricia Caputo, KLSU, Louisiana State University <br> Finalist: Jayden Daniels at Heisman ceremony — by Andre Champagne, KLSU, Louisiana State University <br> Finalist: LSU Lady Tigers going to the Sweet 16 — by Patricia Caputo, KLSU, Louisiana State University <br> <br> Podcast (Narrative)<br> Winner: Hearts and Clubs — by Patrick Kelly, UATV News, University of Arkansas <br> <br> <br> <b>Broadcast</b> <br> <br> Television Breaking News Reporting<br> Winner: Rolling Fork tornado, Biden visit — by A.C. Barker, NewsWatch Ole Miss, University of Mississippi <br> <br> Television General News Reporting <br> Winner: Road safety — by Adam Guttuso, LSU Tiger TV, Louisiana State University <br> Finalist: Rolling Fork tornado aftermath - Housing crisis — by Celeste Lay, NewsWatch Ole Miss, University of Mississippi <br> Finalist: Efforts continue to appease doubles-to-dorms — by James Hufnagel, The Maroon Online, Loyola University New Orleans <br> <br> Television Feature Reporting <br> Winner: Alumni becoming employees — by Brandon Bigsby, Herd Media, Lipscomb University <br> Finalist: Women's self defense — by Camryn Johnson, UATV News, University of Arkansas <br> Finalist: Bass fishing — by Kye Kocher, UATV News, University of Arkansas <br> <br> Television In-Depth Reporting <br> Winner: Food insecurity — by Metia Carroll, Haylee Kennedy, Erin Rogers, Ella Wales, LSU Tiger TV, Louisiana State University <br> <br> Television Sports Reporting <br> Winner: Love purple, win gold — by Adam Guttuso, LSU Tiger TV, Louisiana State University <br> Finalist: Cheer World Championship — by Lakyra Banks, UATV News, University of Arkansas <br> Finalist: Football diversity — by Patrick Hall, UATV News, University of Arkansas <br> <br> Best All-Around Television Newscast <br> Winner: UATV — by Staff, UATV News, University of Arkansas <br> Finalist: Tiger TV Newsbeat — by Staff, LSU Tiger TV, Louisiana State University <br> <br> Best All-Around Television News Magazine<br> Winner: Sports Extra — by Staff, Herd Media, Lipscomb University <br> <br> <br> <b>All Platform</b> <br> <br> Arts/Entertainment/Fashion Journalism<br> Winner: Behind the curtains: Theatre production sparks outrage and community disapproval — by Kloe Witt, The Maroon, Loyola University New Orleans <br> <br> Campus Reporting<br> Winner: Faculty members upset with new IT policies and other stories — by John Buzbee, Reveille | LSUReveille.com, Louisiana State University <br> Finalist: Students struggle to enroll in core and required classes — by Kloe Witt, The Maroon, Loyola University New Orleans <br> Finalist: Vanderbilt drops in US News rankings — by Rachael Perrotta, The Vanderbilt Hustler, Vanderbilt University<br> <br> Cultural Criticism<br> Winner: Christmas movie reviews — by Morgan Nunley, NWACC Eagle View blogsite, Northwest Arkansas Community College <br> Finalist: Loyola TAD takes the stage with satirical musical 'Urinetown' — by Mia Oliva, The Maroon, Loyola University New Orleans <br> Finalist: Film reviews — by Mia Oliva, The Maroon, Loyola University New Orleans <br> <br> Food/Restaurant Journalism<br> Winner: Dearth of breakfast options at LSU — by Staff, Reveille | LSUReveille.com, Louisiana State University <br> <br> Regional Political Reporting<br> Winner: Orleans Parish suffers low voter turnout — by Jacob L'Hommedieu, The Maroon, Loyola University New Orleans <br> <br> <i>SPJ promotes the free flow of information vital to informing citizens; works to inspire and educate the next generation of journalists; and fights to protect First Amendment guarantees of freedom of speech and press. Support excellent journalism and fight for your right to know. <a href="https://www.spj.org/join.asp">Become a member</a>, <a href="https://www.spj.org/ldf.asp">give to the Legal Defense Fund</a> or <a href="https://www.spj.org/donate.asp">give to the SPJ Foundation</a>.</i><br> <br> <div align"=center">-END-</center> Mon, 29 Apr 2024 00:00:00 -0500 SPJ demands Texas Department of Public Safety drop charges and arrest warrant against Fox 7 News photojournalist http://www.spj.org/news.asp?REF=3020 CONTACT<br> Ashanti Blaize-Hopkins, SPJ National President, <email address="ashanti.blaize@gmail.com">ashanti.blaize@gmail.com</a> <br> Kim Tsuyuki, SPJ Communications Specialist, <email address="ktsuyuki@hq.spj.org">ktsuyuki@hq.spj.org</a> <br> <br> INDIANAPOLIS — The <a href=https://www.spj.org>Society of Professional Journalists</a> <a href=https://www.kxan.com/news/local/austin/austin-photojournalist-faces-felony-charge-after-arrest-during-ut-protest-affidavit-says/>demands the felony assault charge against Carlos Sanchez</a>, a Fox 7 Austin photographer arrested while covering protests at the University of Texas Austin, be dropped immediately. <a href=https://www.kxan.com/news/local-photographer-among-dozens-arrested-at-ut-protest/>Sanchez was originally charged with criminal trespass</a> but the charges were dropped last Thursday upon his release from jail.<br> <br> “It’s crystal clear from every angle of videos capturing the incident that Sanchez did not intentionally hit anyone while covering protests at the University of Texas at Austin last week,” said SPJ National President Ashanti Blaize-Hopkins. “This is such a dangerous escalation by the Texas Department of Public Safety, and it feels like the agency is trying to send a message to journalists across the state who are covering this highly publicized and developing story.” <br> <br> SPJ <a href= https://www.spj.org/news.asp?ref=3016>continues to call</a> on all law enforcement agencies to allow journalists to report on this developing story without interference. <br> <br> <i>SPJ promotes the free flow of information vital to informing citizens; works to inspire and educate the next generation of journalists; and fights to protect First Amendment guarantees of freedom of speech and press. Support excellent journalism and fight for your right to know. <a href="https://www.spj.org/join.asp">Become a member</a>, <a href="https://www.spj.org/ldf.asp">give to the Legal Defense Fund</a> or <a href="https://www.spj.org/donate.asp">give to the SPJ Foundation</a>.</i><br> <br> <div align"=center">-END-</center> Mon, 29 Apr 2024 00:00:00 -0500 SPJ condemns arrest of Fox 7 News photojournalist, calls for law enforcement to allow journalists to report without interference http://www.spj.org/news.asp?REF=3016 CONTACT<br> Ashanti Blaize-Hopkins, SPJ National President, <email address="ashanti.blaize@gmail.com">ashanti.blaize@gmail.com</a> <br> Kim Tsuyuki, SPJ Communications Specialist, <email address="ktsuyuki@hq.spj.org">ktsuyuki@hq.spj.org</a> <br> <br> INDIANAPOLIS — As more protests take place at college campuses across the country, the <a href=https://www.spj.org>Society of Professional Journalists</a> reminds law enforcement that journalists should be allowed to cover the story without interference and condemns the <a href=https://www.chron.com/news/article/university-of-texas-palestinian-protest-19420478.php>arrest of a Fox 7 News photojournalist</a> at Wednesday’s University of Texas protest. SPJ demands that the Texas Department of Public Safety drop all charges against the photographer immediately.<br> <br> “It is absolutely abhorrent that journalists are being arrested and harmed while doing their jobs,” said SPJ National President Ashanti Blaize-Hopkins. “This is a clear violation of the First Amendment. SPJ stands with all journalists in their efforts to seek truth and report it, a commanding principle in the <a href=https://www.spj.org/ethicscode.asp>SPJ Code of Ethics</a>.”<br> <br> For journalists covering the protests, SPJ offers several resources such as the <a href=https://www.journaliststoolbox.org/2023/03/12/covering-protests/>SPJ Toolbox</a>, the <a href=https://www.spj.org/ethicscode.asp>SPJ Code of Ethics</a>, the <a href=https://www.spj.org/ethicshotline.asp>SPJ Ethics Hotline</a> and the <a href=https://www.spj.org/safety-mmj.asp>SPJ MMJ Safety Guidelines</a>. Journalists on the scene should team up with other journalists, look out for each other, have an escape route, and if you begin to feel unsafe, leave. No story is worth being injured or worse, so please do not take unnecessary risks as you are covering these volatile stories.<br> <br> <i>SPJ promotes the free flow of information vital to informing citizens; works to inspire and educate the next generation of journalists; and fights to protect First Amendment guarantees of freedom of speech and press. Support excellent journalism and fight for your right to know. <a href="https://www.spj.org/join.asp">Become a member</a>, <a href="https://www.spj.org/ldf.asp">give to the Legal Defense Fund</a> or <a href="https://www.spj.org/donate.asp">give to the SPJ Foundation</a>.</i><br> <br> <div align"=center">-END-</center> Thu, 25 Apr 2024 00:00:00 -0500 Region 3 Mark of Excellence Awards 2023 winners announced http://www.spj.org/news.asp?REF=3014 CONTACT: <br> Lou Harry, SPJ Manager of Publications and Awards,&#8239;<email address="lharry@spj.org">lharry@spj.org</a><br> Kimberly Tsuyuki, SPJ Communications Specialist, <email address="ktsuyuki@hq.spj.org">ktsuyuki@hq.spj.org</a> <br> <br> INDIANAPOLIS — The <a href=https://www.spj.org/index.asp>Society of Professional Journalists</a>&#8239;recognizes the best collegiate journalism in Region 3 with <a href=https://www.spj.org/a-moe.asp>2023 Mark of Excellence Awards</a>&#8239;winners. <br> <br> SPJ’s&#8239;<a href=https://www.spj.org/region3.asp>Region 3</a> comprises Alabama, Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands. First-place winners will compete at the national level among other MOE winners from the 12 SPJ regions.<br> <br> National winners will be notified in the late spring.<br> <br> MOE Awards entries are judged by professionals with at least three years of journalism experience. Judges were directed to choose entries they felt were among the best in student journalism. If no entry rose to the level of excellence, no award was given. Any category not listed has no winner. <br> <br> School divisions are based on student enrollment, including both graduate and undergraduate: Large schools have at least 10,000 students and small schools have 9,999 or fewer students. <br> <br> The list below details all Region 3 winners. If you have any questions regarding the MOE Awards, contact SPJ Manager of Publications and Awards Lou Harry <email address="lharry@spj.org">by email</a>. <br> <br> This list reflects the spelling and titles submitted in the award entries. <br> <br> <b>Print/Online</b> <br> <br> Breaking News Reporting (Large)<br> Winner: Pilot of small plane who died in crash pleaded for help in final moments: ‘I’m losing altitude’ — by Gabriel Velasquez Neira, WUFT, University of Florida<br> Finalist: Idalia survivor of storm’s fury near landfall: ‘Don’t ever want to go through that again’ — by Jack Lemnus, Fresh Take Florida/WUFT, University of Florida<br> <br> Breaking News Reporting (Small)<br> Winner: University president denounces 'antisemitic' rhetoric at campus protest — by Sarah Davis, Jack Rutherford, Matthew Chupack, The Emory Wheel, Emory University<br> <br> General News Reporting (Large)<br> Winner: Will new regulations mean fewer Airbnbs in Columbia? — by Camdyn Bruce, The Carolina News & Reporter, University of South Carolina<br> Finalist: UF to spend $300,000 on new pool for incoming university president — by Emma Behrman, Fresh Take Florida/WUFT, University of Florida<br> Finalist: Linnentown lives on: Demolished neighborhood’s fight for redress and recognition — by Jesse Wood, The Red & Black, The University of Georgia<br> <br> General News Reporting (Small)<br> Winner: Eckerd tightens budget as costs rise — by Grey Curcio, Triton Publications, Eckerd College<br> Finalist: Biden calls for stronger voting rights in Selma — by Emily Mosier, The Tropolitan, Troy University<br> Finalist: Transgender Eckerd students ‘carded’ in bathroom at New College; Eckerd community protests … — by Grey Curcio, Triton Publications, Eckerd College<br> <br> In-Depth Reporting (Large)<br> Winner: Teacher vacancies and school leadership can go hand-in-hand — by Madelyn Weston, The Carolina News & Reporter, University of South Carolina<br> Finalist: Learning to think outside the box — by Allison Mawn, Personal website; The Red & Black, University of Georgia<br> Finalist: Remembering Devin: Loved ones keep the memory of No. 77 alive — by Dawn Sawyer, The Red & Black, The University of Georgia<br> <br> In-Depth Reporting (Small)<br> Winner: Athletes struggle with pressures and mental health — by Sydney Preston, Flagler College Gargoyle, Flagler College<br> Finalist: Eckerd College students want more safe spaces to discuss Israel-Hamas War — by Hanna Kobs, Triton Publications, Eckerd College, Eckerd College<br> <br> Feature Writing (Large)<br> Winner: White man to be sentenced for recent, racially motivated attack at site of massacre of Black resident — by Jack Lemnus, Fresh Take Florida/WUFT, University of Florida<br> Finalist: Retired cop never forgot unsolved case, helped convict rapist decades later — by Alexa Herrera, Fresh Take Florida/WUFT, University of Florida<br> Finalist: Patience and perseverance: The story behind Athens’ rainbow crosswalk — by Maddie Brechtel, The Red & Black, The University of Georgia<br> <br> Feature Writing (Small)<br> Winner: Fashion Your Seatbelts: Decades of fashion and its significance at Eckerd College — by Nicole Vogler, Triton Publications, Eckerd College<br> Finalist: No regrets: Elizabeth Montavon pro water skier learns to live with an autoimmune disease — by Gabby Alfveby, Flagler College Gargoyle, Flagler College<br> Finalist: Food insecurity — by Chloe Smith, Flagler College Gargoyle, Flagler College<br> <br> Sports Writing (Large)<br> Winner: New group emerges to pay UF athletes; Gator Collective dissolves after mishandled QB deal — by Aidan Bush, Fresh Take Florida/WUFT, University of Florida<br> Finalist: A silent journey: Gamecocks volleyball star excels despite being born deaf — by Dylan Jackson, The Carolina News & Reporter, University of South Carolina<br> Finalist: Doris Lemngole's 'improbable' journey — by Theodore Fernandez, The Crimson White, University of Alabama<br> <br> Sports Writing (Small)<br> Winner: Black student-athlete group to ‘bridge the gap,’ empower Emory athletes — by Claire Fenton, The Emory Wheel, Emory University<br> Finalist: Micro tussle, big hustle: Changing perspectives on micro wrestling — by Carter Weinhofer, Ian Shepperd, Triton Publications, Eckerd College<br> Finalist: Team setting helps BRAVE Project run deep for athletes — by Mary Harrison, Campus Carrier, Berry College<br> <br> Editorial/Opinion Writing<br> Winner: The Independent Florida Alligator — by Editorial Board, The Independent Florida Alligator, University of Florida<br> Finalist: Electoral Ellie — by Ellie Fivas, Sophia Peyser, The Emory Wheel, Emory University<br> <br> General Column Writing<br> Winner: Columns — by Chance Phillips, The Crimson White, University of Alabama<br> <br> Sports Column Writing<br> Winner: Title IX 50th anniversary reflections from a female collegiate athlete — by Pilar Rossi, The Emory Wheel, Emory University<br> <br> Corbin Gwaltney Award for Best All-Around Student Newspaper (Large)<br> Winner: The Red & Black — by Staff, The Red & Black, The University of Georgia<br> Finalist: The Current — by Staff, The Current / Mako Media Network, Nova Southeastern University<br> Finalist: The Independent Florida Alligator — by Staff, The Independent Florida Alligator, University of Florida<br> <br> Corbin Gwaltney Award for Best All-Around Student Newspaper (Small)<br> Winner: The Emory Wheel — by The Emory Wheel staff, The Emory Wheel, Emory University<br> <br> Best Ongoing Student Magazine<br> Winner: Distraction Magazine — by Staff, Distraction Magazine, University of Miami<br> Finalist: SCAN Magazine — by Staff, SCAD Connector/SCAN Magazine, Savannah College of Art and Design- Atlanta<br> Finalist: Muse — by Staff, Alice Magazine, University of Alabama<br> <br> Best Affiliated Web Site<br> Winner: SCAD Connector — by Staff, SCAD Connector, Savannah College of Art and Design-Atlanta<br> Finalist: Mako News — by Staff, Mako News/Mako Media Network, Nova Southeastern University<br> <br> Best Independent Online Student Publication<br> Winner: Viking Fusion — by Staff, Viking Fusion, Berry College<br> Finalist: Flagler College Gargoyle — by Staff, Flagler College Gargoyle, Flagler College<br> <br> <br> <b>Art/Graphics/Multimedia</b><br> <br> Breaking News Photography<br> Winner: Israel rally — by Augustus Hoff, WUFT News, University of Florida<br> <br> General News Photography<br> Winner: Gun laws — by Augustus Hoff, WUFT News, University of Florida<br> Finalist: Childcare closure — by Azhalia Pottinger, WUFT News, University of Florida<br> Finalist: Gaza rally — by Gabriel Velasquez-Neira, WUFT News, University of Florida<br> <br> Feature Photography<br> Winner: Homecoming parade sights and sounds — by Valentina Sarmiento, WUFT News, University of Florida<br> Finalist: 2023 Gator fly-in — by Rae Riiska, WUFT News, University of Florida<br> Finalist: A wave of one — by Ethan Goddard, WUFT News, University of Florida<br> <br> Photo Essay/Slideshow<br> Winner: Alumni: Then and now — by Alya Khoury, Hayley Powers, The Emory Wheel, Emory University<br> Finalist: Brilliantly beautiful: Learning to love yourself ‘flaws’ and all — by Hallie Cowan Barrera, Triton Publications, Eckerd College<br> Finalist: Slept on Eastside — by Trey Johnson, WUFT News, University of Florida<br> <br> Illustration<br> Winner: Who can have the American dream? — by Annika Harley, Evian Le, Fon Limsomwong, SCAN Magazine, Savannah College of Art and Design-Atlanta<br> Finalist: Save our schools — by Rachel Farinas, Distraction Magazine, University of Miami<br> <br> Photo Illustration<br> Winner: Retail in the Vista – a balance or imbalance? — by Sophia Laico, The Carolina News & Reporter, University of South Carolina<br> <br> Sports Photography<br> Winner: 4th and 31 — by Riley Thompson, The Crimson White, University of Alabama<br> Finalist: A moment with the Sabans — by Natalie Teat, The Crimson White, University of Alabama<br> Finalist: Trevor Etienne — by Gabriel Velasquez-Neira, WUFT News, University of Florida<br> <br> Best Use of Multimedia<br> Winner: Behind the bet: Stories of illegal sports betting on the University of Florida’s campus — by Alexis Ashby, WUFT, University of Florida<br> <br> News Videography<br> Winner: Inside ICAC — by Chris Will, WUFT News, University of Florida<br> <br> Feature Videography<br> Winner: Focus on the Everglades: Behind the scenes — by Finn Wilson, UMTV, University of Miami<br> Finalist: UF Turf team — by Chris Will, WUFT News, University of Florida<br> Finalist: Ace of Augusta: Wheeler's all-American two-year career at AU — by Rachel Carman, Augusta Business Daily, Augusta University<br> <br> <br> <b>Audio</b> <br> <br> Radio Feature<br> Winner: UF IDF reservists deploy to Israel — by Ailee Shanes, WUFT News, University of Florida<br> Finalist: A symphony for Mom: Darkness to light — by Brendan Bryan, TROY Public Radio, Troy University<br> <br> Radio In-Depth Reporting<br> Winner: Transgender Floridians weather the political storm around their rights — by Siena Duncan, WUFT News, University of Florida<br> Finalist: Helen of TROY: A look at equitable campus representation — by Emily Mosier, TROY Public Radio, Troy University<br> <br> Best All-Around Radio Newscast<br> Winner: The Point Newscast — by Serra Sowers, WUFT News, University of Florida<br> <br> Podcast (Narrative)<br> Winner: Georgia v. Foster — by Grace Snell, Viking Fusion, Berry College<br> Finalist: From athlete to ironman — by Kelsi Mauzy, Kelsi Mauzy, Furman University<br> Finalist: One More Time — by Meghan Bowman, USF Z News, University of South Florida<br> <br> Podcast (Conversational)<br> Winner: Mad Melodies — by Marissa Lacey, Jaelanne Thomas, TROY Public Radio, Troy University<br> Finalist: The Sports Squad — by Carlos Rodriguez, The Bell Ringer/The Sports Squad, Augusta University<br> Finalist: Clifton Culture — by Staff, The Emory Wheel, Emory University<br> <br> <br> <b>Broadcast</b> <br> <br> Television Breaking News Reporting<br> Winner: Apartment complex delays move in — by Kennedy Mason, WUFT News, University of Florida<br> Finalist: Hurricane Idalia preps — by Chris Will, WUFT News, University of Florida<br> <br> Television General News Reporting<br> Winner: Purple for Mackinzie — by Ophelie Jacobson, WUFT News, University of Florida<br> Finalist: UF releases panic video, reveals threat — by Loren Miranda, WUFT News, University of Florida<br> Finalist: Ukrainians hold rally in South Florida — by Anna Coon, UMTV, University of Miami<br> <br> Television Feature Reporting<br> Winner: The 12th man — by Emmanuel Naccarato, UMTV, University of Miami<br> Finalist: History of the Florida Everglades — by Derryl Barnes, Embrik Eyles, UMTV, University of Miami<br> <br> Television In-Depth Reporting<br> Winner: How oil drilling has affected the Florida Everglades — by Embrik Eyles, Finn Wilson, UMTV, University of Miami<br> Finalist: Inside ICAC — by Chris Will, WUFT News, University of Florida<br> Finalist: Life beyond height: Little people’s struggle to access public buildings — by Laura Palfrey, Jasmine Arocha, Sheetal Bahadursingh, Caplin News, Florida International University<br> <br> Television Sports Reporting<br> Winner: UF turf team — by Chris Will, University of Florida<br> Finalist: Using protective vests in equestrian sport — by Morgan Champey, University of Miami<br> Finalist: Harper's Race — by Ryan Marshall, University of Miami<br> <br> Best All-Around Television Newscast<br> Winner: NewsVision — by Maddie Bassalik, Katelyn Kucharski, Finn Wilson, Darrel Creary, UMTV, University of Miami<br> Finalist: First at Five — by Staff, WUFT News, University of Florida<br> <br> Best All-Around Television News Magazine<br> Winner: Focus on the Florida Everglades — by Staff, UMTV, University of Miami<br> <br> <br> <b>All Platform</b> <br> <br> Arts/Entertainment/Fashion Journalism<br> Winner: Fashion Section — by Staff, Distraction Magazine, University of Miami<br> Finalist: ‘Teach Me a Song:’ Indigenous music and art installation at Crisp Ellert — by Sara Orr, Flagler College Gargoyle, Flagler College<br> <br> Campus Reporting<br> Winner: Laney graduate students vote to unionize — by Madi Olivier, Ilah Ross, The Emory Wheel, Emory University<br> Finalist: How women protect themselves on campus and other columns — by Lindsay Capps, Knightly News, Furman University<br> Finalist: Here’s a full timeline of the chaos at the Turlington Plaza vigil for Israel — by Serra Sowers, WUFT, University of Florida<br> <br> Cultural Criticism<br> Winner: Wahidi's What's Happening — by Safa Wahidi, The Emory Wheel, Emory University<br> Finalist: The Culture: Roundtable dialogue — by Melanie Lowe, Nia Williams, Laila Pettus, Beluchi Ibe, UMTV, University of Miami<br> Finalist: SCAD Manor — by Staff, SCAD Manor, Savannah College of Art and Design<br> <br> Investigative Reporting<br> Winner: Underage drinking in a college town: How strictly should police, prosecutors enforce laws? — by Troy Myers, Fresh Take Florida/WUFT, University of Florida<br> Finalist: Redondo condo? GOP candidate wins state House race in South Florida amid questions over district res — by Silas Morgan, Fresh Take Florida/WUFT, University of Florida<br> Finalist: ‘Stop being racist:’ Tickets for loud music nearly 3 times more likely for Black drivers under new Florida law — by Meghan McGlone, Fresh Take Florida/WUFT, University of Florida<br> <br> Regional Political Reporting<br> Winner: Former death row inmates slam new Florida law making it easier to impose capital punishment — by Carissa Allen, Fresh Take Florida/WUFT, University of Florida<br> Finalist: ‘Ain’t seen nothing yet’: DeSantis touts making Florida attractive destination, largely tempers fire — by Makiya Seminera, Fresh Take Florida/WUFT, University of Florida<br> Finalist: Then and now: How DeSantis’ State of State speeches have changed — by Makiya Seminera, Fresh Take Florida/WUFT, University of Florida<br> <br> Retail/Small Business Journalism<br> Winner: Huizenga College promotes student entrepreneurs — by Ronald Martinez, Nicole Shaker, Daja Long, The Current/Mako Media Network, Nova Southeastern University<br> <br> Science/Environment/Climate Reporting<br> Winner: Sustainability race — by Elijah Poritzky, Knightly News, Furman University<br> Finalist: Crews bust 'ghost traps' that kill lobsters, crabs in Biscayne Bay. They hauled out a ton — by Alan Halaly, The Miami Herald, University of Florida<br> Finalist: Hurricanes and Nor’easters taking their toll on St. Johns County coastline — by Megan Churchill, Flagler College Gargoyle, 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="https://www.spj.org/join.asp">Become a member</a>, <a href="https://www.spj.org/ldf.asp">give to the Legal Defense Fund</a> or <a href="https://www.spj.org/donate.asp">give to the SPJ Foundation</a>.</i><br> <br> <div align"=center">-END-</center> Wed, 24 Apr 2024 00:00:00 -0500 Region 11 Mark of Excellence Awards 2023 winners announced http://www.spj.org/news.asp?REF=3015 CONTACT: <br> Lou Harry, SPJ Manager of Publications and Awards,&#8239;<email address="lharry@spj.org">lharry@spj.org</a><br> Kimberly Tsuyuki, SPJ Communications Specialist, <email address="ktsuyuki@hq.spj.org">ktsuyuki@hq.spj.org</a> <br> <br> INDIANAPOLIS — The <a href=https://www.spj.org/index.asp>Society of Professional Journalists</a>&#8239;recognizes the best collegiate journalism in Region 11 with <a href=https://www.spj.org/a-moe.asp>2023 Mark of Excellence Awards</a>&#8239;winners. <br> <br> SPJ’s&#8239;<a href=https://www.spj.org/region11.asp>Region 11</a> comprises Arizona, California, Guam, Hawaii, Nevada and Mariana Islands. First-place winners will compete at the national level among other MOE winners from the 12 SPJ regions.<br> <br> National winners will be notified in the late spring.<br> <br> MOE Awards entries are judged by professionals with at least three years of journalism experience. Judges were directed to choose entries they felt were among the best in student journalism. If no entry rose to the level of excellence, no award was given. Any category not listed has no winner. <br> <br> School divisions are based on student enrollment, including both graduate and undergraduate: Large schools have at least 10,000 students and small schools have 9,999 or fewer students. <br> <br> The list below details all Region 11 winners. If you have any questions regarding the MOE Awards, contact SPJ Manager of Publications and Awards Lou Harry <email address="lharry@spj.org">by email</a>. <br> <br> This list reflects the spelling and titles submitted in the award entries. <br> <br> <br> <b>Print/Online</b> <br> <br> Breaking News Reporting (Large)<br> Winner: Cal Poly Pomona provost abruptly 'fired' after 18-month term — by Matthew Acosta, Christie Counts, The Poly Post, California Polytechnic State University, Pomona<br> Finalist: Stanford president resigns over manipulated research, will retract at least three papers — by Theo Baker, The Stanford Daily, Stanford University<br> Finalist: Illegal marijuana dispensary next to El Camino raided by police — by Ethan Cohen, The Union, El Camino College<br> <br> Breaking News Reporting (Small)<br> Winner: Bon Appétit workers push administrators to help in wage fight — by Anabel Martinez, Brandi Peters, Campus Times, University of La Verne<br> Finalist: ‘Tragedy impacts us all’: Pepperdine community mourns loss of four students — by Samantha Torre, The Graphic, Pepperdine University<br> <br> General News Reporting (Large)<br> Winner: Tessier-Lavigne research investigation and reporting on retractions — by Theo Baker, The Stanford Daily, Stanford University<br> Finalist: El Camino out of compliance with state law to prevent opioid overdose deaths — by Kim McGill, The Union, El Camino College<br> Finalist: MMIP task forces are given years to solve a problem centuries in the making — by Alexis Waiss, Cronkite News, Arizona State University<br> <br> General News Reporting (Small)<br> Winner: The cancel culture conversation: Controversy is just a click away — by Liza Esquibias, Currents, Pepperdine University<br> Finalist: Non-tenure track faculty declare unionization effort — by Amy Carlyle, Chris Benis, The Los Angeles Loyolan, Loyola Marymount University<br> Finalist: Faculty, staff to receive 2% raise amid 7.9% inflation — by Kelli Makenna Kuttruff, Campus Times, University of La Verne<br> <br> In-Depth Reporting (Large)<br> Winner: Paying to be unpaid: The cost of unpaid internships — by Madeline Nguyen, State Press Magazine, Arizona State University<br> Finalist: Leaks, HVAC problems plague new buildings — by Emily Ingco, The Southwestern College Sun, Southwestern College<br> Finalist: Security Director — by Shiloh Johnston, Lylah Schmedel-Permanna, David Rowe, Li Khan, The Citizen, Laney College<br> <br> In-Depth Reporting (Small)<br> Winner: Future of January interterm — by Samira Felix, Brittany Snow, Sarah Van Buskirk, Campus Times, University of La Verne<br> Finalist: ‘A Lack of Creativity’: An investigation into Pepperdine’s relationship with solar energy — by Ali Levens, The Graphic, Pepperdine University<br> <br> Feature Writing (Large)<br> Winner: Marching to the beat: SDSU’s Marching Aztecs redefine college band tradition — by Ryan Kehl, The Daily Aztec, San Diego State University<br> Finalist: SRJC’s 30-second commute — by Michael Combs, The Oak Leaf News, Santa Rosa Junior College<br> Finalist: SRJC student survives jump off Golden Gate Bridge and is thankful at second chance — by Michael Combs, The Oak Leaf News, Santa Rosa Junior College<br> <br> Feature Writing (Small)<br> Winner: Local houses go all out for Halloween — by Kelli Makenna Kuttruff, Campus Times, University of La Verne<br> Finalist: New President Mahdavi shares personal, presidential plans — by Samira Felix, Sarah Van Buskirk, Campus Times, University of La Verne<br> Finalist: The sweet archives of the Candy Wrapper Museum — by Taylor Moore, La Verne Magazine, University of La Verne<br> <br> Sports Writing (Large)<br> Winner: 25 years later: Behind Bryce Drew's 1998 buzzer beater were the unknowns of March Madness — by Noah Furtado, Cronkite News, Arizona State University<br> Finalist: Pancake blocks to pancake stacks: Eating 'a chore' for offensive linemen — by Logan Stanley, Cronkite News, Arizona State University<br> Finalist: A gambler's paradise? For some, the industry's extreme growth leads to addiction and worse — by Sam Stern, Cronkite News, Arizona State University<br> <br> Sports Writing (Small)<br> Winner: ‘You’re going to lose anyway’: Asian American athletes face stereotypes across sports — by Jerry Jiang, The Graphic, Pepperdine University<br> Finalist: Embracing adversity: Noah Taitz’s journey back to the court — by Khassim Diakhate, The Los Angeles Loyolan, Loyola Marymount University<br> Finalist: How are the heads in the game — by Madi Smith, The Santa Clara, Santa Clara University<br> <br> Editorial/Opinion Writing<br> Winner: Opinion writing — by Aaron Stigile, The State Press, Arizona State University<br> Finalist: Editorials — by Editorial Board, Daily Bruin, University of California, Los Angeles<br> Finalist: Opinion writing — by Mia Osmonbekov, The State Press, Arizona State University<br> <br> General Column Writing<br> Winner: Columns — by Sierra Benayon-Abraham, Daily Bruin, University of California, Los Angeles<br> Finalist: Columns — by Rudy Goldman, The Los Angeles Loyolan, Loyola Marymount University<br> Finalist: Columns — by Kim McGill, The Union, El Camino College<br> <br> Sports Column Writing<br> Winner: Let's Talk About It — by Amani Rivers, The Los Angeles Loyolan, Loyola Marymount University<br> Finalist: Sam Settles it — by Sam Settleman, Daily Bruin, University of California, Los Angeles<br> <br> Corbin Gwaltney Award for Best All-Around Student Newspaper (Large)<br> Winner: The Corsair — by Staff, The Corsair, Santa Monica College<br> Finalist: UCLA Daily Bruin — by Staff, Daily Bruin, University of California, Los Angeles<br> Finalist: Daily Forty-Niner — by Staff, Daily Forty-Niner, California State University, Long Beach<br> <br> Corbin Gwaltney Award for Best All-Around Student Newspaper (Small)<br> Winner: The Graphic — by Staff, The Graphic, Pepperdine University<br> <br> Best Ongoing Student Magazine<br> Winner: The Oak Leaf Magazine — by Staff, The Oak Leaf News, Santa Rosa Junior College<br> Finalist: Daily Sundial Magazine — by Staff, Daily Sundial Magazine, California State University, Northridge<br> Finalist: The Universal Language — by Staff, SCene Magazine, University of Southern California<br> <br> Best Affiliated Web Site<br> Winner: UCLA Daily Bruin — by Staff, Daily Bruin, University of California, Los Angeles<br> Finalist: The Union — by Staff, The Union, El Camino College<br> Finalist: Pepperdine Graphic — by Staff, Pepperdine Graphic Media, Pepperdine University<br> <br> <br> <b>Art/Graphics/Multimedia</b> <br> <br> Breaking News Photography<br> Winner: The Southwestern College Sun — by Ailyn Dumas, The Southwestern College Sun, Southwestern College<br> Finalist: District police respond to mental health crisis on campus — by Anne Belden, The Oak Leaf News, Santa Rosa Junior College<br> Finalist: SAG-AFTRA Arizona members rally as part of national strike for TV, film worker protections, wages — by Kiersten Edgett, Cronkite News, Arizona State University<br> <br> General News Photography<br> Winner: A moment to grieve — by Emil Rizkalla, The Roundup, Los Angeles Pierce College<br> Finalist: Abortion pill ban protester — by Caylo Seals, The Corsair, Santa Monica College<br> Finalist: In plain sight: As students sleep, UCLA bakeries turn on the ovens — by Anna Dai-Liu, Daily Bruin, University of California, Los Angeles<br> <br> Feature Photography<br> Winner: Opinion: ASU's football performance is disappointing fans — by Anthony Cavale, The State Press, Arizona State University<br> Finalist: Headbanging at the Glass House — by Amanda Torres, Campus Times, University of La Verne<br> Finalist: A night of music, art and community: Pacific Sounds returns — by Sammie Wuensche, The Graphic, Pepperdine University<br> <br> Photo Essay/Slideshow<br> Winner: The streets of East L.A. — by Daniela Raymundo, The Bull Magazine, Los Angeles Pierce College<br> Finalist: Gone AWOL: Living in an RV dwelling in Los Angeles — by Caylo Seals, The Corsair, Santa Monica College<br> Finalist: Mexico’s women fight femicide — by Ailyn Dumas, The Southwestern College Sun, Southwestern College<br> <br> Illustration<br> Winner: Here’s listening to you kid — by Edmundo Godinez, The Southwestern College Sun, Southwestern College<br> Finalist: Women's History Month — by Zasha Hayes, Daily Sundial, California State University, Northridge<br> Finalist: Black pioneers in music — by Zasha Hayes, Daily Sundial, California State University, Northridge<br> <br> Photo Illustration<br> Winner: Report me, I’m gay — by Laney Norman, The Southwestern College Sun, Southwestern College<br> Finalist: California Bears at Stanford Stadium — by Kyle Garcia Takata, Anita Liu, Christian Yates, The Daily Californian, University of California, Berkeley<br> Finalist: Brittany Joyner is in her Edwardian era — by Abby Wilt, The Graphic, Pepperdine University<br> <br> Sports Photography<br> Winner: Football vs. Claremont-Mudd-Scripps — by Nareg Agopian, Campus Times, University of La Verne<br> Finalist: The Sun Devils hit the road to face No. 5 ranked Huskies — by Calvin Stewart, The State Press, Arizona State University<br> Finalist: Soccer action — by Benjamin Hanson, The Roundup, Los Angeles Pierce College<br> <br> Best Use of Multimedia<br> Winner: A symbol of freedom: How LMU secured a piece of the Berlin Wall — by Kylie Clifton, Jack Raese, Fernanda Vega, The Los Angeles Loyolan, Loyola Marymount University<br> Finalist: Ken Koshio marks three years of hiking Piestewa Peak every day — by Amber Victoria Singer, Cronkite News, Arizona State University<br> Finalist: Finding Grandma Joyce — by Samantha Chow, Cronkite News, Arizona State University<br> <br> News Videography<br> Winner: A parking disaster at Point Dume: Tourists and residents struggle with on-and-off road closures — by Abby Wilt, The Graphic, Pepperdine University<br> Finalist: Women's March for Reproductive Rights — by Quinn Alexander, Daily Sundial, California State University, Northridge<br> Finalist: America after Roe: Helping mothers — by Trilce Estrada Olvera, Carnegie-Knight News21, Arizona State University<br> <br> Feature Videography<br> Winner: Pulse: The Culture Fest Documentary — by Drake Presto, The State Press, Arizona State University<br> Finalist: Az Saber gives Star Wars fans 'A New Hope' — by Aahir Ghosh, The State Press, Arizona State University<br> Finalist: The love bench — by Nathan Kuczmarski, The Los Angeles Loyolan, Loyola Marymount University<br> <br> Data Visualization<br> Winner: Working it out: Which gym has less traffic? — by Junwon Choi, Jessica Nguyen, Daily Bruin, University of California, Los Angeles<br> <br> <br> <b>Audio</b> <br> <br> Radio News Reporting<br> Winner: Burning the forests — by Kiersten Edgett, Cronkite News, Arizona State University<br> Finalist: TrojansforPalestine Student Walkout — by Isa Johnson, Annenberg Media, Annenberg Radio News, University of Southern California<br> Finalist: Heat deaths — by Deanna Pistono, Cronkite News, Arizona State University<br> <br> Radio Feature<br> Winner: Outrigger community — by Kiersten Edgett, Cronkite News, Arizona State University<br> Finalist: Celebrate Latine Heritage Month all year long on Olvera Street — by Erika Driscoll, Annenberg Media, Annenberg Radio News, University of Southern California<br> Finalist: Paying caregivers — by Deanna Pistono, Cronkite News, Arizona State University<br> <br> Radio Sports Reporting<br> Winner: AZ horse racing in flux — by Austin Hepola, Cronkite News, Arizona State University<br> <br> Podcast (Narrative)<br> Winner: Inside Objectivity — by Autriya Maneshni, Cronkite ASU, Arizona State University<br> Finalist: Blue Valentine — by Chloe Mendoza, Helena Getahun-Hawkins, The Stanford Daily, Stanford University<br> <br> Podcast (Conversational)<br> Winner: Oak Leaf Gaming Podcast — by Jesus Lopez Cruz, Sam Guzman, Jonathan Cangson, Javi Rosas, The Oak Leaf News, Santa Rosa Junior College<br> Finalist: Voices of the Newsroom — by Coleman Standifer, Amy Carlyle, Kylie Clifton, The Los Angeles Loyolan, Loyola Marymount University<br> Finalist: The Graph — by Staff, The Graphic, Pepperdine University<br> <br> <br> <b>Broadcast</b> <br> <br> Television Breaking News Reporting<br> Winner: Tustin hangar fire — by Alexandra Coenjaerts, Tess Martinelli, Sophy Acosta, Gavin Nguyen, Chapman News, Chapman University<br> Finalist: LAX Israeli arrivals — by Ava Domenichelli, Beach TV News, California State University, Long Beach<br> Finalist: Kaiser Permanente strike — by Michelle Roldan, Foothill Community News, University of La Verne<br> <br> Television General News Reporting<br> Winner: Fentanyl crisis — by Raya Torres, Beach TV News, California State University Long Beach<br> Finalist: Little Arabia signage — by Luis Avila, Alyson Gonzalez, Chapman News, Chapman University<br> Finalist: Relocating rattlesnakes — by Tabitha Bland, Cronkite News, Arizona State University<br> <br> Television Feature Reporting<br> Winner: Outrigger connections — by Tabitha Bland, Cronkite News, Arizona State University<br> Finalist: Boxing dean — by Maryssa Rillo, Annenberg Media, Annenberg TV News, University of Southern California<br> Finalist: The horse behind a famous USC mascot — by Cam Kauffman, Annenberg Media, Annenberg TV News, University of Southern California<br> <br> Television In-Depth Reporting<br> Winner: Sweltering Saguaros — by Danny Stipanovich, Jason Marmon, Seungshin Seo, Cronkite News, Arizona State University<br> Finalist: Saddleback Church — by Claire Weber, Megan Sun, Kinsley Rolph, Chapman News, Chapman University<br> Finalist: El Paso migrants — by Miriam Ordonez, Cronkite News, Arizona State University<br> <br> Television Sports Reporting<br> Winner: The Anthony Robles story — by Noelle Blumel, Cronkite News, Arizona State University<br> Finalist: Worries about wagers — by Jack Pierson, Cronkite News, Arizona State University<br> Finalist: Robinson going for gold — by Beatriz Martinez, Cronkite News, Arizona State University<br> <br> Best All-Around Television Newscast<br> Winner: Beach TV News — by Staff, Beach TV News, California State University, Long Beach<br> Finalist: Chapman News — by Staff, Chapman News, Chapman University<br> <br> Best All-Around Television News Magazine<br> Winner: Arizona Oasis — by Staff, Cronkite News, Arizona State University<br> <br> <br> <b>All Platform</b> <br> <br> Arts/Entertainment/Fashion Journalism<br> Winner: The cultural reset of the cowboy boot and other fashion trends — by Gwen Soriano, The Poly Post, Cal Poly Pomona<br> Finalist: Frame by frame: ASU animators draw their imaginations into reality — by Fatima Gabir, State Press Magazine, Arizona State University<br> Finalist: Fashion and beauty series — by Erik Charlotte VonSosen, The Los Angeles Loyolan, Loyola Marymount University<br> <br> Campus Reporting<br> Winner: Jacob Wheeler and Michael Melinger report on USC campus news — by Jacob Wheeler, Michael Melinger., Annenberg Media, Annenberg TV News, University of Southern California<br> Finalist: Pi Kappa Phi fraternity to return to UCLA following disbanding — by Dylan Winward, Daily Bruin, University of California, Los Angeles<br> Finalist: USG adjourns meeting early over physical and verbal disruptions from outside protest — by Phineas Hogan, Alysa Horton, The State Press, Arizona State University<br> <br> Cultural Criticism<br> Winner: Lang Lang at Bing: A review by a pianist and a non-pianist — by Aya Aziz and Peyton Lee, The Stanford Daily, Stanford University<br> Finalist: Columns — by Natalie Agnew, Lex Wang, Graciana Paxton, Daily Bruin, University of California, Los Angeles<br> Finalist: Arts reviews — by Vivian Schafbuch, The Los Angeles Loyolan, Loyola Marymount University<br> <br> Food/Restaurant Journalism<br> Winner: Food on campus series — by Athena Cheris, The Los Angeles Loyolan, Loyola Marymount University<br> Finalist: Yelp's best local eats — by Jolaya Gillams, Chapman News, Chapman University<br> Finalist: Their Japanese restaurant closed during the pandemic; now they’re back with a new Korean twist — by Raphael Richardson, Warrior Life, El Camino College<br> <br> Investigative Reporting<br> Winner: Investigation into potential research misconduct under University president — by Theo Baker, The Stanford Daily, Stanford University<br> Finalist: The Citizen: Investigative reporting on district contracts and spending — by Staff, The Citizen, Laney College<br> Finalist: Pepperdine Ambassadors Council invetigation — by Samantha Torre, The Graphic, Pepperdine University<br> <br> Regional Political Reporting<br> Winner: Santa Ana recall — by Luis Avila, Alyson Gonzalez, Chapman News, Chapman University<br> Finalist: UC community members call for systemic change, action against caste discrimination — by Shaanth Kodialam Nanguneri, Daily Bruin, University of California, Los Angeles<br> <br> Retail/Small Business Journalism<br> Winner: Lucky Stars Market: A community built on diversity and a love for vintage fashion — by Serena Neumeyer, The Daily Aztec, San Diego State University<br> Finalist: Orange County Black-owned salon — by Imanni Wright, Collin Gaja, Chapman News, Chapman University<br> Finalist: Soul Land Lab — by Bella Leach, Chapman News, Chapman University<br> <br> Science/Environment/Climate Reporting<br> Winner: Montana youth climate trial — by Kate Selig, The Washington Post, Stanford University<br> Finalist: Prayer run — by John Leos, Nellija Locmele, Tyler Bender, Megan Swing, Cronkite News, Arizona State University<br> Finalist: A wall runs through it — by Trilce Estrada Olvera, Makepeace Sitlhou, Hakob Karapetyan, Cronkite News, Arizona State University<br> <br> <i>SPJ promotes the free flow of information vital to informing citizens; works to inspire and educate the next generation of journalists; and fights to protect First Amendment guarantees of freedom of speech and press. Support excellent journalism and fight for your right to know. <a href="https://www.spj.org/join.asp">Become a member</a>, <a href="https://www.spj.org/ldf.asp">give to the Legal Defense Fund</a> or <a href="https://www.spj.org/donate.asp">give to the SPJ Foundation</a>.</i><br> <br> <div align"=center">-END-</center> Wed, 24 Apr 2024 00:00:00 -0500 SPJ continues to call for the release of Wall Street Journal reporter Evan Gershkovich and all imprisoned journalists http://www.spj.org/news.asp?REF=3012 CONTACT<br> Ashanti Blaize-Hopkins, SPJ National President, <email address="ashanti.blaize@gmail.com">ashanti.blaize@gmail.com</a> <br> Kim Tsuyuki, SPJ Communications Specialist, <email address="ktsuyuki@hq.spj.org">ktsuyuki@hq.spj.org</a> <br> <br> INDIANAPOLIS — The <a href=https://www.spj.org>Society of Professional Journalists</a> <a href=https://www.spj.org/news.asp?ref=2929>continues to call for the release of Wall Street Journal correspondent Evan Gershkovich</a> and strongly condemns the Moscow court that <a href=https://apnews.com/article/russia-american-journalist-evan-gershkovich-b0368690b023efda465df70bcc682b53>rejected Gershkovich’s appeal</a> to end his pretrial detention. This comes just after a month marking his one-year imprisonment anniversary. <br> <br> “Evan should be home with his family, and not stuck behind bars for simply doing his job," said SPJ National President Ashanti Blaize-Hopkins. “Several of Evan’s appeals have been denied and his pretrial detention has been extended numerous times. Enough is enough. Journalism is not a crime. The world needs journalists who hold the powerful to account and shed a light on the truth. Evan, and all other journalists currently in detainment, must be released.”<br> <br> Russia is a leading jailer of journalists, with at least 22 behind bars as of late 2023, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists. CPJ issued a report at the end of 2023 that put the number of imprisoned journalists at a <a href=https://cpj.org/reports/2024/01/2023-prison-census-jailed-journalist-numbers-near-record-high-israel-imprisonments-spike/>near record high</a>. <br> <br> In addition to Gershkovich, Austin Tice, a freelance journalist and photographer, is <a href=https://rsf.org/en/usa-11-years-after-journalist-austin-tice-s-capture-rsf-urges-biden-administration-secure-his>believed to still be imprisoned in Syria</a>, where he was kidnapped Aug. 14, 2012.<br> <br> “The world needs these independent voices,” Blaize-Hopkins continued. “Silencing journalists is dangerous for us all.”<br> <br> <i>SPJ promotes the free flow of information vital to informing citizens; works to inspire and educate the next generation of journalists; and fights to protect First Amendment guarantees of freedom of speech and press. Support excellent journalism and fight for your right to know. <a href="https://www.spj.org/join.asp">Become a member</a>, <a href="https://www.spj.org/ldf.asp">give to the Legal Defense Fund</a> or <a href="https://www.spj.org/donate.asp">give to the SPJ Foundation</a>.</i><br> <br> <div align"=center">-END-</center> Tue, 23 Apr 2024 00:00:00 -0500 Region 7 Mark of Excellence Awards 2023 winners announced http://www.spj.org/news.asp?REF=3013 CONTACT: <br> Lou Harry, SPJ Manager of Publications and Awards,&#8239;<email address="lharry@spj.org">lharry@spj.org</a><br> Kimberly Tsuyuki, SPJ Communications Specialist, <email address="ktsuyuki@hq.spj.org">ktsuyuki@hq.spj.org</a> <br> <br> INDIANAPOLIS — The <a href=https://www.spj.org/index.asp>Society of Professional Journalists</a>&#8239;recognizes the best collegiate journalism in Region 7 with <a href=https://www.spj.org/a-moe.asp>2023 Mark of Excellence Awards</a>&#8239;winners. <br> <br> SPJ’s&#8239;<a href= https://www.spj.org/region7.asp>Region 7</a> comprises Iowa, Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska. First-place winners will compete at the national level among other MOE winners from the 12 SPJ regions.<br> <br> National winners will be notified in the late spring.<br> <br> MOE Awards entries are judged by professionals with at least three years of journalism experience. Judges were directed to choose entries they felt were among the best in student journalism. If no entry rose to the level of excellence, no award was given. Any category not listed has no winner. <br> <br> School divisions are based on student enrollment, including both graduate and undergraduate: Large schools have at least 10,000 students and small schools have 9,999 or fewer students. <br> <br> The list below details all Region 7 winners. If you have any questions regarding the MOE Awards, contact SPJ Manager of Publications and Awards Lou Harry <email address="lharry@spj.org">by email</a>. <br> <br> This list reflects the spelling and titles submitted in the award entries. <br> <br> <br> <b>Print/Online</b> <br> <br> Breaking News Reporting <br> Winner: Johnson County homes, businesses damaged after tornadoes hit Eastern Iowa — by Sabine Martin, The Daily Iowan, University of Iowa<br> Finalist: Provost says eliminating programs and faculty positions is ‘unavoidable’ — by Andrew Kennard, Times-Delphic, Drake University<br> Finalist: KU Athletics kicks students out of Allen Fieldhouse — by Matthew Petillo, University Daily Kansan, University of Kansas<br> <br> General News Reporting (Large)<br> Winner: ‘Capitalism with a heart': How Ho-Chunk Inc. strengthens tribal community in Winnebago — by Brian Beach, Nebraska News Service, University of Nebraska<br> Finalist: Chipotle Union series — by Cuyler Dunn, The Lawrence Times, University of Kansas<br> <br> General News Reporting (Small)<br> Winner: President Martin explains higher pay during year of faculty salary cuts — by Lia Reichmann, Mackenzie Swenson, Andrew Kennard, Times-Delphic, Drake University<br> <br> In-Depth Reporting (Large)<br> Winner: Midwives treat the growing maternal health desert in Iowa — by Emily Nyberg, The Daily Iowan, University of Iowa<br> Finalist: We're still here — by Angelina Edwards, Maggie Trovato, Mae Bruce, Vox Magazine, University of Missouri<br> Finalist: Sticker shock': Greek house values skyrocket after review. The tax bills come next. — by Kloee Sander, Nebraska News Service, University of Nebraska<br> <br> In-Depth Reporting (Small)<br> Winner: The anti-suburbia — by McCade Gowdy, Urban Plains, Drake University<br> <br> Feature Writing (Large)<br> Winner: The unluckiest guy from mid-Missouri — by Austin Woods, Vox Magazine, University of Missouri<br> Finalist: Cougars in the Wild: Alumna worked in TV industry before returning as broadcast engineer — by Chloe Wolfe, The Alestle, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville<br> Finalist: Here’s to Herky: A look back on Herky the Hawk’s 75 years as a beloved mascot — by Marandah Mangra-Dutcher, The Daily Iowan, University of Iowa<br> <br> Feature Writing (Small)<br> Winner: When the cameras leave — by Lincoln Roch, Drake Mag, Drake University<br> Finalist: We can bring back the stars — by CJ Younger, Urban Plains, Drake University<br> <br> Sports Writing (Large)<br> Winner: ‘Makes the young ones believe’: Iowa guard Caitlin Clark’s immeasurable impact on women’s sports — by Kenna Roering, The Daily Iowan, University of Iowa<br> Winner: ‘Makes the young ones believe’: Iowa guard Caitlin Clark’s immeasurable impact on women’s sports — by Kenna Roering, The Daily Iowan, University of Iowa<br> Finalist: A star born before dawn: The Cody Schrader story — by Wendell Shepherd Jr., Columbia Missourian, University of Missouri<br> <br> Sports Writing (Small)<br> Winner: For the Dogs — by CJ Younger, Urban Plains, Drake University<br> <br> General Column Writing<br> Winner: Pride Month reviews — by John Carter Jr., Tiger Media Network, Fort Hays State University<br> <br> Corbin Gwaltney Award for Best All-Around Student Newspaper (Large)<br> Winner: The Daily Iowan — by Staff, The Daily Iowan, University of Iowa<br> Finalist: The Alestle — by Staff, The Alestle, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville<br> <br> Corbin Gwaltney Award for Best All-Around Student Newspaper (Small)<br> Winner: Times-Delphic — by Staff, Times-Delphic, Drake University<br> <br> Best Ongoing Student Magazine<br> Winner: Drake Political Review — by Staff, Drake Political Review, Drake University<br> Finalist: Drake Mag — by Staff, Drake Mag, Drake University<br> Finalist: Vox Magazine — by Staff, Vox Magazine, University of Missouri<br> <br> Best Affiliated Web Site<br> Winner: VoxMagazine.com — by Staff, Vox Magazine, University of Missouri<br> Finalist: Alestlelive.com — by Staff, The Alestle, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville <br> <br> <br> <b>Art/Graphics/Multimedia</b> <br> <br> Breaking News Photography<br> Winner: Preacher gets noise complaint amid conflict with students — by Maximilian Lenhart, The Alestle, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville<br> Finalist: Encampment fire — by Jordan Barry, The Daily Iowan, University of Iowa<br> <br> General News Photography<br> Winner: Eating disorder clinic — by Grace Smith, The Daily Iowan, University of Iowa<br> Finalist: Students stand in solidarity for peace in Palestine — by Chloe Wolfe, The Alestle, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville<br> <br> Feature Photography<br> Winner: Men's soccer shuts out SLU, takes Bronze Boot — by Chloe Wolfe, The Alestle, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville<br> Finalist: Fireworks — by Cody Blissett, The Daily Iowan, University of Iowa<br> <br> Photo Essay/Slideshow<br> Winner: Midwives treat the growing maternal health desert in Iowa — by Emily Nyberg, The Daily Iowan, University of Iowa<br> Finalist: Entering Everett: A neighborhood of diversity, strength and community — by Ellie Kuckelman, Nebraska News Service, University of Nebraska<br> Finalist: Iowa hosts first women’s wrestling dual — by Grace Smith, Ayrton Breckenridge, The Daily Iowan, University of Iowa<br> <br> Illustration<br> Winner: Artists vs. AI — by Amy Scott, The Daily Iowan, University of Iowa<br> <br> Photo Illustration<br> Winner: Women who lift — by Morgan Williams, Sydney Lukasezck, Ava Horton, Vox Magazine, University of Missouri<br> Finalist: Dying art — by Marandah Mangra-Dutcher, Emily Nyberg, The Daily Iowan, University of Iowa<br> <br> Sports Photography<br> Winner: Steeplechase — by Ayrton Breckenridge, The Daily Iowan, University of Iowa<br> Finalist: Balance beam — by Ayrton Breckenridge, The Daily Iowan, University of Iowa<br> Finalist: Crossover at Kinnick — by Grace Smith, The Daily Iowan, University of Iowa<br> <br> Best Use of Multimedia<br> Winner: Clean up on aisle Kinnick: the messy outcome after game day — by Isabelle Foland; Staff, The Daily Iowan, University of Iowa<br> Finalist: Students complete research at Fort Leavenworth Military Reservation — by Alicia Feyerherm, Tiger Media Network, Fort Hays State University<br> Finalist: Disking the river: How Platte River Management makes crane migration possible — by Marissa Lindemann, Platte Basin Timelapse, University of Nebraska<br> <br> News Videography<br> Winner: Students protest University of Iowa Matt Walsh visit — by Matt Sindt, Cody Blissett, The Daily Iowan, University of Iowa<br> <br> Feature Videography<br> Winner: The underground of Ellinwood — by John Billinger, Tiger Media Network, Fort Hays State University<br> <br> Data Visualization<br> Winner: Guns in Iowa — by Marandah Mangra-Dutcher, Liam Halawith, The Daily Iowan, University of Iowa<br> Finalist: Caitlin Clark — by Jami Martin-Trainor, The Daily Iowan, University of Iowa<br> <br> <br> <b>Audio</b> <br> <br> Radio News Reporting<br> Winner: ‘Let’s not lose our humanity at this time’ — by Anna Colletto, KBIA, University of Missouri<br> <br> Radio Feature<br> Winner: Uncertainty over Loaves and Fishes move sows worry in Columbia homeless community — by Harshawn Ratanpal, KBIA, University of Missouri<br> Finalist: Autumn birding in Nebraska: An experience for all — by Hallie Gutzwiller, Nebraska News Service, University of Nebraska<br> Finalist: A BUZZworthy collaboration: UNL Bee Club and Reactor Coffee create a fun drink — by Jackson Reddick, Nebraska News Service, University of Nebraska<br> <br> Radio In-Depth Reporting<br> Winner: Columbia's call for safety and responses to national school shootings — by Halle Jackson, KBIA, University of Missouri<br> Finalist: Obstacles after incarceration — by Katie Quinn, KBIA, University of Missouri<br> <br> Radio Sports Reporting<br> Winner: Very few disc golfers are women. One local player works to get more women on the course — by Halle Jackson, KBIA, University of Missouri<br> <br> Best All-Around Radio Newscast<br> Winner: Morning Newscast — by Staff, KBIA, University of Missouri<br> <br> Podcast (Narrative)<br> Winner: The Subgenropedia — by Alex Neill, 90.3 KRNU, University of Nebraska<br> <br> Podcast (Conversational)<br> Winner: Studio B Session — by Connor McGovern, Abigail Ruhman, Sarah Petrowich, Jamie Baker, KBIA, University of Missouri<br> Finalist: Alestle After Hours — by Hannah Ledford, Dylan Hembrough, Mary Kate Castleman, The Alestle, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville<br> Finalist: Above the Fold — by Natalie Dunlap, The Daily Iowan, University of Iowa<br> <br> <br> <b>Broadcast</b> <br> <br> Television Breaking News Reporting<br> Winner: Matt Walsh's Lecture Sparks Protests on Campus — by Ashley Weil, DITV, University of Iowa<br> Finalist: Iowa City pro-Palestine protesters share their perspective — by Ashley Weil, DITV, University of Iowa<br> <br> Television General News Reporting<br> Winner: Veterans Day — by Olivia Moss, Autumn Garrett, Jacob Henry, Aric Avey, The Point News Magazine, College of the Ozarks<br> Finalist: UI Introduces a virtual reality 'Metaversity' — by Ashley Weil, DITV, University of Iowa<br> Finalist: Civil engineers work to combat O street's accidents — by Nathan Hawkins, Nebraska News Service, University of Nebraska<br> <br> Television Feature Reporting<br> Winner: First week — by Clancy Callahan, David Mazula, Jacob Henry, Jaden Lester, The Point News Magazine, College of the Ozarks<br> Finalist: Children's trick or treat — by Clancy Callahan, Jaden Lester, Matthew Clark, The Point News Magazine, College of the Ozarks<br> Finalist: Hot Dog Gun means a whole lotta fun this fall — by Max von Gries, DITV, University of Iowa<br> <br> Television In-Depth Reporting<br> Winner: How JUUL impacted the evolution of the vaping epidemic in Nebraska, U.S. — by Anne Gallagher, Nebraska News Service, University of Nebraska<br> Finalist: An inside look at Iowa soil richness — by Cara Dulin, DITV, University of Iowa<br> Finalist: Restrictions at Catholic hospitals recue abortion access, even in blue states — by Naomi Delkamiller, News 21, University of Nebraska<br> <br> Television Sports Reporting<br> Winner: National champions — by Clancy Callahan, Cienna Romines, Jaden Lester, The Point News Magazine, College of the Ozarks<br> Finalist: Iowa Women's Wrestling dominates first-ever home duals — by Michael Merrick, DITV, University of Iowa<br> <br> Best All-Around Television Newscast<br> Winner: DITV — by Staff, DITV, University of Iowa<br> Finalist: Nebraska Nightly — by Staff, Nebraska Nightly, University of Nebraska<br> <br> Best All-Around Television News Magazine<br> Winner: The Point Newscast — by Aric Avey, Cienna Romines, David Mazula, Bethany French, The Point Newsroom, College of the Ozarks<br> <br> <br> <b>All Platforms</b> <br> <br> Arts/Entertainment/Fashion Journalism<br> Winner: Unbound Book Festival preview — by Ezra Bitterman, McKenna Neef, Jane Steinbrecher, Natalie-Elizabeth Tan, Vox Magazine, University of Missouri<br> <br> Campus Reporting<br> Winner: After two years, still no progress on proposed ISB 2 to replace Haworth Hall and other columns — by Matthew Petillo, University Daily Kansan, University of Kansas<br> <br> Food/Restaurant Journalism<br> Winner: Metro East Eats — by Staff, The Alestle, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville<br> <br> Regional Political Reporting<br> Winner: Daily Iowan Political Reporting — by Liam Halawith, The Daily Iowan, University of Iowa<br> <br> Science/Environment/Climate Reporting<br> Winner: Students complete research at Fort Leavenworth military reservation — by Alicia Feyerherm, Tiger Media Network, Fort Hays State University<br> <br> <i>SPJ promotes the free flow of information vital to informing citizens; works to inspire and educate the next generation of journalists; and fights to protect First Amendment guarantees of freedom of speech and press. Support excellent journalism and fight for your right to know. <a href="https://www.spj.org/join.asp">Become a member</a>, <a href="https://www.spj.org/ldf.asp">give to the Legal Defense Fund</a> or <a href="https://www.spj.org/donate.asp">give to the SPJ Foundation</a>.</i><br> <br> <div align"=center">-END-</center> Tue, 23 Apr 2024 00:00:00 -0500 Region 1 Mark of Excellence Awards 2023 winners announced http://www.spj.org/news.asp?REF=3010 CONTACT: <br> Lou Harry, SPJ Manager of Publications and Awards,&#8239;<email address="lharry@spj.org">lharry@spj.org</a><br> Kimberly Tsuyuki, SPJ Communications Specialist, <email address="ktsuyuki@hq.spj.org">ktsuyuki@hq.spj.org</a> <br> <br> INDIANAPOLIS — The <a href=https://www.spj.org/index.asp>Society of Professional Journalists</a>&#8239;recognizes the best collegiate journalism in Region 1 with <a href=https://www.spj.org/a-moe.asp>2023 Mark of Excellence Awards</a>&#8239;winners. <br> <br> SPJ’s&#8239;<a href=https://www.spj.org/region1.asp >Region 1</a> comprises Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Central and Eastern Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Vermont. First-place winners will compete at the national level among other MOE winners from the 12 SPJ regions.<br> <br> National winners will be notified in the late spring.<br> <br> MOE Awards entries are judged by professionals with at least three years of journalism experience. Judges were directed to choose entries they felt were among the best in student journalism. If no entry rose to the level of excellence, no award was given. Any category not listed has no winner. <br> <br> School divisions are based on student enrollment, including both graduate and undergraduate: Large schools have at least 10,000 students and small schools have 9,999 or fewer students. <br> <br> The list below details all Region 1 winners. If you have any questions regarding the MOE Awards, contact SPJ Manager of Publications and Awards Lou Harry <email address="lharry@spj.org">by email</a>. <br> <br> This list reflects the spelling and titles submitted in the award entries. <br> <br> <br> <b>Print/Online</b> <br> <br> Breaking News Reporting (Large)<br> Winner: Students react with anger, activism after Palestinian student shot in Vermont — by Staff, The Brown Daily Herald, Brown University<br> Finalist: Four Harvard Students held at gunpoint by campus police in ‘swatting’ attack — by J. Sellers Hill, Ryan H. Doan-Nguyen, Nia L. Orakwue, The Harvard Crimson, Harvard College<br> Finalist: Forty-one students arrested following second sit-in demanding divestment, ceasefire — by Anisha Kumar, Owen Dahlkamp, The Brown Daily Herald, Brown University<br> <br> Breaking News Reporting (Small)<br> Winner: Rutgers week long strike marks historic win for union workers — by Julia Meriney, Ruby Voge, Jessica Romero Silver, The College VOICE, Mercer County Community College<br> <br> General News Reporting (Large)<br> Winner: Tobacco regulations and Indigenous voices in New Zealand — by Simar Bajaj, NPR, Harvard University<br> Finalist: Barnard altered its policies after removing a ‘Solidarity with Palestine’ statement — by Shea Vance, Columbia Daily Spectator, Columbia University<br> Finalist: New wave of asylum seekers needs bilingual education — by Astra Montanez, Harlem View, The City College of New York<br> <br> General News Reporting (Small)<br> Winner: ‘Not again’: False active shooter incident causes real trauma — by Mackenzie Allen, The Hawk Newspaper, St. Joseph's University<br> Finalist: Chemistry professor put on leave after student allegations of harassment — by Julia Meriney, Zlatin Ivanov, The College VOICE, Mercer County Community College<br> <br> In-Depth Reporting (Large)<br> Winner: Educational disparities in Philadelphia — by Elizabeth DeOrnellas, Fallon Roth, Edith Mwangi, The Logan Center for Urban Investigative<br> Finalist: Buried beneath: The fight to clean up toxic contamination in the Bronx — by Aminata Gueye, Ryan Pullido, Emmanuel Valerio, Pablo Reyes., Citylimits, City University of New York<br> Finalist: Climate adaptation in Namibia’s drought-stricken Kunene region — by Mandile Mpofu, Pulitzer Center, Boston University<br> <br> In-Depth Reporting (Small)<br> Winner: Experiences of BIPOC students in performing arts reveal patterns of discrimination at Ithaca College — by Prakriti Panwar, The Ithacan, Ithaca College<br> Finalist: New England has a Nazi problem -- here's how activists around the Boston area are fighting it — by Cayenn Landau, Natalie F. Kahn, The Justice, Brandeis University<br> Finalist: Ithaca College community questions Yellow Deli and Twelve Tribes presence — by Caitlin Holtzman, The Ithacan, Ithaca College<br> <br> Feature Writing (Large)<br> Winner: Guinea pig elegy in three movements — by Mira Sydow, The Woodlands Magazine, University of Pennsylvania<br> Finalist: Napalm, birthed in Harvard’s basement — by Ryan H. &#272;oàn-Nguy&#7877;n, The Harvard Crimson, Harvard College<br> Finalist: How Gen Z became the face of skincare marketing — by Jenny DeStefano, The NewsHouse, Syracuse University<br> <br> Feature Writing (Small)<br> Winner: Unafraid to be unique: ‘Napoleon Boy’ — by Layla Warshaw, The Brown and White, Lehigh University<br> Finalist: The guardian of the North Cut — by Cayenn Landau, The Justice, Brandeis University<br> Finalist: AUC Student Milus Tóth has sued the Dutch Government – and won thousands of euros — by Levin Stamm, Lisa Jesudas, The Herring, Amsterdam University College<br> <br> Sports Writing (Large)<br> Winner: American colleges feed the Women’s World Cup with talent — by Joe Lister, Comm Media, Pennsylvania State University<br> Finalist: Breaking the ice: Social, geographic, and financial barriers create obstacles for ice hockey — by Heather Chen, Erica Lee, Columbia Daily Spectator, Columbia University<br> Finalist: Colleges lacks resources for addiction to online sports gambling — by Lizzy Reardon, The NewsHouse, Syracuse University<br> <br> Sports Writing (Small)<br> Winner: Is the Tenney Stadium turf responsible for ACL injury concerns? — by Max Zart, Centerfield / Marist Circle, Marist College<br> Finalist: The center at center stage: Football player shares his passion for performance — by Ray Milburn, The Ithacan, Ithaca College<br> <br> Editorial/Opinion Writing<br> Winner: The Crimson Editorial Board — by Editorial Staff, The Harvard Crimson, Harvard College<br> Finalist: The Gatepost Editorials — by Editorial Board, The Gatepost, Framingham State<br> Finalist: Showcasing the highs and lows of Black art — by Brianna Harris, Okayplayer, Baruch College<br> <br> General Column Writing<br> Winner: Outside the binary — by Mujuni Mirembe, The Brown and White, Lehigh University<br> Finalist: Columns — by Leighah Beausoleil, The Gatepost, Framingham State<br> Finalist: Harvard’s professional pipelines — by Julien Berman, The Harvard Crimson, Harvard College<br> <br> Corbin Gwaltney Award for Best All-Around Student Newspaper (Large)<br> Winner: The Harvard Crimson — by Staff, The Harvard Crimson, Harvard College<br> Finalist: The Vector — by Staff, The Vector, New Jersey Institute of Technology<br> Finalist: The Brown Daily Herald — by Staff, The Brown Daily Herald, Brown University<br> <br> Corbin Gwaltney Award for Best All-Around Student Newspaper (Small)<br> Winner: The Ithacan — by Staff, The Ithacan, Ithaca College<br> Finalist: The Globe — by Staff, The Globe, Point Park University<br> <br> Best Single-issue Student Magazine<br> Winner: Scienceline KIDS — by Staff, Scienceline, New York University<br> <br> Best Ongoing Student Magazine<br> Winner: Moody Magazine — by Staff, Moody Magazine, Syracuse University<br> Finalist: The New Journal — by Staff, The New Journal, Yale University<br> Finalist: Jerk — by Staff, Jerk, Syracuse University<br> <br> Best Affiliated Web Site<br> Winner: Columbia Daily Spectator — by Staff, Columbia Daily Spectator, Columbia University<br> Finalist: Zipped — by Staff, Zipped, Syracuse University<br> Finalist: Moody Magazine — by Staff, Moody Magazine, Syracuse University<br> <br> Best Independent Online Student Publication<br> Winner: Infodemic — by Staff, Infodemic, Syracuse University<br> Finalist: NYCity News Service — by Staff, NYCity News Service, City University of New York<br> <br> <br> <b>Art/Graphics/Multimedia</b> <br> <br> Breaking News Photography<br> Winner: Stranded in Senegal — by Mark Benchereau, NYCity News Service, City University of New York<br> Finalist: Rutgers week long strike marks historic win for union workers — by Julia Meriney, The College VOICE, Mercer County Community College<br> Finalist: Take Back the Night — by Bennett Hense, The NewsHouse, Syracuse University<br> <br> General News Photography<br> Winner: Harvard Art Museums ‘Die-in’ — by J. Sellers Hill, The Harvard Crimson, Harvard College<br> <br> Feature Photography<br> Winner: Boston Ballet’s Fall Experience — by Addison Y. Lui, The Harvard Crimson, Harvard College<br> Finalist: Whipping up some fun — by Maddison Behringer, The Gatepost, Framingham State<br> Finalist: Exploring all seven continents — by Phoebe Schechner, Crescent magazine, Southern Connecticut State University<br> <br> Photo Essay/Slideshow<br> Winner: Southside footsteps — by Xinning Li, The NewsHouse, Syracuse University<br> Finalist: Pro-Palestine Harvard Students occupy University Hall for 24 hours — by Joey Huang, Julian J. Giordano, Frank S. Zhou, The Harvard Crimson, Harvard College<br> Finalist: Fans of the world: The 2023 Women’s World Cup down under — by Alysa Rubin, Penn State/AP, Pennsylvania State University<br> <br> Illustration<br> Winner: The Housing Issue — by Mindy Choi, The Hawk Newspaper, St. Joseph's University<br> Finalist: Peer wellness — by Areej Qamar, The Vector, New Jersey Institute of Technology<br> Finalist: Looking for a dean — by Toby R. Ma, The Harvard Crimson, Harvard College<br> <br> Photo Illustration<br> Winner: Fresh Squeezed Sports Podcast covers — by Cole Ross, The NewsHouse, Syracuse University<br> Finalist: Doechii live in concert — by Maxine Wallace, The NewsHouse, Syracuse University<br> Finalist: Gay testifies before Congress on antisemitism — by Toby R. Ma, The Harvard Crimson, Harvard College<br> <br> Sports Photography<br> Winner: Cup consolation — by Rafaela Pontes, AP/Penn State, Pennsylvania State University<br> Finalist: Flippin' football — by Kayla Breen, The NewsHouse, Syracuse University<br> Finalist: Eliminated — by Rafaela Pontes, AP/Penn State, Pennsylvania State University<br> <br> Best Use of Multimedia<br> Winner: Queens street name stories — by Staff, NYCity News Service, City University of New York<br> <br> News Videography<br> Winner: Coney Island residents oppose Casion — by Rhiannon Rashidi, Harlem View, The City College of New York<br> <br> Feature Videography<br> Winner: Kay & Mal — by Collin Bell, The NewsHouse, Syracuse University<br> Finalist: The hair of the doll — by Sonja Anderson, Amaya McDonald, NYCity News Service, City University of New York<br> Finalist: Dandelion — by Wendy Wang, The NewsHouse, Syracuse University<br> <br> Data Visualization<br> Winner: Medical center to launch ‘diversity in clinical trials’ training program as racial disparities — by Adina Cazacu-De Luca, Paulette Del Valle, Rainier Harris, Columbia Daily Spectator, Columbia University<br> Finalist: Two weeks before elections, incumbent Cambridge councilors lead fundraising race — by Julian J. Giordano, The Harvard Crimson, Harvard College <br> <br> <br> <b>Audio</b> <br> <br> Radio News Reporting<br> Winner: How tenants could change the future of NYCHA — by Kimberly Izar, AudioFiles, City University of New York<br> Finalist: Community activists call on Gov. Hochul to sign the Wrongful Conviction Act — by Alex Krales, AudioFiles, City University of New York<br> Finalist: Hidden identity — by Ronnie Parrillo, NCC News, Syracuse University<br> <br> Radio Feature<br> Winner: Maggie Michael's road from Cairo to Yemen to a Pultizer — by Vereena Bishoy El-Kess Armia Boules, AUC Radio, The American University in Cairo<br> Finalist: A modern look at a 4,000-year-old game — by Kimberly Izar, AudioFiles, City University of New York<br> <br> Radio In-Depth Reporting<br> Winner: How museums can misrepresent people and cultures — by Charles Sirey, WAER, Syracuse University<br> Finalist: Phone scammers wreak havoc on Americans and their wallets — by Alejandro Rosales, WAER, Syracuse University<br> <br> Radio Sports Reporting<br> Winner: Playing for something bigger — by Jordan Leonard, WAER, Syracuse University<br> Finalist: Big game update — by Nicholas Lubrano, Matthew Sosler, Jayden Becker, Dane Richardson., WICB-FM, Ithaca College<br> <br> Podcast (Narrative)<br> Winner: The Unabomber: The man, the myth, and the manifesto — by Staff, The Harvard Crimson, Harvard College<br> Finalist: Mapping rurality: Defining Columbia’s ‘rural student’ — by Claire Schnatterbeck, Claire Burke, Columbia Daily Spectator, Columbia University<br> Finalist: Pandas on Ice: The story of America's first women's college hockey team — by STaff, The Brown Daily Herald, Brown University<br> <br> Podcast (Conversational)<br> Winner: Affirmative Action falls: Inside the protests at Harvard and Washington D.C. — by Staff, The Harvard Crimson, Harvard College<br> Finalist: Franco's immaculate legacy — by Josh Moyer, Ben Taylor, Adam Babetski, Karyn Schaller, Bellisario Podcasting, Pennsylvania State University<br> Finalist: To tell the truth: An NCC News Spotlight podcast — by Jared Johnston; Zach Goldman; Jack Oberlander; Kamryn Page, NCC News Spotlight Team, Syracuse University<br> <br> <br> <b>Broadcast</b> <br> <br> Television Breaking News Reporting<br> Winner: Pro-Palestinian protestors gather at Syracuse University — by Peyton Spellacy, CitrusTV, Syracuse University<br> Finalist: Two people detained during free speech rally — by Emily McGlynn, Centre County Report, Pennsylvania State University<br> <br> Television General News Reporting<br> Winner: Syracuse reacts to controversial speaker — by Nicole Aponte, CitrusTV, Syracuse University<br> Finalist: Zipcar zooms out of Syracuse — by John Perik, NCC News, Syracuse University<br> Finalist: Local reaction to escalating Israel-Hamas war — by Olivia Jean, Centre County Report, Pennsylvania State University<br> <br> Television Feature Reporting<br> Winner: Miraculous Marathon Meg — by John Perik, CitrusTV, Syracuse University<br> Finalist: The HK Unicorn Squad: Empowering women and girls in Estonia — by Hannah Markovich, Centre County Report, Pennsylvania State University<br> Finalist: Preaching pride to the choir — by Nicole Aponte, NCC News, Syracuse University<br> <br> Television In-Depth Reporting<br> Winner: Estonia’s past influences current military stance — by Carlos Garcia, Centre County Report, Pennsylvania State University<br> Finalist: ICTV Reports: Drag performers create community in small cities — by Grant Johnson, Ithaca College Television, Ithaca College<br> Finalist: Sidelined — by Naoufal Enhari, Amanda Kari McHugh, 219West TV News Magazine, City University of New York<br> <br> Television Sports Reporting<br> Winner: Fighting For Rudy: A source of inspiration — by Dugan Lloyd, Centre County Report, Pennsylvania State University<br> Finalist: Is Syracuse/Clemson really a rivalry? — by Chilekasi Adele, CitrusTV, Syracuse University<br> Finalist: Penn State Boxing: A century and counting — by Juan Mendez, Centre County Report, Penn State University<br> <br> Best All-Around Television Newscast<br> Winner: Centre County Report — by Staff, Centre County Report, Penn State University<br> Finalist: CitrusTV News Live at 6 — by Staff, CitrusTV, Syracuse University<br> <br> Best All-Around Television News Magazine<br> Winner: Hofstra Today — by Grace Madden, Emma Pelletier, and the Hofstra Today team, HEAT Network, Hofstra University<br> <br> <br> <b>All Platform</b> <br> <br> Arts/Entertainment/Fashion Journalism<br> Winner: Les Adore shakes up production at Harvard — by Katie A. Silverman, The Harvard Crimson, Harvard College<br> Finalist: Jah Fiinesse goes lyrical — by Othniel Cassie Jr, Harlem View, The City College of New York<br> Finalist: Arts columns — by Vivienne N. Germain, The Harvard Crimson, Harvard University<br> <br> Campus Reporting<br> Winner: Doxxed Harvard students decry online harassment, call for greater support from University — by Joyce E. Kim, Asher J. Montgomery, The Harvard Crimson, Harvard College<br> Finalist: ‘We’re the ones being targeted’: Pro-Palestinian affiliates report harassment, threats — by Esha Karam, Sarah Huddleston, Sabrina Ticer-Wurr, Columbia Daily Spectator, Columbia University<br> Finalist: ‘A structural issue that no one seems to be working to solve’: Barnard transfer students report — by Maya Stahl, Columbia Daily Spectator, Columbia University<br> <br> Cultural Criticism<br> Winner: Difficult conversations through art — by Makayla I. Gathers, The Harvard Crimson, Harvard College<br> <br> Food/Restaurant Journalism<br> Winner: Momos as a form of resistance — by Sajina Shrestha, AudioFiles, City University of New York<br> Finalist: Full circle — by Murphy McFarlane, The NewsHouse, Syracuse University<br> <br> Investigative Reporting<br> Winner: Dead wrong — by Staff, NYCity News Service, City University of New York<br> Finalist: ‘Still unresolved’: Harvard student group missing approximately $30,000 after leadership dispute — by J. Sellers Hill, Sage S. Lattman, The Harvard Crimson, Harvard College<br> Finalist: ‘Walking on eggshells’: Inside Public Safety’s leadership crisis — by Zachary Schermele, Columbia Daily Spectator, Columbia University<br> <br> Regional Political Reporting<br> Winner: Successful write-in campaign stirs conversation about Ithaca’s political climate — by Lorien Tyne, The Ithacan, Ithaca College<br> <br> Retail/Small Business Journalism<br> Winner: South Bronx businesses battle back — by Staff, NYCity News Service, City University of New York<br> <br> Science/Environment/Climate Reporting<br> Winner: Assets to Axes: How Harvard’s land investments inspired fear in Brazil’s Cerrado — by Sazi T. Bongwe, Jade Lozada, The Harvard Crimson, Harvard College<br> Finalist: Why so few get screened for lung cancer, the deadliest cancer in the U.S. — by Simar Bajaj, STAT News, Harvard University<br> <br> <i>SPJ promotes the free flow of information vital to informing citizens; works to inspire and educate the next generation of journalists; and fights to protect First Amendment guarantees of freedom of speech and press. Support excellent journalism and fight for your right to know. <a href="https://www.spj.org/join.asp">Become a member</a>, <a href="https://www.spj.org/ldf.asp">give to the Legal Defense Fund</a> or <a href="https://www.spj.org/donate.asp">give to the SPJ Foundation</a>.</i><br> <br> <div align"=center">-END-</center> Mon, 22 Apr 2024 00:00:00 -0500 SPJ Ethics Committee denounces checkbook journalism with news coverage of Trump’s trial http://www.spj.org/news.asp?REF=3011 CONTACT<br> Ashanti Blaize-Hopkins, SPJ National President, <email address="ashanti.blaize@gmail.com">ashanti.blaize@gmail.com</a> <br> Chris Roberts, SPJ Professional Standards and Ethics Committee Vice Chair, <email address="croberts@ua.edu">croberts@ua.edu</a> <br> Kim Tsuyuki, SPJ Communications Specialist, <email address="ktsuyuki@hq.spj.org">ktsuyuki@hq.spj.org</a> <br> <br> INDIANAPOLIS – As Americans follow the criminal trial of former President Donald J. Trump, The <a href=https://www.spj.org>Society of Professional Journalists</a> wants the public to recognize that journalistic practices mentioned during opening statements, and by the first witness, are unethical under the <a href=https://www.spj.org/ethicscode.asp>SPJ Code of Ethics</a>.<br> <br> In today’s opening statement, defense attorney Todd Blanche said The National Enquirer’s practices of paying sources for news and “catch-and-kill” are standard journalistic practice.<br> <br> Any news organization that pays for information – and especially buys information to keep it from the public – is not following the SPJ Code of Ethics “Act Independently” section.<br> <br> “It is clearly unethical,” said SPJ National President Ashanti Blaize-Hopkins. “Paying for exclusive access to interviews – such as paying for home movies of a missing child or using a company jet to bring a dad and his kidnapped child back from South America, both real-life examples – is bad enough.”<br> <br> The trial’s first witness, former National Enquirer publisher David Pecker, acknowledged the tabloid practice of “checkbook journalism” – paying sources for information. SPJ notes that this is an unacceptable practice for many reasons, “Be wary of sources offering information for favors or money; do not pay for access to news. Identify content provided by outside sources, whether paid or not.”<br> <br> The SPJ Code of Ethics is not, under the First Amendment, legally enforceable, but it provides guidelines that describe the minimum ethical behaviors and aspirations of journalism. The SPJ Ethics Committee has written multiple times <a href=https://www.spj.org/news.asp?ref=1062>against such practices</a>.<br> <br> <i>SPJ promotes the free flow of information vital to informing citizens; works to inspire and educate the next generation of journalists; and fights to protect First Amendment guarantees of freedom of speech and press. Support excellent journalism and fight for your right to know. <a href="https://www.spj.org/join.asp">Become a member</a>, <a href="https://www.spj.org/ldf.asp">give to the Legal Defense Fund</a> or <a href="https://www.spj.org/donate.asp">give to the SPJ Foundation</a>.</i><br> <br> <div align"=center">-END-</center> Mon, 22 Apr 2024 00:00:00 -0500 Region 9 Mark of Excellence Awards 2023 winners announced http://www.spj.org/news.asp?REF=3008 CONTACT: <br> Lou Harry, SPJ Manager of Publications and Awards,&#8239;<email address="lharry@spj.org">lharry@spj.org</a><br> Nadia Gordon, SPJ Communications Coordinator, <email address="ngordon@hq.spj.org">ngordon@hq.spj.org</a> <br> <br> INDIANAPOLIS — The <a href=https://www.spj.org/index.asp>Society of Professional Journalists</a>&#8239;recognizes the best collegiate journalism in Region 9 with <a href=https://www.spj.org/a-moe.asp>2023 Mark of Excellence Awards</a>&#8239;winners. <br> <br> SPJ’s&#8239;<a href=https://www.spj.org/region9.asp>Region 9</a> comprises Colorado, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming. First-place winners will compete at the national level among other MOE winners from the 12 SPJ regions.<br> <br> National winners will be notified in the late spring.<br> <br> MOE Awards entries are judged by professionals with at least three years of journalism experience. Judges were directed to choose entries they felt were among the best in student journalism. If no entry rose to the level of excellence, no award was given. Any category not listed has no winner. <br> <br> School divisions are based on student enrollment, including both graduate and undergraduate: Large schools have at least 10,000 students and small schools have 9,999 or fewer students. <br> <br> The list below details all Region 9 winners. If you have any questions regarding the MOE Awards, contact SPJ Manager of Publications and Awards Lou Harry <email address="lharry@spj.org">by email</a>. <br> <br> This list reflects the spelling and titles submitted in the award entries. <br> <br> <b>Print/Online</b> <br> <br> Breaking News Reporting <br> Winner: Poudre school district tables vote on Polaris school merger — by Alexandra Seibel, The Rocky Mountain Collegian, Colorado State University <br> Finalist: University of Utah to pay $5 million settlement to the parents of Zhifan Dong — by Andrew Christiansen, The Daily Utah Chronicle, University of Utah <br> Finalist: Students pack City Council chambers, demonstrate against U+2 — by Grant Coursey, The Rocky Mountain Collegian, Colorado State University <br> <br> General News Reporting <br> Winner: BYU students may be impacted by latest DACA update — by Ivette Galvez Laparra, The Daily Universe, Brigham Young University <br> Finalist: Student government addresses genocide comments from member — by Sara Martin, Travis Brooks, The Metropolitan, Metropolitan State University of Denver <br> Finalist: Utah's gender-affirming care ban is harmful to transgender youth, professors and trans student say — by Stevie Shaughnessey, The Daily Utah Chronicle, University of Utah <br> <br> In-Depth Reporting <br> Finalist: U students share experiences navigating the OEO process — by Crystal Rose Fraughton, Rachel Kloepfer, The Daily Utah Chronicle, University of Utah <br> Finalist: Union frustration grows at MSU Denver over faculty workload — by Madeline Terlep, The Metropolitan, Metropolitan State University of Denver <br> Winner: U origins: A clearer picture of philanthropy at the U and how it has shaped campus — by MJ Jewkes, The Daily Utah Chronicle, University of Utah <br> <br> Feature Writing (Large)<br> Winner: U professor’s exhibit honors 2006 Immigration Reform March — by Libbey Hanson, The Daily Utah Chronicle, University of Utah <br> Finalist: BYU student fights against racism through cultural dance — by Ivette Galvez Laparra, The Daily Universe, Brigham Young University |<br> Finalist: Meet the U student running for SLC mayor — by CJ Alexander, The Daily Utah Chronicle, University of Utah <br> <br> Sports Writing <br> Winner: How a changing media landscape influenced the U's move to the Big 12 — by Austin Eames, The Daily Utah Chronicle, University of Utah <br> <br> General Column Writing <br> Winner: Madeline Van Wagenen — by Madeline Van Wagenen, The Daily Utah Chronicle, University of Utah <br> Finalist: Columns — by Kayla Lien, The Daily Utah Chronicle, University of Utah <br> Finalist: Columns — by Harper Hargis, The Daily Utah Chronicle, University of Utah <br> <br> Corbin Gwaltney Award for Best All-Around Student Newspaper (Large)<br> Winner: The Signpost — by Kennedy Camarena, The Signpost, Weber State University <br> Finalist: The Daily Utah Chronicle — by Staff, The Daily Utah Chronicle, University of Utah <br> Finalist: The Rocky Mountain Collegian — by Staff, The Rocky Mountain Collegian, Colorado State University <br> <br> Best Ongoing Student Magazine <br> Winner: College Avenue Magazine — by Staff, College Avenue Magazine, Colorado State University <br> Finalist: The Daily Universe — by Staff, The Daily Universe, Brigham Young University <br> <br> Best Independent Online Student Publication<br> Winner: CU Independent — by Staff, CU Independent, University of Colorado Boulder <br> <br> <b>Art/Graphics/Multimedia</b> <br> <br> Breaking News Photography<br> Winner: Bill banning gender-affirming care for Utah minors passes — by Xiangyao “Axe” Tang, The Daily Utah Chronicle, University of Utah <br> <br> General News Photography <br> Winner: Candlelight vigil for Israel — by Garrett Mogel, The Rocky Mountain Collegian, Colorado State University <br> Finalist: BYU Arab Student Association aims to foster unity in times of strife — by Amy Ortiz, The Daily Universe, Brigham Young University <br> Finalist: A look at drag culture and representation at the U — by Minh Vuong, The Daily Utah Chronicle, University of Utah <br> <br> Feature Photography<br> Winner: Support first responders and their families’ mental health — by Sarah Karr, The Daily Utah Chronicle, University of Utah <br> Finalist: Lust For life — by Citlali Mares, Talon Magazine, Community College of Denver <br> Finalist: Locals climb 110 stories at LaVell Edwards Stadium to honor 9/11 heroes — by Anna Hair, The Daily Universe, Brigham Young University <br> <br> Photo Essay/Slideshow <br> Winner: Canyoneering class highlight — by Sophie Felici, The Daily Utah Chronicle, University of Utah <br> Finalist: 2023 Utah Pride Parade — A colorful celebration of love and acceptance — by Marco Lozzi, The Daily Utah Chronicle, University of Utah <br> Finalist: Free Palestine protest at Denver Capitol — by Garrett Mogel, Milo Gladstein, The Rocky Mountain Collegian, Colorado State University <br> Illustration <br> Winner: Navigating student finances — by Star Neil, The Signpost, Weber State University <br> Finalist: Support your local SLC bookstores — by Mary Allen, The Daily Utah Chronicle, University of Utah <br> Finalist: College athletes are in danger of systemic dehumanization — by Kristofer Hoon, The Daily Utah Chronicle, University of Utah <br> <br> Photo Illustration <br> Winner: Navigating student finances — by Star Neil, The Signpost, Weber State University <br> Finalist: Support your local SLC bookstores — by Mary Allen, The Daily Utah Chronicle, University of Utah <br> Finalist: College athletes are in danger of systemic dehumanization — by Kristofer Hoon, The Daily Utah Chronicle, University of Utah <br> <br> Sports Photography <br> Winner: Utah Men’s Basketball upsets unbeaten BYU to win the Holy War — by Xiangyao “Axe” Tang, The Daily Utah Chronicle, University of Utah <br> Finalist: Utah Men’s Basketball narrowly escapes upset in win over Southern Utah — by Mary Allen, The Daily Utah Chronicle, University of Utah <br> Finalist: Bucking bronco — by Kennedy Camarena, The Signpost, Weber State University <br> <br> Best Use of Multimedia <br> Winner: Humanitarian organization Eagle Condor helps people find their wings — by Lynnette McConkie, BYU Universe, Brigham Young University <br> Finalist: BYU Special Olympics focus on lifelong friendships — by Ethan Porter, BYU Universe Live, Brigham Young University <br> Finalist: Angel Flight West brings Christmas to hundreds of Utah children — by Alice Gubler, The Daily Universe, Brigham Young University <br> <br> News Videography<br> Winner: University of Denver's paranormal Mary Reed building? — by Elsie Buczkowski, DU Media, University of Denver <br> Finalist: Denver Mayoral candidates face off at DU — by Cassis Tingley, DU Media, University of Denver <br> Finalist: Sharing living water: Improving the hydraulic resources in the Dominican Republic — by Liesel Allen, Alyssa Regis, Derek VanBuskirk, BYU Universe Live, Brigham Young University <br> <br> Feature Videography <br> Winner: Spreading Stikbuds across Denver — by Eden Bollschweiler, DU Media, University of Denver <br> <br> Data Visualization<br> Winner: Lack of suicide resources — by Grace Haglund, The Signpost, Weber State University <br> <br> <br> <b>Audio</b> <br> <br> Radio News Reporting <br> Winner: Dying Great Salt Lake — by Hannah Nelson, Aggie Radio, Utah State University <br> Finalist: Abdullah's story — by Dakota Makinen, KGNU, University of Colorado Boulder <br> <br> Radio Feature<br> Winner: Chernobyl — by Leon Spiess, KVCU, University of Colorado Boulder <br> <br> Radio In-Depth Reporting<br> Winner: Boulder Housing Coalition — by Jack Armstrong, KVCU, University of Colorado Boulder <br> <br> Podcast (Conversational)<br> Winner: Overwriter — by Juanita Hurtado, KVCU, University of Colorado Boulder <br> Finalist: Coming into queerness with KCSU & the Pride Resource Center — by Erin Fuller, KCSU, Colorado State University <br> <br> Podcast (Narrative)<br> Winner: Teenage PTSD — by Lily Wright, KVCU, University of Colorado Boulder <br> Finalist: Your favorite place — by Jack Armstrong, KVCU, University of Colorado Boulder <br> <br> <br> <b>Broadcast</b> <br> <br> Television Breaking News Reporting<br> Winner: Utahns rally at the Capitol to support Ukraine one year after Russian invasion — by Trevor Myers, BYU Universe Live, Brigham Young University <br> <br> Television General News Reporting <br> Winner: Wild turkey invasion — by Anna Johnson, A-TV News, Utah State University <br> Finalist: BYU Special Olympics focus on lifelong friendships — by Ethan Porter, Universe Live, Brigham Young University <br> Finalist: ChatGPT hits campus — by Kainoa Johnson, A-TV News, Utah State University <br> <br> Television Feature Reporting <br> Winner: A woman's journey from addict to caregiver — by Bella Zafer; Cassis Tingley, DU Media, University of Denver <br> Finalist: Hottest gathering in town — by Zahra Nasir, A-TV News, Utah State University <br> <br> Television In-Depth Reporting <br> Winner: Losing our lifeblood — by Clayre Scott, Anna Johnson, A-TV News, Utah State University <br> Finalist: Rumbula remembered: Preserving the memory of the WWII massacre in Riga — by Emma Everett Johnson, Ethan Porter, Universe Live, Brigham Young University <br> Finalist: Nuclear energy: Deadly disaster or futuristic fuel? — by Tom Isaacson, Collegian TV, Colorado State University <br> <br> Television Sports Reporting<br> Winner: Are fans going too far? — by Clayre Scott, A-TV News, Utah State University <br> Finalist: CSU Softball alumni pave the way for today’s Rams — by Madeline Davis, Collegian TV, Colorado State University <br> <br> Best All-Around Television Newscast<br> Winner: A-TV News — by Staff, A-TV News, Utah State University <br> <br> Best All-Around Television Magazine<br> Winner: Cache Rendezvous — by Staff, A-TV News, Utah State University <br> Finalist: BYU Universe — by Staff, BYU Universe, Brigham Young University <br> Finalist: Universe Live — by Staff, BYU Universe, Brigham Young University <br> <br> <br> <b>All Platform</b> <br> <br> Arts/Fashion Journalism<br> Winner: Funny you mention that: A closer look at the FoCo comedy scene — by Cassidy DuFore Payne, College Avenue, Colorado State University <br> Finalist: The School of Dance presents Balanchine’s ‘Serenade’ — by Haley Freeman, The Daily Utah Chronicle, University of Utah<br> <br> Campus Reporting<br> Winner: Injured students find ways to get around campus — by Annika Ohran, The Daily Universe, Brigham Young University <br> Finalist: Agar art competition blends science and art while encouraging experiential learning — by Bryan Barba Salazar, The Daily Universe, Brigham Young University <br> <br> Food/Restaurant Journalism<br> Winner: Father-daughter BYU alums sweeten up Provo with cheesecake shop — by Andrew Osborn, The Daily Universe, Brigham Young University <br> Finalist: Backyard Bird Chicken and Donuts flies away with expectations — by Gideon Aigner, Collegian TV, Colorado State University <br> <br> Regional Political Reporting<br> Winner: BYU student vies for city council seat with $0 campaign — by Emma Everett Johnson, The Daily Universe, Brigham Young University <br> Finalist: Domestic violence bill passes in Utah Senate, parents of Gabby Petito attend vote — by Joel Leighton, The Daily Universe, Brigham Young University<br> <br> Retail/Small Business Journalism<br> Winner: Small business Madi Stitches thrives on social media — by Emma Everett Johnson, The Daily Universe, Brigham Young University <br> <br> Science/Environment Reporting<br> Winner: Historic Utah snowfall a step toward drought control, government officials say — by Josh Rust, The Daily Universe, Brigham Young University <br> <br> <i>SPJ promotes the free flow of information vital to informing citizens; works to inspire and educate the next generation of journalists; and fights to protect First Amendment guarantees of freedom of speech and press. Support excellent journalism and fight for your right to know. <a href="https://www.spj.org/join.asp">Become a member</a>, <a href="https://www.spj.org/ldf.asp">give to the Legal Defense Fund</a> or <a href="https://www.spj.org/donate.asp">give to the SPJ Foundation</a>.</i><br> <br> <div align"=center">-END-</cen Fri, 19 Apr 2024 00:00:00 -0500 Region 10 Mark of Excellence Awards 2023 winners announced http://www.spj.org/news.asp?REF=3009 CONTACT: <br> Lou Harry, SPJ Manager of Publications and Awards,&#8239;<email address="lharry@spj.org">lharry@spj.org</a><br> Kimberly Tsuyuki, SPJ Communications Specialist, <email address="ktsuyuki@hq.spj.org">ktsuyuki@hq.spj.org</a> <br> <br> INDIANAPOLIS — The <a href=https://www.spj.org/index.asp>Society of Professional Journalists</a>&#8239;recognizes the best collegiate journalism in Region 10 with <a href=https://www.spj.org/a-moe.asp>2023 Mark of Excellence Awards</a>&#8239;winners. <br> <br> SPJ’s&#8239;<a href=https://www.spj.org/region10.asp>Region 10</a> comprises Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington. First-place winners will compete at the national level among other MOE winners from the 12 SPJ regions.<br> <br> National winners will be notified in the late spring.<br> <br> MOE Awards entries are judged by professionals with at least three years of journalism experience. Judges were directed to choose entries they felt were among the best in student journalism. If no entry rose to the level of excellence, no award was given. Any category not listed has no winner. <br> <br> School divisions are based on student enrollment, including both graduate and undergraduate: Large schools have at least 10,000 students and small schools have 9,999 or fewer students. <br> <br> The list below details all Region 10 winners. If you have any questions regarding the MOE Awards, contact SPJ Manager of Publications and Awards Lou Harry <email address="lharry@spj.org">by email</a>. <br> <br> This list reflects the spelling and titles submitted in the award entries. <br> <br> <b>Print/Online</b> <br> <br> Breaking News Reporting <br> Winner: Activists color Mount Sentinel's 'M' as Palestine flag during Brawl of the Wild — by Christine Compton, Montana Kaimin, University of Montana<br> Finalist: Update: Aber Hall residents temporarily relocated after flood — by Griffen Smith, Montana Kaimin, University of Montana<br> Finalist: Breaking: Judge sentences Lori Vallow Daybell — by Mario Miguel, Scroll, Brigham Young University- Idaho<br> <br> General News Reporting (Large)<br> Winner: With land comes water — by Alex Mitchell, Kennedy Delap, Native News Honors Project/Missoulian, University of Montana<br> Finalist: Rural communities struggling to fill positions in local governments — by Nick Gibson, Northwest Public Broadcasting, Washington State University<br> Finalist: Clashing metal and community — by Sophie Reif, Reid Hunter, Riley Weeks, Julia Hawkins, The Planet, Western Washington University<br> <br> General News Reporting (Small)<br> Winner: How the Portland teacher strike is affecting education majors — by Janet Melido, Tiffany Marquez Escobar, The Beacon, University of Portland<br> Finalist: Health Center to start billing students' insurance — by Jullianna Pedone, The Beacon, University of Portland<br> Finalist: Hungry students, high prices: Rising meal costs in the SUB — by Kaeden Lincoln, The Sentinel, North Idaho College<br> <br> In-Depth Reporting (Large)<br> Winner: The long return — by Haley Yarborough, Chris Lodman, Montana Native News Project/Missoulian, University of Montana<br> Finalist: Remembering Shady Acres: The once-peaceful affordable community to be covered by Kittitas County Eve — by Katherine Camarata, The Observer, Central Washington University<br> Finalist: How climate change is impacting rice farmers in Southeast Asia — by Staff and fellows, Global Reporting Program, Mongabay, University of British Columbia<br> <br> In-Depth Reporting (Small)<br> Winner: Equity in Registration Task Force to make changes to registration — by Kaelyn New, The Gonzaga Bulletin, Gonzaga University<br> Finalist: How the healthcare crisis is affecting the Nursing School — by Kate Cuadrado, The Beacon, University of Portland<br> <br> Feature Writing (Large)<br> Winner: A light in the dark — by Nance Beston, Aislin Tweedy, Byline Magazine, University of Montana<br> Finalist: A balancing act: Tradition and change — by Eli Voorhies, Kylie Miller, Riley Weeks, Julia Hawkins, The Planet, Western Washington University<br> Finalist: The most eloquent prayer — by Meghan Elaine Fatouros, Byline Magazine, University of Montana<br> <br> Feature Writing (Small)<br> Winner: Leslie Watanabe: A life awakened by dance — by Julianna Pedone, The Beacon, University of Portland<br> Finalist: Yarn shop Hook and Needle Nook creates a tight-knit community — by Clarinne Kirk, The Gonzaga Bulletin, Gonzaga University<br> Finalist: Vikas Gumbhir leaves legacy of compassion, integrity ... and snacks — by Natalie Keller, The Gonzaga Bulletin, Gonzaga University<br> <br> Sports Writing (Large)<br> Winner: Playing on overtime — by Holly Malkowski, Montana Kaimin, University of Montana<br> Finalist: OSU track & field icon Dick Fosbury, who forever changed the high jump, dies at 76 — by Ryan Harlan, Wes Flow, The Daily Barometer, Oregon State University<br> Finalist: Brown’s 40 points propel Pullman boys basketball to dominate senior night win — by Sam Taylor, The Daily Evergreen, Washington State University<br> <br> Sports Writing (Small)<br> Winner: Columns — by Sydney Fluker, The Gonzaga Bulletin, Gonzaga University<br> <br> Editorial/Opinion Writing<br> Winner: Editorials — by Emily Tschetter, Montana Kaimin, University of Montana<br> Finalist: Columns — by Jackson Hudgins, The Gonzaga Bulletin, Gonzaga University<br> Finalist: Opinion. Two political pieces, one perspective of an international student. — by Kendan Bendt, Kateryna Savienkova, The Mast, Pacific Lutheran University<br> <br> General Column Writing<br> Winner: Editorials — by Kimberly Cortez, Julianna Pedone, Noah Carandanis, The Beacon, University of Portland<br> Finalist: Firing Lane — by Alexander Banks, The Daily Barometer, Oregon State University<br> Finalist: Political columns — by Kaelyn New, The Gonzaga Bulletin, Gonzaga University<br> <br> Sports Column Writing<br> Winner: Columns — by Henry Krueger, The Gonzaga Bulletin, Gonzaga University<br> <br> Corbin Gwaltney Award for Best All-Around Student Newspaper (Large)<br> Winner: Montana Kaimin — by Staff, Montana Kaimin, University of Montana<br> Finalist: Argonaut Newspaper — by Staff, Argonaut, University of Idaho<br> <br> Corbin Gwaltney Award for Best All-Around Student Newspaper (Small)<br> Winner: The Gonzaga Bulletin — by Staff, The Gonzaga Bulletin, Gonzaga University<br> <br> Best Ongoing Student Magazine<br> Winner: Beaver's Digest — by Staff, Beaver's Digest, Oregon State University<br> Finalist: PULSE — by Staff, PULSE, Central Washington University<br> Finalist: Byline Magazine — by Staff, Byline Magazine, University of Montana<br> <br> Best Affiliated Web Site<br> Winner: PULSE online — by Staff, PULSE, Central Washington University<br> <br> Best Independent Online Student Publication<br> Winner: Regaining ground — by Staff, Montana Native News Project/Missoulian, University of Montana<br> <br> <br> <b>Art/Graphics/Multimedia</b> <br> <br> Feature Photography<br> Winner: The most eloquent prayer — by Ava Rosvold, Byline Magazine, University of Montana<br> Finalist: Common Koi and their pond in the Corvallis music scene — by Madison Taylor, Beaver's Digest, Oregon State University<br> Finalist: Street football — by Tanner Ecker, Montana Athletics, University of Montana<br> <br> Photo Essay/Slideshow<br> Winner: A light In the dark — by Nance Beston, Self-published, University of Montana<br> <br> Illustration<br> Winner: Twenty years under the Big Sky — by Barrett Clement, Montana Kaimin, University of Montana<br> <br> Photo Illustration<br> Winner: Warning signs of abusive relationships & where to go for help — by Fern Barber, Beaver's Digest, Oregon State University<br> Finalist: 127th Rivalry Game — by Jason May, Ashton Bisner, The Daily Barometer, Oregon State University<br> <br> Sports Photography<br> Winner: Roundup bull rider — by Ava Rosvold, Bozeman Daily Chronicle, University of Montana<br> Finalist: A game of inches — by Dylan Smith, The Gonzaga Bulletin, Gonzaga University<br> Finalist: Knockout — by Lukas Prinos, Montana Standard, University of Montana<br> <br> News Videography<br> Winner: Gonzaga Poker Club hosts final tournament of fall semester — by Joe Ieardi, The Gonzaga Bulletin, Gonzaga University<br> <br> Feature Videography<br> Winner: Pivot' showcases GU ballet company — by Joe Ierardi, Elena Shadid, The Gonzaga Bulletin, Gonzaga University<br> <br> Data Visualization<br> Winner: Possession laws in Oregon — by Alan Nguyen, Beaver's Digest, Oregon State University<br> <br> <br> <b>Audio</b> <br> <br> Radio News Reporting<br> Winner: Smallmouth bass discovery — by Madeline Jorden, KBGA College Radio, University of Montana<br> Finalist: Wilderness Dam Removal — by Sage Sutcliffe, KBGA College Radio, University of Montana<br> <br> Radio Feature<br> Winner: Feminist Bird Club — by Madeline Jorden, KUFM-Montana Public Radio, University of Montana<br> <br> Radio In-Depth Reporting<br> Winner: Innocence Project — by Clayton Murphy, KBGA College Radio, University of Montana<br> <br> Podcast (Narrative)<br> Winner: The Carillonneur — by Clay Murphy, The Kaimin Cast, University of Montana<br> <br> <br> <b>Broadcast</b> <br> <br> Television Feature Reporting<br> Winner: Cowgirl yoga — by Meghan Fatouros, KBZK, University of Montana<br> <br> Best All-Around Television News Magazine<br> Winner: Homegrown & handcrafted — by Staff, Montana PBS, University of Montana<br> Finalist: The Idaho Four: An Unfinished Story — by Staff, Murrow News 8, Washington State University<br> <br> <b>All Platform</b> <br> <br> Arts/Entertainment/Fashion Journalism<br> Winner: Blurring the lines between blue & punk — by Noah Wright, Dylan Hanson, Jakob Burnham, Makayla Zayic, PULSE, Central Washington University<br> <br> Campus Reporting<br> Winner: A timeline of UP's queer history and other stories — by Kimberly Cortez, The Beacon, University of Portland<br> Finalist: One in four women — by Elliot Watkins, Makayla Zayic, Ayla Woods, Noah Wright, PULSE, Central Washington University<br> Finalist: Covering academics — by Vivien Felker, Haven Sager, Claire Bernard, Montana Kaimin, University of Montana<br> <br> Food/Restaurant Journalism<br> Winner: To eat or not to eat: The Food Zoo under review — by Corbin Vanderby, Montana Kaimin, University of Montana<br> <br> Retail/Small Business Journalism<br> Winner: The faces behind the farms — by Lilly Montgomery, Jakob Burnham, Makayla Zayic, Noah Wright, PULSE, Central Washington University<br> <br> Science/Environment/Climate Reporting<br> Winner: Guardians of Ninnahstako — by Chloe Olsgaard, Andy Mepham, Native News Honors Project/Missoulian, University of Montana<br> Finalist: At the end of the rainbow: The neverending frontier of color — by AJ Damiana, Beaver's Digest, Oregon State University<br> Finalist: OSU archaeologists unearth oldest projectile points found to date in the Americas — by Wes Flow, The Daily Barometer, Oregon State University <br> <br> <i>SPJ promotes the free flow of information vital to informing citizens; works to inspire and educate the next generation of journalists; and fights to protect First Amendment guarantees of freedom of speech and press. Support excellent journalism and fight for your right to know. <a href="https://www.spj.org/join.asp">Become a member</a>, <a href="https://www.spj.org/ldf.asp">give to the Legal Defense Fund</a> or <a href="https://www.spj.org/donate.asp">give to the SPJ Foundation</a>.</i><br> <br> <div align"=center">-END-</center> Fri, 19 Apr 2024 00:00:00 -0500 Region 2 Mark of Excellence Awards 2023 winners announced http://www.spj.org/news.asp?REF=3007 CONTACT: <br> Lou Harry, SPJ Manager of Publications and Awards,&#8239;<email address="lharry@spj.org">lharry@spj.org</a><br> Nadia Gordon, SPJ Communications Coordinator, <email address="ngordon@hq.spj.org">ngordon@hq.spj.org</a> <br> <br> INDIANAPOLIS — The <a href=https://www.spj.org/index.asp>Society of Professional Journalists</a>&#8239;recognizes the best collegiate journalism in Region 2 with <a href=https://www.spj.org/a-moe.asp>2023 Mark of Excellence Awards</a>&#8239;winners. <br> <br> SPJ’s&#8239;<a href=https://www.spj.org/region2.asp>Region 2</a>&#8239;comprises Delaware, District of Columbia, Maryland, North Carolina and Virginia. First-place winners will compete at the national level among other MOE winners from the 12 SPJ regions. <br> <br> National winners will be notified in the late spring.<br> <br> MOE Awards entries are judged by professionals with at least three years of journalism experience. Judges were directed to choose entries they felt were among the best in student journalism. If no entry rose to the level of excellence, no award was given. Any category not listed has no winner. <br> <br> School divisions are based on student enrollment, including both graduate and undergraduate: Large schools have at least 10,000 students and small schools have 9,999 or fewer students. <br> <br> The list below details all Region 2 winners. If you have any questions regarding the MOE Awards, contact SPJ Manager of Publications and Awards Lou Harry <email address="lharry@spj.org">by email</a>. <br> <br> This list reflects the spelling and titles submitted in the award entries. <br> <br> <b>Print/Online</b> <br> <br> Breaking News Reporting (Large) <br> Winner: College Park Mayor Patrick Wojahn resigns as he faces child pornography charges — by Katharine Wilson, Nene Narh-Mensah, The Diamondback, University of Maryland <br> Finalist: McClellan’s whirlwind congressional campaign ends with decisive, historic victory — by Faith Redd, VCU Capital News Service, Virginia Commonwealth University <br> Finalist: In Washington, Zelenskyy makes pleas to Congress and the White House for more aid — by Josie Jack, Monica Godnick, Capital News Service, University of Maryland - College Park<br> <br> Breaking News Reporting (Small) <br> Winner: Faculty member killed in shooting at UNC Chapel Hill — by Abigail Hobbs, Elon News Network, Elon University <br> <br> General News Reporting (Large) <br> Winner: Liz Wheeler appearance sparks controversy — by Staff, The Breeze, James Madison University <br> Finalist: ‘No one came around for days’: Senior and disabled residents describe 35-hour Christmas blackout — by Chloe Nguyen, The 9th Street Journal, Duke University <br> Finalist: Howard Sophomores tried to help a beaten man. Then, they were assaulted for it — by Jasper Smith and Jacky "JD" Jean-Jacques, The Hilltop, Howard University <br> <br> General News Reporting (Small) <br> Winner: Elon University senior staff members' leaving shakes up university — by Abigail Hobbs, Elon News Network, Elon University <br> Finalist: Getting close with Glenn Close: Notable alumni and eight-time Oscar nominee returns to campus — by Emma Henry, Abigail Connelly, The Flat Hat, The College of William and Mary <br> Finalist: Safety report indicates a surge in stalking cases — by Raven Hanning, The Pine Needle, University of North Carolina Pembroke <br> <br> In-Depth Reporting (Large) <br> Winner: Staff shortages in Howard Mental Health Services leave some students without support — by Tamilore Oshikanlu, Khiara Davis-Howard, The Hilltop, Howard University <br> Finalist: Mixed feelings reported by students after TimelyCare's first active year — by Charlotte Matherly, The Breeze, James Madison University <br> Finalist: She saw her mother get murdered; now she works to protect families — by Shelby Swanson, UNC Media Hub, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill <br> <br> In-Depth Reporting (Small) <br> Winner: Alamance-Burlington schools grapple with financial strain after summer mold crisis — by Sophie Rosenthal, Elon News Network, Elon University <br> Finalist: Waitlist contributes to rise in off-campus housing demand — by Molly Parks, The Flat Hat, The College of William and Mary <br> Finalist: The business of college sports and gender-based wage gaps for head coaches — by Ananya Chetia, The Collegian, University of Richmond <br> <br> Feature Writing (Large) <br> Winner: Chasing a mystery: Why was his family in a WWII detention camp in Asheville, NC? — by Mika Travis, UNC Media Hub, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill <br> Finalist: Farewell to panda-monium: National Zoo’s iconic bears going to China with no replacements — by Abby Wallace, Ryan Mercado, Capital News Service, University of Maryland - College Park <br> Finalist: ‘School shootings have followed us’: Life as a college student amid unending gun violence — by Staff, The Diamondback, University of Maryland <br> <br> Feature Writing (Small) <br> Winner: Little boxes on the hillside — by William Zimmerman, The Assembly, Wake Forest University <br> Finalist: From ‘burg to ‘burg: From St. Petersburg to Williamsburg, tour guide Vladimir Sokolov shares his story — by Agavni Mehrabi, Solyana Feseha, The Flat Hat, The College of William and Mary <br> Finalist: Transness at UR: Students and staff seek inclusivity on campus, yet challenges remain — by Kelsey McCabe, The Collegian, University of Richmond <br> <br> Sports Writing (Large) <br> Winner: 50 years later, the 1973 Guilford men’s basketball team reminisces on their NAIA title — by Kaitlyn Schmidt, UNC Media Hub, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill <br> Finalist: The Meltzer Center’s true cost: Community sports — by Delaney Hoke, Penelope Jennings, The Eagle, American University <br> Finalist: Self-evaluate, adjust and refuel: Inside Maryland women’s basketball’s whirlwind halftime — by Sam Jane, The Diamondback, University of Maryland <br> <br> Sports Writing (Small) <br> Winner: King of the court: Jordan King’s Spider debut one to remember — by Jimmy James, The Collegian, University of Richmond <br> Finalist: Community weighs transgender sports ban — by Miles Hayford, Elon News Network, Elon University <br> <br> General Column Writing <br> Winner: Columns — by Jessica Ye, The Diamondback, University of Maryland <br> <br> Sports Column Writing <br> Winner: Good, bad and ugly — by Chance Chamberlain, Ethan Smith, The Appalachian, Appalachian State University <br> <br> Corbin Gwaltney Award for Best All-Around Student Newspaper (Large) <br> Winner: The Breeze — by Staff, The Breeze, James Madison University <br> Finalist: The Appalachian — by Staff, The Appalachian, Appalachian State University <br> Finalist: The Western Carolinian — by Staff, The Western Carolinian, Western Carolina University <br> <br> Corbin Gwaltney Award for Best All-Around Student Newspaper (Small) <br> Winner: The Pendulum — by Staff, The Pendulum, Elon University <br> Finalist: The Flat Hat — by Staff, The Flat Hat, The College of William and Mary <br> Finalist: The Pine Needle — by Staff, The Pine Needle, University of North Carolina Pembroke <br> <br> Best Ongoing Student Magazine <br> Winner: Emanata Comics Anthology — by Staff, Emanata Comics Anthology, Virginia Commonwealth University <br> Finalist: Countenance — by Staff, Countenance, East Carolina University <br> Finalist: The Appalachian — by Staff, The Appalachian, Appalachian State University <br> <br> Best Affiliated Web Site <br> Winner: The Appalachian website — by Staff, The Appalachian, Appalachian State University <br> Finalist: Elon News Network — by Staff, Elon News Network, Elon University <br> <br> Best Independent Online Student Publication <br> Winner: Capital News Service — by Staff, Capital News Service, University of Maryland - College Park <br> <br> <b>Art/Graphics/Multimedia</b> <br> <br> Breaking News Photography <br> Winner: Fire engulfs abandoned mill in Graham as nearby homes evacuated — by Joseph Navin, Elon News Network, Elon University <br> <br> General News Photography <br> Winner: Elon community reacts to Israel-Hamas war — by Joseph Navin, Elon News Network, Elon University <br> <br> Feature Photography <br> Winner: Black History Month concert — by Katherine Martin, Elon News Network, Elon University <br> <br> Photo Essay/Slideshow <br> Winner: Always dancing — by Clare Grant, Elon News Network, Elon University <br> Finalist: Belk Library through a day’s light — by Staff, The Appalachian, Appalachian State University <br> <br> Illustration <br> Winner: We are just as misinformed as our parents. — by Olivia McCabe, The Commonwealth Times, Virginia Commonwealth University <br> <br> Sports Photography <br> Winner: Maryland men’s basketball blows out Rider, 103-76, for third consecutive win — by Rohan Pandit, The Diamondback, University of Maryland <br> <br> Best Use of Multimedia <br> Winner: Down to ride — by Thomas Denome, Elon News Network, Elon University <br> <br> Data Visualization <br> Winner: Maryland Women’s Basketball regular season attendance skyrockets but inequality still prevalent — by Victoria A. Ifatusin, Cameron Jones, Capital News Service, University of Maryland - College Park <br> Finalist: Elon's revolving door — by Erin Martin, Elon News Network, Elon University <br> Finalist: Analyzing campus recreation center usage: How to avoid crowds at the rec — by Lisa Coleman, The Flat Hat, The College of William and Mary <br> <br> <b>Audio</b> <br> <br> Radio News Reporting <br> Winner: Drink-friendly ‘social districts’ are spreading across North Carolina — by Sophie Mallinson, Carolina Connection, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill <br> <br> Radio Feature <br> Winner: The Audubon Society’s annual Christmas Bird Count is part recreation, part science — by Brianna Atkinson, Carolina Connection, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill <br> <br> Radio In-Depth Reporting <br> Winner: Continuing coverage: Campus shooting and lockdowns — by Staff, Carolina Connection, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill <br> <br> Best All-Around Radio Newscast <br> Winner: Carolina Connection — by Staff, Carolina Connection, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill <br> <br> Podcast (Narrative) <br> Winner: Elon professor and Iraqi native wants to return home — by Margaret Faust, Elon News Network, Elon University <br> Finalist: Ripped from the Wall — by Staff, AWOL Magazine, American University <br> Finalist: AMTC’s ‘The Addams Family’ — by Hannah Byars, The Appalachian, Appalachian State University <br> <br> Podcast (Conversational) <br> Winner: 'We're human beings': Homeless Chapel Hill residents ask for kindness, respect — by William Christensen, CarolinaCast, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill <br> Finalist: Mountaineer Media Swap — by Pruett Norris, Briley Turpin, The Appalachian, Appalachian State University <br> <br> <b>Broadcast</b> <br> <br> Television General News Reporting <br> Winner: The impact of social media — by Muhsin Mahmoud, Carolina Week, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill <br> Finalist: March for Israel protest — by Tolulope Ajayi, CNS-TV News, University of Maryland - College Park <br> <br> Television Feature Reporting <br> Winner: Rescued horses — by Barbara Ron, CNS-TV News, University of Maryland - College Park <br> Finalist: Love like Adam — by Kayla Brown, Breeze TV, James Madison University <br> Finalist: Uber Eats biker — by Keara Bruno, CNS-TV News, University of Maryland - College Park <br> <br> Television In-Depth Reporting <br> Winner: DC crime solutions — by Tolulope Ajayi, CNS-TV News, University of Maryland - College Park <br> Finalist: Generation Z's history of gun violence — by Emily Host, Madison Hricik, Olivia Roth, Zia Faqiri, Breeze TV, James Madison University <br> Finalist: Deadly shooting investigation — by Steven Schlink, Carolina Week, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill <br> <br> Television Sports Reporting <br> Winner: When Reagan Smith started wrestling in middle school, she was the only girl — by Olivia Mundorf, UNC Media Hub, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill <br> Finalist: A paralympic swimmer’s two-part race against time — by Isabella Geskos, UNC Media Hub, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill <br> <br> Best All-Around Television Newscast <br> Winner: VCU InSight — by Staff, VCU InSight, Virginia Commonwealth University <br> Finalist: Carolina Week — by Staff, Carolina Week, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill <br> <br> Best All-Around Television News Magazine<br> Winner: Carolina Week — by Staff, Carolina Week, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill <br> <br> <b>All Platforms</b> <br> <br> Arts/Entertainment/Fashion Journalism <br> Winner: Autistic dancer at Elon University encourages accessibility in dance spaces — by Betsy Schlehuber, Elon News Network, Elon University <br> Finalist: Finding folk: The Festival of Discovery — by Jenna Manderioli, Elon News Network, Elon University <br> Finalist: Costume design enhances characterization, comedy, time period of 17th-century comedy — by Peggy Stansbery, Virginia Commonwealth University<br> <br> Campus Reporting<br> Winner: VCU NAACP leads students/faculty march against postponement of required racial literacy course and other columns — by Tarazha Jenkins, The Commonwealth Times, Virginia Commonwealth University <br> Finalist: Recount reveals increase in reported rape/sexual assault on campus and other columns — by Andrew Kerley, The Commonwealth Times, Virginia Commonwealth University <br> Finalist: VCI PD makes traffic safety improvements after student death on campus and other columns — by Katie Farthing, The Commonwealth Times, Virginia Commonwealth University <br> <br> Cultural Criticism<br> Winner: Commentary — by Kofi Mframa, The Commonwealth Times, Virginia Commonwealth University <br> Finalist: Film reviews — by Pruett Norris, The Appalachian, Appalachian State University <br> Finalist: Film reviews — by Harrison Ferger, The Pine Needle, University of North Carolina Pembroke <br> <br> Investigative Reporting<br> Winner: Bare minimum of legality: Students, faculty and staff face ongoing challenges with accessibility — by Walker Whalen, The Eagle, American University <br> Finalist: Antisemitism and hate at App State — by Staff, The Appalachian, Appalachian State University <br> Finalist: In a pinball machine — by Abigail Turner, The Eagle, American University <br> <br> Regional Political Reporting<br> Winner: General Assembly reports — by Anna Chen, VCU Capital News Service, Virginia Commonwealth University <br> Finalist: Casinos, gun control and abortion-rights: VCU students vote in the General Assembly election — by Selna Shi; Jack Glagola, The Commonwealth Times, Virginia Commonwealth University <br> <br> Retail/Small Business Journalism<br> Winner: Oh my gourd-ness: The New River Farm fall event — by Meg Frantz, The Appalachian, Appalachian State University <br> Finalist: Marking history and highlighting culture to attract Black tourists in Virginia — by Kaiana Lee, Payden Wilson, VCU InSight/VCU Capital News Service, Virginia Commonwealth University <br> Finalist: Nonprofit record label centers around representation — by Natalie Barr, The Commonwealth Times, Virginia Commonwealth University<br> <br> Science/Environment/Climate Reporting <br> Winner: Unpredictable cherry blossom blooms underscores climate change concerns — by Hannah Ziegler, Capital News Service, 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="https://www.spj.org/join.asp">Become a member</a>, <a href="https://www.spj.org/ldf.asp">give to the Legal Defense Fund</a> or <a href="https://www.spj.org/donate.asp">give to the SPJ Foundation</a>.</i><br> <br> <div align"=center">-END-</center> Thu, 18 Apr 2024 00:00:00 -0500 Updates to SPJ Code of Ethics online interactive links http://www.spj.org/news.asp?REF=3006 CONTACT:<br> Chris Roberts, SPJ Professional Standards and Ethics Committee Vice Chair, <email address="croberts@ua.edu">croberts@ua.edu</a> <br> Kim Tsuyuki, SPJ Communications Specialist, <email address="ktsuyuki@hq.spj.org">ktsuyuki@hq.spj.org</a> <br> <br> INDIANAPOLIS – As the <a href=https://www.spj.org>Society of Professional Journalists</a> celebrates <a href=https://www.spj.org/ethicsweek.asp>Ethics Week</a>, it is proud to announce updates to online documents that explain and apply the <a href=https://www.spj.org/ethicscode.asp>SPJ Code of Ethics</a>.<br> <br> The Professional Standards and Ethics Committee’s work highlights the Code’s relevance in an ever-changing media landscape, said Chris Roberts, the committee’s vice chairman and leader of the effort.<br> <br> “The updated links show that the Code matters, regardless of the old or emerging technologies that journalists use to gather and distribute information,” said Roberts, an associate professor in Department of Journalism and Creative Media at the University of Alabama. “Whether you’re using AI or a manual typewriter, the Code still offers insight into journalism’s highest ideals and minimum standards.”<br> <br> The new links can be seen at <a href=https://www.spj.org/ethicscode.asp>https://www.spj.org/ethicscode.asp</a>, and then clicking on a bullet point in the Code. The links are not part of the actual Code, but they serve as supporting information that will be continuously updated to reflect the Code’s relevance. <br> <br> The SPJ Code of Ethics <a href=https://www.spj.org/news.asp?ref=135>established interactive links </a> under former SPJ Ethics Committee Chair Andrew Seaman, after SPJ members voted to revise the Code in 2014. <br> <br> Roberts started the effort to update links as a class assignment for his graduate students at the University of Alabama. Committee members used the student work as a starting point for updating links to more current and insightful links. Committee chairman Fred Brown, who was on the committee that revised the code in 1996 and 2014, played a large role in updating links.<br> <br> “The final result keeps a promise that the 2013-14 Code Revision Committee, which Chris and I were members of, made to keep the code itself broad in scope and abiding in principles, with links serving as the mechanism for relevance,” Committee Chair Brown said. “Journalism has changed since 1926, when the then-17-year-old Sigma Delta Chi fraternity adopted its first Code of Ethics. But the flexibility of the links allows us to keep abreast of the complications and constantly changing technology. And Chris Roberts, with his dedication and attention to detail, is the one most responsible for that.”<br> <br> Among new additions is discussion of artificial intelligence and the uncertain future it has in the industry, as the Professional Standards and Ethics Committee has been faced with multiple questions through the <a href=https://www.spj.org/ethicshotline.asp>SPJ Ethics Hotline</a>. The updated links discuss how to use AI ethically in the context of the Code, and recent examples of AI use in journalism. Several AI-focused links can be found under the part of the Code that says journalists “take responsibility for the accuracy of their work. Verify information before releasing it. Use original sources whenever possible. “<br> <br> “SPJ's Code of Ethics is a guiding principle that every journalist and editor should strive to adhere to, and it has been a guiding light throughout my career. With trust in journalism at historic lows, the need for fair, truthful, compassionate, independent and transparent journalism is absolutely critical,” said Danielle McLean, committee member.<br> <br> "In a time of rampant propaganda, misinformation and misunderstandings, journalism that is dedicated to the principles of the SPJ Code of Ethics is more necessary than ever. Being respectful and fair, accurate and accountable, independent and dogged in pursuing the truth is at the core of what reporters do every day,” said Dylan Smith, committee member and editor and publisher of the Tucson Sentinel.<br> <br> “Respecting the principles enshrined in the SPJ's Code of Ethics is the key to producing reliable and trustworthy journalism at a time when generative AI has created even more doubts about the authenticity of news content that people consume online,” said Eric Wishart, committee member and Agence France-Presse Standards and Ethics Editor.<br> <br> “Ethics and standards are vital as technology blurs the line between reality and fiction. The SPJ code is a professional journalist’s North Star. It is also a tool for audiences as they judge what content deserves their valuable attention,” said Mitch Blacher, committee member and investigative reporter at WJLA-TV in Washington D.C.<br> <br> The SPJ Code of Ethics, available in nine languages, is a statement of abiding principles supported by additional explanations and <a href=https://www.spj.org/ethics-papers.asp>position papers</a> that address changing journalistic practices. It is not a set of rules, but rather a guide that encourages all who engage in journalism to take responsibility for the information they provide, regardless of medium. The Code should be read as a whole; individual principles should not be taken out of context. It is not, nor can it be under the First Amendment, legally enforceable.<br> <br> Sigma Delta Chi's first Code of Ethics was borrowed from the American Society of Newspaper Editors in 1926. In 1973, Sigma Delta Chi wrote its own code, which was revised in 1984, 1987, 1996 and 2014.<br> <br> It is considered to be the gold standard of journalism ethics and is taught in classrooms and posted in newsrooms worldwide. <br> <br> <a href=https://www.spj.org/ethicscode.asp>Downloadable Code of Ethics flyers, posters and bookmarks</a> are available on the SPJ website. Free <a href=https://www.spj.org/ethicscode-request.asp>Code of Ethics bookmarks or posters for your class or newsroom</a> are also available by request, <br> <br> <i>SPJ promotes the free flow of information vital to informing citizens; works to inspire and educate the next generation of journalists; and fights to protect First Amendment guarantees of freedom of speech and press. Support excellent journalism and fight for your right to know. <a href="https://www.spj.org/join.asp">Become a member</a>, <a href="https://www.spj.org/ldf.asp">give to the Legal Defense Fund</a> or <a href="https://www.spj.org/donate.asp">give to the SPJ Foundation</a>.</i><br> <br> <div align"=center">-END-</center> Wed, 17 Apr 2024 00:00:00 -0500 The Society of Professional Journalists hires Caroline Hendrie as executive director http://www.spj.org/news.asp?REF=3005 CONTACT:<br> Ashanti Blaize-Hopkins, SPJ National President, <email address="ashanti.blaize@gmail.com">ashanti.blaize@gmail.com</a> <br> Kim Tsuyuki, SPJ Communications Specialist, <email address="ktsuyuki@hq.spj.org">ktsuyuki@hq.spj.org</a> <br> <br> INDIANAPOLIS — The <a href=https://www.spj.org>Society of Professional Journalists</a>, the nation’s most broad-based journalism organization, has named Caroline Hendrie as its new executive director.<br> <br> “To say SPJ is fortunate to have landed an impactful industry leader and veteran journalist in Caroline Hendrie is a gross understatement,” said SPJ National President Ashanti Blaize-Hopkins. “Through an extensive search with several top-tier candidates, Caroline emerged as the clear front runner and the executive director SPJ needs at a time when our organization is critical to an industry at a crossroads. She has a track record of success in fundraising, membership growth, and coalition building well-suited to serving both SPJ and the journalism industry as a whole.”<br> <br> Hendrie will serve as executive director of SPJ and its nonprofit educational arm, the <a href=https://www.spj.org/foundation.asp>SPJ Foundation</a>. Hendrie most recently worked as an independent journalist and consultant to produce editorial projects as contractor for national philanthropies and publications. <br> <br> “At this challenging moment for our field, I hope to inspire SPJ members and staff to build on their many strengths. I plan to listen to the community and work to make a compelling case for supporting SPJ,” said Hendrie. “Ultimately, I aim to help ensure that SPJ finds a sustainable way to thrive while staying true to its vital mission.”<br> <br> Before she was self-employed, Hendrie served as the executive director of the <a href=https://ewa.org/>Education Writers Association</a> for 12 years. She joined EWA during a time where the media landscape looked grim and the association was struggling to stay afloat. By the time she left, the association had tripled its budget, instituted an array of new programs to meet members’ needs, doubled the number of paid staff and tripled journalist attendance at its annual conference. <br> <br> Hendrie also has an extensive journalism background. She worked at <a href=https://www.edweek.org/>Education Week</a>, a national news outlet covering K-12 education, for 14 years. She held a succession of roles from staff writer to managing editor. She also held roles at <a href=https://www.northjersey.com/>The Record</a>, the U.S. House of Representatives, <a href=https://www.ctinsider.com/journalinquirer/>Journal Inquirer</a>, Hartford Advocate and Bridgeport Post Telegram. <br> <br> Hendrie earned a certificate of completion in Executive Education Program on Leadership Decision Making: Optimizing Organizational Performance from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government and Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature from Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut. <br> <br> Hendrie lives near Washington, D.C., with her family, including a new puppy who keeps everyone on their toes. She succeeds Jennifer Royer, who has been interim executive director since September 2022, and is expected to join the SPJ headquarters staff remotely on May 1.<br> <br> <i>SPJ promotes the free flow of information vital to informing citizens; works to inspire and educate the next generation of journalists; and fights to protect First Amendment guarantees of freedom of speech and press. Support excellent journalism and fight for your right to know. <a href="https://www.spj.org/join.asp">Become a member</a>, <a href="https://www.spj.org/ldf.asp">give to the Legal Defense Fund</a> or <a href="https://www.spj.org/donate.asp">give to the SPJ Foundation</a>.</i><br> <br> <div align"=center">-END-</center> Tue, 16 Apr 2024 00:00:00 -0500 Region 4 Mark of Excellence Awards 2023 winners announced http://www.spj.org/news.asp?REF=3003 CONTACT: <br> Lou Harry, SPJ Manager of Publications and Awards,&#8239;<email address="lharry@spj.org">lharry@spj.org</a><br> Kimberly Tsuyuki, SPJ Communications Specialist, <email address="ktsuyuki@hq.spj.org">ktsuyuki@hq.spj.org</a> <br> <br> INDIANAPOLIS — The <a href=https://www.spj.org/index.asp>Society of Professional Journalists</a>&#8239;recognizes the best collegiate journalism in Region 4 with <a href=https://www.spj.org/a-moe.asp>2023 Mark of Excellence Awards</a>&#8239;winners. <br> <br> SPJ’s&#8239;<a href=https://www.spj.org/region4.asp>Region 4</a> comprises Michigan, Ohio, Western Pennsylvania and West Virginia. First-place winners will compete at the national level among other MOE winners from the 12 SPJ regions.<br> <br> National winners will be notified in the late spring.<br> <br> MOE Awards entries are judged by professionals with at least three years of journalism experience. Judges were directed to choose entries they felt were among the best in student journalism. If no entry rose to the level of excellence, no award was given. Any category not listed has no winner. <br> <br> School divisions are based on student enrollment, including both graduate and undergraduate: Large schools have at least 10,000 students and small schools have 9,999 or fewer students. <br> <br> The list below details all Region 4 winners. If you have any questions regarding the MOE Awards, contact SPJ Manager of Publications and Awards Lou Harry <email address="lharry@spj.org">by email</a>. <br> <br> This list reflects the spelling and titles submitted in the award entries. <br> <br> <b>Print/Online</b> <br> <br> Breaking News Reporting (Large)<br> Winner: OPD use of force investigation — by Sean Scott, Alice Momany, The Miami Student, Miami University<br> <br> Breaking News Reporting (Small)<br> Winner: Federal work study program to end between March 19 and April 1 — by Erin Yudt, The Globe, Point Park University<br> <br> General News Reporting (Large)<br> Winner: In East Palestine, life inches towards normal — by Morgan Schneider, Oxford Stories on Medium, Miami University<br> Finalist: Working nine-to-life — by Brody Serravalli, The Lantern, The Ohio State University<br> Finalist: Examining Miami's drinking culture — by Evan Stefanik, The Miami Student, Miami University<br> <br> General News Reporting (Small)<br> Winner: Crossroad ministries bring hope to residents of Xenia nursing home — by Avonlea Brown, Cedars, Cedarville University<br> Finalist: Firearm found in Dolan Hall before Thanksgiving break, investigation under way — by Laken Kincaid, The Carroll News, John Carroll University<br> <br> In-Depth Reporting (Large)<br> Winner: The cost of convenience — by Ryan Maxin, The Post, Ohio University<br> Finalist: ‘This is absolutely heartbreaking’: Miami considers eliminating majors in the humanities — by Kasey Turman, Taylor Stumbaugh, The Miami Student, Miami University<br> Finalist: Path to the Oval Office: is Carter qualified? — by Phoebe Helms, Josie Stewart, The Lantern, The Ohio State University<br> <br> In-Depth Reporting (Small)<br> Winner: Interim president Chris Brussalis appointed ninth university president — by Jake Dabkowski, Erin Yudt, The Globe, Point Park University<br> Finalist: Life on the Great Lakes — by Heidie Senseman, Cedars, Cedarville University<br> Finalist: Thrifting a way of life — by Maggie Fipps, Chloe Smith, Cedars, Cedarville University<br> <br> Feature Writing (Large)<br> Winner: Miami ... merged — by Lily Wahl, Taylor Stumbaugh, The Miami Student, Miami University<br> Finalist: Airy v. Ohio U: How mental health crises are dealt with at Ohio U — by Madeline Harden, The New Political, Ohio University<br> Finalist: Love birds, peony fields and chocolate hearts: Two professors’ marriage story — by Ryann Beaschler, The Miami Student, Miami University<br> <br> Feature Writing (Small)<br> Winner: One and only RandyLand — by Mackenzie Phillips, Off the Bluff Magazine, Duquesne University<br> Finalist: Christians confront the possibilities and impossibilities of AI — by Alan Brads, Cedars, Cedarville University<br> Finalist: Trundle Manor's 'Addams Family' — by Megan Trotter, Off the Bluff, Duquesne University<br> <br> Sports Writing (Large)<br> Winner: Ryland Zaborowski doesn’t let autism stop him from crushing baseballs — by Jack Schmelzinger, The Miami Student, Miami University<br> Finalist: Jonathan Smith preparing to build a new life, culture with Michigan State football — by Colby Schikora, Spartan Sports Report, Michigan State University<br> Finalist: Women's Basketball: Ticket office registers highest numbers in six years — by Jayla Vanhorn, The Lantern, The Ohio State University<br> <br> Sports Writing (Small)<br> Winner: Born to Win: Addy Miller looks to continue impressive coaching career at Cedarville — by Julia Swain, Cedars, Cedarville University<br> Finalist: Freshman point guard Ethan Sellars finds fulfillment off the basketball court — by Alan Brads, Cedars, Cedarville University<br> Finalist: Ethan Cunningham tumbles his way onto Cedarville cheer — by Maggie Fipps, Cedars, Cedarville University<br> <br> Editorial/Opinion Writing<br> Winner: Let's talk about methane — by Ava Kalina, The Miami Student, Miami University<br> Finalist: Columns — by Isabella Zinchini, The News Record, University of Cincinnati<br> Finalist: Commentary — by Virginia Doherty, KentWired.com/The Kent Stater, Kent State University<br> <br> General Column Writing<br> Winner: Metal Mondays — by Jackson McCoy, The Post, Ohio University<br> <br> Sports Column Writing<br> Winner: SportsMonday Columns — by Nicholas Stoll, Paul Nasr, Connor Earegood, The Michigan Daily, University of Michigan<br> <br> Corbin Gwaltney Award for Best All-Around Student Newspaper (Large)<br> Winner: The Miami Student — by Staff, The Miami Student, Miami University<br> Finalist: The Michigan Daily — by Staff, The Michigan Daily, University of Michigan<br> Finalist: The Post — by Staff, The Post, Ohio University<br> <br> Corbin Gwaltney Award for Best All-Around Student Newspaper (Small)<br> Winner: The Exponent — by The Exponent, The Exponent, Baldwin Wallace University<br> <br> Best Ongoing Student Magazine<br> Winner: The Burr — by Staff, The Burr, Kent State University<br> Finalist: Rhythm — by Staff, UP Magazine, Miami University<br> Finalist: Thread Magazine — by Staff, Thread Magazine, Ohio University<br> <br> Best Affiliated Web Site<br> Winner: The Post — by Staff, The Post, Ohio University<br> Finalist: newsrecord.org — by Staff, The News Record, University of Cincinnati<br> Finalist: The Miami Student website — by Staff, The Miami Student, Miami University<br> <br> Best Independent Online Student Publication<br> Winner: The Michigan Daily — by Staff, The Michigan Daily, University of Michigan<br> <br> <b>Art/Graphics/Multimedia</b> <br> <br> Breaking News Photography<br> Winner: UC students hold protest in support of Palestine — by Frank Bowen, Skylinn Jenkins, The News Record, University of Cincinnati<br> Finalist: Notorious party bus 'Cabbie D' struck on E 116th Street and Shaker Boulevard — by Nick Sack, The Carroll News, John Carroll University<br> <br> General News Photography<br> Winner: Hundreds of UMich students walk out for Palestine — by Jeremy Weine, The Michigan Daily, University of Michigan<br> <br> Photo Essay/Slideshow<br> Winner: Walter E Havighurst special collections — by Sarah Frosch, The Miami Student, Miami University<br> Finalist: Spiritual awakening — by Logan Howard, Cedars, Cedarville University<br> Finalist: The Driver Era and Almost Monday concert — by Zoe Cranfill, The Post, Ohio University<br> <br> Illustration<br> Winner: The latest buzz: UMich designated bee-friendly campus — by Abby Schreck, The Michigan Daily, University of Michigan<br> <br> Sports Photography<br> Winner: Talawanda Track & Field sprints toward SWOC tournament — by Pearl Zajbel, Oxford Observer, Miami University<br> Finalist: Miami brings home Victory Bell for the first time since 2005 — by Jessica Monahan, The Miami Student, Miami University<br> <br> Best Use of Multimedia<br> Winner: Big, blank walls': Oxford’s hidden vibrance — by Ryann Beaschler, Medium.com, Miami University<br> Finalist: The Black hair series — by Udoka Nwansi, Karis Clark, Akash Dewan, Eric Lau, The Michigan Daily, University of Michigan<br> Finalist: The complexities and costs of an insured life — by Jessica Opfer, Medium.com, Miami University<br> <br> News Videography<br> Winner: Elliv: Illuminate was a Hit!! — by Ian Chan, Cedars, Cedarville University<br> Finalist: A fun-filled card game encourages spiritual growth in its players — by JosephineSchmidt-Krayer, Cedars, Cedarville University<br> Finalist: K9s at the Ville presents: Valentine’s Puppy Party — by Julia Mumford, Cedars, Cedarville University<br> <br> Feature Videography<br> Winner: Serving others: The Cedarville fire department in action — by Josephine Schmidt-Krayer, Cedars, Cedarville University<br> <br> Data Visualization<br> Winner: Maps: See how Butler County turned out for Issues 1 and 2 — by Sean Scott, Luke Macy, The Miami Student, Miami University<br> Finalist: UMich class of 2027 by the numbers: Diets, dorms and data — by Irena Li, Joey Lin, The Michigan Daily, University of Michigan<br> <br> <b>Audio</b> <br> <br> Radio News Reporting<br> Winner: Some parts of Rural Ohio lack maternal care. Can midwives help? — by Jenna Bal, Ideastream Public Media, Kent State University<br> Finalist: Solidarity rally — by John Boggess, WMUL-FM, Marshall University<br> <br> Radio Feature<br> Winner: Pumpkin house — by Luke Hamilton, WMUL-FM, Marshall University<br> Finalist: Heights Now: Meet the man who 'makes them pay' — by Laken Kincaid, Nick Sack, Evan Richwalsky, WJCU, John Carroll University<br> Finalist: Outside looking in — by Nate Harrah, WMUL-FM, Marshall University<br> <br> Radio In-Depth Reporting<br> Winner: In the aftermath of the East Palestine, Ohio, train derailment — by Grace Springer, Sophia Lucente, Collaborative News Lab, Kent State University<br> Finalist: Abby Herring first female runner to qualify for Nationals — by Ben Anderson, WMUL-FM, Marshall University<br> <br> Radio Sports Reporting<br> Winner: End of season for the Herd and other reports — by John Boggess, WMUL, Marshall University<br> <br> Best All-Around Radio Newscast<br> Winner: Newscenter 88 — by Staff, WMUL, Marshall University<br> <br> Podcast (Conversational)<br> Winner: What happens on court stays on court — by Hannah Campbell, Tate Raub, The Post, Ohio University<br> Finalist: People and Policies — by Raquel Hirsch, Olivia Patel, The Miami Student, Miami University<br> <br> <b>Broadcast</b> <br> <br> Television Breaking News Reporting<br> Winner: Campus Carry bill just passed — by Aaron Dickens, WVU News, West Virginia University<br> <br> Television General News Reporting<br> Winner: WVU News - Cutting the cost of diabetes drugs — by Lara Bonatesta, WVU News, West Virginia University<br> Finalist: Vaping in the Mountain State — by Kaeli Ricottilli, WVU News, West Virginia University<br> Finalist: Candlelight vigil — by Mackenize Dekker, Focal Point News, Michigan State University<br> <br> Television Feature Reporting<br> Winner: Athens farmer defies stereotypes — by Morgan Anderson, WOUB Public Media, Ohio University<br> Finalist: Forest of decisions — by Ethan Hunter, Focal Point News, Michigan State University<br> Finalist: Ramadan in our community — by Kaeli Ricottilli, WVU News, West Virginia University<br> <br> Television In-Depth Reporting<br> Winner: Akron nonprofit turns Metro bus into ‘Carvan of Love’ — by Alexandra Manthey, KentWired.com/TV2, Kent State University<br> Finalist: Drug court program — by Lara Bonatesta, WVU News, West Virginia University<br> <br> Television Sports Reporting<br> Winner: Mountaineer Playbook: Bridge Day — by Elizabeth Carey, Mountaineer Playbook, West Virginia University<br> Finalist: Mountaineer Playbook: Esports — by Riley McIlmoyle, Mountaineer Playbook, West Virginia University<br> Finalist: Take Me Home Country Roads — by Sean Lowdermilk, WVU News, West Virginia University<br> <br> Best All-Around Television Newscast<br> Winner: TV2 News for Dec. 7, 2023 — by Staff, KentWired.com/TV2, Kent State University<br> <br> Best All-Around Television News Magazine<br> Winner: WVU News — by Staff, WVU News, West Virginia University<br> <br> <b>All Platform</b> <br> <br> Campus Reporting<br> Winner: Cultural diversity in Miami performing groups and other columns — by Sean Scott, The Miami Student, Miami University<br> Finalist: Miami University: The kingdom of air purifiers? — by Anastasija Mladenovska, The Miami Student, Miami University<br> <br> Cultural Criticism<br> Winner: Literary reviews — by Lily Wahl, The Miami Student, Miami University<br> Finalist: Film Reviews — by Luke Macy, The Miami Student, Miami University<br> Finalist: Critiques on film and television — by Stella Powers, The Miami Student, Miami University<br> <br> Food/Restaurant Journalism<br> Winner: We can't cook — by Sean Scott, Devin Ankeney, The Miami Student, Miami University<br> <br> Regional Political Reporting<br> Winner: How will SB83 impact DEI initiatives at John Carroll University? — by Laken Kincaid, The Carroll News, John Carroll University<br> <br> Science/Environment/Climate Reporting<br> Winner: Saving balloons worth of money with helium reclamation — by Austin Smith, The Miami Student, Miami University<br> Finalist: ‘Pretty pest’: The invasive species taking over the Midwest — by Alton Northup, The Kent Stater/KentWired, Kent State University<br> Finalist: Local voices spread secondhand love — by Sarah Kennel, The Miami Student, Miami University<br> <br> <i>SPJ promotes the free flow of information vital to informing citizens; works to inspire and educate the next generation of journalists; and fights to protect First Amendment guarantees of freedom of speech and press. Support excellent journalism and fight for your right to know. <a href="https://www.spj.org/join.asp">Become a member</a>, <a href="https://www.spj.org/ldf.asp">give to the Legal Defense Fund</a> or <a href="https://www.spj.org/donate.asp">give to the SPJ Foundation</a>.</i><br> <br> <div align"=center">-END-</center> Mon, 15 Apr 2024 00:00:00 -0500 Region 5 Mark of Excellence Awards 2023 winners announced http://www.spj.org/news.asp?REF=3004 CONTACT: <br> Lou Harry, SPJ Manager of Publications and Awards,&#8239;<email address="lharry@spj.org">lharry@spj.org</a><br> Kimberly Tsuyuki, SPJ Communications Specialist, <email address="ktsuyuki@hq.spj.org">ktsuyuki@hq.spj.org</a> <br> <br> INDIANAPOLIS — The <a href=https://www.spj.org/index.asp>Society of Professional Journalists</a>&#8239;recognizes the best collegiate journalism in Region 5 with <a href=https://www.spj.org/a-moe.asp>2023 Mark of Excellence Awards</a>&#8239;winners. <br> <br> SPJ’s&#8239;<a href=https://www.spj.org/region5.asp>Region 5</a> comprises Illinois, Indiana and Kentucky. First-place winners will compete at the national level among other MOE winners from the 12 SPJ regions.<br> <br> National winners will be notified in the late spring.<br> <br> MOE Awards entries are judged by professionals with at least three years of journalism experience. Judges were directed to choose entries they felt were among the best in student journalism. If no entry rose to the level of excellence, no award was given. Any category not listed has no winner. <br> <br> School divisions are based on student enrollment, including both graduate and undergraduate: Large schools have at least 10,000 students and small schools have 9,999 or fewer students. <br> <br> The list below details all Region 5 winners. If you have any questions regarding the MOE Awards, contact SPJ Manager of Publications and Awards Lou Harry <email address="lharry@spj.org">by email</a>. <br> <br> This list reflects the spelling and titles submitted in the award entries. <br> <br> <br> <b>Print/Online</b> <br> <br> Breaking News Reporting (Large)<br> Winner: IU denied its room reservation. The Palestine Solidarity Committee hosted its event anyway — by Salome Cloteaux, Marissa Meador, Indiana Daily Student, Indiana University<br> Finalist: Daily Northwestern football hazing investigation — by Nicole Markus, Alyce Brown, Cole Reynolds, Divya Bhardwaj, The Daily Northwestern, Northwestern University<br> Finalist: Northwestern Prison Education Program celebrates inaugural commencement — by Nora Collins, The Daily Northwestern, Northwestern University<br> <br> Breaking News Reporting (Small)<br> Winner: Indiana Supreme Court rejects lawsuit, allowing abortion ban to go into effect — by Jack Sells, TheStatehouseFile.com, Franklin College<br> Finalist: No 'neighs' for bill outlining rights of those using service dogs and horses — by Ashlyn Myers, TheStatehouseFile.com, Franklin College<br> <br> General News Reporting (Large)<br> Winner: ‘The church's answer was hurting them’ — by Marissa Meador, Indiana Daily Student, Indiana University<br> <br> General News Reporting (Small)<br> Winner: One of the worst nights of my life' — by Gabi Morando, The Butler Collegian, Butler University<br> Finalist: SAIC ends its only journalism department — by Ankit Khadgi, John W.Bateman, F Newsmagazine, School of the Art Institute of Chicago<br> Finalist: My life has been about doors opening: A conversation with Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch — by Staff, TheStatehouseFile.com, Franklin College<br> <br> In-Depth Reporting (Large)<br> Winner: Pharmacists think it's illegal to dispense abortion pills: Worrying Consequences — by Hannah Zhihan Jiang, Health-e News, Northwestern University<br> Finalist: As kids, they underwent a common test for UTIs. As adults, it haunts them as a traumatic ‘nightmare’ — by Max Bennett, STAT News, Northwestern University<br> <br> In-Depth Reporting (Small)<br> Winner: In Marion and Johnson counties, different approaches to the common problem of public transit — by Isaac Gleitz, TheStatehouseFile.com, Franklin College<br> <br> Feature Writing (Large)<br> Winner: The brain behind the 'zom-com' — by Jenna Anderson, North By Northwestern, Northwestern University<br> Finalist: The fitness journey — by Jimmy He, North by Northwestern, Northwestern University<br> <br> Feature Writing (Small)<br> Winner: An audition for sympathy — by Marium Asif, F Newsmagazine, School of the Art Institute of Chicago<br> <br> Sports Writing (Large)<br> Winner: The hottest ticket in Atlanta: A look at Georgia Tech volleyball’s home court — by Charlotte Varnes, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Northwestern University<br> Finalist: Northwestern cheerleaders allege unsafe conditions, unfair expectations — by Charlotte Varnes, The Daily Northwestern, Northwestern University<br> Finalist: The first season — by Marissa Meador, Indiana Daily Student, Indiana University<br> <br> Sports Writing (Small)<br> Winner: When I play soccer, I feel 100% completely Talia — by Caleb Denorme, The Butler Collegian, Butler University<br> Finalist: UIndy alumna becomes Lacrosse coach — by Michael Harrington, The Reflector, University of Indianapolis<br> <br> Editorial/Opinion Writing<br> Winner: Goodbye, goose; Your ‘freedom’ at the cost of ours; GBF: Gross, bigoted and false — by Aidan Gregg, The Butler Collegian, Butler University<br> Finalist: Opinion columns — by Jess Wilson, easternprogress.com, Eastern Kentucky University<br> Finalist: Opinion columns — by Sadia Khatri, The Butler Collegian, Butler University<br> <br> General Column Writing<br> Winner: Columns — by Ethan Wallace, Kentucky Kernel, University of Kentucky<br> <br> Sports Column Writing<br> Winner: Columns — by Ethan Segall, Inside NU, Northwestern University<br> <br> Corbin Gwaltney Award for Best All-Around Student Newspaper (Large)<br> Winner: Indiana Daily Student — by Staff, Indiana Daily Student, Indiana University<br> Finalist: Kentucky Kernel — by Staff, Kentucky Kernel, University of Kentucky<br> <br> Corbin Gwaltney Award for Best All-Around Student Newspaper (Small)<br> Winner: F Newsmagazine — by Staff, F Newsmagazine, School of the Art Institute of Chicago<br> <br> Best Ongoing Student Magazine<br> Winner: F Newsmagazine — by Staff, F Newsmagazine, School of the Art Institute of Chicago<br> Finalist: KRNL Lifestyle + Fashion — by Staff, KRNL Lifestyle + Fashion, University of Kentucky<br> Finalist: NBN Magazine — by Staff, North By Northwestern, Northwestern University<br> <br> Best Affiliated Web Site<br> Winner: kykernel.com — by Staff, Kentucky Kernel, University of Kentucky<br> Finalist: Indiana Daily Student — by Staff, Indiana Daily Student, Indiana University<br> Finalist: The Reflector Online — by Staff, The Reflector, University of Indianapolis<br> <br> Best Independent Online Student Publication<br> Winner: 14 East — by Staff, 14 East, DePaul University<br> <br> <br> <b>Art/Graphics/Multimedia</b> <br> <br> Breaking News Photography<br> Winner: Kid LAROl greets fans — by Jack Weaver, Kentucky Kernel, University of Kentucky<br> <br> General News Photography<br> Winner: Graduate fist up — by Rosemary Kelley, easternprogress.com, Eastern Kentucky University<br> <br> Feature Photography<br> Winner: K-Week celebration — by Abbey Cutrer, Kentucky Kernel, University of Kentucky<br> <br> Photo Essay/Slideshow<br> Winner: Getting to know Ald. Krissie Harris — by Ethan Lachman, The Daily Northwestern, Northwestern University<br> <br> Illustration<br> Winner: ‘We are suffering too much’: Maintenance technicians report overwork, retaliation from Northwestern — by Lily Ogburn, The Daily Northwestern, Northwestern University<br> Finalist: Accommodations as creativity and advocacy — by Ketaki Kulkarni, F Newsmagazine, School of the Art Institute of Chicago<br> <br> Sports Photography<br> Winner: Men’s Soccer — by Abbey Cutrer, Kentucky Kernel, University of Kentucky<br> Finalist: Northwestern’s dance comes to a close after losing 68-63 to UCLA — by Angeli Mittal, The Daily Northwestern, Northwestern University<br> Best Use of Multimedia<br> Winner: The Game of Voting, TSF edition — by Sydney Byerly, TheStatehouseFile.com, Franklin College<br> <br> News Videography<br> Winner: Crowded waters: Invasive European frog-bit threatens Green Bay wildlife — by Seeger Gray, Green Bay Press-Gazette, Northwestern University<br> Finalist: More than 100,000 march in Washington in support of Palestinians in Gaza — by Angela Zhang, Medill News Service, Northwestern University<br> <br> Feature Videography<br> Winner: The Chicago Minute: The team putting Chicago’s messages up in lights — by Anna Retzlaff, Emily Soto, Kiernan Sullivan, 14 East, DePaul University<br> Finalist: Julia Marshall, Northwestern first-year figure skater, carves up success on ice — by Alicia Tang, The Daily Northwestern or DailyNUVideo, Northwestern University<br> Finalist: Rep. Deluzio discusses threats to American democracy in exclusive interview — by Julian Andreone, Medill News Service, Northwestern University<br> <br> <b>Audio</b> <br> <br> Radio News Reporting<br> Winner: Champaign Police investigate ‘agency culture’ of not following domestic violence reporting laws — by Farrah Anderson, Christine Herman, Diane Leane, Illinois Public Media, Northwestern University<br> Finalist: CTA marks 10 years of Ventra with ‘L’ station celebration — by Brandon Kondritz, WNUR News, Northwestern University<br> Finalist: A look at Northwestern’s Graduate Student Union — by Sophia Casa, Grace Jordan-Weinstein, WNUR News, Northwestern University<br> <br> Radio Feature<br> Winner: The day I ditched my devices — by Brandon Kondritz, WNUR News, Northwestern University<br> Finalist: Dream on: Northwestern men's basketball and the road to March Madness — by Allison Rauch, WNUR News, Northwestern University<br> Finalist: The loss of the Lower Hill — by Lance Wilhelm, SLB Radio Productions, Northwestern University<br> <br> Podcast (Narrative)<br> Winner: For whom does the bell toll? — by Mika Ellison, WNUR News, Northwestern University<br> <br> Podcast (Conversational)<br> Winner: We are not defined by our legislators — by Lily Shen, Flyover, Northwestern University<br> <br> <br> <b>Broadcast</b> <br> <br> Television Breaking News Reporting<br> Winner: Northwestern University graduate workers rally — by Jeremy Fredricks, Lance Wilhelm, Northwestern News Network, Northwestern University<br> Finalist: Thousands rally for Israel on the National Mall — by Luis Castaneda, WEAU 13 News, Northwestern University<br> <br> Television General News Reporting<br> Winner: Israelis protest judicial reforms, Palestinians weigh their stake — by Diego Ramos Bechara, Northwestern News Network, Northwestern University<br> Finalist: Locals support allowing undocumented workers to get driver's licenses — by Isabela Lisco, WJFW Newswatch 12, Northwestern University<br> Finalist: Plan to rebuild Ryan Field moves forward despite pushback from residents — by Logan Schiciano, Northwestern News Network, Northwestern University<br> <br> Television Feature Reporting<br> Winner: From Guam to Capitol Hill: A congressman settles in — by Logan Schiciano, Medill News Service, Northwestern University<br> <br> Television In-Depth Reporting<br> Winner: A Border and 10 years apart: Mixed-status families call for immigration reform — by Angela Zhang, Medill News Service, Northwestern University<br> <br> Television Sports Reporting<br> Winner: DePaul men's basketball — by Caleb Nixon, Good Day DePaul, DePaul University<br> Finalist: Horry County gymnastics coach placed on restriction — by Gabrielle Khoriaty, WMBF News, Northwestern University<br> <br> Best All-Around Television Newscast<br> Winner: IU NewsNet — by Staff, IU NewsNet, Indiana University<br> Finalist: Good Day DePaul — by Staff, Good Day DePaul, DePaul University<br> Finalist: Special Report: Evanston Clark Street beach shooting — by Staff, Northwestern News Network, Northwestern University<br> <br> <br> <b>All Platform</b> <br> <br> Arts/Entertainment/Fashion Journalism<br> Winner: Emily Ridings weaves her own story — by Rana Alsoufi, KRNL Lifestyle + Fashion, University of Kentucky<br> Finalist: The Hollywood Strike Explained! — by Diego Ramos Bechara, NBC Nightly News: Kids Edition, Northwestern University<br> Finalist: Chelsey Carter-Sanders: A sustainable fashion force — by Elizabeth Gregerson, 14 East, DePaul University<br> <br> Campus Reporting<br> Winner: Who is Guardian Security? DePaul's contract security with a controversial history — by Alexandra Murphy, Juliana Pelaez, Kate Linderman, Lauren Sheperd, 14 East, DePaul University<br> <br> Cultural Criticism<br> Winner: Columns — by Gray Greenwell, Kentucky Kernel, University of Kentucky<br> Finalist: Riot Grrrl isn't dead, it's reincarnated: A study in feminine rage — by Kelly Rappaport, North By Northwestern, Northwestern University<br> <br> Investigative Reporting<br> Winner: Too far for too long' — by Alison Miccolis, Sarah Hohman, The Butler Collegian, Butler University<br> <br> Regional Political Reporting<br> Winner: Gender-affirming healthcare policy in Indiana — by Bee Pilarz, The Butler Collegian, Butler University<br> <br> Retail/Small Business Journalism<br> Winner: Local artisan gift shop brings Mexico to Chicago — by Raena Bents, 14 East, DePaul University<br> <br> Science/Environment/Climate Reporting<br> Winner: A deep dive Into Chicago's climate inequality — by Gia Clarke, 14 East, DePaul University<br> <br> <i>SPJ promotes the free flow of information vital to informing citizens; works to inspire and educate the next generation of journalists; and fights to protect First Amendment guarantees of freedom of speech and press. Support excellent journalism and fight for your right to know. <a href="https://www.spj.org/join.asp">Become a member</a>, <a href="https://www.spj.org/ldf.asp">give to the Legal Defense Fund</a> or <a href="https://www.spj.org/donate.asp">give to the SPJ Foundation</a>.</i><br> <br> <div align"=center">-END-</center> Mon, 15 Apr 2024 00:00:00 -0500 Region 6 Mark of Excellence Awards 2023 winners announced http://www.spj.org/news.asp?REF=3001 CONTACT: <br> Lou Harry, SPJ Manager of Publications and Awards,&#8239;<email address="lharry@spj.org">lharry@spj.org</a><br> Kimberly Tsuyuki, SPJ Communications Specialist, <email address="ktsuyuki@hq.spj.org">ktsuyuki@hq.spj.org</a> <br> <br> INDIANAPOLIS — The <a href=https://www.spj.org/index.asp>Society of Professional Journalists</a>&#8239;recognizes the best collegiate journalism in Region 6 with <a href=https://www.spj.org/a-moe.asp>2023 Mark of Excellence Awards</a>&#8239;winners. <br> <br> SPJ’s&#8239;<a href= https://www.spj.org/region6.asp>Region 6</a> comprises Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin. First-place winners will compete at the national level among other MOE winners from the 12 SPJ regions.<br> <br> National winners will be notified in the late spring.<br> <br> MOE Awards entries are judged by professionals with at least three years of journalism experience. Judges were directed to choose entries they felt were among the best in student journalism. If no entry rose to the level of excellence, no award was given. Any category not listed has no winner. <br> <br> School divisions are based on student enrollment, including both graduate and undergraduate: Large schools have at least 10,000 students and small schools have 9,999 or fewer students. <br> <br> The list below details all Region 6 winners. If you have any questions regarding the MOE Awards, contact SPJ Manager of Publications and Awards Lou Harry <email address="lharry@spj.org">by email</a>. <br> <br> This list reflects the spelling and titles submitted in the award entries. <br> <br> <b>Print/Online</b> <br> <br> Breaking News Reporting (Large) <br> Winner: Starbucks denies ban on Pride decor reported by employees at 2 Madison stores and the national union — by Tyler Katzenberger, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, University of Wisconsin-Madison<br> <br> Breaking News Reporting (Small)<br> Winner: University community responds to video questioning housing for trans students — by Owen Larson, Sam Larson, Macy Berendsen, Anya Capistrant-Kinney, tommiemedia.com, University of St. Thomas<br> <br> General News Reporting (Large)<br> Winner: Beyond the barricades — by Staff, Media Milwaukee, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee<br> Finalist: Milwaukee’s first co-housing development moves ahead — by Hunter Turpin, Media Milwaukee, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee<br> Finalist: Jewish students found community after the Oct. 7 attacks. But for many, loneliness persists — by Rachel Hale, The Daily Cardinal, University of Wisconsin-Madison<br> General News Reporting (Small) <br> Winner: Anderson Arena nears completion as St. Thomas adjusts to D1 costs — by Kevin Lynch, Errol Mickelson, tommiemedia.com, University of St. Thomas<br> <br> In-Depth Reporting <br> Winner: ‘It doesn’t have to stay like this’ — by Sophia Vento, Isthmus, University of Wisconsin-Madison<br> Finalist: A shared uncertainty: Migration stories from Tunisia — by Audrey Thibert, Pulitzer Center, University of Wisconsin-Madison<br> Finalist: Moms for Liberty is growing in Wisconsin as critics call them extremists — by Rachel Hale, Wisconsin Watch, University of Wisconsin-Madison<br> <br> Feature Writing (Large)<br> Winner: Buzzer-beater — by Rachel Hale, Curb Magazine, University of Wisconsin-Madison<br> <br> Feature Writing (Small)<br> Winner: Accidental cannabis legalization in MN — by Mike McGurran, Matty Leingang, The Advocate, Minnesota State University Moorhead<br> <br> Sports Writing <br> Winner: Wrestling stars wow devoted Wisconsin fans — by Carter Evenson, Media Milwaukee, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee<br> Finalist: A rookie’s guide to navigating football frenzy — by Xinlin Jiang, University of Wisconsin-Madison News, University of Wisconsin-Madison<br> <br> Editorial/Opinion Writing <br> Winner: Are you a communist? Then fork over $65!, Creatures on campus, Cursing Kl — by Kelly Rogers, Spencer White, Minnesota Daily, University of Minnesota - Twin Cities <br> <br> Sports Column Writing<br> Winner: Columns — by Andrew Cornelius, Minnesota Daily, University of Minnesota - Twin Cities<br> Finalist: Columns — by Caleb Herr, The Mystician, Bismarck State College<br> <br> Corbin Gwaltney Award for Best All-Around Student Newspaper (Large) <br> Winner: The Daily Cardinal — by Staff, The Daily Cardinal, University of Wisconsin-Madison<br> <br> Best Ongoing Student Magazine<br> Winner: Curb: Fusion — by Staff, Curb Magazine, University of Wisconsin-Madison<br> <br> Best Affiliated Web Site <br> Winner: Curb: Fusion — by Staff, Curb Magazine, University of Wisconsin-Madison<br> <br> <b>Art/Graphics/Multimedia</b> <br> <br> Sports Photography <br> Winner: Mckenna Wucherer — by Amaya Battle, Minnesota Daily, University of Minnesota - Twin Cities<br> <br> Illustration<br> Winner: Pizza Poll — by Kaia Lehman, The Mystician, Bismarck State College<br> Finalist: Alcohol awareness story and illustration — by Kaia Lehman, The Mystician, Bismarck State College<br> <br> Feature Videography <br> Winner: MSUM Oceanarium expansion — by Matty Leingang, Campus News, Minnesota State University Moorhead<br> <br> Data Visualization<br> Winner: How UMN’s on-campus crime compares to other Big Ten colleges — by Hannah Ward, Minnesota Daily, University of Minnesota - Twin Cities<br> <br> <b>Audio</b> <br> <br> Radio Feature <br> Winner: The lay of the land — by Isabella Van Lanen, Media Milwaukee, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee<br> Finalist: Bagley Pep Band revival — by Jacob Anderson, KMSC Dragon Radio, Minnesota State University Moorhead<br> Finalist: Pro-Palestine protest interrupts Third Ward tree-lighting ceremony — by Macie Hanson, Media Milwaukee, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee<br> <br> Podcast (Narrative)<br> Winner: Breaking the bank: Unpacking Gen Z’s financial insecurity — by Grace Pagel, Media Milwaukee, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee<br> <br> Best All-Around Radio Newscast <br> Winner: 8:00 p.m. Newscast — by Staff, WRST-FM, University of Wisconsin Oshkosh<br> <br> <b>Broadcast</b> <br> <br> Television Breaking News Reporting <br> Winner: Fatal car crash brings unexpected first responders — by Meryl Hubbard, Channel 3000, University of Wisconsin-Madison<br> <br> Television Sports Reporting <br> Winner: Honoring a superfan — by Nick Tabatt, Campus News, Minnesota State University Moorhead<br> Finalist: Is Esports a sport? — by Matt Stewart, Campus News, Minnesota State University Moorhead<br> <br> Best All-Around Television News Magazine <br> Winner: Campus News — by Staff, Campus News, Minnesota State University Moorhead<br> <br> <b>All Platforms</b> <br> <br> Food/Restaurant Journalism <br> Winner: Sioux chef — by Alex Sapp, Campus News, Minnesota State University Moorhead<br> <br> Investigative Reporting<br> Winner: Evers took down a records tracking site and never put it back up — by Tyler Katzenberger, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, University of Wisconsin-Madison<br> <br> Regional Political Reporting<br> Winner: Voter education group works to pierce distrust in elections in Wisconsin, one meeting at a time — by Tyler Katzenberger, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, University of Wisconsin-Madison<br> <br> Science/Environment/Climate Reporting<br> Winner: How Facilities Management regulates heating during unpredictable Minnesota Winters — by Abby Madsen, Maddy Orr, tommiemedia.com, University of St. Thomas<br> <br> <i>SPJ promotes the free flow of information vital to informing citizens; works to inspire and educate the next generation of journalists; and fights to protect First Amendment guarantees of freedom of speech and press. Support excellent journalism and fight for your right to know. <a href="https://www.spj.org/join.asp">Become a member</a>, <a href="https://www.spj.org/ldf.asp">give to the Legal Defense Fund</a> or <a href="https://www.spj.org/donate.asp">give to the SPJ Foundation</a>.</i><br> <br> <div align"=center">-END-</center> Tue, 9 Apr 2024 00:00:00 -0500