by Robert Stewart, Director; Professor
Students from the Schools of Journalism and Visual Communication brought home 11 SPJ Region 4 awards this past weekend, four of which were for first-place.
The Mark of Excellence awards honor the best in student journalism. Students may enter their work published or broadcast in campus and community media from the previous year.
SPJ includes 12 regions. Region 4 includes Michigan, Ohio, West Virginia and western Pennsylvania. This year, Region 4 students entered 450 examples of their best work, and more than 100 awards were presented.
All first-place winners will automatically advance to the national Mark of Excellence awards to compete with winners from the 11 other regions. The national award winners will be announced this summer.
Southeast Ohio magazine scored a real coup by taking first place in the best overall student magazine category from Kent State, which has owned that category the past two decades with its magazines The Burr and Fusion.
In-Depth Reporting (Large)
Third Place: “Underage Drinking” by Alex Stuckey
Feature Writing (Large)
Second Place: “Excuse me, sir, I mustache you about your beard” by Allan Smith, Ohio University
Third Place: “Clearing the smoke around hookah” by Lindsay Friedman
Sports Writing (Large)
Third Place: “Beyond Disability” by Lindsay Friedman
General Column Writing (Large)
First Place: Rebecca McKinsey
Second Place: Joe Fox
Best Student Magazine
First Place: Southeast Ohio Magazine
Feature Photography (Large)
Second Place: “Enduring Spring: Nathan’s Fight” by Daniel Owen
Television General News Reporting
First Place: “Voice of the Voters: Ohio University” by Sandhya Kambhampati, Keara Vickers and Seaira Christian-Daniels
Television In-Depth Reporting
First Place: “Researchers Investigate Links Between Fracking And Water Contamination” by Taylor Mirfendereski
Online In-Depth Reporting (Large)
Third Place: “Lebanon’s pile of corruption and years of neglect” by Kaylyn R. Hlavaty, Ohio University