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USU journalists dominate annual regional Mark of Excellence Awards

April 18, 2012

 

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Utah 4-year college journalists dominated this year’s Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) Mark of Excellence Award competition, collecting more than half the honors awarded to colleges and universities across the four-state region.

Of the 83 prizes for the best student journalism in the Intermountain West region of Utah, Colorado, Wyoming and New Mexico, Utah collected 43 Mark of Excellence Awards in 32 categories, including newspaper, photojournalism, TV, radio, online, and magazine journalism appearing during 2011.

Full listing of Region 9 SPJ Mark of Excellence winners

The honorees were awarded certificates Saturday during the Region 9 SPJ Spring Conference at the Tivoli Student Union in Denver. First-place regional winners advance to the national round of judging. National winners will be announced in late April.

Utah State University dominated the competition with a total of 17 MoE Awards, including six first-place prizes. The Hard News Café was named the best independent online student news “publication.”

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Among other Utah universities, BYU won nine awards, including six firsts; the University of Utah won eight, including two firsts; Weber State has five, including three firsts; and Southern Utah University won four awards, all first-place.

UTAH 2012 SPJ MARK OF EXCELLENCE AWARD WINNERS

USU (17 awards)

1st = 6; 2nd = 6 3rd = 5
Best Independent Online Student Publication
• First Place: Hard News Café (hardnewscafe.usu.edu), Utah State University
Online Feature Reporting
• First Place: JCOM prof is no-nonsense, respected, loved, sometimes ‘dreaded’ – by Shirrel Cooper, Utah State University
• Second Place: From Africa to the WNBA, Logan couple works to help Senegal – by Daniel Smith, Utah State University
• Third Place: Ten years later: Everyone remembers where they were on 9/11 – by Heidi Hansen, Utah State University
Online In-Depth Reporting
• Second Place: USU Gay-Lesbian Center regroups as longtime director departs – by Daniel Whitney Smith, Utah State University
• Third Place: College grads seek other options with fewer jobs in struggling economy – by Mandy Morgan, Utah State University
Online News Reporting
• Second Place: ‘Mingi’: Lournalists bring the story of Ethiopian infanticide to USU – by Heidi Hansen, Utah State University
• Third Place: Half-naked, accepting and proud: Undie Run Utahans are not uptight – by Heidi Hansen and Cathy Morgan, Utah State University
Online Opinion and Commentary
• First Place (3-way tie): Stephen Worthington, Max Parker Dahl and Jakob Asplund, Utah State University
• Second Place: Ben Zaritsky, Utah State University
Feature Writing
• Third Place: Day Trippin’: Leave holiday stress, catch North Pole Express in Heber – by Allie Jeppson, Utah State University
General Column Writing
• Third Place: Daniel Whitney Smith, Utah State University
In-Depth Reporting
• Second Place: Utah’s wage gap between men and women largest in nation – by Daniel Whitney Smith, Utah State University
Sports Writing
• First Place: Across the pond, Aggie legends together once again – by Rhett Wilkinson, Utah State University
Television General News Reporting
• Second Place: Dump truck accident – by Britta Anderson, Utah State University

BYU (9 awards)

1st = 6; 2nd = 1 3rd = 1
Photo Illustration
• Third Place: Shelter from the storm – by Chris Bunker, Brigham Young University
Sports Photography
• First Place: Apo scores touchdown!! – by Luke Hansen, Brigham Young University
Editorial Writing
• Second Place: Jade McDowell, Brigham Young University
Feature Writing
• Second Place: On the Rebound: Cougar student and basketball player Kaufusi fighting strong against her cancer – by Brooke Ward, Brigham Young University
Radio In-depth Reporting
• First Place: Forgotten by technology, again – by Brian Grimmett, Brigham Young University
Radio News Reporting
• First Place: Hunting for poachers – by Brian Grimmett, Brigham Young University
Television Feature Reporting
• First Place: Mock disaster make-up – by Jenne Anderson, Brigham Young University
• Second Place: Dig this – by Anna Hayes, Brigham Young University
Television General News Reporting
• First Place: Fishing vs. fashion – by Anna Hayes, Brigham Young University
Television Sports Reporting
• First Place: What’s a Libero? – by Christine Assily, Brigham Young University

University of Utah (8 awards)

1st = 2; 2nd = 4 3rd = 2
Feature Photography
• First Place: Games fuse athletics, services – by Richard Payson, University of Utah
• Second Place: Inversion models could help predict formations – by Richard Payson, University of Utah
Sports Photography
• Second Place: Football: The slump continues as a depleted offense strains Ute defense – by Nathan Sweet, University of Utah
Best All-Around Daily Student Newspaper
• Second Place: The Daily Utah Chronicle, University of Utah
Breaking News Reporting
• Third Place: Two women groped Friday – by Lindsey Wilbur, University of Utah
General News Reporting
• First Place: U student organizes protest at Chick-fil-A – by Nic Dunn, University of Utah
Sports Column Writing
• Second Place: Jake Hibbard, University of Utah
Sports Writing
• Third Place: Football: Utes’ loss breaks hearts – by Matthew (Bubba) Brown, University of Utah

Weber (5 awards)

1st = 3; 2nd = 1 3rd = 1
Breaking News Reporting
• First Place: Blown Over – by Spencer Garn, Weber State University
• Second Place: Millner to pledge raise – by Spencer Garn, Weber State University
Editorial Writing
• Third Place: The Signpost staff, Weber State University
Best Affiliated Web Site
• Third Place: The Signpost (www.wsusignpost.com), Weber State University
General Column Writing
• First Place: Kory Wood, Weber State University
Best All-Around Television Newscast
• First Place: Weber State News, Weber State University

SUU (4 awards)

1st = 4
Editorial Writing
• First Place: The University Journal Editorial Board, Southern Utah University
Best Affiliated Web Site
• First Place: SUU News (www.suunews.com), Southern Utah University
Online News Reporting
• First Place: “The Dream of Helen” dance drama – by Sarah Webber and Matthew Montgomery, Southern Utah University
Online Sports Reporting
• First Place: Injured seniors provide leadership to SUU gymnastics team – by Carter Williams, Southern Utah University

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