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Region 7 Mark of Excellence Awards winners announced in Overland Park, Kan.


4/28/2014


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Contacts:
Chad Hosier, SPJ Awards Coordinator, 317.920.4791, awards@spj.org
Ellen Kobe, SPJ Communications Coordinator, 317.920.4785, ekobe@spj.org

Region 7 Mark of Excellence Awards winners announced in Overland Park, Kan.

INDIANAPOLIS — The Society of Professional Journalists gladly recognizes the 2013 Mark of Excellence Awards winners from Region 7. The MOE Awards honor the best of collegiate journalism from a calendar year.

SPJ’s Region 7 comprises Iowa, Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska. Honorees received award certificates the weekend of April 25 at the Region 7 Spring Conference in Overland Park, Kan. First-place winners will move on to the national MOE competition among category winners from the 12 SPJ regions.

National winners will be notified in the late spring and will be recognized at Excellence in Journalism 2014 (EIJ14) in Nashville, Tenn., Sept. 4 to 6. The awards are judged by professionals with at least three years of journalism experience.

The awards honor the best in student journalism. As such, judges were directed to choose only those entries which they felt were outstanding work worthy of such an honor. If the judges determined that none of the entries rose to the level of excellence, no award was given. Any category not listed has no winner.

School divisions are based on student enrollment, which includes both graduate and undergraduate enrollment: Large schools have more than 10,000 students and small schools have fewer than 9,999 students.

See the list below for details on the Region 7 winners, and direct any MOE Awards questions to Awards Coordinator Chad Hosier: awards@spj.org and 317.920.4791.

Note: The list reflects the spelling and titles submitted in the award-entry process.

NEWSPAPERS
Breaking News Reporting (Large)

Winner: “Explosions shake students” by Katelynn McCollough, Iowa State Daily, Iowa State University
Finalist: “Police arrest suspect in U.S. Bank robbery” by Emily Donovan, University Daily Kansan, The Daily Collegian, University of Kansas
Finalist: “University distances itself from journalism professor’s controversial tweet” by Emily Donovan, University Daily Kansan, University of Kansas

General News Reporting (Large)
Winner: “Mental health issues on the rise among college students” by Jakki Thompson, The Collegian, Kansas State University
Finalist: “Health insurance on campus” by Leah Wankum, Muleskinner, University of Central Missouri
Finalist: “UNO makes history as first U.S. university to trend on Twitter in India” by Sean Robinson, The Gateway, University of Nebraska at Omaha

General News Reporting (Small)
Winner: “Domino Effect” by Kavahn Mansouri and Spencer Gleason, The Montage, St. Louis Community College – Meramec
Finalist: “CU CARES for students” by Amanda Brandt, Creightonian, Creighton University
Finalist: “BU Enrollment” by Jenna Stanbrough, The Baker Orange, Baker University

In-Depth Reporting (Large)
Winner: “Human trafficking series” by Danielle Ferguson, Iowa State Daily, Iowa State University
Finalist: “$1,163,237: Bookstore director admits to stealing for 10 years” by Megan Gates, The Standard, Missouri State University
Finalist: “Where Does the Student Activity Fee Go” by Kristin Gallagher, Muleskinner, University of Central Missouri

Feature Writing (Large)
Winner: “Kirkwood Father Tries To Find Meaning in Daughter's Death” by Allison Pohle, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, University of Missouri-Columbia
Finalist: “Can my boyfriend rape me?” by Bailey McGrath, Iowa State Daily, Iowa State Daily
Finalist: “We're the Working Poor” by Jourdyn Kaarre, Lincoln Journal Star, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Feature Writing (Small)
Winner: “Living the Life He's Always Wanted” by Steffi Lee, The Simpsonian, Simpson College Finalist: “Carrying the Weight” by Lauren Bechard, The Baker Orange, Baker University
Finalist: “Sarah Harris at the Boston Marathon” by Jenna Stanbrough, The Baker Orange, Baker University

Sports Writing (Large)
Winner: “Welcome to Woody's World” by Alex Halsted, Iowa State Daily, Iowa State University
Finalist: “Jeff Withey finds new friend in @FakeJeffWithey” by Blake Schuster, University Daily Kansan, University of Kansas
Finalist: “Ukulele-strumming Faifili plays different tune as KU LB” by Mike Vernon, Topeka Capital-Journal, University of Kansas

Sports Writing (Small)
Winner: “Former BU punter puts best foot forward” by Lauren Bechard, The Baker Orange, Baker University
Finalist: “Purdum reflects on extension with Jets” by Chris Duderstadt, The Baker Orange, Baker University

Editorial Writing
Winner: Editorial Board, The Campus Ledger, Johnson County Community College
Finalist: Sarah Hayes and Devese Ursery, The Florissant Valley Forum, St. Louis Community College - Florissant Valley
Finalist: Evan Holland, Creightonian, Creighton University

General Column Writing (Small)
Winner: Taylor Shuck, The Baker Orange, Baker University

Sports Column Writing
Winner: Mike Vernon, The University Daily Kansan, University of Kansas
Finalist: Josh Sellmeyer, The Journal, Webster University

Best All-Around Daily Student Newspaper
Winner: Iowa State Daily, Iowa State University
Finalist: The University Daily Kansan, University of Kansas

Best All-Around Non Daily Student Newspaper
Winner: Muleskinner, University of Central Missouri
Finalist: The Standard, Missouri State University
Finalist: The Montage, St. Louis Community College - Meramec

MAGAZINE
Non-Fiction Magazine Article

Winner: “Field Notes From Missouri” by staff, Vox Magazine, Missouri School of Journalism
Finalist: “Dennis Dailey: A decade later” by Laken Rapier, Jayhawker Magazine, University of Kansas
Finalist: “When Liberty Goes Sour” by Abigail Eisenberg, Vox Magazine, Missouri School of Journalism

Best Student Magazine
Winner: DUH magazine, Drake University
Finalist: Drake Magazine, Drake University
Finalist: OneWorld Magazine, Saint Louis University

ART/GRAPHICS
Breaking News Photography (Large)

Winner: “Coach Rhoads' reaction to referee's call” by Kelby Wingert, Iowa State Daily, Iowa State University
Finalist: “President Obama” by George Mullinix, University Daily Kansan, University of Kansas
Finalist: “Take back the night” by Suhaib Tawil, Iowa State Daily, Iowa State University

General News Photography (Large)
Winner: “ROTC training during spring 2013” by Suhaib Tawil, Iowa State Daily, Iowa State University
Finalist: “Bacon Fest” by Kelby Wingert, Iowa State Daily, Iowa State University

General News Photography (Small)
Winner: “Intoxicated Olympics” by Chad Phillips, The Baker Orange, Baker University

Feature Photography (Large)
Winner: “Harrisburg Football photo essay” by Kevin Cook and Elizabeth Pierson, Vox Magazine, Missouri School of Journalism
Finalist: “Step Show Draws a Big Crowd” by Andrew Mather, Muleskinner, University of Central Missouri
Finalist: “Not quite ready” by Steph Anderson Chambers, The Standard, Missouri State University

Feature Photography (Small)
Winner: “Jazz Concert” by Chad Phillips, The Baker Orange, Baker University
Finalist: “Man with one leg rides bicycle 150 miles in two days” by Liz Spencer, The Chart, Missouri Southern State University
Finalist: “Downtown farmer’s market” by Liz Spencer, The Chart, Missouri Southern State University

Sports Photography (Large)
Winner: “My ball!” by Steph Anderson Chambers, The Standard, Missouri State University
Finalist: “One last lap” by Steph Anderson Chambers, The Standard, Missouri State University
Finalist: “Pick party” by Romain Polge, The Legacy, Lindenwood University

Sports Photography (Small)
Winner: “Women's Soccer Playoff” by Tera Lyons, The Baker Orange, Baker University
Finalist: “Women's Soccer” by Chad Phillips, The Baker Orange, Baker University
Finalist: “Winning a Point” by Chad Phillips, The Baker Orange, Baker University

RADIO
Radio Feature

Winner: “'War of the Worlds' in Context” by Kalen Stockton, KJHK 90.7 FM, University of Kansas
Finalist: “Max Brooks: Zombies, Vampires and Cultural Anxieties” by Chrissie Noriega, KJHK 90.7 FM, University of Kansas
Finalist: “A little help from my friends” by Kassi Nelson, KRNU FM, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Radio In-Depth Reporting
Winner: “Backpacks: Tools, Fashion Accessories, Personal Statements” by Justin Wilson, KJHK 90.7 FM, University of Kansas
Finalist: “Vinyl Revival” by Scott Ross, KJHK 90.7 FM, University of Kansas

TELEVISION
Television General News Reporting

Winner: “Unknown circumstances surround Lincoln homeless man's death” by Haley Herzog, NewsNetNebraska, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Finalist: “Charter Bus Problems for JCCC” by Heather Dace and Andrew Tady, JC3 Student Video, Johnson County Community College
Finalist: “Sex trafficking in Nebraska” by Madalyn Gotschall, Time-Warner Educational Access Channel, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Television Feature
Winner: “Nebraska's first male color guard member lives his dream” by Jenna Jaynes, Time-Warner Educational Access Channel, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Finalist: “Profile of Andreas Brandenberger” by Heather Dace and Nichole Schafer, JC3 Student Video, Johnson County Community College
Finalist: “Exotic Vet” by Aimee Durham, Mediacom Cable-22, Missouri State University

Television In-Depth Reporting
Winner: “Medical Marijuana in the Ozarks” by Riley Bean, Mediacom Cable-22, Missouri State University
Finalist: “Nebraska law enforcementh hit by Colorado's legalization of marijuana” by Haley Herzog, NewsNetNebraska.org, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Nebraska law enforcementh hit by Colorado's legalization of marijuana
Finalist: “A closer look at the Affordable Care Act” by Brittany Velasco, LUTV, Lindenwood University

Television Sports Reporting
Winner: “Henry Josey: Road to Recovery” by Mihir Bhagat, KOMU-TV, University of Missouri-Columbia
Finalist: “Helias Players Get Second Chance at State and Life” by Jack Wascher, KOMU-TV, Missouri
Finalist: “Don't Blame Andrew Baggett” by Mihir Bhagat, KOMU-TV, University of Missouri-Columbia

Television News and Feature Photography
Winner: “Owen/Cox Dance Group Project” by Zoe Allen, Bernie Verhaeghe and Nichole Schafer, JCAV TV, Johnson County Community College
Finalist: “100 Missouri Miles” by Erica Semsch, Mediacom Cable-22, Missouri State University
Finalist: “KC Trends” by Stephen Cook, JC3 Student Video, Johnson County Community College

Best All-Around Television Newscast
Winner: “LCTV News” by staff, Loras College Television, Loras College
Finalist: “Ozarks News Journal #801” by Ozarks News Journal-Staff, Mediacom Cable-22, Mediacom Cable-22
Finalist: “Star City News” by staff, Time-Warner Educational Access Channel, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

ONLINE
Online News Reporting

Winner: “Breaking the Cycle: Meth Addiction in Council Bluffs” by Katie Kuntz, IowaWatch.org, University of Iowa
Finalist: “Lincoln's homeless population struggles with cold temperatures” by Casey Sill, NewsNetNebraska.org, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Online Feature Reporting
Winner: “Matters of Faith” by staff, VoxMagazine.com, Missouri School of Journalism
Finalist: “Graffiti: The Art of Expressive Vandalism” by staff, IowaWatch.org, University of Iowa
Finalist: “A Baker's Dozen” by Katie Thurbon and Taylor Shuck, The Baker Orange, Baker University

Online In-Depth Reporting
Winner: “Matter of Seconds: Tougher Farm Safety Regulation Hard To Come By In Iowa” by Sarah Hadley, IowaWatch.org, University of Iowa
Finalist: “Former student attends class with pending default on student debt” by Daniel Bauman, The Journal at Webster University, Webster University

Online Sports Reporting
Winner: “For amateur mixed martial artist, a long road to fight” by Maricia Guzman, NewsNetNebraska.org, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Finalist: “Freshman softball star Rachel Franck dedicates season to younger brother” by Sam Masterson and Josh Sellmeyer, The Journal, Webster University
Finalist: “Six former Wildcats chase NFL dreams” by Chris Duderstadt and Brad Barnes, The Baker Orange, Baker University

Best Use of Multimedia
Winner: “Little Known Secrets” by staff, VoxMagazine.com, Missouri School of Journalism
Finalist: The road to the 29th presidency” by Sara Bell, The Baker Orange, Baker University
Finalist: “Marquis Addison MSSU Basketball Feature” by Samantha Zoltanski and Sydney Marsellis, The Chart Online, Missouri Southern State University

Best Affiliated Web Site
Winner: NewsNetNebraska.org by staff, NewsNetNebraska, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Finalist: Kansan.com by staff, University Daily Kansan, University of Kansas
Finalist: KJHK.org by Marc Schroeder, Sarah Brennan, Taylor Umbrell and staff, KJHK 90.7 FM, University of Kansas

Best Digital-Only Student Publication
Winner: Vox iPad app by Breanna Dumbacher, Vox iPad, Missouri School of Journalism
Finalist: urbanplainsmag.com by staff, Urban Plains, Drake University
Finalist: think-mag.com by staff, Think, Drake University

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