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2002 Mark of Excellence
National Winners and Finalists

Newspapers | Magazines | Photography | Radio | Television | Online


Newspapers

Editorial Writing
Winner: The Arkansas Traveler Editorial Board, University of Arkansas. Published in The Arkansas Traveler.
— Second Place: Kevin M. Wingert, Laramie County Community College, Cheyenne, Wyo. Published in Wingspan.
— Third Place: The Baylor Lariat staff, Baylor University, Waco, Texas. Published in The Baylor Lariat.

Editorial Cartooning
Winner: Jake Dill, University of Washington, Seattle, Wash. Published in The Daily.
— Second Place: Martin Rene Lopez, El Paso (Texas) Community College. Published in El Conquistador.
— Third Place: Dusty Higgins, University of Arkansas. Published in The Arkansas Traveler.

General Column Writing
Winner: Tai Shadrick, Towson (Md.) University. Published in The Towerlight.
— Second Place: Mariano Castillo, Texas A&M University, McAllen, Texas. Published in The Battalion.
— Third Place: "Sonya Says," Sonya Sorich, Ripon College. Published in Ripon College Days.

Sports Column Writing
Winner: Tim Vacek, University of Tennessee-Knoxville. Published in The Daily Beacon.
— Second Place: Chris Korman, Penn State University, State College, Pa. Published in The Daily Collegian.
— Third Place: Ben Beaumont, University of Arkansas. Published in The Arkansas Traveler.

Spot News Reporting
Winner: "Dorm Fire Coverage," Brandon Sokol, Jen Nielsen, Carmeleta Pouse, Megan Hockley, Eric Aasen, Ian Prunty and Austin Diaz, DePauw University, Greencastle, Ind. Published in The DePauw.
— Second Place: "Shooting of 13-year-old linked to local murders," Jonathan Cribbs and Jason Flanagan, University of Maryland, College Park, Md. Published in The Diamondback.
— Third Place: "Assault Suspect Arrested," Vince Blaser, Josh Hardin and Summer McElley, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colo. Published in The Rocky Mountain Collegian.

General News Reporting
Winner: "Despairing for children's mental health, some parents give up custody," Tim Higgins, University of Missouri Columbia. Published in The Associated Press.
— Second Place: "Series on Resignation of TU's President," Mike Morris, Cailin McGough, Eric Brandner, Jennifer Hykes and Chris Terry, Towson (Md.) University. Published in The Towerlight.
— Third Place: "The Attic," Brandon Swanson and Natasha Jaksich, Washington State University, Pullman, Wash. Published in The Daily Evergreen.

In-Depth Reporting
Winner: "Rape Series: Reality of Rape," The Lantern staff, Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio. Published in The Lantern.
— Second Place: "Prognosis Poor for Health Center?" Linnea Brown, University of Central Florida, Orlando, Fla. Published in The Central Florida Future.
— Third Place: "Finding a Healthy Balance," Kelli B. Grant, Ithaca (N.Y.) College. Published in The Ithacan.

Feature Writing
Winner: "It's Dick Cavett," Matthew Hansen, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, Neb. Published in Lincoln Journal Star.
— Second Place: "Clans, Kin and Culture," Kristen Inbody, University of Montana. Published in Great Falls (Mt.) Tribune.
— Third Place: "The anatomy of forensics," Staci Zavattaro, University of Florida, Gainesville, Fla. Published in The Independent Florida Alligator.

Sports Writing
Winner: "Four of a kind," Jason Graziadei, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colo. Published in The Rocky Mountain Collegian.
— Second Place: "Checking In With the Nation's Most Talented Trio of Signees," Jamie Agin, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, N. C. Published in The Daily Tar Heel.
— Third Place: "The One," Rob Meyer, Kent State University, Kent, Ohio. Published in Daily Kent Stater.

Best All-Around Daily Student Newspaper
Winner: The Daily Texan, University of Texas at Austin.
— Second Place (tie): Daily Collegian, Penn State University, State College, Pa.
— Second Place (tie): The Daily Barometer, Oregon State University, Corvallis, Ore.
— Third Place: Indiana Daily Student, Indiana University, Bloomington, Ind.

Best All-Around Non-Daily Student Newspaper Newspaper (Published 2 to 4 times a week)
Winner: College Heights Herald, Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green, Ky.
— Second Place: The Towerlight, Towson (Md.) University.
— Third Place: Argonaut, University of Idaho, Moscow, Idaho.

Best All-Around Non-Daily Student Newspaper (Published less than twice a week)
Winner: The Sentinel, North Idaho College, Coeur d'Alene, Idaho.
— Second Place: The Oswegonian, State University of New York at Oswego.
— Third Place: Index, Truman State University, Kirksville, Mo.

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Magazines

Magazine Non-Fiction Article
Winner: "Learning Disabled," Mark Greer, Northwestern University, Evanston, Ill. Published in City Limits Magazine.
— Second Place: "The New Catholics," Andy Netzel, Kent State University. Published in The Burr.
— Third Place: "Super-sized Nation," Matthew Hansen, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, Neb. Published in Battle of the Bulge.

Best Student Magazine (published once a year)
Winner: Flux, University of Oregon, Eugene, Ore.
— Second Place: The New York Review of Magazines NYRM, Columbia University, New York.
— Third Place: Horizon, Mesa State College, Grand Junction, Colo.

Best Student Magazine (published more than once a year)
Winner: Troubadour Magazine, Princeton University.
— Second Place: The Burr, Kent State University, Kent, Ohio.
— Third Place: Detours Magazine, Truman State University, Kirksville, Mo.

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Photography

Spot News Photography
Winner: "Thugs and Alcohol," Zach Wittig, Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio. Published in The Lantern.
— Second Place: "Locker room fight," Kevin German, Washington State University. Published by sportsshooter.com.
— Third Place: "Maple Street Accident," Aaron Esmaeilpour, University of Arkansas. Published in The Arkansas Traveler.

General News Photography
Winner: "Footsteps of Faith," Kevin German, Washington State University. Published in the St. Petersburg (Fla.) Times.
— Second Place: "Budget woes worsen," Luke Trautwein, Truman State University, Kirksville, Mo. Published in Index.
— Third Place: "Students Rally for Solidarity," Saul Stoogenke, Towson (Md.) University. Published in The Towerlight.

Feature Photography
Winner: "Gotta love this game," David Harden, University of Arizona, Tucson, Ariz. Published in Arizona Daily Wildcat.
— Second Place: "Teacher in Training," Kevin Martin, Eastern Kentucky University, Richmond, Ky. Published in The Eastern Progress.
— Third Place: "The Primary Compound," Chris Goodenow and Sarah Galbraith, Western Washington University. Published in The Planet magazine.

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Radio

Radio Spot News Reporting
Winner: "Arizona Wildfire Coverage Evacuees," Kate Davidson, University of California-Berkeley. Broadcast on NPR and KNAU-FM.
— Second Place: "White Power Rally," Matt Mauro, University of Florida. Broadcast on WRUF Radio.
— Third Place: "School of the Americas," Danielle Cross, University of Montana. Broadcast on KBGA Radio.

Radio Feature Reporting
Winner: "Home from Africa," Jake Warga, North Seattle Community College/Goldsmiths-University of London. Broadcast on Savvy Traveler.
— Second Place: "Military wives await war," Kate Davidson, University of California-Berkeley. Broadcast on KQED-FM, The California Report.
— Third Place: "Delta Zeta Turns 100," Brandon Millman, Marshall University. Broadcast on WMUL-FM.

Radio In-Depth Reporting
Winner: "Student Fees," Adam Hasan Ghassemi, Drake University. Broadcast on KDCS.
— Second Place (tie): "It's My Party and I'll Die if I Want To," Staff of Rowan Radio, Rowan University. Broadcast on WGLS-FM.
— Second Place (tie): "Enough is Enough," Sabrina Hall, University of Maryland. Broadcast on WMUC Radio.
— Third Place: "Helping the Homeless," Erich Spivey, University of Florida. Broadcast on WRUF Radio.

Radio Sports Reporting
Winner: "Marshall University Volleyball Recap," Vince Payne and Jennifer Pierce, Marshall University. Broadcast on WMUL-FM.
— Second Place: "The Rivalry Show," Tim Hagerty, Lyndon State College. Broadcast on WGMT-FM.
— Third Place: "Club Football," Sudhir Kumar, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill. Broadcast on www. carolinaweek. org.

Radio Daily Newscast
Winner: "Front Page on the Air," WRUF Radio, University of Florida.
— Second Place: WWHR-FM, Western Kentucky University.

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Television

Television Spot News Reporting
Winner: "Sniper Strikes Montgomery County," Rishi Barran, University of Maryland. Broadcast on UMTV.
— Second Place: "Brentwood," Joe Maxfield, Southern Illinois University Carbondale.
— Third Place: "The Flame Within," Adam Atchison, Colorado State University. Broadcast on Campus Television Cable System.

Television General News Reporting
Winner: "Remembering Senator Wellstone," Amanda Lutz, Tanya Siedow and John Kasper, University of St. Thomas. Broadcast on Campus Scope-STTV.
— Second Place: "Video Games," Beau Zimmer, University of Florida. Broadcast on WUFT-TV News 5.
— Third Place: "Teacher of the Year," Amanda Tutschek and Kirsten Hansen, University of Montana. Broadcast on NBC Montana.

Television Feature Reporting
Winner: "Neverending War," Justin A. Herndon, University of Missouri Columbia. Broadcast on KOMU News at Ten.
— Second Place: "Boy's State," Kelly Kane, Norwich University. Broadcast on Miki Packett and Mark Winker.
— Third Place: "Science Workshop," Kim N. Dobitz and Jordan Caskey, University of Montana. Broadcast on KECI/NBC Montana.

Television In-Depth Reporting
Winner: "Montana Journal: First on the Scene," Broadcast Journalism Senior Class, University of Montana. Broadcast on Montana PBS.
— Second Place: "ASU Ecstasy Bust," Syleste Rodriguez, Arizona State University. Broadcast on Campus Ch. 2.
— Third Place: "Hunter at UIC," Marla Heiman, University of Missouri Columbia. Broadcast on KOMU-NBC 8.

Television Sports Reporting
Winner: "Young Gun QBs," Dan Bubany, Arizona State University. Broadcast on Campus Ch. 2.
— Second Place: "Curling in the U. S. ," Cory Morlock, University of North Dakota. Broadcast on Studio One.
— Third Place: "Rugby," Steve Lyerly, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill.Broadcast on Carolina Week.

Television News Photography
Winner: "Brentwood," Joe Maxfield, Southern Illinois University — Carbondale.
— Second Place: "A Church Divided," Mark Kurtz, University of Texas at Austin. Broadcast on KVR News 9.
— Third Place: "Powell in Court," Barry Flynn, Lyndon State College. Broadcast on LSC-TV News 7.

Television Feature Photography
Winner: "Lost Woodsman," Jenny Kuglin, University of Montana. Broadcast on Montana PBS.
— Second Place: "Van's Triple Crown Skate Park Extreme," Nick Schober, University of La Verne. Broadcast on LVTV-3 La Verne Community Television.
— Third Place: "River Hostel," Shelton Jacobs, University of Arkansas. Broadcast on UATV.

Television Sports Photography
Winner: "Artiste, The Superfan," Kate Brandt, Arizona State University. Broadcast on Campus Ch. 2.
— Second Place: "Seahawks Report: Hawks v. Broncos," Ryan Tootell and Troy Oppie, Pacific Lutheran University. Broadcast on KCNS-TV.
— Third Place: "Warriors on the Warrior," John Huddleston, University of Alabama. Broadcast on Cat. 33 TV.

Television Daily Newscast
Winner: Maryland Newsline, University of Maryland. UMTV.
— Second Place: "News 5 at 5:30," WUFT-TV News 5, University of Florida.

Television Non-Daily Newscast
Winner: "Newsvision," UMTV, University of Miami.
— Second Place: UATV, University of Arkansas.
— Third Place: Carolina Week, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill.

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Online

Online Spot News Reporting
Winner: "Sorensen Resigns," Staff, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, Ala. Published on Dateline Alabama.
— Second Place: "Architecture dean fired," Dustin Eberhart, University of Texas at Arlington. Published on theshorthorn.com.

Online General News Reporting
Winner: "Thugs and Alcohol," The Lantern staff, Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio. Published on thelantern.com.
— Second Place: "Back to the Drawing Board Redistricting in the Old Line State," Maha Ezzeddine and staff, University of Maryland, College Park, Md. Published on Maryland Newsline and Capital News Service.
— Third Place: "Exchanging rent for mortgages," Kristin English, Northwestern University. Published on CBSMarketWatch.com.

Online Feature Reporting
Winner: "Porch Life," Ben Finley, Ohio State University. Published on thelantern.com.
— Second Place: "National Cherry Blossom Festival Through Maryland's Eyes," Nicole M. Richardson and Ming-Huey Jeng, University of Maryland. Published on Maryland Newsline.
— Third Place: "City Café remains small town success," Emily Kornegay, University of Alabama. Published on Dateline Alabama.

Online In-Depth Reporting
Winner: "Back to the Booth: A Guide to the 2002 Elections," Kenny Beck, Reginald Hart and Staff, University of Maryland. Published on Maryland Newsline and Capital News Service.
— Second Place: "Unpopular column brings Tremonton student fame, grief," Marie Griffin and Joseph M. Dougherty, Utah State University, Logan, Utah. Published on Hard News Café.
— Third Place: "Good news for tourists: Sun-forecast to make long-awaited debut," Tanya Caldwell, Florida A&M University, Tallahassee, Fla. Published on Florida Today Online.

Online Sports Reporting
Winner: "Krenzel pulls rabbit out of hat," Matt Duval, Ohio State University. Published on thelantern.com.
— Second Place: "Conference Volleyball Tournament," Angel Verdejo, University of Texas at Arlington, Arlington, Texas. Published on theshorthorn.com.
— Third Place: "Farewell to Cole," Nicole M. Richardson, Gloria Son, Maha Ezzeddine, Scarlett Morao and Staff, University of Maryland. Published on Maryland Newsline and Capital News Service.

Online Opinion and Commentary
Winner: Kathleen Penton, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, Ala. Published on Dateline Alabama.
— Second Place: Leon D'souza, Utah State University, Logan, Utah. Published on Hard News Café.
— Third Place: "ASU Football columns," Michael Ferraresi, Arizona State University. Published on ASU Web Devil.

Best All-Around Online Student Newspaper
Winner: The Sentinel Online, Northern Idaho College, Coeur d'Alene, Idaho.
— Second Place: ASU Web Devil, Arizona State University, Tempe, Ariz.
— Third Place: thelantern.com, Ohio State University.

Best All-Around Online Student Magazine
Winner: Troubadour Magazine, Princeton University, Princeton, N.J.

Best All-Around Online Student Broadcast Station
Winner: Carolina Week, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, N. C.

Best All-Around Independent Online Student Publication
Winner: Maryland Newsline, University of Maryland, College Park, Md.
— Second Place: Dateline Alabama, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, Ala.

Photo Illustration
Winner: "Career search," H. Rick Mach, Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green, Ky. Published in College Heights Herald.
— Second Place: "Credit Card Identity Theft," Amy Thompson, Marquette University. Published in The Marquette Tribune.
— Third Place: "Pure Rasta flavor," David Yerby, University of Arkansas. Published in The Arkansas Traveler.

Sports Photography
Winner: "Hockey," Chris Machian, University of Nebraska at Omaha, Omaha, Neb. Published in Gateway.
— Second Place: "Tigers Outduel No. 9 Lehigh," Lisa Johnson, Towson (Md.) University. Published in The Towerlight.
— Third Place: "Centre City Youth Blacktop Basketball," Matthew Stanley, Penn State University, State College, Pa. Published in The Communicator. at Lafayette, Lafayette, La.