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2007 Mark of Excellence
National Winners and Finalists

2007 Regional Winners

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The Society of Professional Journalists is pleased to announce the national winners of the 2007 Mark of Excellence Awards. This year, collegiate journalists submitted more than 3,400 entries in 39 categories.

“I encourage media executives who are looking for the next wave of high-quality journalists to pay attention to the winners of SPJ’s Mark of Excellence Awards.” said Neil Ralston, SPJ’s Vice President for Campus Chapter Affairs. “These young men and women represent some of the best that journalism programs have to offer, and we’re proud to be able to honor them at the national level.”

National winners were previously recognized by receiving first place in one of the Society’s 12 regional competitions. A complete list of winners and finalists can be found below.

Breaking News Reporting
— National Winner: The Commonwealth Times Staff, Virginia Commonwealth University, “Virginia Tech Massacre”
— National Finalist: Meghan Peters & Camden Swita, University of Washington, “UW staff member slain in Gould Hall”
— National Finalist: Claire St. Amant & Melissa Limmer, Baylor University, “SoulForce members arrested”

General News Reporting
— National Winner: Ryan Kost, Arizona State University, “State tries to treat hospital violence”
— National Finalist: The Red & Black Staff, University of Georgia, “Pharmacy Scandal”
— National Finalist: Jessica Sondgeroth, University of Texas at Austin, “Student Financial Aid Scandal”

In-Depth Reporting
— National Winner: Katherine Harmon, University of Missouri-Columbia, “Murky Waters: Current Woes”
— National Finalist: Jeremy Herb, Santa Clara University, “Santa Clara’s Underground Coke Scene”
— National Finalist: Journalism Student Team, Tarleton State University, “Police records show multiple assaults”

Feature Writing
— National Winner: Alex Stawinski, Central Michigan University, “The Power of Touch”
— National Finalist: Sarah Neff, University of Kansas, “Brother Jed: Unplugged”
— National Finalist: Jared Fields, Abilene Christian University, “Living to Run”

Sports Writing
— National Winner: CJ Moore, University of Kansas, “Blowing Smoke”
— National Finalist: Mark Viera, The Pennsylvania State University, “Life After Football”
— National Finalist: Bill Oram, The University of Montana, “Bobby’s World”

Editorial Writing
— National Winner: Aaron Zundel, University of Utah
— National Finalist: The Gatepost Staff, Framingham State College
— National Finalist: Petra Hendrickson, Indiana State University

Editorial Cartooning
— National Winner: Phil Hands, University of Wisconsin-Madison
— National Finalist: Samuel Ayres, Yale University
— National Finalist: Philip Cannon, University of Utah

General Column Writing
— National Winner: Jenna Lo Castro, John Carroll University, “Lo Castro’s Lowdown”
— National Finalist: Imani Jackson, Grambling State University
— National Finalist: T.J. Tranchell, University of Idaho

Sports Column Writing
— National Winner: Brandon Scheller, Washington State University
— National Finalist: Mark Dent, University of Kansas
— National Finalist: Dylan Farmer, Rice University

Best All-Around Daily Student Newspaper
(published at least 4 times per week)
— National Winner: Staff, Iowa State University, “Iowa State Daily”
— National Finalist: Staff, University of Utah, “Daily Utah Chronicle”
— National Finalist: Staff, Michigan State University, “The State News”

Best All-Around Non-Daily Student Newspaper
(published less than 4 times per week)
— National Winner: Staff, George Washington University, “The GW Hatchet”
— National Finalist: Staff, Ithaca College, “The Ithacan”
— National Finalist: Staff, Central Michigan University, “Central Michigan Life”

Magazine Non-Fiction Article
— National Winner: Justine Blanchard, Drake University, “A Shot in the Dark”
— National Finalist: Anupreeta Das, Boston University, “The Search for Beautiful”
— National Finalist: Edwin Okong’o, University of California, Berkeley, “The Day I Became a Man”

Best Student Magazine
— National Winner: Staff, Indiana University at Bloomington, “INside Magazine”
— National Finalist: Staff, Michigan State University, “EJ Magazine”
— National Finalist: Staff, Texas Christian University, “Image”

Breaking News Photography
— National Winner: Alberto Halpern, American University, “Protesters confront Rove post-speech”
— National Finalist: Doug Greenwood, University of Utah, “Breakdown”
— National Finalist: Mollie Pritchett, The Pennsylvania State University, “The Strongest Link”

General News Photography
— National Winner: Maggie Shuttlesworth, The Pennsylvania State University, “Alcohol Patrol”
— National Finalist: Tri Vo, The University of Texas at Austin, “USC Exacts Revenge”
— National Finalist: Keith Smiley, University of Kentucky, “Phelps wins SG presidency”

Feature Photography
— National Winner: Megan Nesper, The Pennsylvania State University, “Chemo therapy patient”
— National Finalist: Shane Bauer, University of California, Berkeley, “Scorched Earth: Rebellion and Refuge in Darfur”
— National Finalist: Patrick Smith, Towson University, “Surprise Snowfall”

Photo Illustration
— National Winner: Dave Hochanadel, The University of Toledo, “Dealing with Flu Season”
— National Finalist: Kim Peterson, University of Utah, “Full Twisting Flip”
— National Finalist: Stacy Bengs, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, “Smoking Ban”

Sports Photography
— National Winner: Ashley Wilkerson, Jay Seawell, Geoffrey Miller & Aaron Bernstein, Indiana University at Bloomington, “2007 Little 500 Bike Race”
— National Finalist: Nate Chute, Whitworth University, “Blocked”
— National Finalist: Joshua Sykes, The Pennsylvania State University, “Gymnastics jubilation”

Radio News Reporting
— National Winner: Catherine Wolf, University of Missouri-Columbia, “Teens Behind the Wheel”
— National Finalist: Miles Doran, University of Florida, “Don’t Tase me Bro!”
— National Finalist: Dustin Gardiner, University of Utah, “U, Gun Activists at odds again”

Radio Feature
— National Winner: Carolyn Carver, Arizona State University, “Girl Scout Prison Program”
— National Finalist: Elizabeth Langton, University of Missouri-Columbia, “Hunting for Tradition”
— National Finalist: Adam Swank, Texas State University-San Marcos, “Paranormal”

Radio In-Depth Reporting
— National Winner: WILL Radio Staff, University of Illinois, “China: Beyond the Great Wall”
— National Finalist: Mills College Public Radio 2007, Mills College, “The Drop Out Dilemma”
— National Finalist: Adam Rhew, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, “Davina Jones Shooting”

Radio Sports Reporting
— National Winner: Walter Storholt, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, “Running Blind”
— National Finalist: Dan Boyce, The University of Montana, “Table Tennis Club”
— National Finalist: Elena Garcia, Brigham Young University, “BYU Basketball”

Radio Newscast
— National Winner: WRUF Radio Staff, University of Florida, “Front Page on the Air”
— National Finalist: Newscenter 88 Team, Marshall University, “The 5:00 PM Edition of Newscenter 88”
— National Finalist: WMUC Radio Staff, University of Maryland, “Terp Weekly Edition”

Television Breaking News Reporting
— National Winner: Erika Taillole, Arizona State University, “Memorial Union Fire”
— National Finalist: Mark Olexik, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, “Crane Accident”
— National Finalist: Crystal Hall, University of Texas at Austin, “Tuition Rally”

Television General News Reporting
— National Winner: Jason Lamb, University of Missouri-Columbia, “The Back to School Staple”
— National Finalist: Ashley Porter & Richard Feindel, Emerson College, “Striving for Safety”
— National Finalist: Kenneth Seiden, University of North Dakota, “Flood”

Television Feature
— National Winner: James Everetts, Kent State University, “S-Chip”
— National Finalist: Jason Lamb, University of Missouri-Columbia, “The Secret to a Long Life”
— National Finalist: Sarah Moore, University of Arkansas, “Orrery”

Television In-Depth Reporting
— National Winner: Class of 2007, The University of Montana, “Beyond the Myths: Growing up in Montana”
— National Finalist: Ben Phillips, Karly Pence & Kevin Wilt, Michigan State University, “Dying to be Heard”
— National Finalist: Cronkite NewsWatch, Arizona State University, “MU Fire Coverage”

Television Sports Reporting
— National Winner: Brandon Gondeiro & Alex Krigsvold, The University of Montana, “Ping Pong”
— National Finalist: Mark Olexik, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, “Swimmer Story”
— National Finalist: Davis Federspiel, DePauw University, “Roller Derby”

Television News Photography
— National Winner: Jennifer Carpenter, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, “Davina Jones”
— National Finalist: Nikki Rowley, Arizona State University, “Phoenix Graffiti”
— National Finalist: Steve Kuzj, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, “Wakeboarding in the Fall”

Television Feature Photography
— National Winner: Robert J. Richardson, University of Maryland, “Rowing Commuter”
— National Finalist: Irma Murillo, University of Miami, “Dolphins”
— National Finalist: CTV Staff, Colorado State University, “CSU Hockey Tryouts 2006-2007”

Television Sports Photography
— National Winner: Chelsea Sherier & Veronica Andrews, University of La Verne, “Vertical Minds”
— National Finalist: Nicholas Adam, University of Alabama, “Skate”
— National Finalist: Brian Fink, Elon University, “Elon vs. Wofford”

Television Newscast
— National Winner: UTVS Staff, St. Cloud State University, “UTVS News”
— National Finalist: Cronkite NewsWatch Staff, Arizona State University, “Cronkite NewsWatch”
— National Finalist: Troy University TV Staff, Troy University, “TrojanVision Nightly News”

Online News Reporting
— National Winner: Greg Linch & The Miami Hurricane Staff, University of Miami, “The Presidential Forum at UM”
— National Finalist: Claudia Vargas, The Pennsylvania State University, “Pedestrian Plans”
— National Finalist: Michael Calcagno, University of Oregon, “ASUO Elections”

Online Feature Reporting
— National Winner: Emma Carew, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, “Surviving for today”
— National Finalist: Hortense M. Barber, Jacqueline Strause & Karen Kiley, University of Maryland, “National Cherry Blossom Festival”
— National Finalist: Ball Bearings Staff, Ball State University, “Camp Chesterfield”

Online In-Depth Reporting
— National Winner: Frontpage Milwaukee, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, “Tarnished Badge”
— National Finalist: Megan Loiselle, University of Illinois, “Latinos in Education”
— National Finalist: Andy Balaskovitz, John Allison & Ian Walker, Michigan State University, “Pine River Superfund Site”

Online Sports Reporting
— National Winner: The Independent Florida Alligator Staff, University of Florida, “Gators in Glendale”
— National Finalist: Tony Pizza, University of Utah, “Poinsettia Bowl Breaking Coverage”
— National Finalist: Andrew Alberg & Jake Sherman, George Washington University, “Colonials A-10 Tournament Coverage”

Online Opinion and Commentary
— National Winner: Derek Thompson, Northwestern University
— National Finalist: Laura Morgenthau, Boston University
— National Finalist: Brandon Brown, Appalachian State University

Best Affiliated Web site
— National Winner: Staff, Kent State University, “CyBurr”
— National Finalist: Staff, The Pennsylvania State University, “The Daily Collegian Online”
— National Finalist: Staff, University of Maryland, “Maryland Newsline”

Best All-Around Independent Online Student Publication
— National Winner: JMC 494 Advanced Online Media, Arizona State University, “Cronkite Zine: Spring and Fall 2007”
— National Finalist: Staff, Washington & Lee University, “Rockbridge Report”
— National Finalist: Staff, Northwestern University, “North by Northwestern”