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Region 6 Mark of Excellence Awards 2023 winners announced


4/9/2024


CONTACT:
Lou Harry, SPJ Manager of Publications and Awards, lharry@spj.org
Kimberly Tsuyuki, SPJ Communications Specialist, ktsuyuki@hq.spj.org

INDIANAPOLIS — The Society of Professional Journalists recognizes the best collegiate journalism in Region 6 with 2023 Mark of Excellence Awards winners.

SPJ’s Region 6 comprises Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin. First-place winners will compete at the national level among other MOE winners from the 12 SPJ regions.

National winners will be notified in the late spring.

MOE Awards entries are judged by professionals with at least three years of journalism experience. Judges were directed to choose entries they felt were among the best in student journalism. If no entry rose to the level of excellence, no award was given. Any category not listed has no winner.

School divisions are based on student enrollment, including both graduate and undergraduate: Large schools have at least 10,000 students and small schools have 9,999 or fewer students.

The list below details all Region 6 winners. If you have any questions regarding the MOE Awards, contact SPJ Manager of Publications and Awards Lou Harry by email.

This list reflects the spelling and titles submitted in the award entries.

Print/Online

Breaking News Reporting (Large)
Winner: Starbucks denies ban on Pride decor reported by employees at 2 Madison stores and the national union — by Tyler Katzenberger, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Breaking News Reporting (Small)
Winner: University community responds to video questioning housing for trans students — by Owen Larson, Sam Larson, Macy Berendsen, Anya Capistrant-Kinney, tommiemedia.com, University of St. Thomas

General News Reporting (Large)
Winner: Beyond the barricades — by Staff, Media Milwaukee, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Finalist: Milwaukee’s first co-housing development moves ahead — by Hunter Turpin, Media Milwaukee, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Finalist: Jewish students found community after the Oct. 7 attacks. But for many, loneliness persists — by Rachel Hale, The Daily Cardinal, University of Wisconsin-Madison
General News Reporting (Small)
Winner: Anderson Arena nears completion as St. Thomas adjusts to D1 costs — by Kevin Lynch, Errol Mickelson, tommiemedia.com, University of St. Thomas

In-Depth Reporting
Winner: ‘It doesn’t have to stay like this’ — by Sophia Vento, Isthmus, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Finalist: A shared uncertainty: Migration stories from Tunisia — by Audrey Thibert, Pulitzer Center, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Finalist: Moms for Liberty is growing in Wisconsin as critics call them extremists — by Rachel Hale, Wisconsin Watch, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Feature Writing (Large)
Winner: Buzzer-beater — by Rachel Hale, Curb Magazine, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Feature Writing (Small)
Winner: Accidental cannabis legalization in MN — by Mike McGurran, Matty Leingang, The Advocate, Minnesota State University Moorhead

Sports Writing
Winner: Wrestling stars wow devoted Wisconsin fans — by Carter Evenson, Media Milwaukee, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Finalist: A rookie’s guide to navigating football frenzy — by Xinlin Jiang, University of Wisconsin-Madison News, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Editorial/Opinion Writing
Winner: Are you a communist? Then fork over $65!, Creatures on campus, Cursing Kl — by Kelly Rogers, Spencer White, Minnesota Daily, University of Minnesota - Twin Cities

Sports Column Writing
Winner: Columns — by Andrew Cornelius, Minnesota Daily, University of Minnesota - Twin Cities
Finalist: Columns — by Caleb Herr, The Mystician, Bismarck State College

Corbin Gwaltney Award for Best All-Around Student Newspaper (Large)
Winner: The Daily Cardinal — by Staff, The Daily Cardinal, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Best Ongoing Student Magazine
Winner: Curb: Fusion — by Staff, Curb Magazine, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Best Affiliated Web Site
Winner: Curb: Fusion — by Staff, Curb Magazine, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Art/Graphics/Multimedia

Sports Photography
Winner: Mckenna Wucherer — by Amaya Battle, Minnesota Daily, University of Minnesota - Twin Cities

Illustration
Winner: Pizza Poll — by Kaia Lehman, The Mystician, Bismarck State College
Finalist: Alcohol awareness story and illustration — by Kaia Lehman, The Mystician, Bismarck State College

Feature Videography
Winner: MSUM Oceanarium expansion — by Matty Leingang, Campus News, Minnesota State University Moorhead

Data Visualization
Winner: How UMN’s on-campus crime compares to other Big Ten colleges — by Hannah Ward, Minnesota Daily, University of Minnesota - Twin Cities

Audio

Radio Feature
Winner: The lay of the land — by Isabella Van Lanen, Media Milwaukee, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Finalist: Bagley Pep Band revival — by Jacob Anderson, KMSC Dragon Radio, Minnesota State University Moorhead
Finalist: Pro-Palestine protest interrupts Third Ward tree-lighting ceremony — by Macie Hanson, Media Milwaukee, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Podcast (Narrative)
Winner: Breaking the bank: Unpacking Gen Z’s financial insecurity — by Grace Pagel, Media Milwaukee, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Best All-Around Radio Newscast
Winner: 8:00 p.m. Newscast — by Staff, WRST-FM, University of Wisconsin Oshkosh

Broadcast

Television Breaking News Reporting
Winner: Fatal car crash brings unexpected first responders — by Meryl Hubbard, Channel 3000, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Television Sports Reporting
Winner: Honoring a superfan — by Nick Tabatt, Campus News, Minnesota State University Moorhead
Finalist: Is Esports a sport? — by Matt Stewart, Campus News, Minnesota State University Moorhead

Best All-Around Television News Magazine
Winner: Campus News — by Staff, Campus News, Minnesota State University Moorhead

All Platforms

Food/Restaurant Journalism
Winner: Sioux chef — by Alex Sapp, Campus News, Minnesota State University Moorhead

Investigative Reporting
Winner: Evers took down a records tracking site and never put it back up — by Tyler Katzenberger, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Regional Political Reporting
Winner: Voter education group works to pierce distrust in elections in Wisconsin, one meeting at a time — by Tyler Katzenberger, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Science/Environment/Climate Reporting
Winner: How Facilities Management regulates heating during unpredictable Minnesota Winters — by Abby Madsen, Maddy Orr, tommiemedia.com, University of St. Thomas

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