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Region 10 Mark of Excellence winners announced



Christine Cordial, SPJ Program Coordinator, 317-920-4788, awards@spj.org
Anna Gutierrez, SPJ Communications Coordinator, 317-920-4785, communications@spj.org

INDIANAPOLIS — The Society of Professional Journalists recognizes the best collegiate journalism in Region 10 with 2017 Mark of Excellence Awards winners.

SPJ’s Region 10 comprises Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington. Honorees were notified via email and will receive their award certificates in the mail. Region 10 did not have a conference this year.

First-place winners will compete at the national level among other regional MOE winners from the 12 SPJ regions.

National winners will be notified in the late spring and will be recognized at the Excellence in Journalism conference in Baltimore.

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 10 winners. If you have any questions regarding the MOE Awards, contact Christine Cordial via email or phone at 317-920-4788.

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

Breaking News Reporting (Large) 10,000+ Students
Finalist: ‘They have to start it!' UW shooting suspect seen in video shortly before confrontation - by Kelsey Hamlin, University of Washington
Finalist: PLU's $3 million problem - by Staff of Mast Media, Pacific Lutheran University

Breaking News Reporting (Small) 1-9,999 Students
Winner: UP alum struck by car on main crosswalk - by Rachel Rippetoe, University of Portland

General News Reporting (Large) 10,000+ Students
Winner: Tracking impact of budget cuts - by Forrest Holt, Cody Cottier and Jessica Zhou, Washington State University
Finalist: DACA program impact - by Richard Steeves and Riley Youngman, Oregon State University
Finalist: Student immigrants skeptical of Trump's promises - by Daisy Perez, Central Washington University

General News Reporting (Small) 1-9,999 Students
Winner: ROTC adjusts training in era of mass shootings - by Claire Desmarais and Brennan Robinson, University of Portland
Finalist: Homeward banned - by Katie Kales, Gonzaga University
Finalist: Knights suspended - by Joseph Thompson, Gonzaga University

In-Depth Reporting (Large) 10,000+ Students
Winner: Rental inspection results reveal issues with landlords in York and Sehome neighborhoods - by Erasmus Baxter and Alexis Edgar, Western Washington University
Finalist: Student convicted of sexual assault readmitted - by Caleb Huisingh, Erasmus Baxter and Asia Fields, Western Washington University
Finalist: RA room intruder was volunteer track coach - by Caleb Huisingh, Western Washington University

In-Depth Reporting (Small) 1-9,999 Students
Winner: What's that smell? Student research shifts nuisance odor investigation - by Clare Duffy, Hannah Sievert, Cheyenne Schoen and Rachel Rippetoe, University of Portland

Feature Writing (Large) 10,000+ Students
Winner: Basically Legal: Montana fails to protect victims of revenge porn. Why? - by Lucy Tompkins, University of Montana
Finalist: Trash crews clear move-out mess - by Cody Cottier, Washington State University
Finalist: Veteran’s rescued flag receives honor guard, 50 years later - by Alex Halverson, Western Washington University

Feature Writing (Small) 1-9,999 Students
Winner: Call to the church - by Hannah Sievert, University of Portland
Finalist: Remembering Chris Martin - by Katie Kales, Gonzaga University
Finalist: Gap year: 2016 alumna defers grad school to fight cancer - by Olivia Sanchez, University of Portland

Sports Writing (Large) 10,000+ Students
Winner: Sidelined: How a devastating leg injury cut Reese Phillips’ season short - by Jackson Wagner, University of Montana
Finalist: At Martin Stadium, a special room for the drunk and disorderly - by Jen Ladwig, Washington State University
Finalist: Froling's intercontinental journey leads to MU - by Andrew Goldstein, Marquette University

Sports Writing (Small) 1-9,999 Students
Winner: Tall standards - by Ben Arthur, University of Portland
Finalist: Men's basketball tournament earnings - by Justin Reed, Gonzaga University
Finalist: Walk on Hallinan getting opportunity to play - by Ben Arthur, University of Portland

Editorial Writing
Winner: State legislature undervalues Western students’ need for mental health services; Bellingham Bridge honoring Confederate general needs name change; Whatcom GOP's support of Eric Bostrom promotes hate - by Suzanna Leung, Western Washington University
Finalist: Students can take action against travel ban; Jury-selection process needs to accommodate the WSU community; Make your voices heard to administrators - by The Daily Evergreen Editorial Board, Washington State University
Finalist: If you weren't paying attention before, now is the time; Reconsider your Greek life FOMO; Appreciate, don't appropriate this Halloween - by Rachel Rippetoe, Olivia Sanchez, Dora Totoian and Owen Price, University of Portland

General Column Writing (Large) 10,000+ Students
Finalist: Stigma, mental health, and U(W) columns - by Sarah Corn, University of Washington
Finalist: Queeries columns - by Cal Reynolds, University of Montana

General Column Writing (Small) 1-9,999 Students
Winner: Calling it: Weinstein scandals and others prove we are living in a world of the red dot; An ode to the Obamas; Journalists better get ready for a fight - by Rachel Rippetoe, University of Portland

Best All-Around Daily Student Newspaper
Winner: The Daily Evergreen - by Staff of The Daily Evergreen, Washington State University

Best All-Around Non Daily Student Newspaper
Winner: The Daily Barometer - by Staff of The Daily Barometer, Oregon State University
Finalist: Observer - by Staff of Observer, Central Washington University
Finalist: The Gonzaga Bulletin - by Eden Laase and Jared Brown, Gonzaga University

Non-Fiction Magazine Article
Winner: A water-bottling plant creates a rift in Montana - by Olga Kreimer, University of Montana
Finalist: Listen closely - by Bryn Yasui, Western Washington University
Finalist: Political science - by Jesse Nichols, Western Washington University

Best Student Magazine
Winner: Voyage - by Jenjira Milan, Shannon Gu, Daniel Green and Jack Russillo, University of Washington
Finalist: DAMchic - by Staff of DAMchic, Oregon State University
Finalist: The Planet Magazine - by Staff of The Planet Magazine, Western Washington University

Breaking News Photography (Large) 10,000+ Students
Winner: Not in our KittCo - by Jack Lambert, Central Washington University
Finalist: Women's march - by Tailyr Irvine, University of Montana
Finalist: A Cemetery of Lecturers - by Hope Freier, University of Montana

Breaking News Photography (Small) 1-9,999 Students
Winner: Fists rising in fall, a surprise encounter with a Boston protest - by Brenna Sinding, Peninsula College

General News Photography (Large) 10,000+ Students
Winner: Students march in solidarity - by Zbigniew Sikora, Oregon State University

General News Photography (Small) 1-9,999 Students
Winner: Kraziness in the Kennel - by Jack Kiesewetter, Gonzaga University
Finalist: A great America - by Libby Kamrowski, Gonzaga University
Finalist: Listen up - by Gavin Doremus, Gonzaga University

Feature Photography (Large) 10,000+ Students
Winner: CWU celebrates MLK - by McKenzie Lakey and Jack Lambert, Central Washington University
Finalist: Eye in the sky - by Miranda Abrashi, Western Washington University

Feature Photography (Small) 1-9,999 Students
Winner: What does the hijab mean to you? - by Annika Gordon, University of Portland
Finalist: Flight of the symphony - by Gavin Doremus, Gonzaga University
Finalist: The Colors of Coast Modern - by Kathryn Graham, Gonzaga University

Photo Illustration (Large) 10,000+ Students
Winner: 3 and out - by Zbigniew Sikora, Oregon State University

Sports Photography (Large) 10,000+ Students
Winner: Everyone's kicking - by Liam Keshishian, University of Montana
Finalist: Sideline catch - by Ryan Pugh, Washington State University

Sports Photography (Small) 1-9,999 Students
Winner: Finally four - by Gavin Doremus, Gonzaga University
Finalist: Unleashing the beast - by Libby Kamrowski, Gonzaga University
Finalist: River of light - by Amanda Ford, Gonzaga University

Editorial Cartooning
Winner: Fake news; Big nerd bully Trump; Let your mind wander - by Nick Sandifer, Washington State University

Radio News Reporting
Winner: Butte holds "wake" for birds killed in the Berkeley Pit - by Nora Saks, University of Montana
Finalist: Jail offers some addicts first crack at treatment - by Rick Rowan, University of Montana

Radio Feature
Winner: Peer treatment program offers new hope in Fort Belknap - by Nora Saks, University of Montana
Finalist: Carillon bells - by Kate Cier, University of Montana
Finalist: Accordian man - by Rosie Costain, University of Montana

Radio Sports Reporting
Finalist: Collegiate esports - by Preston Snyder and Ethan Shaw, Washington State University

Television Breaking News Reporting
Finalist: Stabbing in Corvallis - by Staffs of The Daily Barometer and KBVR, Oregon State University

Television General News Reporting
Finalist: UREC free parking trial - by Jasmine Darakjy, Washington State University

Television Feature Reporting
Winner: Ballet beyond borders - by Meri DeMarois, University of Montana
Finalist: Read with the Griz - by Mederios Whitworth-Babb, University of Montana

Television In-Depth Reporting
Winner: Chiapas: Nueva Bestia - by Estreyita Rosales, Washington State University

Television Sports Reporting
Winner: Griz pen pals - by DJ Stewart, University of Montana

Best All-Around Television Newscast
Finalist: November 9, 2017 newscast - by Austin Getz, Alfredo Llanos and Shannon Heckt, Washington State University
Finalist: October 27, 2017 newscast - by UM News Class, University of Montana

Online News Reporting
Winner: UM to Fukushima: Finding home after fallout - by Staff of UM to Fukushima: Finding Home After Fallout, University of Montana
Finalist: OSU walkout complete coverage - by Staff of The Daily Barometer, Oregon State University
Finalist: Seattle could be first in US to stop rental criminal history discrimination - by Kelsey Hamlin, University of Washington

Online Feature Reporting
Winner: Life and terror: John Paul Mugisha finds a new life on The Bluff - by Rachel Ramirez, University of Portland
Finalist: Trump administration’s termination of DACA program sees local impact - by Riley Youngman, Oregon State University
Finalist: When corporations move in - by Staff of OR Magazine, University of Oregon

Online In-Depth Reporting
Winner: Montana's meth effect - by Staff of metheffect.com, University of Montana

Online Sports Reporting
Winner: Five Star Women: the fight for gender equity in athletics - by Kelsey Jones, Washington State University

Best Affiliated Web Site
Winner: www.cwupulsemagazine.com - by Nicole Trejo-Valli, Ryan Weier, Lexi Phillips and Mandi Ringgenberg, Central Washington University

Best Independent Online Student Publication
Winner: The Beacon - by Staff of The Beacon, University of Portland
Finalist: OR Magazine - by Staff of OR Magazine, University of Oregon

Best Use of Multimedia
Winner: Closed doors; open questions - by Staff of OR Magazine, University of Oregon
Finalist: Environmental protection: It’s on us - by Staff of OR Magazine, University of Oregon

Online/Digital News Videography
Winner: Protesters disrupt Board of Trustees meeting - by Staff of The Daily Barometer, Oregon State University
Finalist: Awkwardness, tears, jeers and questions after ethics speech by Daimler CEO - by Cheyenne Schoen, University of Portland

Online/Digital Feature Videography
Winner: Troubled waters - by Jesse Nichols and Kjell Redal, Western Washington University
Finalist: Murder mystery - by Jesse Nichols, Western Washington University
Finalist: Stone cold sober - by October Yates, Western Washington University

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