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Region 10 Mark of Excellence Awards winners announced


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4/13/2021


CONTACT:
Lou Harry, SPJ Manager of Publications and Awards, 317-920-4786, lharry@spj.org
Ashlynn Neumeyer, SPJ Communications Coordinator, 317-361-4133, aneumeyer@spj.org

INDIANAPOLIS — The Society of Professional Journalists recognizes the best collegiate journalism in Region 10 with 2020 Mark of Excellence Awards winners.

SPJ’s Region 10 comprises Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington. 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 SPJ’s national conference.

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 Manager of Publications and Awards Lou Harry by email or 317-920-4786.

This list reflects the spelling and titles submitted in the award entries. New MOE categories were added this year for COVID-19 and video game reporting.

Newspapers

Breaking News Reporting (Large) 10,000+ Students
Winner: Anti-mask protests in Moscow, Idaho - by Angela Palermo, Cody Roberts, University of Idaho
Finalist: University investigation found basketball player Nahziah Carter sexually assaulted 2 students - by Ash Shah, Andy Yamashita, Jake Goldstein-Street, University of Washington – Seattle

Breaking News Reporting (Small) 1-9,999 Students
Winner: Administrator goes public with concerns about racism and sexism within UP administration - by Gabi DiPaulo, University of Portland
Finalist: Over 200 Bon App workers lose their jobs at UP - by Carlos Fuentes, University of Portland
Finalist: Gonzaga in Florence suspends academics and sends students home - by Connor Gilbert, Gonzaga University

General News Reporting (Large) 10,000+ Students
Winner: LocalBoyz writes down different name for customer despite clear disapproval - by Angela Tam, Oregon State University
Finalist: UW professor Cliff Mass compares violent protesters to Nazis and he’s not sorry - by Hannah Krieg, University of Washington - Seattle
Finalist: President Cauce officially responds to BSU’s 7 demands for campus equity - by Maya Tizon, University of Washington – Seattle

General News Reporting (Small) 1-9,999 Students
Winner: GU Black Student Union Zoom meeting bombed with verbal attacks - by Mila Yoch, Devan Iyomasa, Gonzaga University
Finalist: COVID-19 testing available at UP, information not so much - by Carlos Fuentes, University of Portland
Finalist: Instagram account @zagsunmasked exposes GU students without masks - by Mila Yoch, Gonzaga University

In-Depth Reporting (Large) 10,000+ Students
Winner: Squashing the spike: The history behind the University's infamous tradition - by Dante Filpula Ankney, University of Montana
Finalist: Behind the systems: WWU Newman Center forces LGBTQ+ employee to resign - by Nate Sanford, Western Washington University
Finalist: Students take action, push administration to overturn termination of two engineering instructors - by Adriana Gutierrez, Oregon State University

In-Depth Reporting (Small) 1-9,999 Students
Winner: Activists stand against Forest Service - by Loren Negron, Washington State University
Finalist: Pilots on the front lines seeking change - by Brie Haro, University of Portland
Finalist: GU students with COVID-19 share their realities with the virus - by Melina Benjamin, Gonzaga University

Feature Writing (Large) 10,000+ Students
Winner: Out there: How Evelyn Wall became an anchor for inclusivity in the outdoors - by Claire Shinner, University of Montana School of Journalism
Finalist: Risque business: The naked truth of cam girls and boys working in the digital red light district - by Alex Miller, University of Montana
Finalist: The University of Whiteness - by Hannah Krieg, University of Washington – Seattle

Feature Writing (Small) 1-9,999 Students
Winner: Chasing ice with the U.S. Coast Guard - by Mia Werner, University of Portland
Finalist: Going viral: UP students find fame and friendship on TikTok - by Molly Lowney, University of Portland
Finalist: Who done it? Mysterious posters appear in Boswell - by Hannah Neff, North Idaho College

Sports Writing (Large) 10,000+ Students
Winner: Welcome to the Lake show: After 21 years, Jimmy Lake is finally a head coach - by Anthony Edwards, University of Washington - Seattle
Finalist: Oregon State wrestlers Rateb, Olmos, Turner, continue to fight for Black Lives Matter in D.C. - by Andres De Los Santos, Oregon State University
Finalist: Student athlete forms social justice group - by Rey Green, Central Washington University

Sports Writing (Small) 1-9,999 Students
Winner: Baseball: Entering the spring, Gonzaga is deep on and off paper - by Connor Gilbert, Gonzaga University
Finalist: Chase Adams steps up as glue of the family as grandmother battles coronavirus - by Kyle Garcia, University of Portland
Finalist: 'I'm not going to sit back and do nothing' - by William Seekamp, University of Portland

Editorial Writing
Winner: The Gonzaga Bulletin - by Parker Seeberger, Kellie Tran, Anders Svenningsen, Gonzaga University
Finalist: Missoulian's endorsement fiasco; We can do better; A look at our source demographics - by Editorial Staff, University of Montana
Finalist: 3 editorials by The Argonaut Editorial Board - by Editorial Board, University of Idaho

General Column Writing
Winner: Alexander Prevost's opinion pieces - by Alexander Prevost, Gonzaga University
Finalist: The U.S. avoided war with Iran; Reduce waste; Remote education is saving lives - by Haley Daarstad, Oregon State University
Finalist: Columns from the margins - by Mia Werner, Laura Heffernan, Jennifer Ng, University of Portland

Best All-Around Student Newspaper (Large) 10,000+ Students
Winner: The Observer - by Staff, Central Washington University
Finalist: The University of Idaho Argonaut - by Brianna Finnegan, Staff, University of Idaho
Finalist: The Daily Barometer - by Staff, Oregon State University

Best All-Around Student Newspaper (Small) 1-9,999+ Students
Winner: The Gonzaga Bulletin - by Staff, Gonzaga University

Magazines

Non-Fiction Magazine Article
Winner: Can you see me? - by Maya Anderson, Western Washington University
Finalist: History repeated - by Riley Haun, University of Idaho
Finalist: Mr. Earth Day - by Grace McCarthy, Faith Owens, Western Washington University

Best Student Magazine
Winner: PULSE magazine - by Maddy Wilson, Sara Roach, Kassandra Eller, Spencer Clifton, Central Washington University
Finalist: Blot magazine May 2020 - by Staff, University of Idaho
Finalist: The Planet Magazine: "The Movement" issue, winter 2020 - by Staff, Western Washington University

Art/Graphics

Breaking News Photography
Winner: Protests in Spokane - by Chiana McInelly, Gonzaga University
Finalist: Protesters continue to rally in Ellensburg, despite fears of violence - by Nicholas Tucker, Mitchell Roland, Central Washington University

General News Photography (Large) 10,000+ Students
Winner: Climate protester - by Zack Jimenez, Western Washington University
Finalist: Election point - by Sara Diggins, University of Montana

General News Photography (Small) 1-9,999 Students
Winner: Dance program partnership - by Sophie Crosby, Gonzaga University

Feature Photography
Winner: Comet Neowise - by Scott Schmidt, Oregon State University
Finalist: Stop reading this and go outside - by Ryan Reynolds, University of Portland
Finalist: Rainier's rare wolverines - by Duncan Mullen, Western Washington University

Photo Illustration
Winner: Flu shot clinic - by Ben Lathwell, Gonzaga University
Finalist: Computers get Zoom fatigue too - by Brennan Crowder, University of Portland
Finalist: Art Department COVID-19 restrictions - by Sophie Crosby, Gonzaga University

Sports Photography
Winner: Rebound battle - by Sara Diggins, University of Montana
Finalist: Cougs vs. Oregon - by Oliver McKenna, Washington State University
Finalist: Driving to the hoop - by Sara Diggins, University of Montana

Data Visualization
Winner: Interactive data journalism - by Austin De Dios, University of Portland

Editorial Cartooning
Winner: Student proved - by Derek Snyder, Oregon State University
Finalist: Political chess; All Ears; The UW administration has a seat on Santa's lap - by Elijah Pasco, University of Washington - Seattle
Finalist: The Observer editorial cartoons - by Tiffany Tablang, Central Washington University

Radio

Radio News Reporting
Winner: Project Little Shell: Questioning blood quantum - by Mary Auld, University of Montana
Finalist: Montana real estate - by Austin Amestoy, University of Montana
Finalist: Skyrocketing COVID-19 cases - by Angela Palermo, University of Idaho

Radio Feature
Winner: Project Little Shell: 3 generations of enrollment - by Victor Yvellez, University of Montana
Finalist: Project Little Shell: A tribe dispersed - by Kylie Mohr, University of Montana
Finalist: Outdoor opera - by Clint Connors, University of Montana

Radio In-Depth Reporting
Winner: Carrying on: arts and leisure in a pandemic - by Lena Beck, Aj Williams, Austin Amestoy, Clint Connors, University of Montana

Radio Sports Reporting
Winner: Covid ski season - by Dante Filpula Ankney, University of Montana
Finalist: Hunter safety online - by Erica Staat, University of Montana

Best All-Around Radio Newscast
Winner: KBGA News at 5 - by Austin Amestoy, University of Montana

Television

Television General News Reporting
Winner: Firefighter climb – by Jaurdyn Johnson, University of Montana

Online

Online News Reporting
Winner: By any other name - by Jax Kiel, Western Washington University
Finalist: This is what quarantine sounds like with 150 positive cases on Greek row - by Hannah Krieg, University of Washington – Seattle

Online Feature Reporting
Winner: Deep-rooted knowledge: Generations of traditional medicine - by Sydney Akridge, University of Montana School of Journalism
Finalist: OK, Zoomer. - by John Elias Olson, Western Washington University
Finalist: Life in the viewfinder - by Alex Moreno, Western Washington University

Online In-Depth Reporting
Winner: Project Little Shell - by Advanced Audio Students, University of Montana
Finalist: A thousand miles from Crow Country - by Alex Miller, University of Montana
Finalist: Does everyone count? - by Maya Anderson, Western Washington University

Online Opinion & Commentary
Winner: A history of BSU’s demands: Repeating our university’s oppressive past - by Opinion Team, University of Washington - Seattle
Finalist: Thirst trap - by Hannah Krieg, University of Washington – Seattle

Best Use of Multimedia
Winner: Not just your vampire weekend - by Lauren Decker, Western Washington University
Finalist: From football player to father: One student’s journey to success - by Maddy Wilson, Zahn Schultz, Krista Kok, Helen Nguyen, Central Washington University

Best Affiliated Web Site
Winner: PULSE magazine - by Maddy Wilson, Joanna Santana, Zahn Schultz, Taylor Johnson, Central Washington University
Finalist: The Observer - by Staff, Central Washington University

Best Independent Online Student Publication
Winner: Trying to teach, trying to learn: Science in Indian Country - by Staff, University of Montana

Videography

Online/Digital News Videography
Winner: Where are the students? An enrollment investigation - by Quinn Corcoran, University of Montana

Online/Digital Feature Videography
Winner: Meat for the mind - by Jiakai Lou, University of Montana
Finalist: Young and green - by Samantha Baxley, Western Washington University

Podcast

Podcast
Winner: What on Earth: Food for thought (Episode 5) - by Molly Lowney, Jennifer Ng, University of Portland
Finalist: Through the multi lens - by Kase Allouzi, Oregon State University

COVID-19

COVID-19: Newspaper, Magazine and Online Coverage
Winner: Special report: Quarantine and Coronavirus in Montana's Indian Country - by Staff, University of Montana
Finalist: Agricultural workers face COVID-19 - by Emma Savage, Western Washington University
Finalist: History repeated - by Riley Haun, University of Idaho

COVID-19: Video Coverage
Winner: Lost - by Quinn Corcoran, University of Montana
Finalist: Ramadan during the COVID-19 pandemic - by Tessa Hoover, Oregon State University

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