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Region 4 Mark of Excellence Awards 2023 winners announced


4/15/2024


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 4 with 2023 Mark of Excellence Awards winners.

SPJ’s Region 4 comprises Michigan, Ohio, Western Pennsylvania and West Virginia. 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 4 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: OPD use of force investigation — by Sean Scott, Alice Momany, The Miami Student, Miami University

Breaking News Reporting (Small)
Winner: Federal work study program to end between March 19 and April 1 — by Erin Yudt, The Globe, Point Park University

General News Reporting (Large)
Winner: In East Palestine, life inches towards normal — by Morgan Schneider, Oxford Stories on Medium, Miami University
Finalist: Working nine-to-life — by Brody Serravalli, The Lantern, The Ohio State University
Finalist: Examining Miami's drinking culture — by Evan Stefanik, The Miami Student, Miami University

General News Reporting (Small)
Winner: Crossroad ministries bring hope to residents of Xenia nursing home — by Avonlea Brown, Cedars, Cedarville University
Finalist: Firearm found in Dolan Hall before Thanksgiving break, investigation under way — by Laken Kincaid, The Carroll News, John Carroll University

In-Depth Reporting (Large)
Winner: The cost of convenience — by Ryan Maxin, The Post, Ohio University
Finalist: ‘This is absolutely heartbreaking’: Miami considers eliminating majors in the humanities — by Kasey Turman, Taylor Stumbaugh, The Miami Student, Miami University
Finalist: Path to the Oval Office: is Carter qualified? — by Phoebe Helms, Josie Stewart, The Lantern, The Ohio State University

In-Depth Reporting (Small)
Winner: Interim president Chris Brussalis appointed ninth university president — by Jake Dabkowski, Erin Yudt, The Globe, Point Park University
Finalist: Life on the Great Lakes — by Heidie Senseman, Cedars, Cedarville University
Finalist: Thrifting a way of life — by Maggie Fipps, Chloe Smith, Cedars, Cedarville University

Feature Writing (Large)
Winner: Miami ... merged — by Lily Wahl, Taylor Stumbaugh, The Miami Student, Miami University
Finalist: Airy v. Ohio U: How mental health crises are dealt with at Ohio U — by Madeline Harden, The New Political, Ohio University
Finalist: Love birds, peony fields and chocolate hearts: Two professors’ marriage story — by Ryann Beaschler, The Miami Student, Miami University

Feature Writing (Small)
Winner: One and only RandyLand — by Mackenzie Phillips, Off the Bluff Magazine, Duquesne University
Finalist: Christians confront the possibilities and impossibilities of AI — by Alan Brads, Cedars, Cedarville University
Finalist: Trundle Manor's 'Addams Family' — by Megan Trotter, Off the Bluff, Duquesne University

Sports Writing (Large)
Winner: Ryland Zaborowski doesn’t let autism stop him from crushing baseballs — by Jack Schmelzinger, The Miami Student, Miami University
Finalist: Jonathan Smith preparing to build a new life, culture with Michigan State football — by Colby Schikora, Spartan Sports Report, Michigan State University
Finalist: Women's Basketball: Ticket office registers highest numbers in six years — by Jayla Vanhorn, The Lantern, The Ohio State University

Sports Writing (Small)
Winner: Born to Win: Addy Miller looks to continue impressive coaching career at Cedarville — by Julia Swain, Cedars, Cedarville University
Finalist: Freshman point guard Ethan Sellars finds fulfillment off the basketball court — by Alan Brads, Cedars, Cedarville University
Finalist: Ethan Cunningham tumbles his way onto Cedarville cheer — by Maggie Fipps, Cedars, Cedarville University

Editorial/Opinion Writing
Winner: Let's talk about methane — by Ava Kalina, The Miami Student, Miami University
Finalist: Columns — by Isabella Zinchini, The News Record, University of Cincinnati
Finalist: Commentary — by Virginia Doherty, KentWired.com/The Kent Stater, Kent State University

General Column Writing
Winner: Metal Mondays — by Jackson McCoy, The Post, Ohio University

Sports Column Writing
Winner: SportsMonday Columns — by Nicholas Stoll, Paul Nasr, Connor Earegood, The Michigan Daily, University of Michigan

Corbin Gwaltney Award for Best All-Around Student Newspaper (Large)
Winner: The Miami Student — by Staff, The Miami Student, Miami University
Finalist: The Michigan Daily — by Staff, The Michigan Daily, University of Michigan
Finalist: The Post — by Staff, The Post, Ohio University

Corbin Gwaltney Award for Best All-Around Student Newspaper (Small)
Winner: The Exponent — by The Exponent, The Exponent, Baldwin Wallace University

Best Ongoing Student Magazine
Winner: The Burr — by Staff, The Burr, Kent State University
Finalist: Rhythm — by Staff, UP Magazine, Miami University
Finalist: Thread Magazine — by Staff, Thread Magazine, Ohio University

Best Affiliated Web Site
Winner: The Post — by Staff, The Post, Ohio University
Finalist: newsrecord.org — by Staff, The News Record, University of Cincinnati
Finalist: The Miami Student website — by Staff, The Miami Student, Miami University

Best Independent Online Student Publication
Winner: The Michigan Daily — by Staff, The Michigan Daily, University of Michigan

Art/Graphics/Multimedia

Breaking News Photography
Winner: UC students hold protest in support of Palestine — by Frank Bowen, Skylinn Jenkins, The News Record, University of Cincinnati
Finalist: Notorious party bus 'Cabbie D' struck on E 116th Street and Shaker Boulevard — by Nick Sack, The Carroll News, John Carroll University

General News Photography
Winner: Hundreds of UMich students walk out for Palestine — by Jeremy Weine, The Michigan Daily, University of Michigan

Photo Essay/Slideshow
Winner: Walter E Havighurst special collections — by Sarah Frosch, The Miami Student, Miami University
Finalist: Spiritual awakening — by Logan Howard, Cedars, Cedarville University
Finalist: The Driver Era and Almost Monday concert — by Zoe Cranfill, The Post, Ohio University

Illustration
Winner: The latest buzz: UMich designated bee-friendly campus — by Abby Schreck, The Michigan Daily, University of Michigan

Sports Photography
Winner: Talawanda Track & Field sprints toward SWOC tournament — by Pearl Zajbel, Oxford Observer, Miami University
Finalist: Miami brings home Victory Bell for the first time since 2005 — by Jessica Monahan, The Miami Student, Miami University

Best Use of Multimedia
Winner: Big, blank walls': Oxford’s hidden vibrance — by Ryann Beaschler, Medium.com, Miami University
Finalist: The Black hair series — by Udoka Nwansi, Karis Clark, Akash Dewan, Eric Lau, The Michigan Daily, University of Michigan
Finalist: The complexities and costs of an insured life — by Jessica Opfer, Medium.com, Miami University

News Videography
Winner: Elliv: Illuminate was a Hit!! — by Ian Chan, Cedars, Cedarville University
Finalist: A fun-filled card game encourages spiritual growth in its players — by JosephineSchmidt-Krayer, Cedars, Cedarville University
Finalist: K9s at the Ville presents: Valentine’s Puppy Party — by Julia Mumford, Cedars, Cedarville University

Feature Videography
Winner: Serving others: The Cedarville fire department in action — by Josephine Schmidt-Krayer, Cedars, Cedarville University

Data Visualization
Winner: Maps: See how Butler County turned out for Issues 1 and 2 — by Sean Scott, Luke Macy, The Miami Student, Miami University
Finalist: UMich class of 2027 by the numbers: Diets, dorms and data — by Irena Li, Joey Lin, The Michigan Daily, University of Michigan

Audio

Radio News Reporting
Winner: Some parts of Rural Ohio lack maternal care. Can midwives help? — by Jenna Bal, Ideastream Public Media, Kent State University
Finalist: Solidarity rally — by John Boggess, WMUL-FM, Marshall University

Radio Feature
Winner: Pumpkin house — by Luke Hamilton, WMUL-FM, Marshall University
Finalist: Heights Now: Meet the man who 'makes them pay' — by Laken Kincaid, Nick Sack, Evan Richwalsky, WJCU, John Carroll University
Finalist: Outside looking in — by Nate Harrah, WMUL-FM, Marshall University

Radio In-Depth Reporting
Winner: In the aftermath of the East Palestine, Ohio, train derailment — by Grace Springer, Sophia Lucente, Collaborative News Lab, Kent State University
Finalist: Abby Herring first female runner to qualify for Nationals — by Ben Anderson, WMUL-FM, Marshall University

Radio Sports Reporting
Winner: End of season for the Herd and other reports — by John Boggess, WMUL, Marshall University

Best All-Around Radio Newscast
Winner: Newscenter 88 — by Staff, WMUL, Marshall University

Podcast (Conversational)
Winner: What happens on court stays on court — by Hannah Campbell, Tate Raub, The Post, Ohio University
Finalist: People and Policies — by Raquel Hirsch, Olivia Patel, The Miami Student, Miami University

Broadcast

Television Breaking News Reporting
Winner: Campus Carry bill just passed — by Aaron Dickens, WVU News, West Virginia University

Television General News Reporting
Winner: WVU News - Cutting the cost of diabetes drugs — by Lara Bonatesta, WVU News, West Virginia University
Finalist: Vaping in the Mountain State — by Kaeli Ricottilli, WVU News, West Virginia University
Finalist: Candlelight vigil — by Mackenize Dekker, Focal Point News, Michigan State University

Television Feature Reporting
Winner: Athens farmer defies stereotypes — by Morgan Anderson, WOUB Public Media, Ohio University
Finalist: Forest of decisions — by Ethan Hunter, Focal Point News, Michigan State University
Finalist: Ramadan in our community — by Kaeli Ricottilli, WVU News, West Virginia University

Television In-Depth Reporting
Winner: Akron nonprofit turns Metro bus into ‘Carvan of Love’ — by Alexandra Manthey, KentWired.com/TV2, Kent State University
Finalist: Drug court program — by Lara Bonatesta, WVU News, West Virginia University

Television Sports Reporting
Winner: Mountaineer Playbook: Bridge Day — by Elizabeth Carey, Mountaineer Playbook, West Virginia University
Finalist: Mountaineer Playbook: Esports — by Riley McIlmoyle, Mountaineer Playbook, West Virginia University
Finalist: Take Me Home Country Roads — by Sean Lowdermilk, WVU News, West Virginia University

Best All-Around Television Newscast
Winner: TV2 News for Dec. 7, 2023 — by Staff, KentWired.com/TV2, Kent State University

Best All-Around Television News Magazine
Winner: WVU News — by Staff, WVU News, West Virginia University

All Platform

Campus Reporting
Winner: Cultural diversity in Miami performing groups and other columns — by Sean Scott, The Miami Student, Miami University
Finalist: Miami University: The kingdom of air purifiers? — by Anastasija Mladenovska, The Miami Student, Miami University

Cultural Criticism
Winner: Literary reviews — by Lily Wahl, The Miami Student, Miami University
Finalist: Film Reviews — by Luke Macy, The Miami Student, Miami University
Finalist: Critiques on film and television — by Stella Powers, The Miami Student, Miami University

Food/Restaurant Journalism
Winner: We can't cook — by Sean Scott, Devin Ankeney, The Miami Student, Miami University

Regional Political Reporting
Winner: How will SB83 impact DEI initiatives at John Carroll University? — by Laken Kincaid, The Carroll News, John Carroll University

Science/Environment/Climate Reporting
Winner: Saving balloons worth of money with helium reclamation — by Austin Smith, The Miami Student, Miami University
Finalist: ‘Pretty pest’: The invasive species taking over the Midwest — by Alton Northup, The Kent Stater/KentWired, Kent State University
Finalist: Local voices spread secondhand love — by Sarah Kennel, The Miami Student, Miami University

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