Vox Magazine Wins 7 Regional Society of Professional Journalists Awards

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The Winners Represent the Best in Student Journalism

By Ashley Szatala

Columbia, Mo. (April 4, 2016) — The published work of Vox Magazine students has won seven Society of Professional Journalists Region 7 Mark of Excellence awards. The competition is sponsored by the SPJ for the best in student journalism. SPJ Region 7 includes Iowa, Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska.

The honorees will be recognized on April 16 during the regional spring conference held at in Kansas City. First-place regional winners advance to the national round of judging, which is ongoing. National winners will be announced in mid-May.

Assistant professors Judd Slivka and Jeimmie Nevalga serve as advisers for the Missouri School of Journalism chapter. Assistant Professor Heather Lamb serves as editorial director for Vox.

The awards are in the categories of best non-fiction magazine article, feature photography, photo illustration, online feature reporting, and best student magazine.

Vox Magazine CoversThe Region 7 Mark of Excellence award-winning articles and photography are:

  • Best Student Magazine
    • Vox Staff for “The Killing State”
  • Feature Photography
    • John J. Happel for “Forging Tradition”
  • Non-Fiction Magazine Article
    • Vox Staff for “The Death Penalty in Missouri From A to Z”
    • Laura Heck for “A Generation on Edge”
    • Vox Staff for “Race on Campus”
  • Online Feature Reporting
    • Vox Staff for “The Death Penalty in Missouri From A to Z”
  • Photo Illustration
    • Alex Menz for “Columbia’s Sweet Treats”

Founded in 1909 as Sigma Delta Chi, SPJ promotes the free flow of information vital to a well-informed citizenry; works to inspire and educate the next generation of journalists; and protects First Amendment guarantees of freedom of speech and press. The School’s chapter was founded in 1913.

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