14 Students Honored with SPJ Region 7 Mark of Excellence Awards
The Society of Professional Journalists Mark of Excellence Awards are given for the best in student journalism. This year, several Missouri students received multiple awards.
Staff of Vox Magazine Wins Best Student Magazine and Best Affiliated Website
Columbia, Mo. (May 10, 2018) — The published work of 14 Missouri School of Journalism students and the staff of Vox Magazine has earned Region 7 Mark of Excellence Awards, a competition sponsored by the Society of Professional Journalists for the best in student journalism. Several students received multiple awards.
SPJ Region 7 includes Iowa, Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska. This year, collegiate journalists submitted more than 3,700 entries in 39 categories across SPJ’s 12 regions.
The honorees were recognized during the regional spring conference held in mid-April in Ames, Iowa. First place regional winners advance to the national round of judging, which is ongoing. National winners will be announced in mid-May.
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.
Region 7 Mark of Excellence Awards went to the following Missouri Journalism students:
- Winner: Neeta Satam, “Manipur: Portraits of Resilience“
- Finalist: Claire Rounkles, “Train. Race. Win. Repeat.“
- Winner: Huong Truong and Alex Wozniczka, “White Space“
- Finalist: Huong Truong and Alex Wozniczka, “Spice Up Your Style“
Non-Fiction Magazine Article
- Winner: Rick Morgan, “Missouri’s Opioid Epidemic“
- Finalist: Staff of Vox Magazine, “Staring Down the Barrel“
Best Student Magazine
- Winner: Vox Magazine, by Staff of Vox Magazine
- Winner: Anna Brett, “When Evidence Goes Untested, Sex Offenders Go Undetected, Advocates Say,” a story published in the Columbia Missourian.
- Finalist: Titus Wu, “Surviving El Monte’s Food Deserts,” a story published in the San Gabriel Valley Tribune.
- Winner: Peter Baugh, “Beneath Brick, Haley’s Impact on Players Is Traced to His Son’s Impact on Him,” an article published in the Columbia Missourian.
Online Feature Reporting
- Finalist: Staff of Vox Magazine, “Labor Intensive Fight“
Best Affiliated Website
- Winner: Staff of Vox Magazine, VoxMagazine.com
Online/Digital Feature Videography
- Winner: Whitney Matewe, “We Are Human“
Radio News Reporting
- Finalist: Kara Tabor, “Food Insecurity on Campus: Local Pantry Helps Students as Awareness Grows“
- Finalist: Erin McKinstry, “Following the Trail of the Monarch Butterflies: An Interview with Sara Dykman“
- Finalist: Catherine Wheeler, “Women Raising Alpacas, Creating Fabric“
Radio In-Depth Reporting
- Winner: Hannah Haynes, “Intersection – Missouri DACA Recipients Share Stories of Immigration and Belonging“
- Finalist: Erin McKinstry, “Retired Doctor Holds On to Dwindling African American Farming Tradition“
Radio Sports Reporting
- Winner: Hannah Haynes, “Columbia College’s Girls Who Game Event Connects Teen Girls to Electronic Sports“
Television In-Depth Reporting
- Finalist: Eva Cheng, “Blair Oaks High School Eliminates Class Rank“
Updated: November 4, 2020
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