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Stater and Earn National SPJ Awards

Posted May. 5, 2010

Kent State University’s Daily Kent Stater Editorial Board and editorial cartoonist Chris Sharron have earned first place awards in the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) national Mark of Excellence Awards. The Daily Kent Stater is a student-run daily newspaper of the university.

Stater sports columnist Tom Gallick was named a national finalist along with, a collaborative effort of student journalists working for the Daily Kent Stater, TV2 and Black Squirrel Radio News, all independent student media at Kent State, for its coverage of the April 2009 College Fest riots.

The Mark of Excellence Awards recognize collegiate work published or broadcasted during 2009. This year, student journalists submitted more than 3,600 entries.

This is the best showing ever for Kent State in the national SPJ awards, according to Daily Kent Stater adviser Carl Schierhorn.

“Regardless of what else is happening in the industry, college students across the country are continuing to embrace journalism, and these Mark of Excellence winners reflect some of their best work,” said SPJ Vice President of Campus Chapter Affairs Neil Ralston. “These students are excited about journalism, and they understand that a strong press is vital to our nation's future.”

National Mark of Excellence Award judges choose one national winner in each category and two national finalists.

Winners and finalists were previously recognized by receiving first place in one of the SPJ’s 12 regional competitions. Each first place regional winner advanced to the national competition.

The winners and finalists will be recognized Oct. 4 at the Mark of Excellence Awards Luncheon, which occurs during the 2010 SPJ Convention & National Journalism Conference at The Planet Hollywood Hotel in Las Vegas.

The School of Journalism and Mass Communication is one of four schools that comprise the College of Communication and Information at Kent State University. The mission of the College of Communication and Information is to educate students to meet their individual goals as well as the needs of society. Education at the undergraduate and graduate levels promotes the development and application of theoretical foundations and creative experiences through interaction with a dedicated faculty of scholars and professionals.

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