JMC sweeps six categories in Society of Professional Journalists regional ‘Mark of Excellence’ awardsPosted Apr. 22, 2014
The Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) has announced its 2013 Mark of Excellence (MOE) Award winners from region 4, and JMC students and student media earned six first-place awards and nine finalist placements.
JMC’s six first-place winners will move on to the national MOE competition, with results due later this spring.
SPJ’s region 4 comprises Michigan, Ohio, West Virginia and parts of western Pennsylvania, including Pittsburgh. JMC competes in the large university division in the MOE Awards. Divisions are based on undergraduate and graduate enrollment. Large divisions are universities and colleges with more than 10,000 students.
SPJ works to inspire and educate the next generation of journalists. Its annual competition honors the best in student journalism as determined by judges who are directed to “choose only those entries which they felt were outstanding work worthy of such an honor.”
“Wow, two first-place finishes for the Stanislaw story — Best Use of Multimedia and Television In-Depth Reporting,” assistant professor and student media adviser Mitch McKenney said in reaction to the wins. “Rex Santus and Jason Kostura did a great job pursuing this story together for their Stater and TV2 audiences, and Rebecca Reis brought it all together on KentWired, so it's gratifying to see their convergence efforts recognized."
John Butte, coordinator for career services and TV2 faculty adviser, is equally enthusiastic about these regional awards. “I'm am so proud of these students. This recognition for the quality work of our independent student media is inspiring."
JMC regional award winners include:
First Place: “KSU declines to renew contract of Professor Richard Stanislaw” by Jason Kostura, TV2
First Place: “Roosevelt High School joins Suburban League,” by Gabriel Kramer, TV2
Breaking News Reporting
Finalist: “Ravenna teen dies in car accident with train” by Gabriel Kramer, TV2
Best Use of Multimedia
First Place: “Professor dismissed amid claim he ‘actively misrepresented’ credentials” by Rex Santus and Jason Kostura, KentWired.com
First Place: “Piling On” by Brian Smith
Best Student Magazine
First Place: The Burr
Breaking News Reporting
Finalist: “Lefton announces retirement” by Alicia Balog, Daily Kent Stater
General News Reporting
Finalist: “It couldn’t happen at Chardon” by Alicia Balog, Daily Kent Stater
Finalist: “The cost of losing a conference title” by Grant Engle, Daily Kent Stater
Best All-Around Daily Student Newspaper
Finalist: Daily Kent Stater
Best Affiliated Website
Breaking News Photography
First Place: “Tornado war zone” by Jacob Byk, Daily Kent Stater
Finalist: “A mother’s grief” by Chelsae Ketchum, Daily Kent Stater
General News Photography
Finalist: “Secret Syrian Mortar Factory” by Coty Giannelli, Summer Kent Stater
Finalist: “Shelter from the Storm” by Jacob Byk, The Burr
Rotator Photo: A photograph from Jacob Byk’s award-winning photo essay, “Tornado war zone.”