SPJ Region 3 Mark of Excellence finalists announced for collegiate journalists

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Congratulations to all the finalists for the Society of Professional Journalists’ Mark of Excellence Awards- Region 3 for collegiate journalists. The winners will be announced on March 24, 2018, at the SPJ Region 3 Spring Conference & Freelance Blitz in Charleston, South Carolina, at the College of Charleston during the conference luncheon. The finalists and categories include:

Breaking News Reporting (Large) 10,000+ Students

“SGA elections board resigns,” Will Jones, The Crimson White, University of Alabama

“Protesters take a stand, outnumber Spencer supporters,” Ian Cohen, Romy Ellenbogen, David Hoffman and Jimena Tavel, The Independent Florida Alligator, University of Florida

“Fraudulent agency scams SPC,” Alex Klugerman, Richard ChessThe Emory Wheel, Emory University

Breaking News Reporting (Small) 1-9,999 Students

“University and FarmHouse reach agreement after public backlash to insensitive video,” Sable Riley, Tropolitan, Troy University

“Update on fraternity house fire,” Hillary TaylorThe Flor-Ala, University of North Alabama

General News Reporting (Large) 10,000+ Students

“Succession of scandals hits Auburn Athletics,” Chip Brownlee, Sam Willoughby, Will SahlieThe Auburn Plainsman, Auburn University

“Two drivers charged with rape, sodomy of student on university transit bus,” Chip Brownlee, Jessica Ballard, The Auburn Plainsman, Auburn University

“Cell phones shed new light on police violence,” Camille StudebakerThe Crimson White, University of Alabama

General News Reporting (Small) 1-9,999 Students

“New policy affects student refund checks,” Harley Duncan, The Flor-Ala, University of North Alabama

In-Depth Reporting (Large) 10,000+ Students

“College costs: the CW explores the real price of your degree,” Shahriyar Emami, Will Baggett, Kirstin Carroll, Adam Dodson, The Crimson White, University of Alabama

In-Depth Reporting (Small) 1-9,999 Students

No winner or finalists

Feature Writing (Large) 10,000+ Students

“Service dog gives mobility to student with visual impairment,” Annie CappettaThe Miami Hurricane, University of Miami

“Into the void,” Ethan BauerIndependent Florida Alligator, University of Florida

“Freshman’s climate change efforts go from local to national,” Nathalie Mairena, The Miami Hurricane, University of Miami

Feature Writing (Small) 1-9,999 Students

“Troy student wrestles with the pros,” Zach Henson, Tropolitan, Troy University

“Uncovered secrets series,” Tyler Hargett, The Flor-Ala, University of North Alabama

“Suffering in silence: Men and domestic violence,” Nadia HollowayThe Famuan, Florida A&M University

Sports Writing (Large) 10,000+ Students

“Former Miami Dolphins wait and wonder about future health,” Ethan BauerMiami Herald, University of Florida

“Best foot forward: UF kicker Eddy Pineiro using football to give his family a comfortable life,” Matthew BrannonIndependent Florida Alligator, University of Florida

“Her decision,” Ethan BauerIndependent Florida Alligator, University of Florida 

Sports Writing (Small) 1-9,999 Students

“Women’s lacrosse excited for rule change,” Christopher FergusonThe Campus Carrier, Berry College

“Wallace adds honor to legacy,” Jacob Cole, The Flor-Ala, University of North Alabama

“Rampersad’s journey to Berry,” Haiden Widener, The Campus Carrier, Berry College

Editorial Writing

“First Amendment flaws in Viking code; Changes needed in chalk policy draft; Use your voice for good,” Campus Carrier and Viking Fusion Staffs, The Campus Carrier, Berry College

“Leath’s appointment warrants criticism; For the good of Auburn, Jay Jacobs should go; It’s time for voters to put an end to Moore’s antics,” Weston Sims, Chip Brownlee, The Auburn Plainsman Editorial Board, The Auburn Plainsman, Auburn University

“Kneeling is not un-American; Doug Jones for US Senate; UA should have commencement speakers,” The Crimson White Editorial Board, The Crimson White, University of Alabama

General Column Writing (Large) 10,000+ Students

No winner or finalists

General Column Writing (Small) 1-9,999 Students

“DACA decision forced on Congress; Media favor sensation in catering to public interest; Is Christianity a religion or a culture?” Pradyot Sharma, Tropolitan, Troy University

Sports Column Writing

“In the wake of Spencer controversy, it’s OK to take a break from sports; Nobody should just stick to sports; Take yourselves less seriously, sports teams,” Ian CohenIndependent Florida Alligator, University of Florida

“I get why Jim McElwain should go. But remember he’s human, too; Adversity is the most overused word in sports. Instead, let’s not cheapen it; Don’t make football a priority in times of crisis,” Ethan BauerIndependent Florida Alligator, University of Florida

“Earth is flat, obviously, you idiot; Dan Mullen just volunteered to go through hell; UF’s new uniforms are so cool they almost make me forget how bad the team is,” Matt BrannonThe Independent Florida Alligator, University of Florida

Best All-Around Daily Student Newspaper

No winner, no finalists

Best All-Around Non Daily Student Newspaper

The Oracle, University of South Florida

The Miami Hurricane, University of Miami

The Auburn Plainsman, Auburn University

Non-Fiction Magazine Article

“Drag race,” Theo Willson, Marissa VoneshDistraction Magazine, University of Miami

“Sea of dreams,” Matthew Wilson, Mary Katherine CarpenterAlpine Living, University of Alabama

Best Student Magazine

Distraction MagazineStaff of Distraction Magazine, University of Miami

SCAN Magazine, Staff of SCAN Magazine, Savannah College of Art and Design Atlanta

Breaking News Photography (Large) 10,000+ Students

“Hunter sets eyes on governing after SGA presidential win,” Jacob Arthur, The Crimson White, University of Alabama

“‘You need a heart’: Community protests Emory’s delay of kidney transplant,” Parth ModyThe Emory Wheel, Emory University

Breaking News Photography (Small) 1-9,999 Students

No winner, no finalists

General News Photography (Large) 10,000+ Students

No winner, no finalists

General News Photography (Small) 1-9,999 Students

No winner, no finalists

Feature Photography (Large) 10,000+ Students

“Words,” Staff of Distraction MagazineDistraction Magazine, University of Miami

Feature Photography (Small) 1-9,999 Students

“Finding home from Myanmar”, Katherine LewinFlagler College Gargoyle, Flagler College

“Better diabetes care available, yet few can afford it,” Jessie Rowan, Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, Flagler College

Photo Illustration (Large) 10,000+ Students

“Cadet Canes,” Sidney Sherman, Marissa VoneshDistraction Magazine, University of Miami

“Sex stats,” Staff of Distraction Magazine, Distraction Magazine, University of Miami

“Cell phones shed new light on police violence,” Kylie Cowden and Jake StevensThe Crimson White, University of Alabama

Photo Illustration (Small) 1-9,999 Students

“Musician Maggie Schneider,” Christian ZubernisThe Connector, Savannah College of Art and Design Atlanta

Sports Photography (Large) 10,000+ Students

“Football cover,” Josh White, Marissa VoneshDistraction Magazine, University of Miami

“FGCU men’s basketball versus Weber International’s Warriors,” Zack Rothman, Eagle News, Florida Gulf Coast University

“Gators lose in Elite Eight,” Grace King, The Independent Florida Alligator, University of Florida

Sports Photography (Small) 1-9,999 Students

“Junior guard Wesley Person,” Joshua Thurston, Tropolitan, Troy University

“Women’s tennis,” Valerie DeWandelThe Campus Carrier, Berry College

“Women’s softball,” Bailey Albertson, The Campus Carrier, Berry College

Editorial Cartooning

“The Current State series: Liberty; Tweety; War games,” Richard GoodwinThe Connector, Savannah College of Art and Design Atlanta

Radio News Reporting

“Richard Spencer speech & rally,” Staff, WUFT-FM, University of Florida

“Mayor of Midland City emerges after difficult election night,” Eriq Roberts, Troy Public Radio, Troy University

“Irma aftermath,” Staff, WUFT-FM, University of Florida

Radio Feature

“The high cost of sugar,” Miranda Fulmore, Alabama Public Radio, University of Alabama

“ALS doesn’t stop this artist,” Alexa Lorenzo, WUFT-FM, University of Florida

Radio In-Depth Reporting

“When the lights go out, and stay out,” Luke Sullivan, WUFT-FM, University of Florida

Radio Sports Reporting

“Family travels to Omaha,” Savanna Collins, WUFT-FM, University of Florida

“A Cuban woman who wants to box,” Caitie Switalski, WUFT-FM, University of Florida

Best All-Around Radio Newscast

“Newscast from October 19, 2017,” Henry Coburn, Dolores Hinckley, WUFT-FM, University of Florida

Television Breaking News Reporting

“Gators drown out Richard Spencer,” Alexa Lorenzo, WUFT-TV, University of Florida

“Pulse anniversary,” Ryan Roberts, Daniela Hurtado, WUFT-TV, University of Florida

“Fire engulfs East Alabama Mill,” Brandon Etheredge, WSFA-TV, Auburn University

Television General News Reporting

“2017 hurricane season begins,” Grace King, WUFT-TV, University of Florida

“Santa Fe River flooding lingers,” Grace King, WUFT-TV, University of Florida

Television Feature Reporting

“The chicken man,” Allen Devlin, Carolina News, University of South Carolina

“M.I.A. Mia,” Zoe Haugen, WUFT-TV, University of Florida

“Painting with a purpose,” Alexa Lorenzo, WUFT-TV, University of Florida

Television In-Depth Reporting

“Peach crop loss,” Caitlin Mathias, Carolina News, University of South Carolina

“Lead in school water,” Daniela Hurtado, Danielle Frew, WUFT-TV, University of Florida

“Tale of two cities,” Brian Principe, Carolina News, University of South Carolina

Television Sports Reporting

“Palatka pride,” Savanna Collins, WUFT-TV, University of Florida

“Three coaches, three players, one city,” J.P. Hovey, Carolina News, University of South Carolina

“D’Mauri Jones: Painting inspiration,” David Perez, UMTV Sportsdesk, University of Miami

Best All-Around Television Newscast

“WUFT News First at Five,” Aaron Abell and WUFT NEWS Staff, WUFT-TV, University of Florida

“WUFT News,” Rachel Trent and WUFT NEWS Staff, WUFT-TV, University of Florida

“TROY TrojanVision News,” TROY TrojanVision News, Troy University

Online News Reporting

“Flooding leaves refugee family with moldy apartment,” Katherine LewinFlagler College Gargoyle, Flagler College

“Flagler College jury scam: When technology is used for evil,” Katherine HamiltonFlagler College Gargoyle, Flagler College

“Drawing lines: Debate over gerrymandering, political power comes to South Carolina,” Brodie PutzCarolina Reporter and News, University of South Carolina

Online Feature Reporting

“Two veterans, two wars,” Briana Erickson, WUFT News, University of Florida

“Artist Tyrone Geter: Searching for a universal language,” Taylor HalleCarolina Reporter and News, University of South Carolina

“Unpredictable weather, breaking buds part of S.C. winemaking life,” Michaela WendellCarolina Reporter and News, University of South Carolina

Online In-Depth Reporting

“Energy Burden,” Staff, WUFT.org, WUFT News, University of Florida

“Grade expectations,” Molly Donovan, WUFT News, University of Florida

“‘Feels like an earthquake’: Newberry neighborhood fears damage from limestone mine,” Nicole Dan, WUFT News, University of Florida

Online Sports Reporting

“Vikings football playoffs,” Allie Pritchett, Bruno Rosa and Chris FergusonViking Fusion, Berry College

“Beach volleyball player takes familial approach to competition,” Collyn TaylorCarolina Reporter and News, University of South Carolina

“Sara P’s Fast 5,” Sara Palczewski, Eagle Eye TV, Auburn University

Online Opinion & Commentary

“Life is precious: My sister’s story; Why I’m happy to be financially independent; Logic brings powerful, important performance to the VMAs,” Jared TalbotFlagler College Gargoyle, Flagler College

“An open letter from a sick and tired Atlanta driver; The first lady is missing; What the new tax plan means for students,” Allison BoltThe Connector, Savannah College of Art and Design Atlanta

Best Affiliated Web Site

Alpine Living New Zealand,” Jonathan Norris, Taylor Armer, Kaylin Bowen and Hailey Grace SteeleAlpine Living, University of Alabama

“Eagle Eye TV,” Staff, Eagle Eye TV, Auburn University

Best Independent Online Student Publication

Viking Fusion, Staff, Berry College

Flagler College Gargoyle, Staff, Flagler College

The Connector, Staff, Savannah College of Art and Design Atlanta

Best Use of Multimedia

“The 45th President,” Staff, The Independent Florida Alligator, University of Florida

“Resilient,” Christopher Chase Edmunds, Taylor Armer, Cara Walker, Thomas JoaAlpine Living, University of Alabama

“Our Gainesville,” WUFT News, University of Florida

Broadcast News Videography

“Troy Out of the Darkness Walk,” Lauren HarksenTROY TrojanVision News, Troy University

Broadcast Feature Videography

No winner, no finalists

Broadcast Sports Videography

No winner, no finalists

Online/Digital News Videography

“Gainesville residents react to Thursday speech event on campus,” Ramsey TouchberryWUFT News, University of Florida

Online/Digital Feature Videography

“Beyond gender,” Andrea Cornejo, WUFT News, University of Florida

“Flagler student tears up the t-shirt business,” Gabrielle GarayFlagler College Gargoyle, Flagler College

Online/Digital Sports Videography

No winner, no finalists

For more information, contact Sharon Dunten, SPJ Region Assistant Regional Director, Conference Coordinator, at sdunten.spjregion3@gmail.com.

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