SPJ Mark of Excellence Awards entries now open for student journalism; deadline Jan. 15

The Society of Professional Journalists – Region 3 is looking to award student journalists in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands for its annual Mark of Excellence Awards (MOE), honoring the best in student journalism. The awards offer categories for print, radio, television and online collegiate journalism. All regional entries need to be submitted to the SPJ National Office MOE award webpage.

The first-place regional winners will move into the SPJ National MOE competitions where they can be given the MOEy Award for the overall entry among all national winners. Winners in the following categories are eligible for a MOEy only if they cover a single topic:

  • Best All-Around Daily Student Newspaper
  • Best All-Around Non-Daily Student Newspaper
  • Best Student Magazine
  • Best All-Around Radio Newscast
  • Best All-Around Television Newscast
  • Best Affiliated Website
  • Best Independent Online Student Publication
  • Best Independent Digital-Only Student Publication

Watch a video demo of the registration and MOE entry process

You may submit entries for the Mark of Excellence Awards using this online entry form. Entries are due by 11:59 p.m. ET on January 15, 2019.

For more information, link to the National SPJ MOE page HERE.

Last year’s SPJ Region 3 MOEy Award winners:

SPJ National WinnerSports Column Writing – Ethan Bauer, University of Florida  Read online: Link 1 • Link 2 • Link 3

SPJ National WinnerRadio In-Depth Reporting – Luke Sullivan, University of Florida “When the lights go out, and stay out.”  
Read story and listen online

SPJ National WinnerTelevision Sports Reporting – David Perez, University of Miami  D’Mauri Jones: Painting inspiration  Watch video here.

SPJ National WinnerBest Affiliated Website – Alpine Living New Zealand, Jonathan Norris, Taylor Armer, Kaylin Bowen and Hailey Grace Steele, University of Alabama  Website

If the regional winners have been announced by the National SPJ by March 2019, the Mark of Excellence Awards regional awards will be announced and distributed at the SPJ Region 3 spring conference in Savannah, Ga., on March 9, 2019. 


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