Meet the 2019 Region 3 SPJ Mark of Excellence Finalists

The winners will be announced at the SPJ Region 3 – Savannah State JMC Conference, “Trauma & Stress: while working in journalism,” March 9 in Savannah, Georgia.

The regional winners will go on to the SPJ National Mark of Excellence Awards to be announced at the EIJ19 Conference in San Antonio, Texas, Sept. 5 – 7, 2019.

Breaking News Photography (Large) 10,000+ Students

After the National Championship game; Casey Sykes, University of Georgia, The Red & Black

Election results; Marcelo Rondon, University of Florida, WUFT

Breaking News Photography (Small) 1 – 9999 Students

Murder case will go to grand jury; Zach Henson, Troy University, The Tropolitan

Editorial Cartooning

Editorial Cartoons; Abigail Nicholson, Troy University, The Tropolitan

Feature Photography (Large) 10,000 + Students

Concern feeds her passion, Kaitlin Hall, University of Florida, WUFT

A Fight for Power; Kaitlin Hall, University of Florida, WUFT

Feature Photography (Small) 1 – 9999 Students

Rapper B.o.B. Performs at Derby Days; Chris Wallace, Troy University, The Tropolitan

SCAD FASHWKND”s experimental Atlanta showcase takes you on an emotional behind-the-scenes journey; Anya and Rebecca Williams, Savannah College of Art and Design, The Connector

General News Photography (Large) 10,000 + Students

Herculean task, little help; Claudia Perez-Brito, University of Florida, WUFT

General News Photography (Small) 1 – 9999 Students

No winners

Photo Illustration (Large) 10,000 + Students

Plan A; Sophie Robbins and Kristian Del Rosario, University of Miami, Distraction Magazine

Photo Illustration (Small) 1 – 9999 Students

No winners

Sports Photography (Large) 10,000 + Students

Smoked’em; Hannah Saad, The University of Alabama, The Crimson White

Nothin’ but a winner; Sam MacDonald, The University of Alabama, The Crimson White

Auburn Basketball vs Ole Miss; Madison Ogletree, Auburn University, The Auburn Plainsman

Sports Photography (Small) 1 – 9999 Students

No winner

Best Student Magazine

Distraction Magazine: Winter 2018; Staff, University of Miami

Alice Magazine; Staff, University of Alabama

Ampersand Magazine; Staff, University of Georgia

Non-Fiction Magazine Article

It’s on men too; Teddy Willson and Jorge Chabo, University of Miami

Casting shadows; Molly Minta, University of Florida

Dawn of the digital renaissance; Marian Hill, Savannah College of Art and Design Atlanta, SCAN Magazine

Best All-Around Daily Student Newspaper

No winners

Best All-Around Non-Daily Student Newspaper

The Auburn Plainsman; Staff, Auburn University

The Red & Black; Staff, University of Georgia

The Crimson White; Staff, University of Alabama

Breaking News Reporting (Large) 10,000 + Students

SGA president Jared Hunter arrested for DUI; Jackson Fuentes, University of Alabama, The Crimson White

Shooting near campus kills 1, injures 4; Chip Brownlee and Lily Jackson, Auburn University, The Auburn Plainsman

Breaking News Reporting (Small) 1 – 9999 Students

Murder case will go to grand jury; Zach Henson, Troy University, The Tropolitan

Editorial Writing

Editorials; The Emory Wheel Editorial Board, Emory University, The Emory Wheel

Editorials; The Auburn Plainsman Editorial Board, Auburn University, The Auburn Plainsman

Editorials; The Crimson White Editorial Board, University of Alabama, The Crimson White

Feature Writing (Large) 10,000 + Students

With 20 confirmed cases of ocular melanoma tied to Auburn, survivors push to fund research; Chip Brownlee, Auburn University, The Auburn Plainsman

A Prayer in the night: An immigrant seeks refuge and a new life in Auburn; Eduardo Medina, Auburn University, The Auburn Plainsman

Feature Writing (Small) 1 – 9999 Students

Cardinal Creeper unveiled; Taylor Walding, Troy University, The Tropolitan

General Column Writing (Large & Small)

No winners

General News Reporting (Large) 10,000 + Students

Student Elections investigations; Christina Yan and Richard Chess, Emory University, The Emory Wheel

Professor receives backlash after using N-word in class; Christina Yan and Richard Chess, Emory University, The Emory Wheel

Potential changes to sexual misconduct reporting, investigations facing college campuses; Cameren Boatner, Florida Atlantic University, FAU University Press

General News Reporting (Small) 1 – 9999 Students

Hurricane Michael; Steven Sain, Emma Daniel, Zach Henson, Jessica Gunn, Troy University, The Tropolitan

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

Sex on campus; Staff, University of Alabama, The Crimson White

In the eye of the epidemic: An Auburn graduate’s struggle through opioid addiction; Eduardo Medina, Auburn University, The Auburn Plainsman

An investigation into FAU’s SPOTs – the teaching evaluations student take at the end of the semester; Joe Pye, Florida Atlantic University, FAU University Press

In-Depth Reporting (Small) 1 – 9999 Students

Mold at the Pointe; Zach Henson, Troy University, The Tropolitan

Sports Column Writing

No winners

Sports Writing (Large) 10,000 + Students

Fight Like Hell: Mackenzie Brannan competes for her brother; Ben Stansell, University of Alabama, The Crimson White

FAU’s all time leading tackler is as devoted to his Muslim faith as he is the game; Wajih AlBaroudi, Florida Atlantic University, FAU University Press

Sports Writing (Small) 1 – 9999 Students

No winners

Best Affiliated Web Site

redandblack.com; Staff, University of Georgia

distractionmagazine.com; Staff, University of Miami

Best Independent Online Student Publication

Flagler College Gargoyle; Staff, Flagler College

VIDA Magazine; Mary Katherine Carpenter, Elizabeth Elkin, Lane Stafford, Kaylin Bowen, University of Alabama

SCAD Connector; Staff, Savannah College of Art and Design Atlanta

Best Use of Multimedia

After Michael’s fury, an angel saves the forgotten in a Florida tent city; Mackenzie Behm, University of Florida, WUFT

Online Feature Reporting

Creatures of Costa Rica; Staff of VIDA Magazine, University of Alabama, VIDA Magazine

Depth of field; Lauren Richardson, Berry College, Viking Fusion

The dispatched campesinos of Nicolas Ruiz; Jared Olson, Flagler College, Flagler College Gargoyle

Online In-Depth Reporting

The enduring allure of Mexico’s Zapatistas; Jared Olson, Flagler College, Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting

Peak Florida; Staff of WUFT.org, University of Florida, WUFT.org

The housing and eviction crisis in Columbia, Larissa Johnson, University of South Carolina, Carolina News & Reporter

Online News Reporting

Pulled over in Florida? Don’t expect the same traffic stop every time; Amy Nelson, University of Florida, WUFT

A Florida fiasco; Cat Glorida, University of Florida, WUFT

Greater Florence to get its first mosque; Haley Edmondson, Berry College, Viking Fusion

Online Opinion & Commentary

Editorials, Ashia Manning, Angela Saxon, Aunarey Herbert, Savannah State University, Tiger’s Roar

Online Sports Reporting

No winners

Podcast

Friends of the promised land; Alexander Richey, Alayna Clay, University of Alabama, VIDA Magazine

Best All-Around Radio Newscast

November 7, 2018 newscast; Henry Coburnand, Raymon Trocoso, University of Florida, WUFT-FM

Radio Feature

A problem with pythons; Alexa Lorenzo, University of Florida, WUFT-FM

Syrian families in south Florida bring their food and poems to the dinner table; Leslie Ovalle, Florida International University, WLRN News

Radio In-Depth Reporting

No winners

Radio News Reporting

Cracks in the provider pipeline: A look into south Florida’s mental health provider shortage; Roshan Nebhrajani, Florida International University, WLRN News

Deputy sheriffs killed; Staff, University of Florida, WUFT-FM

In depth coverage: Hurricane Michael; Staff, University of Florida, WUFT-FM

Radio Sports Reporting

Overcoming adversity through archery; Meredith Sheldon, University of Florida, WUFT-FM

Best All-Around Television News Magazine

Life After Maria; Staff, University of Florida, WUFT

Best All-Around Television Newscast

TROY TrojanVision News, Staff, Troy University, TROY TrojanVision News

First at Five; WUFT News, University of Florida, WUFT-TV

November 8, 2018 newscast; Carolina News, University of South Carolina, Carolina News

Television Breaking News Reporting

Briargate apartment fire; Kylie Jones, University of South Carolina, Carolina News

Hurricane Michael; WUFT News, University of Florida, WUFT-TV

Nuns on the bus; Grace McKenna, University of South Carolina, Carolina News

Television Feature Reporting

The archer; Meredith Sheldon, University of Florida, WUFT-TV

UFO welcome center; Kyle O’Connor, University of South Carolina, Carolina News

Memorializing a tragedy: A look into America’s history of slavery and social injustice today; Haley Edmondson, Rachel Siler, Berry College, Viking Fusion

Television General News Reporting

Medical marijuana businesses booming in Florida; Clarisa Melendez, University of Florida, WUFT-TV

Elections flaws, Kyle O’Connor, University of South Carolina, Carolina News

Fighting for change; Jihad Shatara, Isaiah Kim-Martinez, University of Miami, University of Miami Television (UMTV)

Television In-Depth Reporting

Silenced: 1.5 million Florida felons without a vote; Staff, University of Florida, WUFT

Columbia structural safety; Elena Barilla, University of South Carolina, Carolina Insider

Phantom water bills; Sabrina Shutters, University of South Carolina, Carolina Insider

Television Sports Reporting

A dangerous edge; David Perez, Luis Gonzalez, Gianna Sanchez, University of Miami, University of Miami Television (UMTV)

Kenzi Maguire story; Chandler Mack, University of South Carolina, Carolina News

“I try and catch the ball when it comes to me” Noah Syverson, Berry College, Viking Fusion

Broadcast Feature Videography

The archer; Meredith Sheldon, University of Florida, WUFT-TV

Broadcast News Videography

Python elimination program; Alexa Lorenzo, University of Florida, WUFT-TV

Broadcast Sports Videography

No winners

Online/Digital Feature Videography

Florida Voices | Brad Kendall, sailing forward; Mackenzie Behm, University of Florida, WUFT

Florida Voices | Carlton “Blixx” Barber, the tiny mirror; Mackenzie Behm, Emily Netburn, University of Florida, WUFT

Online/Digital News Videography

No winners

Online/Digital Sports Videography

No winners. No finalists