Society of Professional Journalists Announce Mark of Excellence Award Winners

The Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) have announced the winners of the Mark of Excellence Region 9 awards. Region 9 comprises Colorado, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming.

MOE Awards entries are judged by professionals with at least three years of journalism experience. Judges were directed to choose entries they felt were among the best in student journalism. If no entry rose to the level of excellence, no award was given. Any category not listed has no winner.

School divisions are based on student enrollment, including both graduate and undergraduate: Large schools have at least 10,000 students and small schools have 9,999 or fewer students.

Certificates will be mailed next week to schools.

Newspapers

Breaking News Reporting:

Winner: Decker Westenburg; The Daily Universe; Brigham Young University “Former BYU professor charged with sexually abusing a student pleads not guilty”
Finalist: Kayleigh Silverstein, Jack O’Leary; The Daily Utah Chronicle; University of Utah: “22 Forever: U campus community gathers at candlelight vigil to honor student-athlete Aaron Lowe”
Finalist: Ernesto Cisneros, Luis Rios and Hannah Zamora; The Round Up; New Mexico State University: “Resident assistants raise concerns about pay and working conditions”

General News Reporting:

Winner: Cassidy Wixom; The Daily Universe; Brigham Young University; “BYU, Utah women find healing amid high rates of sexual assault”
Finalist: Noelle Mason; Rocky Mountain Collegian; Colorado State University: “Reflecting on research: A year of COVID-19 at CSU”
Finalist: Cinthia Cortez; The Mirror; University of Northern Colorado: “UNC students, community members experience difficulties at University Flats”

InDepth Reporting:

Winner: Cassidy Wixom; The Daily Universe; Brigham Young University: “Vatican pronouncement highlights clash between gay marriage and religious freedom”
Finalist: Sarah Earnshaw; The Signpost; Weber State University: “Mine of local legend sealed”
Finalist: Abhilasha Khatri and Haley Utendorfer; The Daily Utah Chronicle; University of Utah: “Native American Heritage Month: Recognizing history and moving forward”

Feature Writing:

Winner: Drew Reynolds; The Daily Utah Chronicle; University of Utah: “Land art, vandalism and Utah’s natural environment”
Finalist: Emily White; The Utah Statesman; Utah State University: “Undetected light”
Finalist: Rachel Lorenz; Albuquerque Journal Metropolitan State University of Denver: “Back to the Fairgrounds: After a year away, NM State Fair vendors are optimistic despite challenges”

Sports Column Writing:

Winner: Jackson Payne; The Daily Universe; Brigham Young University: Sports columns

Sports Writing:

Winner: Joseph Hovey; The Daily Universe; Brigham Young University: “A bond and brotherhood: How 7 returned missionaries are thriving with Stanford football”

Editorial Writing:

Winner: Editorial Board; The Daily Utah Chronicle; University of Utah: “Campus police, college tuition, divestment”
Finalist: Aya Hibben: The Daily Utah Chronicle; University of Utah: “Women’s safety, the Gabby Petito case, Olympic athletes”
Finalist: KC Ellen Cushman; The Daily Utah Chronicle; University of Utah: “Nonviolent offenders, plea deals, junk science”

General Column Writing:

Winner: Megan Cowdell; The Utah Statesman; Utah State University: “Tackling student, local and national issues”
Finalist: Sydney Kincart; The Daily Utah Chronicle; University of Utah: “Kincart on MMIW, Deznat and the LDS church”
Finalist: KC Ellen Cushman; The Daily Utah Chronicle; University of Utah; “Cushman on domestic violence, tax rhetoric, stereotypes about sex”

Arts/Fashion Journalism:

Winner: Lee Kedem; The Daily Utah Chronicle; University of Utah; “Met Gala 2021 a fashion spectacle but at the expense of safety?”
Finalist: Paige Gardner; The Daily Utah Chronicle; University of Utah: “Examining environmental traditions through maize with artist Jorge Rojas”
Finalist: Rachel Lorenz; The Denver North Star; Metropolitan State University of Denver: ‘North Denver theaters “Keep The Arts Alive”‘

Cultural Criticism:

Winner: Megan Fisher and Luke Jackson; The Daily Utah Chronicle; University of Utah: “Film and television critiques”
Finalist: Emma Feuz; A-TV News; Utah State University: “Diwali Unites”
Finalist: Paige Gardner, Tervela Georgieva, India Bown and Hannah Keating; The Daily Utah Chronicle; University of Utah: Performing arts critiques

Food/Restaurant Journalism:

Winner: Tri Duong; CTV: Collegian Television; Colorado State University; “Yum Yum’s Lebanese restaurant is a Fort Collins institution”
Finalist: Hattie Williams and Zeya Highley; CTV: Collegian Television; Colorado State University: “CTV Cooks: Burger battle”

Corbin Gwaltney Award for Best All-Around Student Newspaper:

Winner: Staff; The Signpost; Weber State University
Finalist: Staff; The Daily Utah Chronicle; University of Utah
Finalist: Staff; Rocky Mountain Collegian; Colorado State University 

Magazine

Best Student Magazine:

Winner: Staff; The Bold Magazine; University of Colorado Boulder
Finalist: Staff; The Daily Universe; Brigham Young University
Finalist: Jenna Duke; Talon Magazine; Community College of Denver

Online

Best Independent Online Student Publication:

Winner: Staff; Arapahoe Pinnacle; Arapahoe Community College

Arts and Graphics

Breaking News Photography:

Winner: Jack Gambassi; The Daily Utah Chronicle; University of Utah” “22 Forever: U campus community gathers at candlelight vigil to honor student-athlete Aaron Lowe”
Finalist: Sarah Earnshaw; The Signpost; Weber State University: “Inauguration Day stays quiet”
Finalist: Grayson Reed; Rocky Mountain Collegian; Colorado State University: “Contention captured: Preachers on the plaza”

General News Photography:

Winner: Devin Cornelius; Rocky Mountain Collegian; Colorado State University: “Colorado Air Show”
Finalist: Gwen Christopherson; The Daily Utah Chronicle; University of Utah: “Utah’s fossil fuel industry: Is divestment possible?”
Finalist: Brooklyn Kilgore; The Signpost; Weber State University: “COVID testing”

Feature Photography:

Winner: Tri Duong; Rocky Mountain Collegian; Colorado State University: “Excited for the show”
Finalist: Brooklyn Critchley; The Daily Utah Chronicle; University of Utah: “Buening: protect our pollinators”
Finalist: Molly Thomas; Talon Magazine; Community College of Denver: “Bring a good camera and wear the right shoes: lessons From a protest”

Sports Photography:

Winner: Milo Gladstein; Rocky Mountain Collegian; Colorado State University: “Logging”
Finalist: Jack Gambassi; The Daily Utah Chronicle; University of Utah: “Utah Men’s swim and dive falls to No. 2 California in hard fought dual meet”
Finalist: Dallin Wilks; The Daily Universe; Brigham Young University: “Victory touchdown”

Photo Illustration:

Winner: Sydney Stam; The Daily Utah Chronicle; University of Utah: “The Chrony sports desk’s favorite athletes of all time”
Finalist: Skyler Pradhan; Rocky Mountain Collegian; Colorado State University: “Water bottle”
Finalist: Cyan Larson; The Daily Utah Chronicle; University of Utah: “Kincart: Another blow to the Voting Rights Act should spark worry”

Videography

Broadcast/Online News Videography

Winner: William Bultez; A-TV News; Utah State University: “Veterans vigil”
Finalist: Natalie Devereaux; CTV: Collegian Television; Colorado State University: “Family-owned businesses struggle with shortages”
Finalist: Kenneth Frederick; CTV: Collegian Television; Colorado State University: “Houska blood drive”

Broadcast/Online Feature Videography

Winner: Robbie Patla; CTV: Collegian Television; Colorado State University: “CSU bug zoo”
Finalist: Tom Isaacson; CTV: Collegian Television; Colorado State University: “All Sales Vinyl”
Finalist: Ren Wadsworth; CTV: Collegian Television; Colorado State University: “Cam the Ram”

Broadcast/Online Sports Videography:

Winner: Ashley Pasley; The Daily Universe; Brigham Young University: “From Santiago to Tokyo: A BYU swimmer’s journey to the Olympics”
Finalist: Sarah Murphy; A-TV News; Utah State University: “Trash car racing”

Podcast:

Winner: Staff; The Revolution, Rev 89; Colorado State University: “Pueblo Talking on La Frontera”
Finalist: Staff; The Revolution, Rev 89; Colorado State University: “Pueblo Bulls Ice”

Television

Television Breaking News Reporting:

Winner: Staff; A-TV News Utah State University: “October storm hits Logan”

Television General News Reporting:

Winner: Natalie Schiller; DU Media; University of Denver: “Sexual assault rates on college campuses higher than you might think”
Finalist: Joe Belnap; Universe Live; Brigham Young University: “Distracted driving dangers plague Provo”
Finalist: Sam Walker; A-TV News; Utah State University: “Spider goats”

Television Feature Reporting:

Finalist: Linneya Gardner, Haley Birt; DU Media; University of Denver: “Artist Santiago Jaramillo connects community and heritage”
Finalist: Linneya Gardner; DU Media; University of Denver: “Photography professor finds personal connection with 1917 family album”
Finalist: Sarah Murphy; A-TV News; Utah State University: “Sarah says thanks”

Television In-Depth Reporting:

Winner: Jonathan May; A-TV News; Utah State University: “Biden riles Catholics”
Finalist: Carly Wasserlein; Universe Live; Brigham Young University: “Provo moves to more sustainable power practices”
Finalist: Ally Arnold O’Rullian; Universe Live; Brigham Young University: “Campus safety: Testing campus resources”

Television Sports Reporting:

Winner: Sarah Murphy; A-TV News; Utah State University: “Trash car racing”
Finalist: Emma Feuz; A-TV News; Utah State University: “NBA coach retires”

Best All-Around Television News Magazine:

Winner: Staff, A-TV News; Utah State University: “Cache Rendezvous”

Best All-Around Television Newscast:

Finalist: Universe Live Staff; Universe Live; Brigham Young University