Journal Staff Receive Mark of Excellence Awards

ST. LOUIS (APRIL 7, 2015) – Members of The Journal staff received 10 Mark of Excellence Awards at the Society of Professional Journalists Region 7 Spring Conference. Faculty advisor and School of Communications Assistant Professor Mary Cox accompanied the students to Omaha, Neb. for the event.

The Journal staff holding certificatesThe 2014 Mark of Excellence Awards honor the best of collegiate journalism. This is the first time the paper has received the top award for Best All-Around Non-Daily Newspaper.

Members of the Journal staff received 10 Mark of Excellence awards including:

Winners – Small school division:

Best All-Around Non-Daily Newspaper – The Journal
Breaking News Photography – “Homework in the Streets” – Natalie Martinez
Online Sports Reporting – “Science of Soccer: Webster Soccer Player Finds an Advantage through Flip Throw” – Sam Masterson, Victoria Courtney, Emily Ratkewicz

Finalists – Small school division:

Breaking News Photography – “Children of Ferguson” – Natalie Martinez
Sports Writing – “Webster Quidditch Player Copes with Marfan Syndrome, Stops Playing” – Dane Watkins
General Column Writing – “Navigating the City of Fog” - Alex Wilking
Feature Writing – “Kelley and Kelly Get Married” – Matt Duchesne

Winner – Large school division:

In Depth Reporting – “On Campus Grenade Launchers, M-16’s and Armored Vehicles” – Dan Bauman (Reporting done as intern for Chronicle of Higher Education)

Finalist – Large school division:

In Depth Reporting – “The Costs and Benefits of an Elite College Chess Team” – Dan Bauman
General News Reporting – “Thanks to Outreach, US Colleges Enjoy Jump in Gifts from Abroad” – Dan Bauman (Reporting done as intern for Chronicle of Higher Education.)

School divisions are based on enrollment, including total graduate and undergraduate student enrollment. Small school division colleges and universities have 9,999 or fewer students. Large school division colleges and universities have at least 10,000 students.

Region 7 includes Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, and Nebraska. One winner and up to two finalists are selected in small and large school divisions.

First-place winners move on to the national Mark of Excellence competition. Their work is judged against winners from 12 SPJ regions.

The Journal is the student-produced print and online news source for Webster University.

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