Journal Staff Win Mark of Excellence Awards | Webster University

Journal Staff Win Mark of Excellence Awards

Congratulation to the staff of The Journal, the Webster University student newspaper. They won the 2018 Society of Professional Journalists Mark of Excellence Award for Best All-Around Non Daily Student Newspaper at the recent Region 7 conference, among other awards. The Society of Professional Journalists recognizes the best in collegiate journalism.

Students Andrew J. McMunn, Christine Tannous, and Hanna Holthaus earned individual recognition for their work.

A complete list of the awards won at the 2018 SPJ Conference follows:

Best All-Around Non Daily Student Newspaper
Winner: The Webster Journal – by Staff of the Webster Journal

In-Depth Reporting
Winner: Made in translation – by Staff of the Webster Journal
Finalist: Former Webster University student detained by ICE, threatened with deportation – by Andrew J McMunn

Feature Writing
Winner: Reporter Todd Smith's scars will never heal after Kirkwood shooting – by Christine Tannous

General Column Writing
Finalist: Hanna Holthaus

Finalist: Women's March activist – by Christine Tannous

Feature Photography
Winner: Kirkwood City Hall shooting memorial – by Christine Tannous

General News Photography
Finalist: Black Lives Matter protest – by Christine Tannous

Best Affiliated Web Site
Finalist: St. Louis Gun Project – by Staff of the Webster Journal

Professionals with a least three years of journalism experience judged the Mark of Excellence Awards entries. They looked for entries representing the best in student journalism.

The honorees received award certificates the weekend of April 6 at the Region 7 Conference.

The Society of Professional Journalists Region 7 comprises Iowa, Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska. School divisions are based on student enrollment, including both graduate and undergraduate students. Webster University competes as a small school having 9,999 or fewer students.

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