Students of the Utah State University Department of Journalism and Communication won 15 Mark of Excellence awards at the Society of Professional Journalists Region 9 conference in Fort Collins, Colo.
The Hard News Café, the department’s student-run news and information site, was named best all-around independent student publication of Region 9, which comprises colleges and universities in Utah, Colorado, New Mexico and Wyoming.
ATV News, the weekly cablecast news program produced by students of the department’s broadcasting sequence, took third place.
The regional contest honors top student works of journalism published or broadcast in 2007. Winners were announced April 12. First-place winners will compete for national awards this fall.
Individual winners were: Alison Baugh, third place, online news reporting; Jen Beasley, second place, online opinion and commentary, and second place, online feature reporting; Rebekah Bradway, first place, online in-depth reporting, and third place, online opinion and commentary; Trevor Brasfield, second place, online in-depth reporting; Devin Felix, third place, online feature reporting; Jacob S. Fullmer, first place, online opinion and commentary; Miriah Griffith, first place, online feature reporting; Christy Jensen, second place, online sports reporting; David Sweeney, first place, online news reporting, and second place, online news reporting; and Coy Whittier, third place, online in-depth reporting.
Devin Felix and Brittny Goodsell Jones also won for second place awards for stories that appeared in the Utah Statesman.
Contact: Mike Sweeney, JCOM department head, (435) 797-3213
Source: Journalism and Communication Department