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USU Students Win Regional Journalism Awards

Utah State University students won 11 awards Saturday, March 24, in the Society of Professional Journalists Region 9 Mark of Excellence contest for 2006.

USU’s Hard News Café was named best all-around independent online student publication in the four-state region for the third consecutive year. In addition, student reporters for the Web site ( swept the online news reporting category. Brooke Barker led the way, taking first place for a story about ABC’s “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” surprising a Logan family in October.
Kathryn Kemp took first place in the online opinion writing category for a variety of columns. Ranae Bangerter took first place in the online feature writing category for a story about domestic violence during the end-of-year holidays.
Broadcasting students working for Cache Rendezvous and A-TV News took four awards, including a first place by Brianna Mortensen for feature photography in a story about the Bridal Faire at USU. A-TV News, supervised by professors Penny and Dean Byrne, was named the second-best television newscast in the region.
“We’re thrilled for our students,” said Mike Sweeney, head of the department of journalism and communication. “These awards recognize some truly excellent work.”
The Society of Professional Journalists, founded in 1909, is the nation’s most broad-based journalism organization. It promotes the free flow of information and works to inspire and educate the next generation of journalists. The Mark of Excellence contest received more than 3,300 entries from students in 12 regions. Region 9 comprises Utah, Wyoming, Colorado and New Mexico. Winning regional entries compete for national awards at the SPJ annual conference Oct. 4-7 in Washington, D.C.
The society announced the winners during the Region 9 convention at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City.
The complete list of USU winners follows.
Breaking Television Feature: Third Place: Kami Capener and Julie Garcia, Utah State University, “Aggie Ice Cream.”
Television Feature Photography: First Place: Brianna Mortensen, Utah State University, “Bridal Faire;” Second Place: Amanda Wouden, Utah State University, “Pumpkin Walk.”
Television Newscast: Second Place: Staff, Utah State University, “A-TV News.”
Online News Reporting: First Place: Brooke M. Barker, Utah State University, “ABC’s Extreme Makeover Home Edition Surprises Logan Family;” Second Place: Rebekah Bradway, Utah State University, “Paradise Development Study;” Third Place: Brooke M. Barker, Utah State University, “And the Walls Came Tumbling Down.”
Online Feature Reporting: First Place: Ranae Bangerter, Utah State University, “Domestic Violence All Too Common at Holidays;” Second Place: Kathryn Kemp, Utah State University, “Student With Cancer Says ‘So Much Good’ Has Happened Through His Worst Trial.”
Online Opinion & Commentary: First Place: Kathryn Kemp, Utah State University, “Columns.”
Best All-Around Independent Online Student Publication: First Place: Staff, Utah State University, Hard News Café.
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Contact: Mike Sweeney (435) 797-3213
Source: Dept. of Journalism and Communication

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