Utah State University won 17 awards in the 2005 regional Mark of Excellence competition, the Society of Professional Journalists announced March 21.
The Hard News Café, the student-run Web site of the department of journalism and communication, was named one of the top three all-around independent online publications. In addition, 10 stories written for the Hard News Café won individual awards.
“We’re proud of how well our students report and write,” said journalism and communication department head Mike Sweeney. “This is the most the Hard News Café has won since 2001, when our students did very well in covering post-9/11 events.”
“The Utah Statesman,” the independent, three-times-a-week newspaper published out of the Taggart Student Center, was named one of the top three non-daily student papers.
Journalism students Brooke Nelson, Brad Plothow and Jeremy Call Wilkins took awards for online, in-depth reporting. Nelson, Plothow and Megan Maughan Roe were multiple winners.
First, second and third places were not announced. They will be revealed at the Region 9 Mark of Excellence meeting April 28-29 at the Denver Press Club. Winners in their categories advance to the national competition.
Region 9 comprises colleges and universities in Utah, New Mexico, Wyoming, Colorado and El Paso County, Texas.
USU winners are: Aaron Falk, Sports Writing; Bryan Hinton, In-Depth Reporting; Mikaylie Kartchner, Online News Reporting; Shauna L. Leavitt, Online News Reporting; Marie Mackay, Breaking News Reporting; Megan Maughan Roe, Feature Writing; Megan Maughan Roe, Online Opinion & Commentary; Brooke Nelson, Online Feature Reporting; Brooke Nelson, Online In-Depth Reporting; Brad Plothow, Online Feature Reporting; Brad Plothow, Online In-Depth Reporting; Brad Plothow, Online Sports Reporting; Steve Shinney, Feature Writing; staff, Best All-Around Non-Daily Student Newspaper, “Utah Statesman;” staff, Best All-Around Independent Online Student Publication, Hard News Café; Emma Lucy Tippetts, Online Feature Reporting; Jeremy Call Wilkins, Online In-Depth Reporting.
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