Region 5 MOE winners announced

One hundred and nine Mark of Excellence Awards recognizing the best of collegiate journalism in 2014 were presented during the Society of Professional Journalists Region 5 Conference March 28 in Louisville, Kentucky.

Region 5 includes Illinois, Indiana and Kentucky.

Honorees received award certificates. First-place winners will move on to the national MOE competition among category winners from the 12 SPJ regions. National winners will be notified in the late spring and will be recognized at Excellence in Journalism 2015 (EIJ15) conference in Orlando, Florida, Sept. 18 to 20.

Entries are judged by professionals with at least three years of journalism experience. School divisions are based on student enrollment, which includes both graduate and undergraduate enrollment: Large schools have at least 10,000 students and small schools have 9,999 or fewer students. Congratulations to the finalists and winners.

ART/GRAPHICS

Breaking News Photography (Large) 10,000+ Students

Winner: First moments of freedom – by Annabel Edwards, Northwestern University

Finalist: Football tames tigers – by Kameron Casey, University of Indianapolis

Finalist: Bruce Rauner claims victory in Illinois – by Grant Myatt, DePaul University

Breaking News Photography (Small) 1-9,999 Students

Winner: ‘Cosmos’ scientist speaks at UIndy – by Ben Zefeng Zhang, University of Indianapolis

Editorial Cartooning

Winner: “Dirty laundry”; “Ebola”; “The Shopping dead” – by Audrey Meyer, Butler University

Feature Photography (Large) 10,000+ Students

Winner: ROTC members participate, reflect on field experience training – by Lionel Lim, Indiana University

Feature Photography (Small) 1-9,999 Students

Winner: Holiday Gala – by Zach Taylor, DePauw University

Photo Illustration (Large) 10,000+ Students

Winner: Best burgers of Muncie – by Max Catterson, Ball State University

Photo Illustration (Small) 1-9,999 Students

Winner: Fountain Square feature page – by Jake Fritz, Stephanie Kirkling, Kyle Weidner, James Figy and Kameron Casey, University of Indianapolis

Sports Photography (Large) 10,000+ Students

Winner: Rozier steals and storms – by Austin Lassell, University of Louisville

Sports Photography (Small) 1-9,999 Students

Winner: Sam Caravana women’s swimming – by Sam Caravana, DePauw University

MAGAZINES

Best Student Magazine

Winner: 812: The Magazine of Southern Indiana, Summer/Fall 2014 – by 812 Staff, Indiana University

Finalist: Ball Bearings Magazine, Volume 6, Issue 1 – by Ball Bearings Staff, Ball State University

Finalist: North by Northwestern Fall 2014 Issue – by North by Northwestern magazine staff, Northwestern University

Non-Fiction Magazine Article

Winner: Dear Dolly – by Jenna Fagan, Indiana University

Finalist: Corn-fed comedy – by Sarah Whaley and Madison Borgmann, Indiana University

Finalist: After the industry – by Trent Scroggins, Tyler Payne, Ball State University

NEWSPAPERS

Best All-Around Daily Student Newspaper

Winner: The Daily Northwestern – by staff, Northwestern University

Finalist: The Ball State Daily News – by The Ball State Daily News, Ball State University

Finalist: Indiana Daily Student – by Staff, Indiana University

Best All-Around Non Daily Student Newspaper

Winner: The Loyola Phoenix – by Esther Castillejo (Editor), Loyola University Chicago

Finalist: The Echo – by The Echo, Taylor University

Finalist: The DePaulia – by The DePaulia, DePaul University

Breaking News Reporting (Large) 10,000+ Students

Winner: Indianapolis man saves children from drowning – by Megan Jula, Indiana University

Finalist: Student describes experience on Purdue’s campus during shooting – by Emma Kate Fittes, Ball State University

Breaking News Reporting (Small) 1-9,999 Students

Winner: Northwestern to halt mediation plans in Ludlow suit – by Jeanne Kuang, Northwestern University

Finalist: Senior Hall broken into, Public Safety responded – by Nicole DeCriscio, Leann Burke, DePauw University

Finalist: Former Butler student killed by ISIS – by Ben Sieck and Mallory Duncan, Butler University

Editorial Writing

Winner: Our View: Daily News Editorials – by The Ball State Daily News Editorial Board, Ball State University

Finalist: Daily Illini Editorials – by Daily Illini Editorial Board, University of Illinois

Finalist: Editorials from Thorobred News – by Alexis Meza, Madalyn Holt, Traci Thomas, Ben Schroeder, Kentucky State University

Feature Writing (Large) 10,000+ Students

Winner: Homeless or not, he’s got the month of May – by Elizabeth Greiwe, Loyola University Chicago

Finalist: Liquor store Frank – by Christopher Stephens, Ball State University

Finalist: The disappeared – by Michael Majchrowicz, Indiana University

Feature Writing (Small) 1-9,999 Students

Winner: The Unspoken series – by Kari Travis, Taylor University

Finalist: Trip tours the nation – by Katie Goodrich, Butler University

Finalist: Former player Smith diagnosed with cancer – by Matthew VanTryon, Butler University

General Column Writing (Small) 1-9,999 Students

Winner: Jims Porter Columns – by Jims Porter, Indiana University Southeast

Finalist: “Diversity is not a number”; “Students should pursue their passions”; “No pay? Then don’t intern” – by Julian Wyllie, Butler University

Finalist: The bigger picture – by Abigail Pollock, Taylor University

General News Reporting (Large) 10,000+ Students

Winner: When students die – by Megan Jula, Indiana University

Finalist: Pension Typo – by Johnathan Hettinger, writer, University of Illinois

Finalist: All that glitters is not gold – by Victoria Lentz, Northern Kentucky University

General News Reporting (Small) 1-9,999 Students

Winner: Former Butler student held captive by ISIS – by Marais Jacon-Duffy and Cassie Eberle, Butler University

Finalist: Mihirtej Boddupalli package – by Paige Leskin; Rebecca Savransky, Tyler Pager; Ally Mutnick, Northwestern University

Finalist: Former DePauw University psychology professor Akshat Vyas – by Dana Ferguson Abby Margulis, DePauw University

In-Depth Reporting (Large) 10,000+ Students

Winner: Sexual assault at IU – by Investigations Staff, Indiana University

Finalist: Crime on campus – by Esther Castillejo Jordan Berger, Loyola University Chicago

Finalist: In Focus: Northwestern community evaluates culture, resources for transgender students – by Tyler Pager, Northwestern University

In-Depth Reporting (Small) 1-9,999 Students

Winner: Kentuckiana faces rising problem of drug abuse and addiction – by Ethan Smith, Indiana University Southeast

Finalist: Two student veterans share PTSD struggles – by Ethan Smith, Indiana University Southeast

Finalist: Former players allege verbal abuse, mistreatment – by Matthew VanTryon, Butler University

Sports Column Writing

Winner: Full-Court Press – by Dakota Crawford, Ball State University

Finalist: Sports column writing – by Scott Mitchell, University of Indianapolis

Sports Writing (Large) 10,000+ Students

Winner: Northwestern’s LGBT athletes struggle to find their voices amid a lacking support system – by Tyler Pager, Northwestern University

Finalist: The art of falling – by Michael Majchrowicz, Indiana University

Finalist: KeyArena turns a bigger profit than it ever did with the Sonics – by Ashley Scoby, University of Kentucky

Sports Writing (Small) 1-9,999 Students

Winner: 54 to boot – by Benjamin Schroeder, Kentucky State University

Finalist: Olympian to Trojan – by Chris Yingling, Taylor University

Finalist: Shooting for glory – by Chris Yingling, Taylor University

ONLINE

Best Affiliated Web Site

Winner: LoyolaPhoenix.com – by Esther Castillejo (Editor-in-Chief), Loyola University Chicago

Finalist: The Daily Illini – by Johnathan Hettinger, Editor in Chief, University of Illinois

Finalist: idsnews.com – by Staff, Indiana University

Best Digital-Only Student Publication

Winner: The Red Line Project – by Staff, DePaul Univeristy

Finalist: The Quad – by Omar Jimenez, Nick Petro, Max Hogan, Jack Mordell, Austin Hunter, Northwestern University

Best Independent Online Student Publication

Winner: The Quad – by Omar Jimenez, Nick Petro, Jack Mordell, Max Hogan, Austin Hunter, Northwestern University

Finalist: The Medill Justice Project – by Staff, Northwestern University

Finalist: Data/Chicago – by Staff, DePaul Univeristy

Best Use of Multimedia

Winner: World Cup 2014 Preview – by Cody Voga, David Gubala, Andrew Rodriguez, Juan Latapi and Matt Anderson, DePaul Univeristy

Finalist: Mayberry on mushrooms – by Kreable Young, Cameron Love, Western Kentucky University

Finalist: How do stories bring us together: The ASR Templeton K-6 Project – by American Student Radio, Indiana University Media School

Online Feature Reporting

Winner: Dad’s bucket – by Charles Scudder, Anna Teeter, Missy Wilson, Indiana University

Finalist: Who are the ‘satanists’ designing an Idol for the Oklahoma Capitol? – by Gideon Resnick , Northwestern University

Finalist: The new drag queens of Boystown – by Brianna Kelly, DePaul Univeristy

Online In-Depth Reporting

Winner: Harsh treatment – by Staff, Medill Watchdog, Northwestern University/Medill

Finalist: Boot camp – by Tanner Cole, Western Kentucky University

Finalist: Gameday – by Daniel Hersh, Jasper Scherer, Northwestern University

Online News Reporting

Winner: The Kenny “Zulu” Whitmore case – by Staff, Northwestern University

Finalist: Wrongful convictions – by Staff, Northwestern University

Finalist: When students die – by Megan Jula, Glory Sheeley, Mary Shown, Indiana University

Online Sports Reporting

Winner: For the love of baseball – by Steven Goldstein, Northwestern University

Finalist: Chicago sidelines – by Staff, DePaul Univeristy

Finalist: World Cup 2014 Preview – by Cody Voga, David Gubala, Andrew Rodriguez, Juan Latapi and Matt Anderson, DePaul University

RADIO BROADCAST

Best All-Around Radio Newscast

Winner: Melissa Williams’ Newscast – by Melissa Williams, Illinois State University

Finalist: Haddy Badjie WWHR – by Haddy Badjie, Western Kentucky University

Finalist: WLUW Lunchtime News, March 18, 2014 – by Tony Buitrago, Stephanie Buffamonte, Joe Flaherty, Liz Greiwe, Loyola University Chicago

Radio Feature

Winner: Farmer Chris Vosters finds comfort in selling kettle corn – by Kale Wilk, Indiana University Media School

Finalist: Women spin a common thread from the inside, out – by Anu Kumar, Indiana University Media School

Finalist: Fairy art – by Haddy Badjie, Western Kentucky University

Radio In-Depth Reporting

Winner: Marijuana birds-I-view – by Tyler Bachman, Emily Pomorski, WZND News Team, Illinois State University

Radio News Reporting

Winner: Ferguson’s faithful fighters – by Haddy Badjie, Western Kentucky University

Finalist: No room to run: Sidewalk complaints – by Hillary Lindwall, Northwestern University

Radio Sports Reporting

Winner: WLUW reporting on the championship Ramblers – by Joe Flaherty, Loyola University Chicago

Finalist: Illini football teammates and friends – by Torrence Sorrell, University of Illinois

TELEVISION BROADCAST

Best All-Around Television Newscast

Winner: Northwestern News Report: Election show 2014 – by Sharon Yoo Catherine Reid, Northwestern University, Medill

Finalist: Good Day DePaul – by Daniel Kummerer Delaney Lux, DePaul University

Finalist: WKU News Channel 12: 11-18-2014 – by Brandi Ratterman, Western Kentucky University

Television Feature Reporting

Winner: GDD Wine Class – by Nicole Suarez, DePaul University

Finalist: GDD animal spa – by Sade Carpenter, DePaul University

Finalist: NU voters package – by Jesse Kirsch, Northwestern University

Television General News Reporting

Winner: ‘Shake and bake’ changing the face of the local meth industry – by Omar Jimenez, Northwestern University

Finalist: GDD heroin – by Nicole Suarez, DePaul University

Finalist: The mega-university that could have been – by Theodore Tae, Northwestern University

Television In-Depth Reporting

Winner: Towing investigation – by Cory McCauley, Western Kentucky University

Finalist: GDD sexual assault – by Maggie Gallagher, DePaul University

Television News and Feature Photography

Winner: Corvette museum sinkhole – by Daniel Blommel, Western Kentucky University

Television Sports Photography

Winner: Warren East practice – by Daniel Blommel, Western Kentucky University

Television Sports Reporting

Winner: Hardee overcomes loss of mom – by Chad Boxenbaum, University of Illinois

Finalist: GDD Brittany Hrynko – by Camille Padilla, DePaul University

 

 

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Last chance to register for Region 5 at regular conference rates

March 24 is your LAST CHANCE to register for the SPJ Region 5 conference in Louisville at the regular conference rate prices.

Host Louisville Pro Chapter members have planned a full day of sessions Saturday.

Training will cover all aspects of journalism from young pros discussing the challenges of their first jobs to a First Amendment update to multimedia projects to narrative writing to diversity in newsrooms.

You’ll find terrific opportunities for networking with pros and students alike from Chicago, Indianapolis, Cincinnati, Louisville and points beyond. No matter what you want to do – from crowd-funding a book project to hiring the next great reporter to learning more about media law – you can do it with us.

The conference will take place in the heart of booming downtown Louisville, just a few blocks away from nightlife and fun for conference attendees.

An opening reception is set for Friday night and SPJ’s National President Dana Neuts will present the Mark of Excellence Awards following Saturday’s luncheon.

Conference dates: March 27-28

Location: Galt House, Louisville, Ky.

Who: Students (high school and college), educators, pros, retired folks who still want to know about the craft of journalism – all are welcome.

Be there, learn lots, do great work.

The registration site also offers the option to join SPJ national at the same time as registering – and at a significant cost savings in comparison to attending as a non-member.

To make reservations, call the Galt House at 800-The-Galt (800-843-4258) or 502-589-5200.  The Galt House is located on the Ohio River at 140 North Fourth St., Louisville KY 40202.

For more information contact Louisville Pro Chapter President Robyn Sekula at robynds@live.com or Region 5 Director Deborah Givens at deborah.givens@eku.edu.

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Early bird deadline extended to Feb. 27 for Region 5 Louisville Conference

Galt House room reservations must be made by Feb. 25 to receive conference rate

Early bird registration has been extended until Friday, Feb. 27, for the Region 5 Society of Professional Journalists Conference set for Friday and Saturday, March 27 and 28, at the Galt House in Louisville.

Another important date to remember is Feb. 25 when the block of rooms set aside at the conference rate at the Galt House will be released. Rooms may still be available after that date at higher rates, and other hotels are located near the Galt House in the downtown area.

Early birds will save on the conference and luncheon. Rates for early bird registration are:

  • SPJ Pro Member: $110
  • SPJ Student Member: $75
  • Non-Member Pro: $155
  • Non-Member Student: $125

The registration site ( https://spjregion5.eventbrite.com ) also offers the option to pay national dues at the same time as registering – and at a significant cost saving in comparison to attending as a non-member.

To make reservations, call the Galt House at 800-The-Galt (800-843-4258) or 502-589-5200.  Special room rates are reserved under name “Society of Prof Journalists” at $145 single, $155 double, $165 triple and $175 quad. The Galt House is located on the Ohio River at 140 North Fourth St., Louisville KY 40202.

For more information contact Louisville Pro Chapter President Robyn Sekula at robynds@live.com or Region 5 Director Deborah Givens at deborah.givens@eku.edu and follow the Region 5 Blog at http://blogs.spjnetwork.org/region5/.

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Registration open for Region 5 Spring Conference in Louisville

The Galt House, Louisville, Ky.

The Galt House, Louisville, Ky.

Registration is open for the Region 5 Society of Professional Journalists Conference Friday and Saturday, March 27 and 28, at the Galt House in Louisville.

Host Louisville Pro Chapter members have planned a full day of sessions Saturday for students and professionals with topics such as investigative reporting, diversity in newsrooms, social media, funding projects with Kickstarter and freelancing. An opening reception is set for Friday evening.

The conference will take place in the heart of booming downtown Louisville, just a few blocks away from nightlife and fun for conference attendees.

SPJ National President Dana Neuts will present the Mark of Excellence Awards following Saturday’s luncheon.

Early birds who register by Feb. 20 will save on the conference and luncheon. Rates for early bird registration are:

  • SPJ Pro Member: $110
  • SPJ Student Member: $75
  • Non-Member Pro: $155
  • Non-Member Student: $125

The registration site ( https://spjregion5.eventbrite.com ) also offers the option to pay national dues at the same time as registering – and at a significant cost saving in comparison to attending as a non-member.

To make reservations, call the Galt House at 800-The-Galt (800-843-4258) or 502-589-5200. Special room rates are reserved under name “Society of Prof Journalists” at $145 single, $155 double, $165 triple and $175 quad. The Galt House is located on the Ohio River at 140 North Fourth St., Louisville KY 40202.

For more information contact Louisville Pro Chapter President Robyn Sekula at robynds@live.com or Region 5 Director Deborah Givens at deborah.givens@eku.edu.

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Spring Conference dates, programming ideas

Happy Holidays to Region 5 SPJ Members;

Spring Conference dates, programming ideas

 The holidays and end of the year always bring busy schedules, but please take time to look ahead and mark your calendars for the 2015 Region 5 Conference scheduled for Friday, March 27, to Saturday, March 28, at the Galt House in Louisville, Kentucky. President Robyn Sekula and the Louisville Pro Chapter are hosting the conference.

 Submit program suggestions by Dec. 20

We want your proposals for programming. Plans are for 12 programs, three per session with two sessions Saturday morning and two sessions Saturday afternoon. A variety of programs are sought to serve students and pros on a wide range of topics. The sessions may take any form from presentations to panels to workshops and focus on topics from diversity to technology to current issues impacting journalists. Not interested in presenting but have an idea for a topic you would like to see on the program? Send us those ideas, too.

 Send your ideas to Region 5 Director Deborah Givens at deborah.givens@eku.edu. If sending an idea for a program, just include the topic and any particular types of information in which you are interested. If submitting a program in which you will participate, send title, a brief description and speaker(s) list.

More conference info coming soon

Watch for more information on the Region 5 blog and through emails regarding registration, Mark of Excellence submissions and other conference news.

 

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What did you miss in Nashville? Here’s a bit!

If you didn’t get to Nashville, you missed a heck of an excellent time. The conference title, Excellence in Journalism 14, certainly lived up to its name. Scores of workshops and other presentations. Music! Food and more! Please take a close look at SPJ.org to see all the details about EIJ14, our national conference in Nashville. SPJ has a new Code of Ethics. SPJ does not have a new name. SPJ.org also has tons of other things you might well be interested in.

Several colleges and universities in our Region 5 (Illinois, Indiana and Kentucky) did us proud in the national Mark of Excellence Awards, presented Sept. 6. These are the best of more than 5,000 entries in the MoE competition.

Here are our national winners:

Feature writing, small school division
“Punk Flock: Uncovering Chicago’s Subculture of Eccentric Nomads,” by Emily Ornberg and Michael Fischer, Columbia College Chicago

Sports Writing, large school division
“107-2: Beyond the score,” by Claire Wiseman, Indiana University

Breaking News Photography, small school division
“Tornadoes hit close to campus,” by Kari Travis, Taylor University

Feature Photography, small school division
“Gloves on, fists up,” by Timothy P. Riethmiller and Kari Travis, Taylor University.

Radio In-Depth Reporting
“WCRD News Special Report: Jo Ann Gora Retires,” by Cameron Ridle, Lisa Ryan, Danielle Ortiz and the WCRD News Team, Ball State University

Television General News Reporting
“Cell Phone Videos and the Faces Behind the Camera,” by Omar Jiminez, Northwestern University

These are our national finalists:

Breaking News Reporting, small school division
“Presidential candidate comes to Columbia,” by staff of Columbia College Chicago

Radio sports reporting
“Todd Thomas,” by Tim VanDuyne, Illinois State University

Television Feature Reporting
“Crazy Deli,” by Jessica Paris, DePaul University

Best All-Around Television Newscast
“Northwestern News Report: 2013 Chicago Show,” by Sharon Yoo, Allyson Byers, William Robinson Smith and Sally Zhang, Northwestern University

Online News Reporting
“Schools Out: CPS Closes 50 Chicago Schools,” by Joe Ruppel, Joselynn Brandon, Calvin Hahn and Angelica Robinson, DePaul University

Online Feature Reporting
“The End of the Waffle House,” by Jessica Contrera, Emma Grdina and Anna Teeter, Indiana University

Online In-Depth Reporting
“Hot Spots,” by staff, The Medill Justice Project, Northwestern University

Online Opinion and Commentary
Matthew Kovac, Northwestern University

Online Sports Reporting
Chicago Marathon Coverage, by Chicago Sidelines Staff, DePaul University

Best Digital-Only Student Publication
The Red Line Project, DePaul University
For all the details and to see the winning entries, visit http://www.spj.org/moe13.asp
Also at the conference …

Deborah Givens of Eastern Kentucky University was elected your new regional director. DePaul University campus chapter adviser Mike Reilley was elected campus adviser at large. Both are now on SPJ’s board of directors.

DePaul students presented a session describing their Free Speech Wall for Constitution Day. Paul Davis, former president of both SPJ and RTDNA and now retired in Champaign, coached young journalists on their TV presentations. Andy Boyle of the Chicago Tribune explained basic technical aspects of how the internet works.

Otherwise …

Region 5 has funds available if you need a financial boost for chapter programs. We’re talking $100 or so. Send your request and an outline of your program to deborah.givens@eku.edu

Deborah will be planning the Spring 2015 regional conference. She is looking for a site, programs, etc. Please contact her if you will help.

It has been my great pleasure to serve as your regional director the last two years. I hope I helped at least some of you further your careers and our profession. Very best wishes to all of you.

— Susan S. Stevens
Departed SPJ Region 5 director
Remaining Chicago Headline Club and CHC Foundation secretary

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Congratulations to our national Mark of Excellence winners!

Congratulations to a multitude of winners and finalists from our region in the national SPJ Mark of Excellence competition, the best in student journalism across the country!

First-place national winners at the Student Union event at Excellence in Journalism 2014 (EIJ14) in Nashville, Tenn., Sept. 4 to 6.

The full list is in this news release sent May 6, 2014:

http://www.spj.org/news.asp?ref=1245

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2014 Regional Conference Recap

April 21, 2014

If you missed it, sorry! Chicago’s Region 5 conference drew 140 of your colleagues and friends, plus about 30 presenters. Ethics was the afternoon focus, with three afternoon sessions: the Ethics AdviceLine advisers, the head Northwestern University’s Medill Watchdog, and an intense discussion of the Code of Ethics and how it might be changed. A Chicago Ethics Report has been submitted to the national committee involved in updating the code. The morning kick-off was a welcome by SPJ President-Elect Dana Neuts and talk about innovations in journalism, followed by sessions on everything from social media (with nationally famous Jeff Cutler) to financial advice to how to better copy edit and proof your own writing. Three sessions were focused on students: discussions of their best programs and what life after graduation will bring.

The conference was not all serious matters. We opened with a reception at Billy Goat’s Tavern, with about half the conference-goers getting free drinks. Many in Chicago for a first or rare visit saw the sights and sampled Chicago-style deep dish pizza.

Thanks to all who attended and all who helped make this a success, They include our sponsors: the Chicago Headline Club, Chicago Sun-Times, Daily Herald, Ball State University, Indiana University, Northwestern University, Columbia College, Loyola University and Robyn Davis Sekula. Looks like we came out ahead by several thousand dollars. The money is available for campus chapter programs. Apply to Region 5 Director Susan S. Stevens, susanstevens@aol.com.

Congratulations to our Mark of Excellence Awards winners and finalists! To even reach the finals, the quality of journalism had to be exceedingly high. Winners are posted on our Region 5 blog. See http://blogs.spjnetwork.org/region5/?p=380. National winners will be announced in September at the Excellence in Journalism Conference.

Also, you can find out how to get duplicate & corrected certificates on the blog site at http://blogs.spjnetwork.org/region5/?p=378

Congratulations to Sigma Delta Chi Awards winners from our region!
General Column Writing (Daily Circulation of 100,001+)
Matthew Tully
The Indianapolis Star
Magazine Investigative Reporting (Regional/Local Circulation)
Getting Away with Murder — Noah Isackson & David Bernstein
Chicago Magazine

If you are not a member of SPJ, signing up gets easier all the time. Go to http://www.spj.org, look for “join in” in yellow in the top line, and follow the prompts. We now can bill you monthly – cheaper than a Chicago-style pizza! At that site, you also will find information about your local chapter. You will find your membership invaluable. Plus, we need your support and service to continue SPJ as the best journalism organization in the world!

Lost & Found … Left at the Chicago conference: a Makayama stand or somethingorother for perhaps a notebook. Contact susanstevens@aol.com to claim your belonging.

Maybe we will meet again this fall at the Excellence in Journalism Conference? Maybe our region will sweep the Mark of Excellence Awards! Extensive information on EIJ: Sept. 4-6 in Nashville, Tenn. and much more is at http://www.spj.orgIt is a very convenient travel destination for us. And, as you plan where you’ll invest your professional development time and money, we highly encourage you to fit EIJ into your schedule and budget.

Here’s why SPJ Region 5’s blog is “Take Five”

Have a great summer!
Susan S. Stevens
SPJ Region 5 director
Chicago Headline Club and CHC Foundation secretary

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Chicago Ethics Report

SPJ Code of Ethics: Chicago Report

The following suggestions and comments regarding the 2014 overhaul of the 1996 SPJ Ethics Code come from the April 12 SPJ Region 5 conference in Chicago.

OVERVIEW

Questions posed of the proposed code improvements:

1. Does this suggested revision of the code cover the essential guiding pinciples of our profession in concise and efficient language?

2. Is this suggested revision of the code helpful to journalists to improve and maintain their professional standards?

3. Will these proposed changes maintain and improve the public’s trust of journalists and their work?

Generally, the proposed code changes are an improvement over the 1996 document, but they are still riddled with redundancies and must be further simplied and distilled. For example, the preamble could be boiled down to this: Justice and good government require an informed public.

Journalists should serve the public with fair, accurate and comprehensive information reported with integrity. This code sets forth our Society’s principles and standards in the practice of professional journalism.

One suggestion: The preamble must include as one of the code’s raison d’etres “to protect the public’s right to know.”

Items of concern NOT addressed in the proposed changes:

1. Is it ethical for reporters covering events, issues and people to – in print or on broadcasts – to analyze, comment and critique those events, issues and people and still maintain a fair and objective journalistic status?

2. Is the use of music and other forms of emotional manipulation an ethical use of journalistic tools when used in video reports?

3. Is there a role for dramatic re-enactments — in essence “faked footage” — in serious journalism?

4. What mechanism(s) exist(s) to enforce the revised code once it becomes adopted? Should there be an appeals process for those journalists who believe they are innocent of charges of ethics code breeches?

Other suggestions and ideas

The code should be a call for journalists everywhere to unite as a single community and watch each other’s backs, rather than always viewing each other as “the competition” and setting up barriers between journalists.

Seasoned professionals understand the broad concepts of an ethics code, but student journalists need specific and concrete rules to fully understand what constitutes an ethical breach, e.g. Do not pick information and photos off the Internet and put them in your reports even in they appear to be public domain and real information. Verify the facts and be certain of copyright infringements before publication.

Respectfully submitted,

DANN GIRE Chicago Daily Herald
Region 5 of SPJ

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Congratulations! Mark of Excellence Awards list

INDIANAPOLIS — The Society of Professional Journalists gladly recognizes the 2013 Mark of Excellence Awardswinners from Region 5. The MOE Awards honor the best of collegiate journalism from a calendar year.

SPJ’s Region 5 comprises Illinois, Indiana and Kentucky. Honorees received award certificates April 12 at the Region 5 Spring Conference in Chicago. First-place winners will move on to the national MOE competition among category winners from the 12 SPJ regions.

National winners will be notified in the late spring and will be recognized at Excellence in Journalism 2014 (EIJ14) in Nashville, Tenn., Sept. 4 to 6. The awards are judged by professionals with at least three years of journalism experience.

The awards honor the best in student journalism. As such, judges were directed to choose only those entries which they felt were outstanding work worthy of such an honor. If the judges determined that none of the entries rose to the level of excellence, no award was given. Any category not listed has no winner.

School divisions are based on student enrollment, which includes both graduate and undergraduate enrollment: Large schools have more than 10,000 students and small schools have fewer than 9,999 students.

See the list below for details on the Region 5 winners, and direct any MOE Awards questions to Awards Coordinator Chad Hosier: awards@spj.org and 317.920.4791.

Note: The list reflects the spelling and titles submitted in the award-entry process.

NEWSPAPERS
Breaking News Reporting (Large)
Winner: “Redefining Freshman; Low enrollment, high hopes, cagey college” by Tyler Eagle, The Columbia Chronicle, Columbia College Chicago
Finalist: “Off the Edge of the Cliff” by Ben Gartland, The DePaulia, DePaul University
Finalist: “Coaches react to Big East departure” by Jeremy Mikula, The DePaulia, DePaul University

Breaking News Reporting (Small)
Winner: “Presidential candidate comes to Columbia” by staff, The Columbia Chronicle, Columbia College Chicago
Finalist: “DePauw and Wabash presidents partner to fight proposed amendment HJR 6” by Julie Block, The DePauw, DePauw University
Finalist: “Butler mourns America’s dog” by Taylor Meador and Marais Jacon-Duffy, The Butler Collegian, Butler University

General News Reporting (Large)
Winner: “Flags Under Fire” by Dylan Fahoome, Dylan McHugh and Michael Corio, The DePaulia, DePaul University
Finalist: “Campus mourns death of student” by Jacob Parker, College Heights Herald, Western Kentucky University
Finalist: “Living one month at a time” by Matthew Glowicki, Indiana Daily Student, Indiana University

General News Reporting (Small)
Winner: “Red ink” by Colin Likas, The Butler Collegian, Butler University
Finalist: “Consumed by drugs” by Mark Olalde and Tankiso Makhetha, The Star, Northwestern University
Finalist: “$14,738,745, and no one’s talking about where it’s going” by Adam Winay, The Butler Collegian, Butler University

In-Depth Reporting (Large)
Winner: “As a Girl Thinks” by Melanie Stone, The Daily Illini, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Finalist: “Northwestern in Qatar series” by Charles Rollet, The Northwestern Chronicle, Northwestern University
Finalist: “Faculty Special Issue” by Courtney Jacquin and Grant Myatt, The DePaulia, DePaul University

In-Depth Reporting (Small)
Winner: “A Case In Print: How A Davenport Murder Case Turned on a Fingerprint Found on a Cigarette Box” by Gideon Resnick, Stephanie Haines, Susan Du and Tori Simkovic, Quad City Times, Northwestern University
Finalist: “Students without citizenship face struggles in Indiana” by Jessie Hellmann, The Kokomo Tribune, University of Southern Indiana
Finalist: “Funding cuts to drug treatment centers mean addicts get turned away” by Annalise Frank, Raleigh News and Observer, Northwestern University

Feature Writing (Large)
Winner: “A queen comes home” by Charles Scudder, Indiana Daily Student, Indiana University
Finalist: “The only way to hold on” by Kyle Clayton, Indiana Daily Student, Indiana University
Finalist: “The Night the Dreams Died” by Tessa Duvall, NewsChannel12live.com, Western Kentucky Univerity

Feature Writing (Small)
Winner: “Punk Flock; Uncovering Chicago’s Subculture of Eccentric Nomads” by Emily Ornberg and Michael Fischer, The Columbia Chronicle, Columbia College Chicago
Finalist: “Unearthing an underground empire: Cut off the head and the body will fall” by Kaley Fowler, Rena Naltsas and Michael Fischer, The Columbia Chronicle, Columbia College Chicago

Sports Writing (Large)
Winner: “107-2: Beyond the score” by Claire Wiseman, Indiana Daily Student, Indiana University
Finalist: “Baseball: Luke Farrell evolves from great story to great pitcher” by Alex Putterman, Daily Northwestern, Northwestern University
Finalist: “1st & 10” by Ashley Scoby, The Spencer Magnet, University of Kentucky

Sports Writing (Small)
Winner: “Edge of Glory: How Phillips led Northwestern onto the cusp of the college sports elite” by Josh Walfish, The Daily Northwestern, Northwestern University
Finalist: “Silent Night” by Jeff Yoder and Kari Travis, The Echo, Taylor University
Finalist: “Barlow desires to coach after playing days” by Kyle Beery, The Butler Collegian, Butler University

Editorial Writing
Winner: The DePauw Editorial Board, The DePauw, DePauw University

General Column Writing (Large)
Winner: Evie Lichtenwalter, The Ball State Daily News, Ball State University
Finalist: Melanie Stone, The Daily Illini, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Finalist: Lindsay Kriz, College Heights Herald, Western Kentucky University

General Column Writing (Small)
Winner: Maggie Monson, The Butler Collegian, Butler University

Sports Column Writing
Winner: David Webber, The DePaulia, DePaul University
Finalist: Robby Howard, Indiana Daily Student, Indiana University Bloomington
Finalist: Julian Zeng, The DePaulia, DePaul University

Best All-Around Daily Student Newspaper
Winner: Indiana Daily Student, Indiana University
Finalist: Daily Illini, University of Illinois

Best All-Around Non Daily Student Newspaper
Winner: The Knox Student, Knox College
Finalist: The DePaulia, DePaul University
Finalist: The DePauw, DePauw University

MAGAZINE
Non-Fiction Magazine Article
Winner: “God’s Country” by Jackie Veling, 812: The Magazine of Southern Indiana, Indiana University
Finalist: “The Income Gap” by Kimberly Alters, North by Northwestern, Northwestern University
Finalist: “Taking stock” by Stanley Kay, North By Northwestern, Northwestern University

Best Student Magazine
Winner: Inside, Indiana University
Finalist: 812: The Magazine of Southern Indiana, Indiana University

ART/GRAPHICS
Breaking News Photography (Large)
Winner: “Lincoln Avenue Accident” by Brenton Tse, Daily Illini, University of Illinois
Finalist: “Take Back the Night” by Arthur Ortiz, The DePaulia, DePaul University
Finalist: “On scene after reports of an armed assailant in the Student Recreation and Wellness Center” by Taylor Irby, The Ball State Daily News, Ball State University

Breaking News Photography (Small)
Winner: “Tornadoes hit close to campus” by Kari Travis, The Echo, Taylor University

General News Photography (Large)
Winner: “Lunchtime at Camp Reveal” by Amelia Chong, Evansville Courier & Press, Indiana University Bloomington
Finalist: “Floods flummox Chicago” by Arthur Ortiz, The DePaulia, DePaul University

General News Photography (Small)
Winner: “New president envisions Columbia’s future” by Carolina Sanchez, The Columbia Chronicle, Columbia College Chicago
Finalist: “Convocation 2013 honors new students” by Carolina Sanchez, The Columbia Chronicle, Columbia College Chicago
Finalist: “UIndy inaugurates ninth president” by Kelbi Ervin, The Reflector, University of Indianapolis

Feature Photography (Large)
Winner: “Colors of Holi” by Kelly Hickey, Daily Illini, University of Illinois

Feature Photography (Small)
Winner: “Gloves on, fists up” by Timothy P. Riethmiller and Kari Travis, The Echo, Taylor University
Finalist: “Rocky Horror Picture Show” by Zefeng Zhang, The Reflector Online, University of Indianapolis

Photo Illustration (Large)
Winner: “What happened last night?” by Jonathan Miksanek, The Ball State Daily News, Ball State University
Finalist: “We’re Addicted” by Denton Dooley and Kelly Weese, Courier Student Newspaper, College of DuPage

Photo Illustration (Small)
Winner: “Low enrollment, high hopes, cagey college” by Christine Fielder, The Columbia Chronicle, Columbia College Chicago

Sports Photography (Large)
Winner: “Illini Street Jam” by Brenton Tse, Daily Illini, University of Illinois
Finalist: “IU vs. MSU College Men’s Soccer” by Amelia Chong, The Herald-Times, Indiana University Bloomington

Sports Photography (Small)
Winner: “Women’s soccer draws in season finale, pink match” by Zefeng Zhang, The Reflector, University of Indianapolis
Finalist: “Football loses at Drake, falls 2-1” by Zefeng Zhang, The Reflector, University of Indianapolis

Editorial Cartooning
Winner: Audrey Meyer, The Butler Collegian, Butler University
Finalist: Abby Gross, The Reflector, University of Indianapolis

RADIO
Radio News Reporting
Winner: “Student Lobby Day” by Lise Graham, UI-7 Cable Urbana, IL, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Finalist: “Mariana Alfar Roundtable” by Anne Li, WNUR News, Northwestern University
Finalist: “Adoption Struggles” by Samira Asad, WWHR, Western Kentucky University

Radio Feature
Winner: “Resident Officer Program Begins in Peoria” by Orko Manna, Peoria Public Radio (WCBU, 89.9 FM), Northwestern University
Finalist: “City pays $400,000 to woman who says cops groped, stripped her” by Patrick Smith, Chicago Public Media, Columbia College Chicago

Radio In-Depth Reporting
Winner: “WCRD News Special Report – Jo Ann Gora Retires” by Cameron Ridle, Lisa Ryan, Danielle Ortiz and the WCRD News Team, WCRD News, Ball State University
Finalist: “9-1-1, Stuff You Pretend to Know” by Emily Wong Loi Sing, Allyssa Pollard & Martin Anguiano, American Student Radio, Indiana University
Finalist: “The West Central Conference” by WGRE News, WGRE, DePauw University

Radio Sports Reporting
Winner: “Todd Thomas” by Tim VanDuyne, 103.3 WZND Fuzed Radio, Illinois State University

TELEVISION
Television Breaking News Reporting
Winner: “Gifford Tornado” by Grace Haka, UI-7 News, University of Illinois

Television General News Reporting
Winner: “Cell Phone Videos And The Faces Behind The Camera” by Omar Jimenez, Northwestern News Network, Northwestern University
Finalist: “Divvy Bikes” by Aleksandra Bush, Good Day DePaul, DePaul University
Finalist: “Chicago Public School Closings Spark Chicago Teachers Union Three-Day March” by Leah Varjacques, Northwestern News Network, Northwestern University

Television Feature
Winner: “Crazy Deli” by Jessica Paris, Good Day DePaul, DePaul University
Finalist: “DIBS” by Tyler Carter, Good Day DePaul, DePaul University
Finalist: “DePaul Student’s Work in Africa” by Sean Boswell, Good Day DePaul, DePaul University

Television Sports Reporting
Winner: “Silent Night: New Coach. New Shooter. Same Tradition.” by Jeff Yoder, Kevin Schillinger, Kari Travis, The Echo, Taylor University
Finalist: “Northwestern Athletics Fall Sports Features” by Gregory Mroz, NNN Sports, Northwestern University
Finalist: “Kirsten Verdun” by Colin Bowen, Good Day DePaul, DePaul University

Best All-Around Television Newscast
Winner: “Northwestern News Report: 2013 Chicago Show” by Sharon Yoo, Allyson Byers, William Robinson-Smith and Sally Zhang, Northwestern News Network, Northwestern University
Finalist: “Good Day DePaul October 23, 2013” by Ronald Brown, Jessie Molloy and Gabbi Ziecina, Good Day DePaul, DePaul University
Finalist: “UI-7 News, November 19, 2013” by staff, UI-7 News, University of Illinois

ONLINE
Online News Reporting
Winner: “Schools Out: CPS Closes 50 Chicago Schools” by Joe Ruppel, Josclynn Brandon, Calvin Hahn and Angelica Robinson, The Red LIne Project, DePaul University
Finalist: “Suspended Justice” by Katie Mettler, Caitlin O’Hara and Missy Wilson, Indiana Daily Student – idsnews.com, Indiana University
Finalist: “Spotlight on Shaken-Baby Syndrome” by Staff, The Medill Justice Project, Northwestern University

Online Feature Reporting
Winner: “The end of the Waffle House” by Jessica Contrera, Emma Grdina and Anna Teeter, Indiana Daily Student – idsnews.com, Indiana University
Finalist: “Chicago: Home of a New Indie Gaming Renaissance” by Jordan Minor, Kotaku, Northwestern University
Finalist: “The Thin Red Line: The Shutdown of the Red Line South Branch” by Staff, The Red Line Project, DePaul University

Online In-Depth Reporting
Winner: “Hot Spots” by Staff, The Medill Justice Project, Northwestern University
Finalist: “Out of Control: Chicago’s Gun Violence Problem” by Staff, The Red Line Project, DePaul University
Finalist: “After the fall” by Jessica Contrera, Emma Grdina and Anna Teeter, Indiana Daily Student – idsnews.com, Indiana University

Online Sports Reporting
Winner: “Chicago Marathon Coverage” by staff, Chicago Sidelines, DePaul University
Finalist: “Wildcat lacrosse preview 2013” by staff, NBN Sports, Northwestern University

Online Opinion & Commentary
Winner: Matthew Kovac, DailyNorthwestern, Protest and ChicagoInnocenceProject, Northwestern University
Finalist: Amanda Glickman, North by Northwestern, Northwestern University
Finalist: Yunita Ong, North by Northwestern, Northwestern University

Best Use of Multimedia
Winner: “Chicago Homicides Searchable Maps” by Clayton Guse and Andrew Rodriguez, The Red Line Project, DePaul University
Finalist: “Shaken-Baby Syndrome: Perspectives on a Controversial Diagnosis” by Diane Tsai, The Medill Justice Project, Northwestern University
Finalist: “The Chicago Stumbler Tumblr” by Lindsey Murphy and Staff, The Chicago Stumbler, DePaul University

Best Affiliated Web Site
Winner: idsnews.com by staff, Indiana Daily Student, Indiana University
Finalist: ballbearingsmag.com by Hayli Goode, Aubrey Smith, Karina Lozano and Catherine Greis, Ball Bearings Magazine, Ball State University
Finalist: depauliaonline.com by staff, The DePaulia, DePaul University

Best Digital-Only Site
Winner: redlineproject.org by staff, The Red Line Project, DePaul University

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