Archive for April, 2021

Mark of Excellence 2021 winners

This Saturday, we announced the winners of the 2021 regional Mark of Excellence contest for college journalists. There were great entries, which reflects well on the work these journalists were doing during a trying year for journalists.

The first-place winners will go on to the national MOE competition, and let’s wish them luck.

Here are the winners and the finalists.

Category PlaceRegion NumberEntrantsMedia OutletSchoolEntry Title
Best All-Around Student Newspaper (Small) 1-9,999+ StudentsWinner10StaffThe Gonzaga BulletinGonzaga UniversityThe Gonzaga Bulletin
Breaking News Reporting (Large) 10,000+ StudentsWinner10Angela Palermo, Cody RobertsThe ArgonautUniversity of IdahoAnti-mask protests in Moscow, Idaho
Breaking News Reporting (Large) 10,000+ StudentsFinalist10Ash Shah, Andy Yamashita, Jake Goldstein-StreetThe Daily of the University of WashingtonUniversity of Washington – SeattleUniversity investigation found basketball player Nahziah Carter sexually assaulted two students
General Column WritingWinner10Alexander PrevostThe Gonzaga BulletinGonzaga UniversityAlexander Prevost’s Opinion Pieces
General Column WritingFinalist10Haley DaarstadThe BarometerOregon State UniversityThe U.S. avoided war with Iran; Reduce waste; Remote education is saving lives
General Column WritingFinalist10Mia Werner, Laura Heffernan, Jennifer NgThe BeaconUniversity of PortlandColumns from the margins
Sports Writing (Small) 1-9,999 StudentsWinner10Connor GilbertThe Gonzaga BulletinGonzaga UniversityBaseball: Entering the spring, Gonzaga is deep on and off paper
Sports Writing (Small) 1-9,999 StudentsFinalist10Kyle GarciaThe BeaconUniversity of PortlandChase Adams steps up as glue of the family as grandmother battles coronavirus
Sports Writing (Small) 1-9,999 StudentsFinalist10William SeekampThe BeaconUniversity of Portland‘I’m not going to sit back and do nothing’
Breaking News Reporting (Small) 1-9,999 StudentsWinner10Gabi DiPauloThe BeaconUniversity of PortlandAdministrator goes public with concerns about racism and sexism within UP administration
Breaking News Reporting (Small) 1-9,999 StudentsFinalist10Carlos FuentesThe BeaconUniversity of PortlandOver 200 Bon App workers lose their jobs at UP
Breaking News Reporting (Small) 1-9,999 StudentsFinalist10Connor GilbertThe Gonzaga BulletinGonzaga UniversityGonzaga in Florence suspends academics and sends students home
General News Reporting (Small) 1-9,999 StudentsWinner10Mila Yoch, Devan IyomasaThe Gonzaga BulletinGonzaga UniversityGU Black Student Union Zoom meeting bombed with verbal attacks
General News Reporting (Small) 1-9,999 StudentsFinalist10Carlos FuentesThe BeaconUniversity of PortlandCOVID-19 testing available at UP, information not so much
General News Reporting (Small) 1-9,999 StudentsFinalist10Mila YochThe Gonzaga BulletinGonzaga UniversityInstagram account @zagsunmasked exposes GU students without masks
In-Depth Reporting (Small) 1-9,999 StudentsWinner10Loren NegronThe Daily EvergreenWashington State UniversityActivists stand against Forest Service
In-Depth Reporting (Small) 1-9,999 StudentsFinalist10Brie HaroThe BeaconUniversity of PortlandPilots on the front lines seeking change
In-Depth Reporting (Small) 1-9,999 StudentsFinalist10Melina BenjaminThe Gonzaga BulletinGonzaga UniversityGU students with COVID-19 share their realities with the virus
Editorial WritingWinner10Parker Seeberger, Kellie Tran, Anders SvenningsenThe Gonzaga BulletinGonzaga UniversityThe Gonzaga Bulletin – Editorial Writing
Editorial WritingFinalist10Editorial StaffMontana KaiminUniversity of Montana School of JournalismMissoulian’s endorsement fiasco; We can do better; A look at our source demographics
Editorial WritingFinalist10Editorial BoardThe ArgonautUniversity of IdahoThree editorials by The Argonaut Editorial Board
Editorial CartooningWinner10Derek SnyderThe BarometerOregon State UniversityStudent Proved
Editorial CartooningFinalist10Elijah PascoThe Daily of the University of WashingtonUniversity of Washington – SeattlePolitical chess; All Ears; The UW administration has a seat on Santa’s lap
Editorial CartooningFinalist10Tiffany TablangThe ObserverCentral Washington UniversityThe Observer editorial cartoons
Sports Writing (Large) 10,000+ StudentsWinner10Anthony EdwardsThe Daily of the University of WashingtonUniversity of Washington – SeattleWelcome to the Lake show: After 21 years, Jimmy Lake is finally a head coach
Sports Writing (Large) 10,000+ StudentsFinalist10Andres De Los SantosThe BarometerOregon State UniversityOregon State wrestlers Rateb, Olmos, Turner, continue to fight for Black Lives Matter in D.C.
Sports Writing (Large) 10,000+ StudentsFinalist10Rey GreenThe ObserverCentral Washington UniversityStudent athlete forms social justice group
Best All-Around Student Newspaper (Large) 10,000+ StudentsWinner10StaffThe ObserverCentral Washington UniversityThe Observer
Best All-Around Student Newspaper (Large) 10,000+ StudentsFinalist10Brianna Finnegan, StaffThe ArgonautUniversity of IdahoThe University of Idaho Argonaut
Best All-Around Student Newspaper (Large) 10,000+ StudentsFinalist10StaffThe BarometerOregon State UniversityThe Daily Barometer
In-Depth Reporting (Large) 10,000+ StudentsWinner10Dante Filpula AnkneyMontana KaiminUniversity of Montana School of JournalismSquashing the spike: The history behind the University’s infamous tradition
In-Depth Reporting (Large) 10,000+ StudentsFinalist10Nate SanfordThe Western FrontWestern Washington UniversityBehind the systems: WWU Newman Center forces LGBTQ+ employee to resign
In-Depth Reporting (Large) 10,000+ StudentsFinalist10Adriana GutierrezThe BarometerOregon State UniversityStudents take action, push administration to overturn termination of two engineering instructors
Feature Writing (Small) 1-9,999 StudentsWinner10Mia WernerThe BeaconUniversity of PortlandChasing ice with the U.S. Coast Guard
Feature Writing (Small) 1-9,999 StudentsFinalist10Molly LowneyThe BeaconUniversity of PortlandGoing viral: UP students find fame and friendship on TikTok
Feature Writing (Small) 1-9,999 StudentsFinalist10Hannah NeffThe SentinelNorth Idaho CollegeWho Done It? Mysterious Posters Appear in Boswell
Feature Writing (Large) 10,000+ StudentsWinner10Claire ShinnerMontana KaiminUniversity of Montana School of JournalismOut There: How Evelyn Wall became an anchor for inclusivity in the outdoors
Feature Writing (Large) 10,000+ StudentsFinalist10Alex MillerMontana KaiminUniversity of Montana School of JournalismRisque Business: The naked truth of cam girls and boys working in the digital red light district
Feature Writing (Large) 10,000+ StudentsFinalist10Hannah KriegThe Daily of the University of WashingtonUniversity of Washington – SeattleThe University of Whiteness
General News Reporting (Large) 10,000+ StudentsWinner10Angela TamThe BarometerOregon State UniversityLocalBoyz writes down different name for customer despite clear disapproval
General News Reporting (Large) 10,000+ StudentsFinalist10Hannah KriegThe Daily of the University of WashingtonUniversity of Washington – SeattleUW professor Cliff Mass compares violent protesters to Nazis and he’s not sorry
General News Reporting (Large) 10,000+ StudentsFinalist10Maya TizonThe Daily of the University of WashingtonUniversity of Washington – SeattlePresident Cauce officially responds to BSU’s seven demands for campus equity
Radio In-Depth ReportingWinner10Lena Beck, Aj Williams, Austin Amestoy, Clint ConnorsKBGAUniversity of MontanaCarrying On-Arts and Leisure in a Pandemic
Best All-Around Radio NewscastWinner10Austin AmestoyKBGAUniversity of MontanaKBGA News at 5
Radio Sports ReportingWinner10Dante Filpula AnkneyKBGAUniversity of MontanaCovid Ski Season
Radio Sports ReportingFinalist10Erica StaatKBGAUniversity of MontanaHunter Safety Online
Radio FeatureWinner10Victor YvellezPRX ExchangeUniversity of MontanaProject Little Shell: Three Generations of Enrollment
Radio FeatureFinalist10Kylie MohrPRX ExchangeUniversity of MontanaProject Little Shell: A Tribe Dispersed
Radio FeatureFinalist10Clint ConnorsKBGAUniversity of MontanaOutdoor Opera
Radio News ReportingWinner10Mary AuldPRX ExchangeUniversity of MontanaProject Little Shell: Questioning Blood Quantum
Radio News ReportingFinalist10Austin AmestoyKBGAUniversity of MontanaMontana Real Estate
Radio News ReportingFinalist10Angela PalermoKUOI FMUniversity of IdahoSkyrocketing COVID-19 cases
Television General News ReportingWinner10Jaurdyn JohnsonKPAXUniversity of MontanaFirefighter Climb
Data VisualizationWinner10Austin De DiosThe BeaconUniversity of PortlandInteractive Data Journalism by Austin De Dios
General News Photography (Small) 1-9,999 StudentsWinner10Sophie CrosbyThe Gonzaga BulletinGonzaga UniversityDance Program Partnership
Breaking News PhotographyWinner10Chiana McInellyThe Gonzaga BulletinGonzaga UniversityProtests in Spokane
Breaking News PhotographyFinalist10Nicholas Tucker, Mitchell RolandThe ObserverCentral Washington UniversityProtesters continue to rally in Ellensburg, despite fears of violence
Feature PhotographyWinner10Scott SchmidtThe BarometerOregon State UniversityComet Neowise
Feature PhotographyFinalist10Ryan ReynoldsThe BeaconUniversity of PortlandStop reading this and go outside (1st slideshow)
Feature PhotographyFinalist10Duncan MullenThe PlanetWestern Washington UniversityRainier’s Rare Wolverines
Photo IllustrationWinner10Ben LathwellThe Gonzaga BulletinGonzaga UniversityFlu Shot Clinic
Photo IllustrationFinalist10Brennan CrowderThe BeaconUniversity of PortlandComputers get Zoom fatigue too
Photo IllustrationFinalist10Sophie CrosbyThe Gonzaga BulletinGonzaga UniversityArt Department COVID-19 restrictions
General News Photography (Large) 10,000+ StudentsWinner10Zack JimenezThe PlanetWestern Washington UniversityClimate Protester
General News Photography (Large) 10,000+ StudentsFinalist10Sophie CrosbyThe Gonzaga BulletinGonzaga UniversityDance Program Partnership
General News Photography (Large) 10,000+ StudentsFinalist10Sara DigginsMontana KaiminUniversity of MontanaElection Point
Sports PhotographyWinner10Sara DigginsMontana KaiminUniversity of MontanaRebound Battle
Sports PhotographyFinalist10Oliver McKennaThe Daily EvergreenWashington State UniversityCougs vs. Oregon
Sports PhotographyFinalist10Sara DigginsMontana KaiminUniversity of MontanaDriving to the hoop
Online/Digital News VideographyWinner10Quinn CorcoranMontana KaiminUniversity of MontanaWhere are the students? An Enrollment investigation
Best Independent Online Student PublicationWinner10StaffNative News Honors ProjectUniversity of Montana School of JournalismTrying to Teach, Trying to Learn: Science in Indian Country
Online/Digital Feature VideographyWinner10Jiakai LouNative News Honors ProjectUniversity of MontanaMeat for the Mind
Online/Digital Feature VideographyFinalist10Samantha BaxleyKlipsun MagazineWestern Washington UniversityYoung and Green
Best Affiliated Web SiteWinner10Maddy Wilson, Joanna Santana, Zahn Schultz, Taylor JohnsonPULSE magazineCentral Washington UniversityPULSE magazine
Best Affiliated Web SiteFinalist10StaffThe ObserverCentral Washington UniversityThe Observer
Online News ReportingWinner10Jax KielKlipsun MagazineWestern Washington UniversityBy Any Other Name
Online News ReportingFinalist10Hannah KriegThe Daily of the University of WashingtonUniversity of Washington – SeattleThis is what quarantine sounds like with 150 positive cases on Greek row
Online Opinion & CommentaryWinner10Opinion TeamThe Daily of the University of WashingtonUniversity of Washington – SeattleA history of BSU’s demands: Repeating our university’s oppressive past
Online Opinion & CommentaryFinalist10Hannah KriegThe Daily of the University of WashingtonUniversity of Washington – SeattleThirst Trap
Online Feature ReportingWinner10Sydney AkridgeNative NewsUniversity of Montana School of JournalismDeep-Rooted Knowledge: Generations of traditional medicine
Online Feature ReportingFinalist10John Elias OlsonKlipsun MagazineWestern Washington UniversityOK, Zoomer.
Online Feature ReportingFinalist10Alex MorenoKlipsun MagazineWestern Washington UniversityLife in the Viewfinder
Online In-Depth ReportingWinner10Advanced Audio StudentsPRX ExchangeUniversity of MontanaProject Little Shell
Online In-Depth ReportingFinalist10Alex MillerNative News Honors ProjectUniversity of Montana School of JournalismA Thousand Miles from Crow Country
Online In-Depth ReportingFinalist10Maya AndersonKlipsun MagazineWestern Washington UniversityDoes Everyone Count?
Best Student MagazineWinner10Maddy Wilson, Sara Roach, Kassandra Eller, Spencer CliftonPULSE magazineCentral Washington UniversityPULSE magazine
Best Student MagazineFinalist10StaffBlotUniversity of IdahoBlot magazine May 2020
Best Student MagazineFinalist10StaffThe PlanetWestern Washington UniversityThe Planet Magazine: “The Movement” Issue, Winter 2020
Non-Fiction Magazine ArticleWinner10Maya AndersonKlipsun MagazineWestern Washington UniversityCan You See Me?
Non-Fiction Magazine ArticleFinalist10Riley HaunBlot magazineUniversity of IdahoHistory Repeated
Non-Fiction Magazine ArticleFinalist10Grace McCarthy, Faith OwensThe PlanetWestern Washington UniversityMr. Earth Day
COVID-19: Video CoverageWinner10Quinn CorcoranNative News Honors ProjectUniversity of MontanaLost
COVID-19: Video CoverageFinalist10Tessa HooverThe BarometerOregon State UniversityRamadan during the COVID-19 pandemic
COVID-19: Newspaper, Magazine and Online CoverageWinner10StaffNative News Honors ProjectUniversity of Montana School of JournalismSpecial Report: Quarantine and Coronavirus in Montana’s Indian Country
COVID-19: Newspaper, Magazine and Online CoverageFinalist10Emma SavageThe PlanetWestern Washington UniversityAgricultural Workers Face COVID-19
COVID-19: Newspaper, Magazine and Online CoverageFinalist10Riley HaunBlot magazineUniversity of IdahoHistory Repeated
Best Use of MultimediaWinner10Lauren DeckerKlipsun MagazineWestern Washington UniversityNot Just Your Vampire Weekend
Best Use of MultimediaFinalist10Maddy Wilson, Zahn Schultz, Krista Kok, Helen NguyenPULSE magazineCentral Washington UniversityFrom Football Player to Father: One Student’s Journey to Success
PodcastWinner10Molly Lowney, Jennifer NgThe BeaconUniversity of PortlandWhat on Earth: Food for Thought (Episode 5)
PodcastFinalist10Kase AllouziKBVR-FMOregon State UniversityThrough the Multi Lens


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