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Mark of Excellence Awards Results

Greetings! SPJ HQ announced the results of the Mark of Excellence awards for Region 10. See the release below for winners and more information.

INDIANAPOLIS — The Society of Professional Journalistsgladly recognizes the 2015 Mark of Excellence Awards winners from Region 10. The MOE Awards honor the best of collegiate journalism from a calendar year.

SPJ’s Region 10 comprises Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington. 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 2016 Sept. 18-20 in New Orleans. 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 10 winners, and direct any MOE Awards questions to Awards Coordinator Abbi Martzall.

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

Art / Graphics
Breaking News Photography (Large) 10,000+ Students
Winner: DISCUSSION – BLM Protest – by Jonathan Glover, Central Washington University

Breaking News Photography (Small) 1-9,999 Students
Winner: Crash – by Ben Walker, Gonzaga University

Editorial Cartooning
Winner: Alexa Calder editorial cartoons – by Alexa Calder, University of Washington Tacoma
Finalist: Anna Fern editorial cartoons 2nd Entry – by Anna Fern, University of Washington Tacoma
Finalist: Danielle Burch editorial cartoons – by Danielle Burch, University of Washington Tacoma

Feature Photography (Large) 10,000+ Students
Winner: Seattle group’s training program saves lives of moms and babies in Kenya – by Paul Nevin, University of Washington
Finalist: Dueling saxophones – by Olivia Vanni, University of Montana
Finalist: Christopf the Lamb – by Loren Benoit, University of Montana

Feature Photography (Small) 1-9,999 Students
Winner: Okinawa, Japan – by Matt Weigand, Gonzaga University
Finalist: SPU Theater – Scranton – by Andrew Haskell, Seattle Pacific University
Finalist: Life imitates art – by Christina Bjarvin, Gonzaga University

General News Photography (Large) 10,000+ Students
Winner: Student Vigil – by Evan Frost, University of Montana

General News Photography (Small) 1-9,999 Students
Winner: SPU John Perkins – Chapel – by Christopher Yang, Seattle Pacific University
Finalist: Waiting – by Libby Kamrowski, Gonzaga University

Photo Illustration (Large) 10,000+ Students
Winner: Thin Walls – by Derrick Clarit, Central Washington University
Finalist: Don’t be a rapist – by Cary Wilton, Washington State University
Finalist: No means no – by Ryan Pearce, Washington State University

Photo Illustration (Small) 1-9,999 Students
Winner: Are we prepared? – by Nathan DeVaughn, Hannah Baade, University of Portland
Finalist: Allison Pham photo illustration – by Allison Pham, University of Washington Tacoma
Finalist: Where does your trash go? – by Rebekah Markillie, University of Portland

Sports Photography (Large) 10,000+ Students
Winner: Chasing the ball – by Will McKnight, University of Montana
Finalist: Shrine all-star football game – by Evan Frost, University of Montana
Finalist: Soccer header – by Loren Benoit, University of Montana

Sports Photography (Small) 1-9,999 Students
Winner: Lose ball – by Ryan Sullivan, Gonzaga University
Finalist: Gonzaga womens basketball – by Ryan Sullivan, Gonzaga University
Finalist: Falling – by Matt Weigand, Gonzaga University

Best Student Magazine
Winner: Pulse Magazine – by Brielle Rutledge, Mackenzie Loete, Vanessa Cruz, Kyle Kuhn, Central Washington University
Finalist: The Planet Magazine, The Justice issue, Spring 2015 – by Staff, The Planet Magazine, Western Washington University
Finalist: Mast Media Issue 2 – by Samantha Lund, Brooke Thames, Molly Undall, McKenna Morin, Pacific Lutheran University

Non-Fiction Magazine Article
Winner: The gong show: Lobby day – by Jess Macinko, Laurel Fisher, Derrick Clarit, Lindsey Wisniewski, Central Washington University
Finalist: Not your fault – by Katelyn Doggett, Western Washington University
Finalist: Toxic turf – by Elise Dresel, Western Washington University
Best All-Around Daily Student Newspaper
Winner: The Daily Barometer – by Staff of The Daily Barometer, Oregon State University

Best All-Around Non Daily Student Newspaper
Winner: Best All-Around Non Daily Student Newspaper – by Staff, North Idaho College
Finalist: The Argonaut Best All-Around Non Daily – by The Argonaut Staff, University of Idaho
Finalist: The Western Front – by The Western Front staff, Western Washington University

Breaking News Reporting (Large) 10,000+ Students
Winner: UM to cut 29 graduate assistant positions – by Kasey Bubnash, University of Montana
Finalist: Suspect apprehended after high speed chase ends at Oregon State – by Sean Bassinger, Brian Rathbone, Oregon State University
Finalist: Moscow shooting coverage – by Amber Emery, Kaitlyn Krasselt, Claire Whitley, University of Idaho

Breaking News Reporting (Small) 1-9,999 Students
Winner: No swiping new Lute Cards – by Matthew Salzano, Pacific Lutheran University

Editorial Writing
Winner: Argonaut Editorial Board Editorials – by Katelyn Hilsenbeck, Claire Whitley, Erin Bamer, University of Idaho

Feature Writing (Large) 10,000+ Students
Winner: Growing up, coming out Navigating sexual and gender identity as a youth on the Blackfeet reservation – by Kolby Kickingwoman, University of Montana
Finalist: Kelsey Jones’ sports features – by Kelsey Jones, Washington State University
Finalist: The bridge to recovery – by Sarah Sharp, Western Washington University

Feature Writing (Small) 1-9,999 Students
Winner: Zag refugee rises from the flames – by Kiki Serantes, Gonzaga University
Finalist: Witnessing tragedy, working through the aftermath – by Haley Pitto (reporter) Cassandra Calderon (editor), Seattle Pacific University
Finalist: NIC gets squirrelly – by Annie Stonebreaker, North Idaho College

General Column Writing (Large) 10,000+ Students
Winner: Gender and race issue columns – by Sophia Stephens, Washington State University
Finalist: Calley Hair columns – by Calley Hair, Washington State University

General News Reporting (Large) 10,000+ Students
Winner: Pursuit’s over – by Hannah Ray Lambert, Washington State University
Finalist: Historic Fire Season leads to millions in damage – by Julia Moreno, Central Washington University
Finalist: Social media posts leave local Islamic Center on alert for potential attacks – by Zachary Anders, Washington State University

General News Reporting (Small) 1-9,999 Students
Winner: Students safe after Paris attacks – by Clare Duffy, Malika Andrews, Luke Loranger, University of Portland
Finalist: Serving the Tent City 3 homeless encampment – by Alex Cnossen Manola Secaira Tori Hoffman , Seattle Pacific University
Finalist: Faculty to admin: I’m underpaid – by Cheyenne Schoen, Clare Duffy, Malika Andrews, University of Portland

In-Depth Reporting (Large) 10,000+ Students
Winner: Left behind: New veterans dorm community has little support, fewer veterans – by Erin Loranger, University of Montana
Finalist: A brutal tradition: Combating domestic and sexual violence on the Fort Peck reservation – by Jesse Flickinger, University of Montana
Finalist: Disaggregating data on Asian Pacific Islanders reveals hidden stories of disparity – by Chetanya Robinson, University of Washington

In-Depth Reporting (Small) 1-9,999 Students
Winner: Transition: Transgender student finds a home/ Transphobic Incident Spurs Pain, Action – by Cheyenne Schoen, Lydia Laythe, University of Portland

Sports Column Writing
Winner: Brian Rathbone sports columns – by Brian Rathbone, Oregon State University
Finalist: Brenden Slaughter sports columns – by Brenden Slaughter, Oregon State University
Finalist: Sports for dummies – by Michelle Fredrickson, Washington State University

Sports Writing (Large) 10,000+ Students
Winner: Kicking and breathing: Daniel Sullivan’s body quit football, but Sullivan couldn’t quit the game – by Sojin Josephson, University of Montana
Finalist: Unsportsmanlike conduct: From NCAA regs to local laws, UM Athletics faces questions over violations – by Peregrine Frissell, University of Montana
Finalist: The scintillating six, Tebeau’s freshman basketball class – by Josh Worden, Oregon State University

Sports Writing (Small) 1-9,999 Students
Winner: No fear: The Lauren Joseph story – by Eden Laase, Gonzaga University
Finalist: Coaching legend bids farewell – by Josh Horton, Gonzaga University
Finalist: Australian guard making an impact – by Brittney Bulawa, Gonzaga University

Best Affiliated Web Site
Winner: – by UM News class, fall 2015, University of Montana
Finalist: The Argonaut – by The Argonaut, University of Idaho

Best Digital-Only Student Publication
Winner: OR Magazine Spring 2015 Issue – by Fahmo Mohammed Kyle Hentschel Staff of OR Magazine., School of Journalism and Communication

Best Independent Online Student Publication
Winner: Cuba Creatives – by Staff of Cuba Creatives. , School of Journalism and Communication
Finalist: Intertwined: Stories of Detachment and Connetion on Montana’s Reservations – by Native News 2015 Staff, University of Montana
Finalist: LUTETIMES – by The Staff of LUTETIMES, Maxine McDade, Genny Boots and Rhiannon Berg, Pacific Lutheran University

Best Use of Multimedia
Winner: Out of the shadows: Cuban improv actor Carlos Borbon – by Garrett Guinn Dana Bredeweg Andrew Spangler, School of Journalism and Communication
Finalist: 5,588 Miles, One Love – by Seth Lonborg, Mackenzie Loete, Lindsey Wisniewski, Central Washington University

Online Feature Reporting
Winner: Bernard “Barney” Myers – by Bronte Wittpenn, University of Montana
Finalist: White House peace vigil – by Kyle Simchuk, Washington State University
Finalist: Beyond the lens – by Chad Sokol Megan Murnane McKayla Fox David Palmer, Washington State University

Online In-Depth Reporting
Winner: Feathers and the cross – by Sam Waldorf and Bethany Blitz, University of Montana
Finalist: Legislative reporting 2015 – by Chad Sokol, Washington State University

Online News Reporting
Winner: Legalization – by Nicky Ouellet and Kristin Kirkland, University of Montana
Finalist: Schoolhouse Brought Back to Life – by Brenna Kelly, Washington State University
Finalist: CPS caseworker missed chances to intervene – by Chelsea Keyes Jaclyn Logsdon, Washington State University

Online Sports Reporting
Winner: His way out: story, video and photos – by Malika Andrews, Hannah Baade, Parker Shoaff, University of Portland
Finalist: Fast and fearless, Colton shoots for seventh straight state title – by Dustin Brennan Jim Crawford, Washington State University

Radio Broadcast
Best All-Around Radio Newscast
Winner: Planet Radio Winter 2015 – by Planet Radio staff of Winter 2015, Western Washington University

Radio Feature
Winner: Martian miasma – by Sam Carlos, Western Washington University
Finalist: An 80s cover band with global dreams – by Nicky Ouellet, University of Montana

Radio News Reporting
Winner: Cutting healthcare costs for seniors – by Cheri Trusler, University of Montana

Television Broadcast
Best All-Around Television Newscast
Winner: Murrow News 8 – Dec. 4th – by Evan Baron David Palmer, Washington State University
Finalist: Murrow News 8 – Dec. 3rd – by Amanda Beltran Ryan Gonce, Washington State University
Finalist: News @ Nine – by Mast TV Staff, Pacific Lutheran University

Television Feature Reporting
Winner: NW Stories – Artist and “Bug Guy” Christopher Marley – by Nicolas Walcott Dana Bredeweg Chloe Huckins, School of Journalism and Communication
Finalist: Behind the uniform: Air Force ROTC – by Helen Capron, Washington State University
Finalist: One-button video studio – by Sojin Josephson and Peter Riley, University of Montana

Television General News Reporting
Winner: UM professor studies sea spiders in Antarctica – by Sean Robb, University of Montana
Finalist: Veteran dogs work with campus police – by Sojin Josephson and Andy Anderson, University of Montana
Finalist: Sexual assault at WSU – by Kaila Lafferty, Washington State University

Television In-Depth Reporting
Winner: Changing home: Small town survival – by University of Montana Student Documentary Unit, spring 2015, University of Montana
Finalist: One hundred and counting – by Montana Journal class, fall 2014, University of Montana
Finalist: Returning to oso – by McKayla Fox Marc Wai Calley Hare, Washington State University

Television News and Feature Photography
Winner: Veteran dogs work with campus police – by Andy Anderson, University of Montana
Finalist: PEAS farm – by Peter Riley, University of Montana

Television Sports Photography
Winner: Cross country runner Makena Morley – by Peter Riley, University of Montana
Finalist: Key log rolling – by Ryan Groh, University of Montana

It’s Contest Time!

The 2015 SPJ Northwest Excellence in Journalism Contest is officially open for applications! If you are a journalist working for professional print, broadcast, or online media in SPJ Region 10 (Alaska, Oregon, Washington, Idaho, and Montana), we’d love to see your work.

Based on member and entrant feedback from last year, the 2015 contest committee has implemented several changes. Some things to know: 

—Region 10 is working with a new contest vendor this year. We are hoping this change leads to more user-friendly interface and improves communication with contestants.
—All entries, including General Excellence, can only be submitted digitally.
—All entries this year are $20 for regular categories, and $50 for General Excellence.
—We have combined the Non-daily and Alt Weekly categories to make them more competitive.
—We have added a new daily print category: DAILY Very Large (A daily print and/or online publication with staff of 41 or more). The daily print competition is now as follows:
DAILY-Small: A daily print and/or online publication with staff of 10 or fewer
DAILY-Medium: A daily print and/or online publication with staff of 11-25
DAILY-Large: A daily print and/or online publication with staff of 26-40
DAILY-Very Large: A daily print and/or online publication with staff of 41 or more
—We have added more visual categories to better recognize the work of visual journalists.

The contest deadline: Feb. 15, 2016 at 5 p.m. PST. Winners will be announced later this year on the Region 10 blog. If you have questions, please feel free to contact us at

To enter, and for more rules and information, click here.

Awards corrections & re-orders

Now that the 2011 SPJ NW Excellence in Journalism Awards have been announced, we are starting to receive requests for duplicate awards and corrections. Here’s how re-orders and corrections will work:

1)  Please download this form to request a correction or order a duplicate trophy or certificate.

2)  Submit it to regional director Dana Neuts with your payment by July 15 (note: if it is our error, we’ll pay for the correction).

3)  We’ll make changes to the trophies, certificates and online awards booklet all at once after all of the changes have been submitted.

Because the trophies and awards booklet are being done by outside vendors and there is a cost involved with each change, we are not able to make changes more quickly. Thank you for your understanding.


Regional SPJ contest winners to be announced this week

Update–Winners were announced on Friday, May 6. In most cases, I notified a central contact person at each media organization. In the case of individual submissions or freelancers, however, I also attempted to send those notifications personally. I have heard from several people who did not receive the email or whose email had gone into their junk mailbox. So if you haven’t heard anything and want to double-check, please contact me before Friday, May 20. Winners will be announced online at 10 pm PST on Saturday, May 21 following the Seattle and Portland awards banquets.


Entries for the 2010 SPJ Northwest Excellence in Journalism contest have been judged. We are finalizing our records, and will be making email notifications to winners and/or administrative contacts early this week. To learn more about your chapter’s awards banquet or event, please contact your chapter leaders directly.

Winners for the regional (pro) contest will be posted on this website after 10 pm on Sat., May 21, 2011.

Thank you for your patience.

Dana Neuts, Regional Director

What Happens in Vegas Doesn’t Always Stay in Vegas – SPJ Regional Business

I just returned from Las Vegas where our annual SPJ conference was held. Much fun was had by all and enthusiasm was high. At the same time, I am happy to report that we accomplished a lot, and I feel good about the direction we’re going as a group.

Six out of seven chapters were represented at the conference:  Montana (Ian M.); Snake River (Becky T.); W. Washington (Clay H., Cliff D., Oren C.); Oregon (Sara); William O. Douglas (Kristen K. and Paula H). and Inland NW (Mark P. and Pia). Other members from the chapters were represented but these were delegates and/or chapter reps.

For those of you who weren’t able to attend the conference, here’s a quick synopsis of what went down at the regional business meeting:

Inland Northwest update: After several years of lying dormant, the Spokane chapter of SPJ is slowly coming to life, thanks to Mark Peterson and Pia Hallenberg. They are taking their media message on the road by visiting local colleges and universities to talk about the skills needed to make it in today’s social media-savvy world.

Regional conference update: Kristen & Paula updated us on their plans for the regional conference next spring. It will be held at WSU, Richland, Washington in the Tri-Cities April 8-9. Anticipated attendance:  80-100. They brought “save the date” cards and asked for help with programming ideas. We also discussed the idea of the region helping to pay for the annual conference through contest proceeds. The group was in favor of this idea though an official vote was not held. Stay tuned for updates on the William O. Douglas website.

Regional contest: I will contact two outside vendors (besides BNC) for quotes to take our system online. We might go with BNC for now and see what service national rolls out next year and be a test pilot. Chapter responsibilities:  providing contest swap partners by December 1 and a chapter contest coordinator who will be my primary contact during the contest season.

Contest timetable: This will be the same as in past years.

  • Rules, categories, etc. to be ready and posted online by 12/31/10
  • Promote contest during January
  • Entry deadlines for all categories:  mid-February
  • Entries to out-of-state swap partners:  March 1
  • Entries to be judged by April 1
  • Trophies & certs to be done by May 1  (Ian will do trophies again; Ruth will do certificates.)
  • 2011 Awards Banquet:  Saturday, May 21 in Seattle and Portland

Regional blog: My goal this year is to keep this updated with news at the regional level as well as at the chapter level. I encouraged chapter contacts to send me news, events and other updates so we can work more closely chapter-to-chapter than we have in the past. Send posts to me via email and I will post them here for everyone within the region to view (Alaska, Oregon, Washington, Idaho and Montana).

Regional synergy: I’d like to see us work together more closely, particularly in terms of membership challenges and programming ideas. I believe we can leverage technology to create ready-made, portable programs that can be easily duplicated in other chapters throughout the region. This is particularly important in those chapters that are separated geographically. One idea:  freelance program, All Access Pass, could be tailored to freelancers in other markets. This could be a good pilot for the “program in a box” concept.

Please help me keep this blog alive and well and subscribe to the RSS feed or check back regularly for updates, news and more. I look forward to working with you over the next year!

~ Dana Neuts, regional director

Contest award re-order form & award pick-up instructions

Thanks to everyone who attended our Western Washington Pro Chapter SPJ Awards Banquet last night.  As always, it was lots of fun and we enjoyed honoring our colleagues and peers. We hope other region-wide events were just as well attended! For those of you who weren’t able to attend or whose chapters don’t host an awards night, here are instructions on making award re-orders, corrections and duplicate requests.

Award Re-Orders & Corrections (all Region 10 awards)

If you received an award that included an error, please complete this form and return it to regional director Dana Neuts by Monday, June 21. Awards will be corrected and duplicates ordered by month end and should be sent to the winners by the end of July.

[Note:  If the error was our mistake, we will make the change at our expense. However, if the error is based on your mistake (e.g., entered incorrectly in the online submission system) or you are ordering a duplicate award, the re-order will be done at your expense.]

Award Pick-up (Western Washington chapter awards only)

Certificates that are not claimed at the May 22 banquet will be mailed to the winners. Unclaimed trophies will be available in Seattle – at a location to be determined – early next week. Additional information will be posted as soon as we have selected the pick-up location. If the winner is located within 50 miles of Seattle, we will expect you to pick-up the trophy or cover the shipping expense. If you are outside a 50 mile radius of Seattle, we will ship your awards to you at our expense, unless you make other arrangements.

Questions? Contact Dana Neuts via email.

Award results to be posted by midnight, May 23

Everyone is anxious to hear the results of the Region 10 Excellence in Journalism contest, and we’ve been getting lots of requests for more information about when winners will be posted. We’re glad you are so enthusiastic!

As in past years, we will post the winners by midnight the night of the Portland and Seattle banquets, May 22. So by 12 am on Sunday, May 23, the full list of regional winners will be posted at that time. They will be posted to Western Washington Pro Chapter’s website and passed onto other chapters who have websites. They will also be posted to the Region 10 blog.

If you have any questions, please direct them to your individual chapter presidents. Thank you and good luck!


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