Mark of Excellence winners

Below are the Region 3 winners in SPJ’s college journalism contest, called the Mark of Excellence. The first-place winners compete nationally against their peers in 11 other regions. SPJ will announce those results May 2.

But even the second- and third-place winners who aren’t competing nationally have nothing to complain about. They’re still some of the best college journalists in the southeast United States – which covers Alabama, Florida, Georgia, and South Carolina.

Oh, and if you don’t see a second or third place listed, it’s not a mistake. It just means SPJ’s hard-ass judges don’t dole out awards like a T-ball league or a Student Government banquet. The MoEs matter because they’re friggin’ hard to win.

So anyway…

 

PHOTOGRAPHY


Breaking News Photography (Large)

First Place
Kristy L. Densmore
Trayvon Martin protest
University of Georgia

Second Place
Charles Pratt
Barrackin’ the Burrow
Florida Atlantic University

Feature Photography (Large)

First Place
Kelly Smith
State of solitude
University of Miami

Second Place
Kelly Smith
Swimming with pride
University of Miami

Third Place
Rachel Steinhauser
Love at first bite
University of Miami

Feature Photography (Medium)

First Place
Joseph Jacob
Mangue Banzima doesn’t think, he just shoots
Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD)

Second Place
Joseph Jacob
A pirate’s life for the weekend
Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD)

Feature Photography (Small)

First Place
Sarah Williamson
Together again
Flagler College

Second Place
Brittany Mullins
The specter of the countess
Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) Atlanta

Third Place
Cait Duffy
2012 Republican National Convention
Eckerd College

General News Photography (Large)

First Place
Dana Edwards
Willy Dickey picks peas from Orchard Pond Organic Farm
University of Florida

Second Place
Christine Capozziello
FAU’s faculty rip President Saunders and higher-ups in annual survey
Florida Atlantic University

General News Photography (Medium)

First Place
Joseph Jacob
Operation New Hope gives dogs and inmates a second chance
Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD)

Second Place
AJ Gonzalez
Walkers continue their journey to end domestic violence
Barry University

Sports Photography (Large)

First Place
Caitlin Trotter
Sidelined
University of Alabama

Second Place
C.B. Schmelter
Football celebration
University of Georgia

Third Place
Ryan Murphy
FAU football
Florida Atlantic University

Sports Photography (Small)

First Place
Dom Cuppetilli
Wakeboarding competition
Eckerd College

Second Place
Lincoln Andres-Beck
Women’s rugby win
Eckerd College

Third Place
Pablo Serrano-Otero
Savannah Derby Devils
Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD)

Photo Illustration (Large)

First Place
Randy Schafer
Honey Funk records
University of Georgia

Second Place
Kelly Smith, Ivana Cruz, Sophianna Bishop
Political issue cover
University of Miami

Third Place
Pablo Serrano-Otero
Honey Funk records
University of Miami

Photo Illustration (Medium)

First Place
Kayla Sloan
Can you disconnect
University of North Alabama

WEB


Best Affiliated Web Site (Large)

First Place
Staff
The Red and Black
University of Georgia

Second Place
Staff
The Miami Hurricane
University of Miami

Third Place
Staff
The Crimson White
University of Alabama

Best Affiliated Web Site (Small)

First Place
Staff
The Online Current
Eckerd College

Best Independent Online Student Publication (Large)

First Place
Staff
South Florida News Service
Florida International University

Best Independent Online Student Publication (Medium)

First Place
Staff
District
Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD)

Best Independent Online Student Publication (Small)

First Place
Staff
The Connector
Savannah College of Art and Design Atlanta

Second Place
Staff
Flagler College Gargoyle
Flagler College

Online Feature Reporting (Large)

First Place
Christina Miller
Twice read: a story about letters
University of South Florida

Second Place
Emily Bloch
FAU’s Bonfire Bands
Florida Atlantic University

Third Place
Randy Schafer
Photographer poses perfection, almost
University of Georgia

Online Feature Reporting (Medium)

First Place
Danielle Austin and Joseph Jacob
Operation New Hope gives dogs and inmates a second chance
Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD)

Second Place
Susan Kemp
A-Town Get Down remembers student through music, art
Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD)

Third Place
Brandon Buchanan
The Ultimate Reconciler, Robby Waddell
Full Sail University

Online Feature Reporting (Small)

First Place
Lauren Ely
A Difference Between Faiths: Politically Irrelevant
Flagler College

Second Place
Tiffanie Reynolds
Bible study group bridges religion and sexual orientation
Flagler College

Third Place
Adam Hunt
A Look Into the World of Local TV News
Flagler College

Online In-Depth Reporting (Large)

First Place
Karla Bowsher and James Shackelford
Public Distrust
Florida Atlantic University

Second Place
Lindsey Cook
The problems with Study Abroad
University of Georgia

Third Place
Jacob Sadowsky
Man Filing Hazing Charges Against UCF ATO
University of Central Florida

Online In-Depth Reporting (Medium)

First Place
Staff
2012 Savannah Film Festival
Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD)

Second Place
Shannon Craig
T-SPLOST
Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD)

Online In-Depth Reporting (Small)

First Place
Ryan Buffa
Preacher or protester?
Flagler College

Second Place
Michael Newberger
Is your house making you sick?
Flagler College

Online News Reporting (Large)

First Place
Luis Giraldo
Tale of Two Marines
University of Florida

Second Place
UP Staff
Lowdown on the lockdown
Florida Atlantic University

Third Place
Jacob Sadowsky
Entry Fee
University of Central Florida

Online News Reporting (Medium)

First Place
Shannon Craig
Free HIV test: excuses need not apply
Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD)

Second Place
Daniel Alvarez
Student finds footing in lawsuit against school
Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD)

Online News Reporting (Small)

First Place
Sarah Williamson
Muslim student responds to ignorance
Flagler College

Second Place
Ryan Buffa and Joshua Santos
Mitt Romney visits Flagler College
Flagler College

Online Sports Reporting (Large)

First Place
Christina Miller
Bowling in the 21st century
University of South Florida

Second Place
Ryan Black
Celebrity’s glare transforms Georgia athletics
University of Georgia

Third Place
Jake Rakoci and Eric Py
UCF Hopes to Grow From Tough Loss
University of Central Florida

Online Sports Reporting (Medium)

First Place
Allen Duncan
Money reallocations disband three student teams
Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD)

Online Sports Reporting (Small)

First Place
Eric Albury
Athlete endures religious fast
Flagler College

Second Place
Jaycob Ammerman
Jillian Unitas won’t mind seeing Brees break record
Flagler College

Third Place
Eric Albury
Minor leagues hold dreams for Flagler men’s baseball
Flagler College

Online Opinion & Commentary (Medium)

First Place
Susan Kemp
Columns
Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD)

Second Place
Staff
Columns
Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD)

Online Opinion & Commentary (Small)

First Place
Phil Grech
Columns
Flagler College

Second Place
Nikki Igbo
Columns
Savannah College of Art and Design Atlanta

Third Place
Erin White
Columns
Savannah College of Art and Design Atlanta

BROADCAST


Best All-Around Radio Newscast

First Place
Staff
WUFT Front Page
University of Florida

Second Place
Staff
District
Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD)

Best All-Around TV Newscast

First Place
Staff
Carolina Magazine
University of South Carolina

Second Place
Staff
WUFT NEWS First at Five
University of Florida

Third Place
Staff
NewsVision
University of Miami

Radio Feature

First Place
Jenny Williamson
Smart meters electrify debate
Florida Gulf Coast University

Second Place
Nathalie Boyd
memorials
Troy University

Third Place
Nathalie Boyd and Paul Boger
Funds for football
Troy University

Radio In-Depth Reporting

First Place
Nicholas Lawrence
This collegiate life: generations
Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD)

Second Place
Luis Giraldo
Venezuelan voters: the personal journey
University of Florida

Third Place
Nathalie Boyd and Paul Boger 
Funds for football
Troy University

Radio News Reporting

First Place
Cameron Taylor
Cedar Key oyster industry in trouble
University of Florida

Second Place
Rebecca Farmer
Mayport ferry
University of Alabama

Third Place
Susan Kemp and Danielle Austin
Newt Gingrich holds rally in Savannah
Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD)

Radio Sports Reporting

First Place
Taylor Crosby
Student rec center expansion
University of Alabama

TV Breaking News Reporting

First Place
Cameron Taylor
Growing Evidence suggests missing UF student likely murdered
University of Florida

Second Place
Joshua Santos and Ryan Buffa
Mitt Romney visits Flagler College
Flagler College

Third Place
Tommy Townsend
Snow fell on Alabama
University of Alabama

TV Feature Photography

First Place
Luis Giraldo
Art education
University of Florida

Second Place
Jacob Fisher
Radioiodine therapy
University of South Carolina

Third Place
Chelsea Parler
Celtic festival
University of South Carolina

TV Feature Reporting

First Place
Kyara Massenburg
The three little bears
University of South Carolina

Second Place
Hannah Moseley
Spina bifida: Thomas Clark’s story
University of South Carolina

Third Place
Mary Beth Harrison
Pomping process
University of Alabama

TV General News Reporting

First Place
Tommy Townsend
Championship gear
University of Alabama

Second Place
Mamie Shepherd
Voting from behind bars
University of Georgia

Third Place
Krista Bagley
Fake IDs
University of South Carolina

TV In-Depth Reporting

First Place
Kierra King and Aaron Tillman
The need to belong
Florida A&M University

Second Place
Shannon Sommerville
Tommy John surgery
University of Miami

Third Place
Douglas Scarpa, Nicholas Lawrence, Shannon Craig, Kenneth Rosen
The final stitch
Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD)

TV News Photography

First Place
Brandon McMullen and Kristen Swilley
The promise
Florida A&M University

Second Place
Valeria Sistrunk
Obama and welfare
Florida A&M University

Third Place
Laura Christmas
Herding Gator
University of Florida

TV Sports Photography

First Place
Victor Makali and Danielle Austin
Get to Know: SCAD longboarding club
Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD)

TV Sports Reporting

First Place
Jen Somach
Quarterback
University of Miami

Second Place
Mike Wadsworth
Lakeisha Sutton
University of South Carolina

Third Place
Tori Petry
Gemma Spofforth
University of Florida

PRINT


Best All-Around Daily Student Newspaper

First Place
Staff
The Crimson White
University of Alabama

Second Place
Staff
The Oracle
University of South Florida

Best All-Around Non Daily Student Newspaper (Large)

First Place
Staff
The Red & Black
University of Georgia

Second Place
Staff
The Miami Hurricane
University of Miami

Best All-Around Non Daily Student Newspaper (Medium)

First Place
Staff
The Flor-Ala
University of North Alabama

Second Place
Staff
The Minaret
University of Tampa

Third Place
Staff
The Chanticleer
Jacksonville State University

Best All-Around Non Daily Student Newspaper (Small)

First Place
Staff
The Current
Eckerd College

Best Student Magazine

First Place
Staff
Distraction Magazine
University of Miami

Second Place
Staff
Centric Magazine
University of Central Florida

Third Place
Staff
The Fine Print
University of Florida

Breaking News Reporting (Large)

First Place
Will Tucker, Ashley Chaffin, Katherine Owen, Mary Kathryn Patterson
Police arrest Temerson Square gunman
University of Alabama

Second Place
University Press
Lowdown on the lockdown
Florida Atlantic University

Editorial Cartooning (Large)

First Place
Phillip Henry
Cartoons
University of Georgia

Editorial Cartooning (Medium)

First Place
Jeffrey Vossler
Cartoons
Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD)

Second Place
Michael Beckom
Cartoons
Savannah College of Art and Design

Third Place
Brandon Murray
Cartoons
Troy University

Editorial Writing (Large)

First Place
Staff
Editorials
University of Alabama

Second Place
Elizabeth De Armas
Editorials
University of Miami

Third Place
Julia Carpenter, Nicholas Fouriezos, Polina Marinova
Editorials
University of Georgia

Editorial Writing (Medium)

First Place
The Flor-Ala Staff and Josh Skaggs
Editorials
University of North Alabama

Editorial Writing (Small)

First Place
Ely Grinfeld
Editorials
Eckerd College

Feature Writing (Large)

First Place
Jonathan Reed
Harder than we thought
University of Alabama

Second Place
Tiffany Stevens
A full life. A fatal fall
University of Georgia

Third Place
Tyler Jett
Silenced voices
University of Florida

Feature Writing (Medium)

First Place
Jackisha FanFan
Back, hip and knee problems caused by heels
Barry University

Feature Writing (Small)

First Place
Malena Carollo
EC student travels home to Venezuela
Eckerd College

Second Place
Emily Hoover
Farm cultivates new life for disabled veterans
Flagler College

Third Place
Tiffanie Reynolds
Vets find strength in numbers at college
Flagler College

General Column Writing (Large)

First Place
Blake Seitz
Three columns
University of Georgia

Second Place
Jake Howell
Making Life mean more than just class
University of South Alabama

General Column Writing (Medium)

First Place
Zach Tyler
Columns
Jacksonville State University

Second Place
Alex Lindley
Columns
University of North Alabama

Third Place
Alex Caraballo
Columns
University of Tampa

General Column Writing (Small)

First Place
Max Martinez
Columns
Eckerd College

General News Reporting (Large)

First Place
Cassie Fambro
USAPD officer kills student
University of South Alabama

Second Place
Jordan Friedman
Emory Intentionally misreported admission numbers
Emory University

Third Place
Karla Bowsher and James Shackelford
Who’s In charge here?
Florida Atlantic University

General News Reporting (Medium)

First Place
Alex Lindley and Matt Wilson
Campus responds to delayed police reporting of rape
University of North Alabama

General News Reporting (Small)

First Place
Ryan Buffa
Preacher or protester?
Flagler College

Second Place
Megan Thompson
Live @ the Librar
Samford University

Third Place
Malena Carollo
Professor’s cousin and well-known journalist killed in Syria
Eckerd College

In-Depth Reporting (Large)

First Place
Karla Bowsher and James Shackelford
Secret pasts
Florida Atlantic University

Second Place
Randy Schafer
Rhythm and race
University of Georgia

Third Place
Evan Mah
Emory shuts down departments, programs
Emory University

In-Depth Reporting (Medium)

First Place
Edward Bailey
Tuition, fees up 50.8 percent in 4 years
Troy University

In-Depth Reporting (Small)

First Place
Seth Ravid
Judicial fines fund student life projects
Eckerd College

Second Place
Elizabeth Tomaselli
On patrol with campus safety
Eckerd College

Third Place
Malena Carollo
College makes headway in acquiring Arabic minor
Eckerd College

Non-Fiction Magazine Article

First Place
Patrick Riley
The Basketball diaries
University of Miami

Second Place
Laura Monroe
Will tweet For food
University of Alabama

Third Place
Caroline Huftalen
Unmatched.com
Savannah College of Art and Design Atlanta

Sports Column Writing (Large)

First Place
Ryan Cortes
Sports Columns
Florida Atlantic University

Second Place
Ryan Black
Sports Columns
University of Georgia

Third Place
Andrew Clay
sports columns
Troy University

Sports Writing (Large)

First Place
Ryan Cortes
Schnellenberger unhinged
Florida Atlantic University

Second Place
Marc Torrence
Fight on, fight on
University of Alabama

Third Place
Erica A. Hernandez
AmpSurf offers locals a new lease on life
University of Florida

Sports Writing (Small)

First Place
Kelly Coston
Senior Gibson thrills with speed on the field
Eckerd College

Second Place
Malena Carollo
Jenks serving up English
Eckerd College


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