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Conference site extends deadline on discounts

SPJ in STL 2013The special hotel rate reserved for attendees of the Region 5&7 conference next month in St. Louis has been extended by one week.

Management at the Drury Plaza Hotel at the Arch agreed this week to extend the conference rate after seeing a spike in registrations through March. The conference is scheduled for April 26-28 at the hotel.

Besides several programs, there will be Mark of Excellence awards handed out during dual luncheons at the conference.

But the hotel says just a few rooms remain in the block reserved for conference attendees, so anyone interested in an overnight stay needs to book reservations right away.

A happy-hour mixer with free drinks for hotel patrons is Friday, April 26, and a meeting of region leaders is slated for Sunday, April 28, starting at 9 a.m. The conference events take place from 9 a.m. through 5 p.m. that Saturday.

Drury management also urges those attendees who drive to the conference to arrive early for parking, as the baseball Cardinals will host the Pittsburgh Pirates a couple blocks away on Saturday and the hotel shares parking space with Busch Stadium.

Joint regional conference to be held near the Gateway Arch

When Region 7 and Region 5 have their joint spring conference in St. Louis next April, the event will take place in the shadow of the Gateway Arch.

The Drury Plaza Hotel at the Arch has graciously agreed to host the conference on the weekend of April 26-28, setting aside a large block of rooms reserved for conference attendees and preparing two luncheon banquets for each region’s Mark of Excellence awards. The tentative conference schedule includes an informal welcome gathering on Friday, sessions on Saturday, and a regional strategy meeting Sunday morning.

The location not only has fine amenities and fabulous views, but also is close to downtown historic sites, sports venues, shopping, and nightlife.

This is the first time St. Louis has hosted a regional conference in three years. At the suggestion of Region 5 leadership, the Gateway City’s proximity to south central Indiana and western Kentucky also proved an optimum location for that region’s burgeoning membership in those areas.

Details about the conference sessions are pending, but anyone interested in making individual or group reservations now can do so at this link at a reduced rate for SPJ attendees. This special rate and availability are guaranteed up to March 26.

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Students in Region 7 have winning ways

We had a great Mark of Excellence awards luncheon in Omaha, with a full house of students, advisers, and other regional conference attendees.  Our speaker was Joe Jordan, veteran investigative reporter and now at the helm of NebraskaWatchdog.org.

So, without further ado:

ONLINE FEATURE REPORTING

—3rd Place ~ Rachel Dannen, Baker University:  —TheBakerOrange.com

—2nd Place ~ Reina Murphy, Chris Smith, Kelsey Epperson and Alesha Miller, Baker University: —TheBakerOrange.com —

1st Place ~ Adam Falk, University of Missouri:  —ColumbiaMissourian.com —“Play in a Day.” —Judges said: “The task is daunting: Begin with a script in the morning and prepare all day to present a play that night. Telling the story of a “Play in a Day” is no less difficult. But this entry does a wonderful job of capturing the nervousness, excitement, frustration and joy of putting it all together. Outstanding work.”

ONLINE IN-DEPTH REPORTING

—1st Place ~ Xin Fen, University of Iowa:  —DailyIowan.com —“Readying for War.” —Judges said: “This entry is a winner because it offers solid reporting, a good range of sources, and determined efforts to find the source of an email scam targeting students. The package includes simple audio and video presentations to explain the story.”

ONLINE SPORTS REPORTING

—3rd Place ~ Len Goldman & Joe Bradley, University of Missouri —Columbia: Missourian.com —

2nd Place ~ Kelsey Epperson, Baker University:  —TheBakerOrange.com —

1st Place ~ Evan Bush, Adam Falk & Taryn Wood, University of Missouri:  —ColumbiaMissourian.com —“Pregame Playmakers” —Judges said: “Excellent enterprise coverage that spotlights the hundreds of people who help to put on a show for a major college football game. Excellent use of multimedia to tell these interesting stories.”

NEWSPAPERS: BREAKING NEWS REPORTING

—3rd Place ~ Bethany Pint, Iowa State University:  —Iowa State Daily

—2nd Place ~ Staff, University of Kansas:  —University Daily Kansan

—1st Place ~ Daniel Johnson, University of Kansas:   —University Daily Kansan —“Jayhawk fights rock campus” —Judges said: “Comprehensive one-day coverage by one reporter. Included quotes from students, area business owner, university officials. A lot of territory was covered in a short period. Well done.”

NEWSPAPERS: GENERAL NEWS REPORTING

—3rd Place ~ Jessica Opoien, Iowa State University:   —Iowa State Daily

—2nd Place ~ Jason Miller, Kansas State University:  —Kansas State Collegian —

1st Place ~ Daniel Johnson, University of Kansas:   —University Daily Kansan —“Overdrafts under review” —Judges said: “Fresh take on a story of interest to wide college audience. Well written and detailed. Covered all aspects and did not leave unanswered questions. Writer did great research for this story. Good use of quotes from various sources.”

NEWSPAPERS: IN-DEPTH REPORTING

—2rd Place ~ Aly Van Dyke, University of Kansas: —University Daily Kansan

—1st Place ~ Danny Valentine, University of Iowa: —The Daily Iowan —“The siren song of alcohol” —Judges said: “This in-depth story gave me chills as I read it. It really showed, demonstrated the seriousness of this problem on the campus of the University of Iowa. Wow!”

NEWSPAPERS: FEATURE REPORTING

—3rd Place ~ Brandon Sayers, University of Kansas:  —University Daily Kansan

—2nd Place ~ Torey Robinson, Iowa State University: Iowa State Daily

—1st Place ~ Kim Norvell, Iowa State University:  —Iowa State Daily —“A fatal mistake” —Judges said: “The writer does an excellent job of bringing out the humanity of Shanda and the victims in the story. The story is emotional, but not overly so. Strong quotes and tight writing move the reader through the story.”

NEWSPAPERS: EDITORIAL WRITING

—2nd Place ~ Kyle Peterson, Iowa State University:  —Iowa State Daily —

1st Place ~ Brennan Stebbins, Missouri Southern State: University —The Chart.  —”Editorials on administration”   —Judges said: “Many proven effective opinion-writing techniques such as repetition, direct address, and strong, early calls to action in this series of editorials on the turmoil involving the university president.”

NEWSPAPERS: GENERAL COLUMN WRITING

—2nd Place ~ Chance York, Kansas State University:  —Kansas State Collegian

—1st Place ~ Jessica Opoien, Iowa State University:  —Iowa State Daily —“Equality,” “Number” and “Plagiarism.” —Judges said: “Well-reasoned columns with clearly expressed thoughts and opinions.”

NEWSPAPERS: SPORTS COLUMN WRITING

—2nd Place ~ Jack Nichol, Truman State University:  —The Index

—1st Place ~ Chris Smith, Baker University:  —The Baker Orange “—Perspectives on sports”  —Judges said: “This writer clearly understands two things about sports column writing: Sports are to be fun and the sports columnist can make them fun for his readers. He does a fantastic job of using humor, especially the acronym in the story about the dodge ball game.”

NEWSPAPERS: SPORTS COLUMB WRITING (2-year college)

—1st Place ~ Collin Reischman, St. Louis Community College Meramec:   —The Montage —“Removed from the mat” —Judges said: “Really nicely done.  The writer covered most of the bases and did a good job of letting the reader know just how big the dismissal of the coach in a sport without a huge following really was.”

MAGAZINES: NON-FICTION ARTICLE

—3rd Place ~ Kayla Craig, Drake University:  —Drake Magazine —

2nd Place ~ Katy Steinmetz, University of Missouri:  —Vox Magazine —

1st Place ~ Chris Hamby, University of Missouri:  —Vox Magazine —“Keeper of the court” —Judges said: “Compelling story with a solid foundation. The strong writing carries the reader from beginning to end, building upon each new section as we go.”

PHOTOGRAPHY: PHOTO ILLUSTRATION

—3rd Place ~ Julia Smith, Creighton University:  —The Creightonian

—2nd place ~ Rashah McChesney, Iowa State University: —The Iowa State Daily —

1st place ~ Darin Friedrichs, Drake University:  —Drake Magazine —“Morning after survival guide” —Judges said: “This series of photo illustrations did a good job of telling the story, and was well-suited for the targeted audience. A slight touch of humor enhanced them, rather than making light of the situations.”

RADIO: NEWS REPORTING

—2nd place ~ Taylor Reeh, University of Missouri:  —KBIA 91.3 FM

—1st place ~ Becky Thiele, University of Missouri:  —KBIA 91.3 FM —“Rain delays harvest” —Judges said: “Nice voice for broadcast work. Sound bites and and written words tell the story quite well.”

RADIO: NEWS FEATURE

—3rd Place ~ J.P. Regan, University of Missouri:  —KBIA 91.3 FM —

2nd place ~ Kyle Stokes, University of Missouri:  —KBIA 91.3 FM —

1st place ~ Brandon Smith, University of Missouri:  —KBIA 91.3 FM —“Low pork prices hurt farmers” —Judges said: “This was a very competitive category with little separating the high-quality work among the top three. This entry has strong, descriptive writing and does  good job explaining a complex topic in simple terms.”

RADIO: IN-DEPTH REPORTING

—1st place ~ Lindsey Foat & Emily Coppel, University of Missouri:  —KBIA 91.3 FM —“Life after prison” —Judges said: “This is superior work. Well written voice over, excellent use of natural sound — all woven together quite well to tell an interesting, informative story. I’d listen to quality work like this in a heartbeat.”

RADIO: SPORTS REPORTING

—2nd place ~ Shane Hoffman, University of Missouri:  —KBIA 91.3 FM —

1st place ~ Brandon Spencer, University of Missouri:  —KBIA 91.3 FM —“Tailgaters Ride to Football Games in Style:  In the ZouBus” —Judges said: “Good concept & story”

TELEVISION: BREAKING NEWS REPORTING

—1st place ~ Alex Rozier, University of Missouri:  —KOMU-TV —“Getting to know Alyssa Bustamante” —Judges said: “Very good live shot to set up the story.  Excellent selection of sound bites to show how emotional this case is.  Effective use of photographs to help tell the story. Nice job.”

TELEVISION: GENERAL NEWS REPORTING

—3rd place ~ Kenzie Cordt, University of Kansas:  —KUJH-TV

—2nd place ~ Kyle Stokes, University of Missouri:  —KOMU-TV —

1st place ~ Kyle Stokes, University of Missouri:  —KOMU-TV —“Hot Dogs, Apple Pie, and Cupp Chevrolet” —Judges said: “Good editing–good way to take national story and make it local, about real people in your community with good writing/video/sound”

TELEVISION: FEATURE REPORTING

—3rd Place ~ Kenzie Cordt, University of Kansas:  —KUJH-TV

—2nd Place ~ Renee Goodwin, Missouri State University:  —KOZK-TV

—1st place ~ Allan Thompson, University of Missouri:  —KOMU-TV —“Hunting for hope” —Judges said” “Outstanding story, well conceived with excellent storytelling.  Very well shot and edited.  Great natural sound.”

TELEVISION: IN-DEPTH REPORTING

—3rd place ~ Beth Ford, University of Missouri:  —KOMU-TV —

2nd place ~ Xin Feng, University of Iowa:  —UITV —

1st place ~ Laura Nichols, University of Missouri:  —KOMU-TV —“Marine vaccination injury”

TELEVISION: SPORTS REPORTING

—2rd place ~ Alex Rozier, University of Missouri:  —KOMU-TV

—1st place ~ Michael Kelly, University of Missouri:  —KOMU-TV —“Fan Rumps” —Judges said: “It included several excellent news elements including conflict, impact, timeliness, proximity, prominence, helpfulness and human interest. It made good use of natural sound, featured a creative standup and creative cover footage.”

TELEVISION: FEATURE PHOTOGRAPHY

—1st place ~ Phillip Pulliam, Missouri State University:  —KOZK-TV —“Hotel of Terror” —Judges said: “Nice Halloween feature. Highlights some of what a patron might see without giving away too much.”

TELEVISION: SPORTS PHOTOGRAPHY

—2nd place ~ Alex Rozier, University of Missouri:  —KOMU-TV

—1st place ~ Mike Brannen, University of Missouri:  —KOMU-TV —“Nasty nine” —Judges said: “Good story… good integration of the Antlers and the Macon County crazies.  Good video.”

BEST ALL-AROUND DAILY NEWSPAPER (published at least four times a week)

—2nd place ~ University Daily Kansan: University of Kansas —

1st place ~ Iowa State Daily:  —Iowa State University —Judges said: “Great synergy between articles, photography and layout. Fine writing style on most stories, one that heightened interest. The story package on the hit-and-run and drunk driving was well executed, topped off with a fine editorial. One of the better college papers that I’ve read.”

BEST ALL-AROUND DAILY NEWSPAPER (published less than four times a week)

—3rd Place ~ The Baker Orange:  —Baker University —

2rd Place ~ The Truman Index:  —Truman State University

—1st place ~ The Creightonian:  —Creighton University Judges said: “All-around excellent newspaper. Clean, inviting design of pages, story packages and photo spreads. Good mix of news and features. Great photography.

BEST ALL-AROUND NON-DAILY NEWSPAPER (two-year college)

—1st place ~ The Montage:  —St. Louis Community College, Meramec/—Carlos Restrepo, Editor-in-Chief —Judges said: “The Montage staff is publishing a well-designed, well-written and interesting newspaper.  Balanced coverage includes breaking news, controversial issues and excellent features.”

BEST ALL-AROUND RADIO NEWSCAST

1st place ~ KBIA 91.3 FM:  —University of Missouri —”Taylor Reeh with Regional News” —Judges said: “Smooth delivery. Copy was well written, concise, well organized. This entry was as good or better than you’d hear on some commercial stations in mid- or small markets. Nice job.”

BEST AFFILIATED WEB SITE

—3rd Place ~ DrakeMagazine.com:  —Drake University —

2rd Place ~ ThinkMagazine.com: —Drake University

—1st place ~ Kansan.com:   —University of Kansas —Judges said: “An outstanding student publication.  Attractive, easy to navigate, and thorough.  Well done!”

BEST STUDENT MAGAZINE

—3rd Place ~ 515 Magazine, Drake University:  —Max Plenke, Editor

—2nd Place ~ Trend Magazine, Iowa State University:  —Staff

—1st Place ~ Drake Magazine, Drake University:  —Tara Richards, Editor —Judges said: “This entry is highly professional in quality of production and design and has a wide variety of features that would appeal to a broad audience. The writing is strong and the photography helps present the stories in a pleasing manner.”

Regional Excellence

Congratulations to students at the following schools! They have placed in the Region 7 Mark of Excellence Awards. We will announce 1st, 2nd, and 3rd places in each category at a special luncheon during regional conference April 9-10 in Omaha. First place winners are automatically entered into the national Mark of Excellence competition. See you there!

Kansas State University

General Column Writing-4 Year College/UniversityGeneral News Reporting-4 Year College/University

The University of Kansas

Best Affiliated Web Site-4 Year College/University; Best All-Around Daily Student Newspaper- 4 Year College/University; Breaking News Reporting-4 Year College/UniversityBreaking News Reporting-4 Year College/UniversityFeature Writing-4 Year College/UniversityGeneral News Reporting-4 Year College/UniversityIn-Depth Reporting-4 Year College/UniversityTelevision Feature-4 Year College/UniversityTelevision General News Reporting-4 Year College-University

The University of Iowa

In-Depth Reporting-4 Year College/UniversityOnline In-Depth Reporting-4 Year College/UniversitySports Writing-4 Year College/UniversityTelevision In-Depth Reporting-4 Year College/University

Iowa State University

Best All-Around Daily Student Newspaper- 4 Year College/University; Best Student Magazine-4 Year College/UniversityBreaking News Reporting-4 Year College/University; Editorial Writing-4 Year College/UniversityFeature Writing-4 Year College/University;
General Column Writing-4 Year College/UniversityGeneral News Reporting-4 Year College/UniversityPhoto Illustration-4 Year College/University

Creighton University

Best All-Around Non-Daily Student Newspaper-4 Year College/University; Photo Illustration-4 Year College/University

Drake University

Best Student Magazine-4 Year College/UniversityBest Affiliated Web Site-4 Year College/University; Best Affiliated Web Site-4 Year College/University; Non-Fiction Magazine Article-4 Year College/UniversityPhoto Illustration-4 Year College/University

Truman State University

Best All-Around Non-Daily Student Newspaper-4 Year College/UniversitySports Column Writing-4 Year College/University

Baker University

Best All-Around Non-Daily Student Newspaper-4 Year College/UniversityOnline Feature Reporting-4 Year College/UniversityOnline Sports Reporting-4 Year College/UniversitySports Column Writing-4 Year College/University

Missouri State University

Television Feature Photography-4 Year College/UniversityTelevision Feature-4 Year College/University

St. Louis Community College

Best All-Around Non-Daily Student Newspaper-2 Year/Community CollegeSports Writing-2 Year/Community College

Missouri Southern State University

Editorial Writing-4 Year College/University

The University of Missouri

Radio Feature-4 Year College/University; Radio In-Depth Reporting-4 year College/University; Radio News Reporting-4 Year College/University; Radio Sports Reporting-4 Year College/University; Online Sports Reporting-4 Year College/University; Sports Writing-4 Year College/University; Non-Fiction Magazine Article-4 Year College/University; Online Feature Reporting-4 Year College/University; Television Breaking News Reporting-4 Year College/University; Television Feature-4 Year College/University; Television General News Reporting-4 Year College-University; Television In-Depth Reporting-4 Year College/University; Television Sports Photography-4 Year College/University; Television Sports Reporting-4 Year College/University

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