Three Campus News Stories Move On to National SPJ Contest
Three stories from Campus News, MSUM’s student produced newscast, were named as winners in the Society of Professional Journalists Mark of Excellence Awards. Stien Michalsen, a photographer for Campus News last spring, won in both the television news photography and the television sports photography categories. Collin Boyles, a 2013 graduate, was the winner in the television sports reporting category. The stories won in SPJ Region 6, which includes the states of Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wisconsin. They now move on to compete in the national SPJ contest, which includes twelve regions across the United States. In all, Campus News took home 10 television awards, more than any other school in the contest. Campus News also took all the awards in the television photography categories. The winners were announced at the Midwest Journalism Conference in Minneapolis.
At the conference Campus News students also won several Eric Sevareid Awards, which are given out each year by the Northwest Broadcast News Association. MSUM Senior Brian Ashburn won first place in the broadcast writing category. MSUM 2013 graduates Mat Gleeson and Ezra Van Den Einde both earned Awards of Merit. Gleeson won in the hard feature category and Van Den Einde in sports reporting.
The weekend was capped off by Campus News students earning four Crystal Pillar Awards in the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Upper Midwest Chapter Student Awards of Excellence. Mat Gleeson won in both the sports and photographer categories. Collin Boyles also won in sports reporting and senior Melissa Stephan won in the photographer category. The NATAS-Upper Midwest region includes Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa and western Wisconsin.
Campus News airs weekly on Prairie Public Television at 7:00 AM during the spring semester and is repeated on the cable access channels in both Fargo and Moorhead.
You can watch the latest Campus News newscasts and stories through this link: https://www.youtube.com/MSUMCampusNews
“College Football: In Pursuit of Success” Wins Best Documentary Award
“College Football: In Pursuit of Success,” a 2013 television documentary produced in the broadcast documentary class at MSUM and broadcast on Prairie Public Television, won first place in the student documentary category in the Northwest Broadcast News Association’s Eric Sevareid Awards. The documentary also was a finalist in the SPJ Region 6 Mark of Excellence Awards in the Television In-Depth Reporting category. The documentary takes a look at the passion and devotion coaches, players, and fans have when it comes to college football.
You can watch the award-winning documentary at this link:http://vimeo.com/84368605
“Doing It Downtown” Named Best Online Student Publication by SPJ
“Doing It Downtown,” the mass communications department’s magazine-style blog, won first place for Best Independent Online Student Publication in the Society for Professional Journalists (SPJ) Mark of Excellence Awards. It’s published daily during Dr. Deneen Gilmour’s MC 405/Writing for the Web class. Student editor is Kayla Van Eps.
“Doing It Downtown” came to life five years ago as downtown Fargo-Moorhead morphed from a place where panhandlers hung out to a place where nightclubs, coffee houses and a vibrant music scene flourished. Besides words and images, the publication brings fresh content to readers using Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest, plus multimedia apps like Storify.
“Doing It Downtown” can be found at this link:http://doingitdt.areavoices.com
Horizonlines.org Honored by SPJ
Horizonlines.org was a finalist in the Society for Professional Journalists (SPJ) Mark of Excellence Awards for Best Independent Online Student Publication. Horizonlines.org is an online magazine produced each spring by the students in MSUM’s Journalism Workshop class. The winning issue is titled “Dangerous, Difficult, and Dirty Jobs.” Students interviewed and photographed individuals whose jobs can be challenging, and sometimes even life threatening. Some of these jobs included a firefighter, police officer, tiger tamer and welder.
This award-winning magazine can be found at: http://www.horizonlines.org/volume12/about.html
Five Advocate Staff Members’ Advance to National SPJ Contest
The MSUM student newspaper, The Advocate had another impressive showing at the Region 6 Mark of Excellence awards. This year, 13 articles and photos were named award winners, seven of which took home first place honors.
Senior Breann Lenzimeier nabbed two first place accolades in sports writing and sports photography. Jessica Flemming, photojournalism ’13, was also a double award winner in the breaking news photography and general news photography categories. Other first place winners include, senior Brian Ashburn, in-depth reporting; senior Jessica Jasperson, feature writing and senior Meredith Wathne, general news reporting.
The winning articles and photos now move on to the national Mark of Excellence competition.
Northwest Broadcast News Association Eric Sevareid Awards MSUM Winners
1st – Documentary Class, “College Football: In Pursuit of Success”
1st – Brian Ashburn, “Brian Ashburn Compilation”
Award of Merit – Ezra Van Den Einde, “High Jump Research”
Award of Merit – Mat Gleeson, “Females on the Front Line”
National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Upper Midwest Chapter Student Awards of Excellence
“Mat Gleeson Composite” – Mat Gleeson
“Melissa Stephan Composite” – Melissa Stephan
“Fencing Club” – Mat Gleeson
“MSUM Student Athletes” – Collin Boyles
Society for Professional Journalists MSUM Winners
General News Reporting (Small College)
Winner: “Ayers visit prompts backlash for MSUM” by Meredith Wathne, The Advocate, Finalist: “Higher ed legislative leaders visit campus” by Kayla Van Eps, The Advocate,
Finalist: “Science Lab becomes Langseth Hall Dec. 19” by Bryce Haugen, The Advocate
In-Depth Reporting (Small College)
Winner: “MSUM students bring suicide issue to light” by Brian Ashburn, The Advocate
Finalist: “Buyouts Fall Short, layoffs more likely” by Bryce Haugen and Meredith Wathne, The Advocate
Finalist: “MN = ©”; “It’s official: 18 gay couples marry on August 1 in Moorhead” by Bryce Haugen, The High Plains Reader
Feature Writing (Small College)
Winner: “Social work students focus on youth homelessness” by Jessica Jasperson, The Advocate
Finalist: “Student travelers stay with strangers” by Sarah Tyre, The Advocate
Finalist: “It’s electric: Physics prof builds experimental plane” by Bryce Haugen, The Advocate
Sports Writing (Small College)
Winner: “Dragon Guard Swooshes to 3-point Record” by Breann Lenzmeier, The Advocate
Breaking News Photography (Small College)
Winner: “Communication Breakdown Leads to Flurry of Tows” by Jessica Fleming, The Advocate
General News Photography (Small College)
Winner: “Controversial speaker addresses education reform” by Jessica Fleming, The Advocate
Sports Photography (Small College)
Winner: “Dragons Bring ‘Battle Axe’ Back to Campus” by Breann Lenzmeier, The Advocate
Finalist: “Men split weekend series” by Jessica Fleming, The Advocate
Television Feature Reporting
Finalist: “Handbell Choir” by Brian Ashburn, Campus News
Television In-Depth Reporting
Finalist: “College Football: In Pursuit of Success” by Broadcast Documentary Class
Television Sports Reporting
Winner: “MSUM Student Athletes” by Collin Boyles, Campus News
Finalist: “The Vaughan Brothers” by Kenny Buck, Campus News
Television News/Feature Photography
Winner: “Mechanics Competition” by Stian Michalsen, Campus News
Finalist: “Blizzard Strands Students” by Hannah Koury, Campus News
Finalist: “Gun Law Debate” by Mat Gleeson, Campus News
Television Sports Photography
Winner: “NDSU Equestrian Club” by Stian Michalsen, Campus News
Finalist: “Fencing Club” by Mat Gleeson, Campus News
Online News Reporting
Finalist: “Working in the Wild West” by Megan Havig, Horizonlines.org
Online Feature Reporting
Finalist: “It’s more than just “cat calls”: People who walk downtown often encounter street harassment” by Maureen McMullen, Doing it Downtown
Best Use of Multimedia
Finalist: “Fargo-Moorhead Filipinos feed masses to raise money for Typhoon Haiyan recovery” by Jessica Jasperson, Doing it Downtown
Best Independent Online Student Publication
Winner: doingitdt.areavoices.com, by Doing it Downtown Staff and Kayla Van Eps
Best Digital-Only Student Publication
Finalist: doingitdt.areavoices.com, by Doing it Downtown Staff and Kayla Van Eps
Finalist: Horizonlines.org, Horizon Lines