SPJ announces 2009 Mark of Excellence national winners

The Society of Professional Journalists announced the national winners of the 2009 Mark of Excellence Awards, recognizing collegiate work published or broadcasted during 2009. This year, student journalists submitted more than 3,600 entries.

“Regardless of what else is happening in the industry, college students across the country are continuing to embrace journalism, and these Mark of Excellence winners reflect some of their best work,” SPJ Vice President of Campus Chapter Affairs Neil Ralston said. “These students are excited about journalism, and they understand that a strong press is vital to our nation’s future.”

National Mark of Excellence Award judges choose one national winner in each category and two national finalists (runners-up).

Winners and finalists were previously recognized by receiving first place in one of the SPJ’s 12 regional competitions. MSUM participates in Region 6, which includes Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin. Each first place regional winner advanced to the national competition.

2010 Region 6 Winners: MSU Moorhead

Best Independent Online Student Publication
First Place Horizonlines.org

Online In-Depth Reporting
First Place Working Toward a Green Earth – by Horizonlines.org Staff

Best All-Around Television Newscast
First Place Campus News

Television General News Reporting

First Place

Late Night Bagging – by Todd Kurtz

Second Place

Professor Battles Flood – by Kyle Johnson

Television News Photography

First Place

Late Night Bagging – by Todd Kurtz. Todd Kurtz was a NATIONAL WINNER in Television News Photography.

Second Place

Dome Sandbagging – by Nathan Matson

Television Feature

First Place

Meals on Wheels – by Todd Kurtz

Second Place

Pow Wow Tradition – by Robert Swanson

Television Feature Photography

First Place

Meals on Wheels – by Nathan Matson

Second Place

Swing Dance Revival – by Kelly Johnson

Television In-Depth
Second Place Guns on Campus – by Jenna Musland

Feature Writing
Second Place Nurturing nature – by Heidi Shaffer,

Campus News was a national finalist in the SPJ awards, meaning MSUM was ranked as one of the top 3 college newscasts in the NATION.

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