The Society of Professional Journalists selected Stian Michalsen, a Norwegian exchange student who studied at Minnesota State University Moorhead during the spring semester of 2013, as a national finalist in both television news and television sports photography.

Stian shot his stories for Campus News, a weekly program produced in the School of Communication and Journalism at MSUM and broadcast during spring semesters on Prairie Public Television.  Stian was a national finalist in the Television News and Feature Photography category and in the Television Sports Photography category.

Many MSUM students have earned national awards from the Society of Professional Journalists in the past several years. Listed below are those who earned Mark of Excellence National Awards for Television News, Sports & Feature Photography from 2004 to 2013.

2013

Television News & Feature Photography

• National Finalist:  “Mechanics Competition,” by Stian Michalsen, Minnesota State University Moorhead

Television Sports Photography

• National Finalist: “NDSU Equestrian Club,” by Stian Michalsen, Minnesota State University Moorhead

2010

Television Sports Photography

National Finalist:  Go Pink with Dragons—by Cole Ryg, Minnesota State University Moorhead

2009

Television News Photography
• National Winner: Late Night Bagging – by Todd Kurtz, Minnesota State University Moorhead.

2008

Television News Photography
• National Winner: Kyle Johnson & Christopher Flynn, Minnesota State University Moorhead, “Energy Drinks”

Television Feature Photography
National Finalist: Tim Gerszewski, Minnesota State University Moorhead, “Earth Day”

2006

Television News Photography
• National Winner: Enrico Meyer, Minnesota State University Moorhead, “Student Sandbaggers”

Television Feature Photography
• National Finalist: Enrico Meyer, Minnesota State University Moorhead, “Energy Drinks”

2005

Television News Photography
• National Finalist: Enrico Meyer, Minnesota State University Moorhead, “Rockin’ to a Dream”

Television Sports Photography
• National Winner: Lee James Rieber, Minnesota State University Moorhead, “Kids Trap Shoot”

2004

Television News Photography
• National Winner: Lee Rieber, Minnesota State University Moorhead, Snowmobile Patrol

The Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ), formerly known as Sigma Delta Chi, is one of the oldest organizations representing journalists in the United States. More than 9,000 members of the media make up its membership.