MSUM Journalism Students Honored by Professional Organizations
Campus News named best college newscast by Society of Professional Journalists for second straight year
For the second year in a row, the Society of Professional Journalists has named MSUM’s Campus News the winner in the student newscast category in their annual Mark of Excellence Region 6 Awards.
The Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) Mark of Excellence Awards for Region 6 includes the states of Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wisconsin. First place winners in each category advance to the national round of judging.
Campus News also received a Crystal Pillar in the College Newscast category in the National Academy of Arts and Sciences Upper Midwest Regional Student Production Awards. The Upper Midwest region covers Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa and western Wisconsin.
The Program Director for Campus News, Aaron Quanbeck, said the awards recognize the dedication of the students involved in the program. “Putting together a half-hour newscast every week, all semester long, takes a lot of hard work from every student,” said Quanbeck, “and these awards show that all that effort can pay off in the end.”
Campus News airs weekly on Prairie Public Television at 7:30 AM during the spring semester. The winning newscast can be found at this link: https://youtu.be/9vz20VoWSr0
In addition, several students received individual awards from SPJ, NATAS – Upper Midwest Chapter, and the Midwest Broadcast Journalists Association. In all, MSUM broadcasting students earned 11 individual awards.
Senior Tyrel Filley took home four awards, two for reporting and two for broadcast writing. His story about Concordia’s Relay for Life event was a part of all four of his awards. You can watch that story at this link: https://youtu.be/v9ouXcMEUL0
2015 MSUM graduate Ariana Babcock also earned four individual awards, three of them for a story she shot and reported about an MSUM accounting major who performs as a rapper. You can find that story at this link: https://youtu.be/rkpPDkSjUtI
The Midwest Broadcast Journalists Association (MBJA) Eric Sevareid Awards cover the six-state region of Minnesota, North and South Dakota, Wisconsin, Iowa, and Nebraska.
Advocate Students win 16 Awards from Society of Professional Journalists
Students involved with the Advocate, Minnesota State University Moorhead’s student newspaper, won 16 awards in the Society of Professional Journalists Region 6 Mark of Excellence Awards. Students won in a variety of categories, including photography, column writing, and reporting. First-place winners will move on to the national MOE competition which includes winners from all 12 SPJ regions.
Horizonlines.org recognized by Society of Professional Journalists
Horizonlines.org was named a finalist in the Best Digital-Only Student Publication category by the Society of Professional Journalists in its Mark of Excellence Awards.
Horizonlines.org is an online magazine produced each spring by the students in MSUM’s Journalism Workshop class. The winning issue is titled “One Nation Under…” Through words and images, students tell the stories of people on their journey to a life of spiritual contentment. Topics ranged from multicultural issues and atheism to the role of Christianity in Alcoholics Anonymous and finding one’s way back into the proverbial fold. The magazine can be viewed here: http://www.horizonlines.org/volume14/index.html
Society of Professional Journalists Mark of Excellence Awards
Art / Graphics
Feature Photography (Small) 1-9,999 Students
Winner: Heaven on wheels photos by Ethan DeGree – Ethan DeGree
Finalist: Church illustrations – Hans Kammerer and Kendal Christenson
General News Photography (Small) 1-9,999 Students
Winner: Peace over violence – Onize Ohikere
Finalist: Welcome home – Kayleigh Omang
Photo Illustration (Small) 1-9,999 Students
Winner: Raising voices – Ethan DeGree,
Finalist: I’m a refugee – Ethan DeGree
Sports Photography (Small) 1-9,999 Students
Finalist: Dragons fall to Cobbers in season-opening dual – Kayleigh Omang
Feature Writing (Small) 1-9,999 Students
Winner: The prince of Compton – Anthony Schnabel , Minnesota State University Moorhead
Finalist: I’m a refugee — Student moved from Syria at 2 years old – Onize Ohikere
General Column Writing (Small) 1-9,999 Students
Winner: Column Submission: Hunter Simonson
Finalist: Column Submission: Carrie Thayer
Finalist: Column Submission: Ashley Peck
General News Reporting (Small) 1-9,999 Students
Finalist: Unintended pregnancies decreased through Hendrix, state program – Samantha Stark
Sports Writing (Small) 1-9,999 Students
Winner: Minding media — Risks and rewards of social media in the world of athletics – Thor Thompson
Finalist: The Prince of Compton – Anthony Schnabel
Finalist: Redshirt redemption — MSUM’s all-time leading passer looks to come back after injury-plagued season – Martin Schlegel
Best Digital-Only Student Publication
Finalist: Horizonlines.org – “One Nation Under … “- Chris Walker, Adviser
Online Feature Reporting
Finalist: The power of prayer behind bars – Ashley Peck
Finalist: Journeying back to God – Onize Ohikere
Best All-Around Television Newscast
Winner: Campus News from 5-2-16
Television Feature Reporting
Finalist: Student rapper – Ariana Babcock
Finalist: Student invents 3-in-1 wheelchair – Haley Foster
Television General News Reporting
Finalist: Concordia faces budget cuts – by Jordan Schroeer
Finalist: Concordia hosts relay for life – by Tyrel Filley
Television In-Depth Reporting
Finalist: Mall Walkers: Heart & Sole – by Ariana Babcock Onize Ohikere Haley Foster Anastasia Burrill-Davidson
You can watch this documentary at this link: http://youtu.be/KuzjjQ5RaFA
Television News and Feature Photography
Winner: Student rapper – by Ariana Babcock
Television Sports Reporting
Finalist: Golf course closes for research – by Ariana Babcock
Midwest Broadcast Journalists Association Eric Sevareid Awards
First Place – Tyrel Filley
Jordan Schroeer – “Kerstin Kealy’s Day at the White House”
First Place – Ariana Babcock – “Student Rapper”
Award of Merit – Nikkie Nouwen- “Concordia Hosts Relay for Life”
NATAS – Upper Midwest Regional Student Production Crystal Pillar Awards
General Assignment – Serious News
MBJA Awards Photo caption
MSUM students huddle in celebration after winning Eric Sevareid Awards from the Midwest Broadcast Journalists Association.
left to right: Haley Foster, Haley Warnecke, Jerrod Schumacher, Betsy Harmsen, Ethan DeGree, Samantha Stark, Ariana Babcock.
SPJ Awards Photo caption
MSUM students show off all the SPJ Mark of Excellence Awards won by students in the School of Communication and Journalism.
top to bottom: Haley Warnecke, Haley Foster, Jerrod Schumacher, Betsy Harmsen, Samantha Stark, Ethan DeGree.