The Advocate, Doing It Downtown win numerous SPJ awards

The MSUM Advocate brought home more than a dozen Society of Professional Journalist (SPJ) awards recently. The student run newspaper was named a finalist for Best All Around Student Newspaper, while many individuals took home awards.

The awards were presented to Editor Kayleigh Omang at Region 6 SPJ conference in Bloomington, Minn.

The region includes colleges from North Dakota, South Dakota, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Nebraska, and Iowa. 


Best All Around Student Newspaper

Finalist: The Advocate

Feature Writing

Winner: Across the Globe – Laura Grimm
Finalist: Together in Song – Kailyn Allen

Feature Photography

Winner: Reservation to Graduation – Kayleigh Omang

General News Reporting

Winner: Snapchat – Haley Foster
Finalist: The Desk Job – Josie Gereszek

General News Photography

Winner: Dakota Access Pipeline Camp – Kayleigh Omang

Sports Writing

Winner: Small Town, Big Dreams – Tanner Robinson
Finalist: Memories and Plays – John Miller

Sports Photography

Finalist: Damon Gibson – Kayleigh Omang


The Society of Professional Journalists also named two first place winners for individual awards and two finalists for the staff of the Doing It Downtown.

Doing It Downtown is a student run blog supervised by Deneen Gilmour that is published on Area Voices.


Online Feature Reporting

First Place Winner: Creativity in the Kitchen – Josie Gereszek

Best Use of Multimedia

First Place Winner: More Than Meets the Mouth – Josie Gereszek

Best Independent Online Student Publication

Finalist: Doing It Downtown

Best Digital-Only Student Publication

Finalist: Doing It Downtown