Campus News Named Best College News Magazine by SPJ, Wins 1st Place in Eric Sevareid Awards, Crystal Pillar in Student NATAS Awards

left to right: Dr. Aaron Quanbeck, Alex Sapp, Josh Boyko, Chris Hovden, Jacob Anderson, Nick Tabatt

MSU Moorhead’s Campus News newscast has been honored by three different journalism organizations.

The Society of Professional Journalists named Campus News as the winner in the student news magazine category in its annual Mark of Excellence Region 6 Awards. The Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) Mark of Excellence Awards for Region 6 includes colleges and universities in the states of Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wisconsin.

Campus News also earned 1st Place in the Student Morning Newscast category in the Midwest Broadcast Journalists Association annual Eric Sevareid Awards. The Campus News sportscast also took 1st Place in the sportscast category. The MBJA Eric Sevareid Awards includes the six-state region of Minnesota, North and South Dakota, Wisconsin, Iowa, and Nebraska.

Campus News also won a Crystal Pillar in the College Magazine Program category from the Upper Midwest Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences in its annual Student Production Awards. The NATAS Upper Midwest Chapter includes the five-state region of Minnesota, North and South Dakota, Wisconsin, and Iowa.

Students involved with the broadcasting program also won numerous individual awards. MSUM students took home 14 MBJA Eric Sevareid Awards in numerous categories. That included a sweep of the awards handed out in the Student Videography category.

Five of the individual awards were in radio categories. All were students in Professor Aaron Quanbeck’s Broadcast Journalism class and had their work air on KMSC’s Dragon Radio.

The awards were handed out during the Midwest Journalism Conference, recently held in Minneapolis. The Program Director for Campus News, Dr. Aaron Quanbeck, said these awards validate all the time and effort the students put into their work. “The students spend many hours each week gathering what they need for their stories, writing their scripts, and editing it all together. These awards recognize their commitment to quality journalism.” said Quanbeck.

Campus News airs on Prairie Public Television at 8:30 AM during the spring semester. Archived newscasts and stories are also available on the Campus News YouTube channel at

Society of Professional Journalists Mark of Excellence Awards

Best All-Around Television News Magazine

Winner – Campus News 4-29-23 – Link to Newscast

Television Sports Reporting

Winner – Nick Tabatt – Honoring a Superfan – Link to Story

Finalist – Matt Stewart – Is Esports a Sport?

Food/Restaurant Journalism

Winner – Alex Sapp – Sioux Chef – Link to Story

Radio Feature

Finalist – Jacob Anderson – Bagley Pep Band Revival

Print Category – Feature Writing (Small)

Winner – Mike McGurran, Matty Leingang – Accidental Cannabis Legalization in MN

Midwest Broadcast Journalists Association Eric Sevareid Awards

Morning Newscast

First Place – Campus News 4-29-23

Audio – Radio

First Place – Jacob Anderson – Bagley Pep Band Revival – Link to Story

Broadcast Writing – Radio

Award of Merit – Jacob Anderson – Bagley Pep Band Revival

Broadcast Writing – Television

First Place – Alex Sapp Writing Compilation

Award of Merit – Tylar Frame Writing Compilation

General Reporting – Television

Award of Merit – Hunter Schwartz – MState Electric Cars

Award of Merit – Alex Sapp – NDSU Budget Cuts

Soft Feature – Radio

Award of Merit – Jacob Anderson – Bagley Pep Band Revival

Sports Reporting – Radio

Award of Merit – Hannah Morgan – SMSU Baseball Family Weekend

Sports Reporting – Television

Award of Merit – Nick Tabatt – NDSU Pro Day

Sportscast/Program – Television

First Place – Campus News Sportscast 4-29-23 – Link to sportscast


First Place – Matty Leingang – MSUM Oceanarium Expansion – Link to Story

Award of Merit – Matty Leingang – NDSU Jazz Festival

Award of Merit – Chris Hovden – A Return to the Powwow

Weather – Feature

First Place – Brenda Mendes – Exchange Students Battle Winter – Link to Story

Award of Merit – Bryant Stenberg – Winter Weather Challenges

NATAS Student Production Awards Crystal Pillars

College Magazine Program

Campus News 4-29-23

College Multimedia Journalist

Tylar Frame – Fighter Turned Teacher – Link to Story

College Writer

Alex Sapp Composite

College Photographer

Chris Hovden Composite