Though it’s no longer a swanky luncheon to celebrate the Society of Professional Journalist’s student awards, the conference still puts on a show for its younger participants.
The annual student union handed out five individual awards recognizing the campus chapter of the year, campus advisers, students, teachers and graduates. It also included the annual Mark of Excellence Awards on the national level after reviewing winning entries on the regional levels evaluating work from print, broadcast and online. This year featured more than 5,000 entries, setting a record for the award competition and its 12 regions. Soon, the awards will also include “best of show” an overall winner representing the best body of work. The event was hosted Andrew Seaman, a journalist at Reuters.
The event featured Victor Hernandez, news futurist at CNN and a member of SPJ, ONA and NAHJ, offering his advice for the young journalists.
“One piece of advice I would share at this point of your career is very simple: aim higher,” he said.
List of winners
SPJ Campus Chapter of the Year: Ohio University
David Eshelman Outstanding Campus Adviser Award: Chris Delboni
Julie Galvan Outstanding Graduate Award: Rachel Minske
Robert D.G. Lewis First Amendment Award: Lucy Dieckhaus
Distinguished Teaching in Journalism Award: Sue Burzynski Bullard
For a complete list of Mark of Excellence Awards visit spj.org
Disclaimer: Lindsay Friedman, writer, and Emily Bamforth, photographer, attend Ohio University and are members of the campus chapter.
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