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Ohio University journalism students finish second overall in regional competition

Ohio University journalism students finish second overall in regional competition
OHIO journalists celebrate awards won at the Region 4 Society of Professional Journalists Mark of Excellence awards. Left to right are: Logan Moore, Ellen Wagner, Julie Ciotola, Nerissa Young and Erin Franczak.

CLEVELAND—E.W. Scripps journalists earned seven winner awards and six finalist awards at the Region 4 Society of Professional Journalists conference at Cleveland State University on Saturday.

The honored campus media were The New Political, The Post, Backdrop magazine and the Ohio-Leipzig Trans-Atlantic Summit in the annual Mark of Excellence awards that honor the best in student journalism.

“Some people think campus journalists are not real journalists,” said OHIO SPJ adviser Nerissa Young, who was present at the conference. “The work done by these journalists is real journalism that serves the campus and Athens County. Their work protects our democracy.”

Michigan State University students nabbed 15 awards from categories for newspaper, magazine, art/graphics, radio, TV and online awards. Ohio students finished second with 13 awards.

Region 4 includes Michigan, Ohio, West Virginia and western Pennsylvania. Sixteen colleges and universities submitted 292 entries in the large (10,000 and more students) and small (fewer than 10,000 students) divisions for work published in 2018. Winners from Region 4 will compete in the national Mark of Excellence awards against winners from SPJ’s other 11 regions.

The winners are listed below.

The New Political:

Best Use of Multimedia for “Activism in Argentina: Protest, prostitution, feminism and faith” produced by senior Kat Tenbarge from Cincinnati; senior Nate Doughty from Pittsburgh; senior Connor Perrett from North Potomac, Maryland; and senior Marianne Dodson from Knoxville, Tennessee.

Online In-Depth Reporting for “Athens County public libraries serve as community centers” produced by senior Connor Perrett from North Potomac, Maryland.

Online/Digital Feature Videography for “HERSTORY: Minority representation” produced by senior Connor Perrett from North Potomac, Maryland; senior Marianne Dodson from Knoxville, Tennessee; and December graduate Abby Grisez from North Canton, Ohio.

The Post:

Best All-Around Non-Daily Newspaper for editions titled “The Breaking Point” about campus sexual assaults, “Homecoming 2018” and “Crafting a Legacy” produced by the staff.

Editorial Writing for editorials about sexual assault survivor resources, a disconnection between journalists and the university’s public relations team and the Issue 3 school levy produced by the staff.

Feature Reporting for “Extinguishing the Wildlands’ Fires: Wayne National Forest firefighters” produced by sophomore Ashton Nichols from Mason, Ohio.

Backdrop magazine:

Online Feature Reporting for “Finding faith — somewhere else” produced by sophomore Rachael Beardsley from Marietta, Ohio.

The finalists are listed below.

The New Political:

Online/Digital Feature Videography for “Vote Ohio” produced by sophomore Ben Peters from Cleveland, junior Sarah Horne from Cincinnati, and senior Nate Doughty from Pittsburgh.

Online News Reporting for “Is Athens silencing those speaking about sexual assault?” produced by senior Connor Perrett from North Potomac, Maryland.

General News Photography for a photo from the rally against campus sexual assault produced by freshman Sarah Donaldson from Cranberry Township, Pennsylvania.

The Post:

Best Affiliated Website for reporting on the campus Freedom of Expression policy, sexual assaults and the 2018 election produced by the staff.

Breaking News Reporting for “Priest sentenced to 12 years for three counts of sexual battery” produced by junior Logan Moore from Columbus and junior Ellen Wagner from West Lake, Ohio.

The Ohio-Leipzig Trans-Atlantic Summit (special reporting about opioid abuse produced by journalism students in a May 2018 study abroad experience):

Online News Reporting for “Short-term overdoses lead to long-term effects” produced by junior Julie Ciotola from Akron, Ohio.