UW Comm students fared well at SPJ’s 2013 MOE Awards

The DailyAt this year’s Region 10 Mark of Excellence Awards, which honors the best of collegiate journalism from the calendar year, Daily reporters were finalists in seven categories, winning four of them.

Region 10 consists of Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington with the UW landing in the “large school” category (10,000+ students). Honorees received award certificates at the Society of Professional Journalists’ (SPJ) Region 10 Spring Conference in Portland, Oregon the weekend of May 2.

“I’m really excited about the awards,” said 2013-14 Editor-in-Chief Joshua Bessex. “It feels good for SPJ to recognize the hard work everyone puts in here at the paper.”

Below is a list of the categories that The Daily was a finalist in (indicated with **), many of the students being Communication and Journalism majors:

Feature Writing (Large)
Winner: “Missing down the Grand: The unfortunate disappearance of Kaitlin Kenney” by Zeno Wicks, Montana Kaimin, University of Montana
**Finalist: “Rape culture” by Sarah Radmer, The Daily, The University of Washington (B.A., Journalism, 2013)
Finalist: “Transgender Lives; Targeting Oppression; Mosaic Motherhood” by Adrian Black, Eugene Weekly, University of Oregon

Sports Writing (Large)
**Winner: “Fight club” by Kevin Dowd, The Daily, University of Washington (Journalism senior)
Finalist: “Joey Cawyer’s last wish came true” by Adam Lewis, Murrow College, Washington State University
Finalist: “The third resurrection of Will Cherry” by Austin Schempp, Montana Kaimin, University of Montana

Editorial Writing
**Winner: Editorial staff, The Daily, University of Washington
Finalist: Danyal Lotfi-Chahardeh, Hannah Leone, Mike Gore and Allana Schwaab, The Western Front, Western Washington University
Finalist: Cedar Goslin, The Broadside, Central Oregon Community College

Best All-Around Daily Student Newspaper
Winner: The Daily Evergreen, Washington State University
**Finalist: The Daily, University of Washington

ART/GRAPHICS Breaking News Photography (Large)
**Winner: “Now that’s the ticket” by Joshua Bessex, The Daily, University of Washington (Journalism senior)
Finalist: “Bigfoot” by William D’Onofrio, The Daily Evergreen, Washington State University
Finalist: “Bomb threat on campus” by Jackie Seus, The Daily Barometer, Oregon State University

Television Feature
Winner: “Pole Run” by Evan Rau and Sergio Gonzales, KPAX and KTMF, University of Montana
Finalist: “Night of Musical Theatre: “No Day But Today” to see it” by Jessica Trondsen, Mast Student Television, Pacific Lutheran University
**Finalist: “Andrea Haisch, An Inspirational Story” by Annie Wilson, The Daily’s Double Shot, University of Washington

Best All-Around Television Newscast
**Winner: The Daily’s Double Shot, University of Washington
Finalist: Murrow News 8 by Washington State University
Finalist: Mast Student Television, Pacific Lutheran University

Click here for a complete list of awards.

The first-place winners competed at the national MOE competition among category winners from the 12 SPJ regions. The Editorial Staff was a national finalist in the Editorial Writing category and Joshua Bessex was a finalist in the Breaking News Photography category. The winners will be recognized in Nashville, Tennessee in September.