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Student journalists win SPJ Mark of Excellence awards

Miami University students won nine first-place awards and another nine finalist awards in the annual Mark of Excellence competition hosted by the Society of Professional Journalists.

The results mark Miami’s best-ever showing in MOEs for Region 4, which includes Ohio, Michigan, West Virginia and half of Pennsylvania. Miami picked up four wins and six finalist awards last year and a total of 10 recognitions in the prior two years.

“Miami students have once again shown the width and breadth of their talent,” said Journalism Program Area Coordinator Patricia Gallagher Newberry, adviser to Miami’s SPJ chapter and president of the national SPJ board. “I’m impressed with the range of topics they took up – with stories on mental health, sexual assault, Greek life, immigration and gun violence among them. I’m impressed, too, that we had winners from student-run media and classes, with work produced for print, online and broadcast.”
Winners and finalists would have been honored this past weekend at a Region 4 conference scheduled for Columbus. The event was canceled because of the coronavirus crisis.

 Miami first-place awards (in alphabetical order) went to:

Miami finalist awards (the equivalent of second and third place) went to:

The work of first-place MOE winners will be judged at the national level, against the work of winners from SPJ’s other 11 regions. National winners will be recognized at the national Excellence in Journalism conference in Washington, D.C., Sept. 10-12.