The Society of Professional Journalists
(SPJ) recognized College of Media students as winners and
finalists in the Region 4 Mark of Excellence Awards this spring.
The SPJ awards honor the best in student journalism, and judges chose up to one national winner in each category and two national finalists (runners-up). Judges were directed to choose only those entries which they felt were outstanding work worthy of a national honor. Region 4 is comprised of Michigan, Ohio, West Virginia and parts of Western Pennsylvania.
With their first-place wins, "WVU News" students Megan Weissend (Best All-Around Television Newscast), Macy Senge (Best All-Around Television News Magazine), Julia Mellett (Television Sports Reporting) and Regan Blaha (Television General News Reporting) will compete at the national level among other regional winners from the 12 SPJ regions. National winners will be notified in the late spring and will be recognized at the Excellence in Journalism conference in San Antonio.
List of winners:
NewspapersBreaking News Reporting (Large) 10,000+ Students
Television Breaking News Reporting
Finalist: Olympic gold medalist profile – Ginny Thrasher – by Kendall Lewis, West Virginia University
Finalist: Synchronized figure skating – by Ben Murray, West Virginia University
Best All-Around Television Newscast
Winner: Election 2018: A nation divided – by Meg Weissend, West Virginia University
Best All-Around Television News Magazine
Winner: Gun control: A nation divided – Macy Senge, West Virginia University