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College of Media students win national awards

Women Beyond Bars interview
Penny De La Cruz, left, and Camrynn Tanner interviewing Kayini Wilson at Marie's House for the Women Beyond Bars project

It’s awards season, and we’re not talking about the Academy Awards. As the spring semester comes to a close, national journalism and communications organizations are making selections for top projects created by students and faculty. This year, the WVU Reed College of Media is bringing home the bling.

Most recently, students were awarded 2020 Mark of Excellence Awards by the Society of Professional Journalists. First-place winners from Region 4, which comprises Michigan, Ohio, West Virginia and Western Pennsylvania, will compete at the national level among other regional winners from the 12 SPJ regions.

College of Media Mark of Excellence awards include:

Spring 2020 WVU News team
Spring 2020 WVU News team

In addition to the SPJ Mark of Excellence Awards, Jeffrey Boggess was named an honoree in the Student Video category of the Webby Awards for “ The Rocky Marriage Between Coal and the Opioid Epidemic” produced for 100 Days in Appalachia. The Webby Awards is the leading international award honoring excellence on the Internet. The Webbys is presented by the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences and honors excellence in seven major media types: Websites, Video, Advertising, Media & PR, Social, Apps, Mobile, & Voice, Games, and Podcasts.

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Jeffrey Boggess in a screenshot from "The Rocky Marriage Between Coal and the Opioid Epidemic

Visit for a full list of student awards.