SAN ANTONIO – Student journalists from the San Antonio area received 18 prizes at the annual Mark of Excellence awards banquet of the Society of Professional Journalists.

The Society recognized winners and finalists from 18 colleges and universities in Region 8 (Texas and Oklahoma).

The SPJ student chapter at San Antonio College hosted the Region 8 conference on the weekend of March 3rd.  The SAC chapter also celebrated its 25 anniversary as the nation’s first SPJ chapter at a community college.

The San Antonio Express-News, Univision and the San Antonio Pro chapter of SPJ sponsored the event.

First-place MOE winners will compete at the national level with other 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 Baltimore in September.

MOE awards entries are judged by professionals with at least three years of journalism experience. Judges were directed to choose entries they felt were among the best in student journalism.

The six MOE winners from the San Antonio region were: 

General Newspaper Column Writing (Large) 10,000+ Students
Winner: “A campus with no Greek life; Texas State lacks cultural infrastructure necessary for student success; Underachieving football programs should be cut like public schools” – by Tafari Robertson, Texas State University
https://star.txstate.edu/2017/10/underachieving-football-programs-should-be-cut-like-public-schools/

General Newspaper Column Writing (Small) 1-9,999 Students
Winner: “Talking politics with the deplorables; Absorbing experience, modern distraction; Balancing rationality and empathy” – by Gabriel Levine, Trinity University
https://www.trinitonian.com/my-time-among-the-deplorables/

General News Photography (Small) 1-9,999 Students
Winner: “Women’s march draws hundreds of people” – by Jose Arredondo, Texas A&M University-San Antonio
http://www.mesquite-news.com/womens-march-draws-hundreds-of-people/

Online Feature Reporting Winner: “Bola in the barrio” – by Jose Arredondo, Texas A&M University-San Antonio
http://www.mesquite-news.com/bola-in-the-barrio/

Best Use of Multimedia Winner: “Hydrogen car project crosses finish line in Detroit” – by Brianna Rodrigue and James Dusek, San Antonio College
http://theranger.org/2017/05/16/

Online/Digital Feature Videography Winner: “Canstruction 2017” – by Nicole M. Bautista, San Antonio College
www.youtube.com/watch?v=IIdx_dhqaN8

The 12 MOE finalists from the San Antonio region were:

Breaking News Reporting (Large) 10,000+ Students
 
Finalist: “Student death under investigation” – by Shayan Faradineh, Texas State University
http://star.txstate.edu/2017/11/student-death-under-investigation/

General News Reporting (Small) 1-9,999 Students
 
Finalist: “Controversy over work-study funds” – by Daniel Conrad and Kathleen Creedon, Trinity University

https://www.trinitonian.com/questions-arise-over-federal-work-study-funds/

In-Depth Reporting (Small) 1-9,999 Students
 
Finalist: “Tragedy strikes all too close to home” – by The Staff of Lake Front, Our Lady of the Lake University

https://lakefrontollu.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/Lake-Front_November_Issue_Aligned.pdf

Sports Writing (Small) 1-9,999 Students

Finalist: “17-year streak” – by Elise Hester, Trinity University
https://www.trinitonian.com/17-year-streak-of-soccer-home-wins-ends/

Best All-Around Non Daily Student Newspaper
Finalist: The University Star – by The Staff of The University Star, Texas State University

https://star.txstate.edu/

General News Photography (Large) 10,000+ Students
Finalist: “Pride” – by Deandra Gonzalez, San Antonio College
http://theranger.org/2017/10/23/deandra-gonzalez-visuals-editor-and-journalism-freshman/

Photo Illustration (Small) 1-9,999 Students
Finalist: “Tragedy strikes all too close to home” – by J.C.Wollslager, Our Lady of the Lake University
https://lakefrontollu.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/Lake-Front_November_Issue_Aligned.pdf

Sports Photography (Small) 1-9,999 Students
Finalist: “Trinity ultimate frisbee” – by Allison Wolff, Trinity University
https://www.trinitonian.com/trinity-womens-ultimate-frisbee-team-kicks-it-up-a-notch/

Radio In-Depth Reporting
Finalist: “In the public interest” – past presidents – by Staff, Texas State University
http://ktsw.txstate.edu/

Online In-Depth Reporting
Finalist: “Small town boy to Texas Senator: a younger brother recalls the legacy of Frank Madla Jr.” – by Josiah Cuellar, Aaron Perez, Seth Ruiz and Marcellius Caviness, Texas A&M University-San Antonio

http://www.mesquite-news.com/small-town-boy-to-texas-senator-the-frank-madla-jr-journey/

Online Sports Reporting
Finalist: “An enduring rivalry with roots in community” – by Rene Orozco, Brittany Denayer, Jose Arredondo and Victoria Martinez, Texas A&M University-San Antonio
http://www.mesquite-news.com/an-enduring-rivalry-with-roots-in-community/

Online/Digital News Videography
Finalist: “March for science at San Antonio College” – by Nicole M. Bautista, San Antonio College
http://theranger.org/2017/10/23/nicole-bautista-multimedia-editor-and-journalism-sophomore/

To see the work of previous award winners, visit Mark of Excellence.