Students at four Virginia universities won five national first-place awards in the 2012 Mark of Excellence Awards, announced today by the Society of Professional Journalists. The competition honors work that was published or broadcast during 2012.
Three schools won their MOE awards in the newspaper category:
- Breaking News Reporting, Small School Division
National Winner: “UVa-Wise mourns Chancellor David Prior’s death,” by Jordan Fifer, The University of Virginia’s College at Wise
- General News Reporting, Small School Division
National Winner: “Real Impact: How a dangerous fake ID website was shut down by an article,” by John McAuliff, University of Richmond
- In-Depth Reporting, Large School Division
National Winner: “Justice denied? Richmond ALJ hearing Social Security claims has one of the highest denial rates,” by Sean Collins-Smith and Brandon Shulleeta, Virginia Commonwealth University
Washington & Lee University earned two MOE awards in the online category:
- Online In-Depth Reporting, Small School Division
National Winner: “Poor diet: Not enough food and the wrong kind,” by Billy Crosby, Tory Dickerson, Killeen King and Jessica Strait, Washington and Lee University
- Best Independent Online Student Publication, Small School Division
National Winner: The Rockbridge Report, Washington and Lee University
First-place national winners will be recognized at the Excellence in Journalism conference in late August in Anaheim, Calif.