The Society of Professional Journalists honored more than a dozen Washington State University student journalists with its regional 2019 Mark of Excellence awards.

WSU students won top awards for best television newscast, daily newspaper, online reporting, photography, sports reporting, news reporting, videography, and editorial cartooning, among other awards. The Daily Evergreen – an independent student organization – won four first-place awards, and Murrow 8’s newscast won three first-place awards. Students in the Murrow College’s Backpack Journalism Program received two first-place awards for their reporting from Argentina.

“These awards are a testament to the incredible work of student journalists at Washington State University, both within the Murrow College and across the university,” said Ben Shors, chair of the Journalism and Media Production Department in the Edward R. Murrow College of Communication at WSU.

The Daily Evergreen won six awards for its daily publication. “The Evergreen staff works long hours on top of their classes to produce content for one of the last daily student newspapers,” said Luke Hudson, the paper’s editor in chief. “We are honored to be recognized for those efforts and look forward to the national results.”

WSU students compete in SPJ’s Region 10, which includes Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana and Alaska. The winners will move on to SPJ’s national Mark of Excellence competition.

Washington State University winners:

  • Editorial Cartooning: (Large) 10,000+ students
    Nick Sandifer
  • General News Photography: (Large) 10,000+ students
    Paige Campbell
  • Sports Photography: (Large) 10,000+ students
    Abby Linnenkohl
  • Online News Reporting
    Luke Hollister, Shannon Heckt, Jacob Grannemann, Cody Cottier
  • Best All-Around Television News Magazine
    Bradley Warren, Jasmine Darakjy, Taylor Swanson, Emma Jerome
  • Television General News Reporting
    Zachary Anders
  • Television Sports Reporting
    Brady Frederick
  • Broadcast News Videography
    Jacob Grannemann
  • Best All-Around Daily Student Newspaper
    Staff of the Daily Evergreen
  • Washington State University finalists:
    Sports Photography: (Large) 10,000+ students
    Benjamin Michaelis
  • Breaking News Reporting: (Large) 10,000+ students
    Madysen McLain
  • Online News Reporting
    Rebecca White, Shannon Heckt
  • Television General News Reporting
    Brady Frederick
  • Television In-Depth Reporting
    Jasmine Darakjy
  • Television Sports Reporting
    Shannon Heckt