Kent State Earns Top Placements in the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) 2014 Mark of Excellence Awards | School of Journalism & Mass Communication | Kent State University

Kent State Earns Top Placements in the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) 2014 Mark of Excellence Awards

Kent State earned top placements in the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) 2014 Mark of Excellence Awards. Kent State received five first-place awards and six finalist placements in the Region 4 competition.

The SPJ awards recognize outstanding work in student journalism. Entries are judged by professional journalists. SPJ’s Region 4 comprises Michigan, Ohio, West Virginia and western Pennsylvania.

The first-place winners will move on to the national Mark of Excellence Awards (MOE) competition among category winners from the 12 SPJ regions. 

Students placed in the following categories:


Breaking News Photography (Large) 10,000+ Students

Finalist: Healing service – by Chelsae Ketchum, Kent State University

Feature Photography (Large) 10,000+ Students

Winner: Unbreakable bond – by Leah Klafczynski, Kent State University

General News Photography (Large) 10,000+ Students

Finalist: Combat water survival – by Chelsae Ketchum, Kent State University

Sports Photography (Large) 10,000+ Students

Finalist: Tangled up – by Rachael Le Goubin, Kent State University

Best Student Magazine

Finalist: Fusion Magazine – by Brittany Rees, Editor Shelby Nicholson, Art Director Kelli Fitzpatrick, Managing Editor, Kent State University School of Journalism

Non-Fiction Magazine Article

Finalist: Don’t sweat the small things – by Carley Hull, Kent State University

General News Reporting (Large) 10,000+ Students

Winner: Three hours of fear – by Staff, Kent State University

Best Use of Multimedia

Winner: Coming home – by Chelsae Ketchum, Kent State University

Best All-Around Television Newscast

Winner: TV2 News: April 3, 2014 – by Nicole Septaric, Kent State University

Television Feature Reporting

Winner: Cuyahoga Valley scenic railroad – by Brian Ivey, Kent State University

Television Sports Reporting

Finalist: Kent State women’s golf team – by Zach Harley, Kent State University