Top Honors in Sports Photography, In-Depth Reporting

Student Journalists Earn Recognition in SPJ's Regional Competition

Kent State students in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication (JMC) earned top regional honors in sports photography and in-depth reporting, along with eight honorable mentions, in the Society of Professional Journalists’ regional Mark of Excellence competition.


The three Kent State students who earned top honors in Region 4 (comprising Michigan, Ohio, West Virginia and western Pennsylvania) will go on to be judged against winners from other regional winners in SPJ’s national Mark of Excellence competition:

National winners and finalists will be announced in May 2018.


In the regional competition, three Kent State Student Media outlets were honored as finalists (top two or three in the region):

  • The Burr Magazine, Kent State’s general interest magazine: Finalist for Best Magazine
  • Fusion Magazine, Kent State’s LGBTQ magazine: Finalist for Best Magazine
  • TV2 News at 6: Finalist for Best All-Around Television Newscast

The following JMC students were also recognized as regional finalists:

  • General News Reporting: Cameron Gorman, ’18, and McKenzie Jean-Philippe, ’17, for “Immigration policy aftershocks hit Kent”
  • Non-Fiction Magazine Article: Kelly Powell, ’18, for “Breaking down the crown”
  • Feature Photography: Carter Adams, ’19, and Aaron Self, ’18, for “Road to Recovery”
  • Television General News Reporting: Anna Huntsman, ’19, for “Brady Lake residents clash with village council”
  • Television In-Depth Reporting: Ben Orner, ’18, for “Planned Parenthood fights for its future”

Kent State earned 11 regional recognitions overall, the second most in Region 4.

POSTED: Wednesday, March 14, 2018 - 5:00pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, March 27, 2018 - 1:46pm