Student Awards and Accolades

One measure of the strength of a school – and its student body – is competitive evaluation by practitioners and peers in award competitions.

By this measure, the School of Media and Journalism's performance is outstanding, as demonstrated by achievements in recent years. Our impressive standings in national and international competitions demonstrate our commitment to building media and communication leaders.  


Advertising and Public Relations 

Digital Media Production


Hearst Journalism Awards

Known as the "Pulitzer Prize of Collegiate Journalism," Kent State students have placed among the top 20 students in the nation across multiple categories

  • 18th place, News Feature - Alexandria Manthey, '23 (2023)
  • 20th place, Hard News - Gabby Jonas, '23 (2023)
  • 12th place, Sports Writing - Isabella Schreck, '25 (2023)
  • 15th place, Multimedia II - Maddy Haberberger, '22 (2023)
  • 16th Place, Broadcast Journalism - Marz Anderson, '22 (2022)
  • 18th Place, Television News - Jiovanni Lieggi, '20 (2021)
  • 19th Place, Television News - Connor Steffen, '22 (2021)
  • 10th Place, Television Features - Gianna DaPra, '21 (2021)
  • 12th Place, Photo News & Features - Mikey Indriolo, '20 (2021)
  • Top 6 (Finalist), Photojournalism, Nathaniel Bailey, '20 (2020)
  • 17th Place Photojournalism, Carter Eugene Adams (2020)
  • 8th Place, Television News: Jiovanni Lieggi, '20 (2020)

AEJMC Student Magazine Contest (2020)

  • First Place, Articles - People: Alexandra Sobczak for “Meet Kent State's Rebel Mastermind”

College Media Association and Associated Collegiate Press

Kent State Student Media earned national recognition across all categories in the past competitions. 

Pinnacle Award 

  • Second Place, Website of the Year: KentWired (2022)
  • First Place, Advertising Campaign: Kent State Student Media (2022)
  • First Place, Online Ad: Kent State Student Media (2022)
  • Third Place, Video Sportscast: TV2 (2022)
  • Finalist: TV2 (2019)

Associated Collegiate Press Pacemaker Award 

  • The Kent Stater (2019)
  • Luna Negra (2018)
  • Uhuru (2018)

Individual Associated Collegiate Press Awards 

College Media Association Awards 

  • First Place, TV Special Event Coverage: TV2 KSU (2019)
  • Second Place, Breaking News Coverage: (2019)
  • Second Place, House Ad: Kent State Student Media, Jaron Puszakowski, '19 (2019)
  • Third Place, Sports Game Story: Henry Palattella, '19 (2019)
  • More 2019 Awards
  • First Place, Best Self-Promotional Website: Kent State Student Media (2018)
  • Second Place, College Media Company: Kent State Student Media (2018)
  • More 2018 Awards

Society of Professional Journalists

National Mark of Excellence

Regional Mark of Excellence

  • First Place, Breaking News Reporting: Zachary Blosser Arraignment by Melissa Meyers, '21 (2022)
  • First Place, Student Magazine: Fusion (2022)
  • Finalist: General Column Writing, Lyndsey Brennan (2022)
  • Finalst: TV Newscast (2022)
  • First Place, Online News Reporting: The Rock series by KentWired Staff (Sept.  2Sept. 7Sept. 10Sept. 11)
  • First Place, Online/Digital News Videography: Black at Kent State by KentWired Staff
  • Finalists for Best All-Around in Division: 
    • The Kent Stater (Student Newspaper, Large University)
    • Fusion Magazine (Student Magazine)
    • Uhuru (Student Magazine)
    • KentWired (Affiliated Website)
    • TV2 (All-Around Newscast, single show)
  • Additional Individual Finalist Honors: Student Journalists Earn Recognition For Coverage Of National Issues

Photojournalism Honors

Ohio News Photographers Association (ONPA) College Photographer of the Year

  • Nathaniel Bailey, '21

White House News Photographers Association

  • Runner-Up, Student Photographer of the Year: Nathaniel Bailey, '21

Advertising and Public Relations

Bateman Case Study Competition

Second Place, 2018 and 2013; Honorable Mention, 2016-2023, 2014

In nine of the last 10 years, Kent State public relations students have placed nationally in the Bateman Case Study Competition. The competition, sponsored by the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA), calls for teams of public relations students to research, develop, implement and evaluate a public relations campaign. This year’s competition charged students with creating a campaign for the Lymphoma Research Foundation.

Effie Collegiate Competition

Second Place, 2019, 2016
Semi-Finalist: 2021, 2020

Advertising, public relations, visual communication design and communication studies students compete annually in the Effie Collegiate Competition, which gives students the chance to work to create marketing communications plans for well-known brands like Subaru, Bose and V8.


Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA Kent)

PRSSA Kent competes with more than 300 chapters nationwide for its awards. Read a story about the organization's most recent honors

Organizational Honors

Individual Honors

  • Gold Key Award (last five years): Highest individual honor from PRSSA
    • 2022: Zach Zdanowicz, '22
    • 2021: Jada Miles, '21, Samantha Farland, '21
    • 2020: Jill Golden
    • 2019: Vanessa Gresley
    • 2018: Natalie Meek, Samantha Ross, Hannah Wagner
    • 2017: Charleah Trombitas
    • 2016: Gabrielle Woodard
  • National President's Citation (last five years): Special honor for individuals
    • 2018: Natalie Meek
    • 2017: Latisha Ellison
    • 2016: Hanna Moore, Brenna Parker

Digital Media Production

Broadcast Education Association (BEA)

Award of Excellence

  • "Forgive Me" - Senior Project by Alyssa Standen, '18

Film Festivals


  • Bronze, Best Student Short, 2019 Independent Short Awards: "Forgive Me" - Senior Project by Alyssa Standen, '18
  • Bronze, Best Cinematography, 2019 Independent Short Awards: "Forgive Me" - Senior Project by Dane Etto, '19


  • "Forgive Me" - Senior Project by Alyssa Standen, '18: Lift-Off Global Network Series
  • "To the Moon and Back" - Senior Project by Zoe Logston, '18: Sprrkle Collective Fest, Independent Talents International Fest, Direct Monthly Online Fest