(Adapted from a Society of Professional Journalists news release.)

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (April 11) – Fearless Journalism is what defines student work on the campus of the University of Maryland. This past weekend’s Society of Professional Journalism Region 2 award presentations helped prove just how true that is. Student work for the Capital News Service, ViewFinder and The Diamondback newspaper took home numerous awards across a wide-range of categories.

SPJ’s Region 2 comprises Delaware, District of Columbia, Maryland, North Carolina and Virginia. Honorees received award certificates the weekend of April 7 at the Region 2 Conference. First-place winners will compete at the national level among other regional MOE winners from the 12 SPJ regions.

National winners will be notified in the late spring and will be recognized at the Excellence in Journalism conference in Anaheim, California.

MOE Awards entries are judged by professionals with at least three years of journalism experience. Judges were directed to choose entries they felt were among the best in student journalism. If no entry rose to the level of excellence, no award was given. Any category not listed has no winner.

School divisions are based on student enrollment, including both graduate and undergraduate: Large schools have at least 10,000 students and small schools have 9,999 or fewer students.

University of Maryland students winners and finalists are listed below. A complete list of all Region 2 winners is on the SPJ website. Thanks to CNS Digital Bureau Director Sean Mussenden for helping to highlight this list.

 

SPJ student chapter Tweet.


Art / Graphics

Breaking News Photography (Large)
Finalist: Israel Fest protest – by Josh Loock, University of Maryland, College Park

Editorial Cartooning
Winner: Selected cartoons by The Diamondback’s Eva Shen – by Eva Shen, University of Maryland, College Park

General News Photography (Large)
Finalist: College Park Mayor Patrick Wojahn awards local hero, Renita Smith. – by Tom Hausman, University of Maryland, College Park

Sports Photography (Large)
Finalist: Goalkeeper Cody Niedermeier after Maryland soccer NCAA tournament loss – by Matt Regan, University of Maryland, College Park


So proud of the 2016-2017 Diamondback staff for all the great work they have done. Mina Haq, Danielle Ohl, Ellie Silverman, Talia Richman and Evan Berkowitz went down to the SPJ Awards this weekend and are coming home with a ton of awards including Best Non Daily Newspaper! Congrats to everyone who works at the Diamondback for all you have accomplished this year. I can't wait to see what comes next for you. - Arnie Applebaum.

Diamondback award winners celebrate at the SPJ Region 2 Conference.

Newspapers

Best All-Around Non-Daily Student Newspaper
Winner: The Diamondback – by The Diamondback Staff (including page designer Evan Berkowitz), University of Maryland, College Park

Breaking News Reporting (Large)
Winner: A murder-suicide stuns College Park – by Michael Brice-Saddler, Andrew Dunn, Natalie Schwartz, Mina Haq, University of Maryland, College Park (Diamondback)
Finalist: Months after Brexit, English residents find American political divide ‘appalling – by Mina Haq, Philip Merrill College of Journalism (CNS)

Feature Writing (Large)
Winner: In age of Trump, profile of Maryland-born white nationalist grows – by J.F. Meils, Philip Merrill College of Journalism (CNS)
Finalist: Maryland’s unclaimed dead become body donors – by Eliana Block, Philip Merrill College of Journalism (CNS)
Finalist: Tiny public school teaches K-8 rural, Amish students – by Vickie Connor, Philip Merrill College of Journalism (CNS)

General News Reporting (Large)
Finalist: White nationalist posters found at the University of Maryland – by Ellie Silverman, Talia Richman, University of Maryland, College Park (Diamondback)
Finalist: Ex-student sues UMD after expulsion for sexual assault – by Ellie Silverman, University of Maryland, College Park (Diamondback)

In-Depth Reporting (Large)
Winner: Police use pepper spray on graduation party of mostly black students – by Diamondback staff (including Lexie Schapitl), University of Maryland, College Park

Sports Column Writing
Winner: Selected columns by The Diamondback Sports Editorial Staff – by Callie Caplan, Kyle Stackpole, University of Maryland, College Park

Sports Writing (Large)
Finalist: While not mainstream sport, falconry has dedicated following – by Robbie Greenspan, Philip Merrill College of Journalism (CNS)


Online

Best Affiliated Website
Winner: CNSMaryland.org – by CNS Staff, Philip Merrill College of Journalism
Finalist: The Diamondback’s website – by The Diamondback Staff (including graphic designer Evan Berkowitz), University of Maryland, College Park

Best Digital-Only Student Publication
Winner: CNSMaryland.org – by CNS Staff, Philip Merrill College of Journalism

Best Independent Online Student Publication
Winner: CNSMaryland.org – by CNS Staff, Philip Merrill College of Journalism

Best Use of Multimedia
Winner: In Poor Health – by CNS Staff, Philip Merrill College of Journalism
Finalist: 2016 Convention Coverage – by CNS Staff, Philip Merrill College of Journalism

Online Feature Reporting
Finalist: ProtectUMD has 64 demands to aid vulnerable students. These are the stories behind them. – Diamondback staff (including Andrew Dunn), University of Maryland
Finalist: Evolution of a fandom – by Danielle Ohl, University of Maryland, College Park (Diamondback)

Online In-Depth Reporting
Winner: In Poor Health – by CNS Staff, Philip Merrill College of Journalism
Finalist: Discharging Trouble – by CNS Staff, Philip Merrill College of Journalism
Finalist: Purple Line: a Divided Rail – by Brittany Britto and Jordan Branch, Philip Merrill College of Journalism (CNS)

Online News Reporting
Winner: Presidential election underscores Maryland’s wealth divide – by Zachary Melvin, Hannah Lang and Ben Harris,  Philip Merrill College of Journalism (CNS)
Finalist: Purple Line: a Divided Rail – by Brittany Britto and Jordan Branch, Philip Merrill College of Journalism (CNS)
Finalist: Maryland patients still waiting on medical marijuana – by Katishi Maake, Jake Eisenberg, Philip Merrill College of Journalism (CNS)

Online Sports Reporting
Winner: In Football Recruiting Sweepstakes, Maryland Has Fallen Short – by Ryan Connors and Troy Jefferson, Philip Merrill College of Journalism (CNS)
Finalist: Nationals Bryce Harper is having a historically poor MVP follow-up – by Connor Mount and Charlie Wright, Philip Merrill College of Journalism (CNS)


Radio

Best All-Around Radio Newscast
Winner: The Dive Mr. President – by The Diamondback Staff, University of Maryland, College Park


Television

Television Breaking News Reporting
Finalist: Prosecuting Baltimore Police Misconduct Reform – by Michael Stern, Alex Pacinda, University of Maryland, College Park (CNS)

Television Feature Reporting
Winner: Gold Star Mothers – by Maggie Gottlieb, University of Maryland, College Park (CNS)
Finalist; Soccer without Borders: Adjusting to life in the U.S. – by Stephanie Brown, Michelle Chavez, University of Maryland (CNS)
Finalist: The Missing Half – by Hannah Burton, Ryan Eskalis, University of Maryland, College Park (ViewFinder)

Television General News Reporting
Winner: Safe Drones – by Sarah Dean, Maggie Gottlieb, University of Maryland (CNS)

Television In-Depth Reporting
Finalist: ViewFinder Fall ‘16: Faces of the Fair – by ViewFinder Fall ’16, University of Maryland, College Park
Finalist: Forgiven – by Ricky Lasser, University of Maryland (ViewFinder)

Television News and Feature Photography
Winner: My Last Chance – by Ryan Eskalis, University of Maryland, College Park (ViewFinder)
Finalist: Soccer Without Borders: Adjusting to life in the U.S. – by Stephanie Brown, Michelle Chavez, University of Maryland (CNS)

Television Sports Photography
Finalist: The Southern Barnyard Runners – by Hannah Burton, Mackenzie Happe, University of Maryland, College Park (ViewFinder)

Television Sports Reporting
Finalist: Soccer Without Borders: Adjusting to life in the U.S. – by Stephanie Brown, Michelle Chavez, University of Maryland (CNS)
Finalist: Maryland Minor Leagues Attendance – by Michael Stern, Craig Weisenfeld, University of Maryland, College Park (CNS)

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