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CJC Students Honored at 2018 SPJ Region 3 Mark of Excellence Competition

University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications (UFCJC) students were honored in the 2018 Society of Professional Journalists Region 3 Mark of Excellence Awards (MOE) competition. Students were recognized for their work on radio, television, print and online by professional judges with at least three years of journalism experience.

UFCJC received 24 awards in the Region 3 competition. Region 3 is comprised of Alabama, Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. First place winners will now compete with other winners from all 12 SPJ regions. These winners will be announced at the national convention in San Antonio, Texas in Sept. 2019.

Honorees include:

Best All-Around Radio Newscast: Winner, by Henry Coburn and Raymon Troncoso, “November 7, 2018 Newscast”
In-Depth Coverage: Winner, WUFT Staff, “Hurricane Michael”
In-Depth Coverage: Finalist, WUFT Staff, “Deputy Sheriffs Killed”
Radio Feature: Winner, Alexa Lorenzo, “A Problem with Pythons
Radio Sports Reporting: Winner: Meredith Sheldon, “Overcoming Adversity Through Archery

Best All-Around Television Newscast: Finalist, WUFT News, “WUFT News First at Five”
Best All-Around TV News Magazine: Winner, WUFT/Noticias Staff, “Life After Maria
Breaking News Reporting: Winner, WUFT News, “Hurricane Michael”
General News Reporting: Winner, Clarisa Melendez, “Medical Marijuana Businesses Booming in Florida”
Feature Reporting: Winner, Meredith Sheldon, “Overcoming Adversity Through Archery
In-Depth Reporting: Finalist, WUFT Staff, “Silenced: 1.5 Million Florida Felons Without a Vote

News Reporting: Winner, Cat Gloria, “A Florida Fiasco
News Reporting: Finalist, Amy Nelson, “Pulled Over in Florida? Don’t Expect the Same Traffic Stop Every Time
In-Depth Reporting: Winner, Fall 2018 Environmental Journalism class and Staff, “Peak Florida
Best Use of Multimedia: Winner, Mackenzie Behm, “After Michael’s Fury, An Angel Saves the Forgotten in a Florida Tent City

Breaking News Photography (Large) 10,000+ Students: Finalist, Marcelo Rondon, “Election Results
Feature Photography (Large) 10,000+ Students: Winner, Kaitlin Hall, “Concern Feeds Her Passion
Feature Photography (Large) 10,000+ Students: Finalist, Kaitlin Hall, “A Fight for Power
General News Photography (Large) 10,000+ Students: Winner, Claudia Perez-Brito, “Herculean Task, Little Help

Broadcast News Videography, Finalist, Alexa Lorenzo, “Python Elimination Program
Broadcast News Videography, Finalist, Meredith Sheldon, “The Archer
Online/Digital Feature Videography: Winner, Mackenzie Behm “Florida Voices | Brad Kendell, Sailing Forward
Online/Digital Feature Videography: Finalist, Mackenzie Behm and Emily Netburn, “Florida Voices | Carlton “Blixx” Barber, the Tiny Terror

Non-Fiction Magazine Article: Winner, Molly Minta, “Casting Shadows

Posted: March 12, 2019
Category: College News, Student News
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