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CJC Student Journalists, Alumni and Staff Receive 2021 Region 3 SPJ Mark of Excellence Honors

University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications student journalists, alumni and WUFT News staff were honored in the Region 3 2021 Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) Mark of Excellence (MOE) Awards competition. The awards recognize the best collegiate journalism in Region 3 which comprises Alabama, Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Winners and finalists include:
General News Reporting: Finalist, Sophie Feinberg, “School Bus Drivers Feel Endangered During COVID-19 Pandemic
Editorial Writing: Winner, Zachariah Chou, The Independent Florida Alligator’s COVID-19 editorials
Radio News Reporting: Finalist, Meleah Lyden and Alex DeLuca, “Bad Ballots
Radio Feature: Finalist, Anthony Montalto, “Election Memorabilia”
Radio Feature, Finalist, Chris O’Brien, “Faith is Not the Building
Radio In-Depth Reporting: Finalist, Valerie Lyons, “Residents Rally as Decision Nears on Seven Springs’ Request to Pump from Ginnie Springs
Television Breaking News Reporting: Finalist, WUFT student staff, “Pandemic vs. Sports”
Television General News Reporting: Winner, Hasley Pitman, “Ocoee Massacre”
Television Feature Reporting: Winner, Chris O’Brien, “Faith is Not the Building
Television In-Depth Reporting: Winner, Chris O’Brien, “4 Days, 5 Murders
Television Sports Reporting: Winner, Victor Prieto, “Beyond the Finish Line”
Best All-Around Television Newscast: Finalist, WUFT Staff, “WUFT NEWS First at Five”
Best All-Around Television News Magazine: Winner, WUFT Staff, “The Forgotten City
Online News Reporting: Winner, Natalia Galicza, “Parking Garage Outside Your Bedroom? It’s Possible for this Gainesville Neighbor
Online News Reporting: Finalist, Meleah Lyden and Alex DeLuca, “Meet the Elderly Republican Voter Whose Ballots Florida Rejected More Than Anyone’s
Online  News Reporting: Finalist, Melissa Hernandez, ”Exclusive: Owners of Landmark Florida Beach Restaurant Under US Tax Evasion Investigation
Online In-Depth Reporting: Winner, Stephany Matat, “Moment That Love, Life Was Lost After Tragic Crash: ‘She Did Not Make It, OK’?
Online In-Depth Reporting: Finalist, Marlowe Starling, “UF Researchers Turn to Sewage to Monitor COVID-19 on Campus
Best Use of Multimedia: Finalist, Natalia Galicza and Ava Loomar, “A Total Freefall: Gainesville Sinkhole Showcases Cracks in Geology and Government Systems Alike
Broadcast News Videography: Winner, Joseline Donoso, “Door to Disaster
Broadcast Feature Videography, Winner, Victor Prieto, “Beyond the Finish Line
Broadcast Sports Videography: Winner, Victor Prieto, “Saints Weather the Storms
Video Game Reporting: Winner, Paul Lombardo, “Video game developers – Overworks, Underpaid, In Trouble
Podcast: Winner, WUFT Staff, “Four Days, Five Murders
COVID-19: Newspaper, Magazine and Online Coverage (Large) 10,000+ Students: Finalist, Lauren E. Johnson, “Seventeen Anesthesiologist Residents, Fellow at University Hospital Contract Virus After Private Party
COVID-19: Video Coverage: Winner, WUFT Staff, “COVID vs. a College Town”

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 SPJ’s national conference.

Posted: April 19, 2021
Category: Alumni News, College News, Diversity News, Student News