Best of MSU Journalism Awards Announced

Posted on: January 28, 2014


The winners of the 2013 Best of MSU Journalism Awards were announced Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014. With more than 100 entries and 55 winners, the new campus-wide journalism contest proved to be a big success.

MSU's student chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) sponsored the contest, which aims to promote and recognize quality journalism at MSU with the goal of identifying the top work produced by student journalists and to encourage entry into state, regional, national and international competitions.

The contest was open to any student enrolled at MSU studying for an academic degree during 2013. Submissions were required to have been published or broadcast through campus media, professional internships, in the classroom or as a freelancer.

The judge's panel was made up of individuals from MSU's School of Journalism as well as local and national media outlets, including MLive Media Group, Entertainment Weekly, Greater Lansing Business Monthly, The New York Times,, KPLU, Lansing State Journal and Bloomberg News.

All first-place winners were entered into the SPJ Mark of Excellence Awards to compete on a regional level against student journalists from colleges in Michigan, Ohio, West Virginia and western Pennsylvania.

The Best of MSU Journalism Award categories of Art, Graphics, Design & Photography; Online; Print: Newspapers & Magazines; Radio; and TV were broken down further into subcategories. The first place winners in each subcategory are listed below:

Art, Graphics, Design & Photography

Information Graphic
Kyle Misteravich, Christy Mueller and Josh Drzewicki
Arthritis in Michigan
Michigan Department of Community Health

Page Design - Newspaper Style
Becca Guajardo
Spartan Hoops is Back
The State News


Online Feature Reporting
Alissa Brouillett
The Alzheimer's Project
Media Garden

Online In-Depth Reporting
Miguel Martinez
Foster care in Michigan focuses on permanent homes
Lansing Online

Online News Reporting
Nicholas Blaskowski
Veteran hopes to boost economy, fitness by blazing Michigan trail
Great Lakes Echo/Capital News Service

Online Opinion & Commentary
Eric Walters
Review: Frontier Ruckus, "Eternity of Dimming"

Online Sports Reporting
Ryan Squanda
Michigan State Basketball: The Anthony Ianni story

Print: Newspapers & Magazines

Breaking News Reporting
Simon Schuster
Flood leaves damaged cars at CRMC apartment property
The State News

Feature Writing
Laura B. Johnson
The farmer in the corporation: For small-scale farmers and the environment, the stakes are high as Wal-Mart redefines the meaning of local agriculture
City Pulse

General Column Writing
Gregory Monahan
Humor Columns: I'm from Ann Arbor, but I hope we can still be friends; How to survive undergrad: tips from a grad student; How to prepare for Michigan winter
The State News

General News Reporting
Simon Schuster
Bikers, pedestrians have tough time sharing paths at MSU
The State News

In-Depth Reporting
Ian Kullgren
Pill crackdown opens door to heroin in suburbs
The Columbus Dispatch

Sports Column Writing
Stephen Brooks
Columns: Payne's return is major win for MSU program; Instead of a win, MSU brings home confusion; Cook had cinematic bounce-back after rough Purdue outing
The State News

Sports Writing
Stephen Brooks
The Girls' Scouts
The State News


Radio Feature
Greg Monahan
John Vucetich on Michigan's wolf hunt, which begins today
Great Lakes Echo

Radio News Reporting
Mary Hathaway and Gabriela Saldivia
New pope
Impact 89FM-WDBM

Radio Sports Reporting
Max King
Pool Time with Max King
WDBM Impact 88.9FM


TV Feature
Melissa Sebring
Susan Barry creates change after the death of her son

TV Feature Photography
Katie Harrington
Just keep swimming
Media Garden

TV General News Reporting
Erica Zazo
Lansing Community Walkability Audit
Focal Point

TV Sports Photography
Daniel Hamburg
MSU Midnight Madness
Focal Point

TV Sports Reporting
Daniel Hamburg
MSU Midnight Madness
Focal Point

To view all winning entries go to the Best of MSU Journalism Awards website. Congratulations to the winners and to everyone who entered! Keep up the great work!

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