The Best of MSU Journalism Awards, sponsored by MSU's student chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ), aims to promote and recognize quality journalism at MSU - whether published or broadcast through campus media, professional internships, in the classroom or as a freelancer.
The goal of the contest is to identify the top work produced by student journalists and to further encourage entry into state, regional, national and international competitions.
"We hope Best of MSU becomes a tradition that brings our entire student journalist community across campus together to recognize the amazing work that is being done. We have a vibrant campus media community at Michigan State, and we want to celebrate that," said SPJ faculty adviser and contest coordinator Jeremy Steele, who conceived the idea for the contest.
Best of MSU is open to any student enrolled at MSU studying for an academic degree during 2013. Anyone who has had full-time, professional journalism experience (outside of an internship) is not eligible. Entries are due Friday, Dec. 6, and must have been published or broadcast during the 2013 calendar year.
First-place winners will receive financial assistance to enter the SPJ Mark of Excellence Awards, honoring the best in student journalism beginning with the regional level.
Steele was a regional director on SPJ's national board from 2007-2010 before his position as a full-time faculty member at MSU. One of his duties was running the regional level of the Mark of Excellence Awards.
"When I first started, there were very few entries from MSU, but during the last couple years MSU students have done remarkably well in this contest. They've even won a couple national awards from SPJ," Steele said. "But we still have a number of categories where MSU students aren't entering their work.
"I know that students are doing outstanding work at campus media and on professional internships, and they should be recognized for that. These students work so hard and devote a lot of time and energy to their craft. I hope this contest helps showcase this incredible work to other students who may not have had a chance to see it. So we want Best of MSU to be a learning tool to develop the next generation of Spartan journalists, too."
The Best of MSU contest includes 35 categories in the following areas: newspaper; magazine; art, graphics, design and photography; radio broadcast; television broadcast; and online. Each category has specific rules.