• BEST IN STATE—Senior Courtney Schoen Lewis was named Best PR Student in Utah. Story
  • CROWBAR—Athletes compete in annual Crowbar backcountry race in Logan Canyon. CHRISTIAN HATAHWAY
  • HINDU FESTIVAL—Hundreds of Hindus and friends gather for annual Holi Festival of Colors in Spanish Fork. DANA IVINS
  • RAINBOW CELEBRATION—Holi celebrants joyfully paint themselves at Hindu festival. DANA IVINS
  • HUT! HUT! HUT!—ROTC teams compete in Ranger Challenge at Camp Williams. ALISON OSTLER. Story
  • SNOWBARD JAM—Boarders show their stuff on the Quad during Entrepreneur Week. CASSIDEE J. CLINE. Story
  • SNOWBOARD TRICKS as hotdoggers show off on the Quad during Entrepreneur Week. CASSIDEE J. CLINE. Story
  • WINTER A and the American flag over a snowy USU campus. WHITNEY PETERSON
  • QUADVIEW—A springtime view of the USU Quad and Old Main from atop the business building.
  • PRESS CONFERENCE—USU President Stan Albrecht briefing journalism students. CHRIS ROMRIELL. Story
  • HIGH-HEELIN’ IT—Men in high heels and their female supporters walk a mile to protest sex abuse. TY ROGERS
  • ELK PICNIC—Elk and humans mingle at the winter refuge at Blacksmith Fork's Hardware Ranch. CARESA ALEXANDER. Story

Awards

About the awards:

The Mark of Excellence Awards annually honor the best in student journalism. The awards offer 45 categories for print, radio, television and online collegiate journalism. USU’s entries compete against colleges and universities throughout Region 9, which comprises Colorado, Wyoming, Utah and New Mexico. Winners automatically are entered in the national competition sponsored by the Society of Professional Journalists.

2013 Region 9 Mark of Excellence

2008 Region 9 Mark of Excellence:

Online Feature Reporting
Third Place: Ashley Schiller

Best All-Around Independent Online Student Publication
First Place: Hard News Cafe, Utah State University

2007 Region 9 Mark of Excellence:

Online News Reporting
First Place: David Sweeney, Utah State University, Bee disorder in two dozen states misses Utah so far
Second Place: David Sweeney, Utah State University, Enjoy the mayo in your life
Third Place: Alison Baugh, Utah State University, Nibley’s explosive growth an opportunity for some, an uneasy feeling for others

Online Feature Reporting
First Place: Miriah Griffith, Utah State University, A woman in a wheelchair redirects a routine Saturday morning
Second Place: Jen Beasley, Utah State University, Mashall Thompson standing up for truth
Third Place: Devin Felix, Utah State University, Motorcycles in the foyer, pews on the floor

Online In-Depth Reporting
First Place: Rebekah Bradway, Utah State University, Targeting the odd woman out
Second Place: Trevor C. Brasfield, Utah State University, Nine explosions and three purple hearts
Third Place: Coy Jack Whittier, Utah State University, Groups form to increase awareness of world’s worst humanitarian disaster

Online Sports Reporting
Second Place: Christy Jensen, Utah State University, Know your rock before you climb — or suffer the consequences

Online Opinion & Commentary
First Place: Jacob S. Fulmer, Utah State University
Second Place: Jen Beasley, Utah State University,
Third Place: Rebekah Bradway, Utah State University,

Best All-Around Independent Online Student Publication
First Place: Hard News Cafe, Utah State University

2006 Region 9 Mark of Excellence:

Online News Reporting
First Place: Brooke M. Barker, Utah State University, “ABC’s Extreme Makeover Home Edition Surprises Logan Family”
Second Place: Rebekah Bradway, Utah State University, “Paradise Development Study”
Third Place: Brooke M. Barker, Utah State University, “And the Walls Come Tumbling Down”

Online Feature Reporting
First Place: Ranae Bangerter, Utah State University, “Domestic Violence All Too Common at Holidays”
Second Place: Kathryn Kemp, Utah State University, “Student With Cancer Says ‘So Much Good’ Has Happened Through His Worst Trial”

Online Opinion & Commentary
First Place: Kathryn Kemp, Utah State University, “Columns” (link opens the first in a series of columns)

2005 Region 9 Mark of Excellence:

Online News Reporting
• First Place: Shauna L. Leavitt, Utah State University, “A thousand gather to honor USU teacher and students killed in crash,” Hard News Café.
• Second Place: Mikaylie Kartchner, Utah State University, “Water limiting factor for growth in Valley,” Hard News Café.

Online Feature Reporting
• First Place: Emma Lucy Tippetts, Utah State University, “Gay and out in the Beehive,” Hard News Café.
• Second Place: Brad Plothow, Utah State University, “Wal-Mart controversy swirls at USU,” Hard News Café.
• Third Place: Brooke Nelson, Utah State University, “The sky’s the limit at hands-on hobby shop,” Hard News Café.

Online In-Depth Reporting
• First Place: Jeremy Call Wilkins, Utah State University, “Some Logan residents worried about Wal-Mart’s new supercenter,” Hard News Café.
• Second Place: Brooke Nelson, Utah State University, “Is Internet blogging here to stay?” Hard News Café.
• Third Place: Brad Plothow, Utah State University, “Deer-vehicle collisions may rise as temperatures fall,” Hard News Café.

Online Sports Reporting
• First Place: Brad Plothow, Utah State University, “Former Aggie Spencer Nelson vying for spot on Jazz roster,” Hard News Café. FINALIST, NATIONAL COMPETITION — one of top three stories in this category in the United States.

Online Opinion & Commentary
• First Place: Megan Maughan Roe, Utah State University, “Commentaries,” Hard News Café. FINALIST, NATIONAL COMPETITION — one of top three entries in this category in the United States.

Best All-Around Independent Online Student Publication
• First Place: Staff, Utah State University, Hard News Café

2004 Region 9 Mark of Excellence:

First Place: Best All-Around Independent Online Student Publication.

Online Feature stories:

First place: Denise Albiston, Serpentine tank trap at the gate just the tip of post-9/11 security at Hill Air Force Base

Second place: Doan Nguyen, He wrote ‘BER’ on the ‘BAR’ sign, and has been cutting hair ever since

Third place: Doan Nguyen, USU students ‘taste the joy’ as yoga classes bloom in Logan

2004 Region 9 Mark of Excellence:

First Place: Best All-Around Independent Online Student Publication.

Online Feature stories:

First place: Denise Albiston, Serpentine tank trap at the gate just the tip of post-9/11 security at Hill Air Force Base

Second place: Doan Nguyen, He wrote ‘BER’ on the ‘BAR’ sign, and has been cutting hair ever since

Third place: Doan Nguyen, USU students ‘taste the joy’ as yoga classes bloom in Logan

2003 Region 9 Mark of Excellence:

First Place: Best All-Around Independent Online Student Publication.

Online General News:

Third Place — Shanna Nielsen, “Security that kept some JFK files secret also
spread outrageous rumors, Hall says
.”

Online Feature Writing:

Second Place — Shanna Nielsen, “Popular yoga classes have students striking a
pose for mental, physical health
.”

Third Place — Shanna Nielsen, “USU students learn ethnography in Peru
includes bug bites, surfing, salsa
.”

Online Sports Writing:

First Place — Earl D. Scott, “Never mind the bruises — new women’s hockey
team looking forward to aggressive play
.”

Second Place — Earl D. Scott, “‘We’re ready to sweat,’ new USU women’s
basketball coach vows
.”

Third Place — Earl D. Scott, “Being in the WAC means more fame, fortune.”

2002 SPJ National Mark of Excellence:

Online In-Depth Reporting:

Second Place – Marie Griffin and Joseph M. Dougherty, “Unpopular column brings Tremonton student fame, grief.”

Online Opinion and Commentary:

Second Place – Leon D’souza, “War games: Making sense of the conflict over war with Iraq,” “What you (and Mr. Bush) ought to know before attacking Iraq.”

2002 SPJ Region 9 Mark of Excellence:

Honorable Mention: Best All-Around Independent Online Student Publication.

Online General News Reporting:

Third Place – Bryan Seeley, “When JCOM students talk, nation’s media are all ears for Earbags.”

Online Feature Reporting:

First Place – Lindsey Blau, “JJ – Heather Christensen’s ‘incredible privilege’
and challenge of a lifetime
.”

Second Place – Andrea N. King, “Milkman: It’s all about time and speed as Jay Jeppson works all night, then heads to class.”

Third Place – Melanie Steele, “Living with Glaucoma: An appreciation of sight.”

Online In-Depth Reporting:

First Place – Marie Griffin and Joseph M. Dougherty, “Unpopular column brings
Tremonton student fame, grief
.”

Second Place – Kari Gray, “No arms? No worries, as teacher and motivational speaker walks the walk and talks the talk.”

Online Sports Reporting:

Third Place – Landon Olson, “Crosbie steps from player to assistant coach of
USU volleyball team
.”

Online Opinion and Commentary:

First Place – Leon D’Souza, “War games: Making sense of the conflict over war with Iraq,” “What you (and Mr. Bush) ought to know before attacking Iraq.”

2001 SPJ National Mark of Excellence:

National Finalist, Best All-Around Independent Online Student Publication.

National Winner – Online Feature Reporting, Ruth Turner, “Breaking the cycle of delinquency: Therapy, talking, working schooling… and bobbing chicken heads.”

National Finalist – Online General News Reporting, Holli Gunnell, “USU student finds bacteria gene that repairs damage from sun.”

National Finalist – Online Opinion and Commentary, Leon D’Souza, “Is India falling through the Net?” “News analysis: Chaos is king in Afghanistan, and thus it ever was,” “To counter terrorism, America needs a broader defense agenda.”


2001 SPJ Region 9 Mark of Excellence
:

First Place, Best All-Around Independent Online Student Publication

Online Spot News Reporting:

First Place – Leon Paul D’Souza and Will Bettmann, “Ogden awaits word on possible anthrax contamination; governor urges vigilance and common sense.

Third Place – Leon Paul D’Souza and Will Bettmann, “USU Muslims condemn
terrorist attack
.”

Online General News Reporting:

First Place – Holli Gunnell, “USU student finds bacteria gene that repairs damage from sun.”

Second Place – Leon Paul D’Souza and Will Bettmann, “Terrorists who attacked the United States not representative of Islam: Logan Muslims speak out.

Online Feature Reporting:

First Place – Ruth Turner, “Breaking the cycle of delinquency: Therapy, talking, working, schooling . . . and bobbing chicken heads.”

Second Place – Marcie Young, “Night patrol: Loooong stretches of routine punctuated by moments of pure adrenaline.”

Third Place – Elizabeth Scully, “Grandpa Still Rocks.”

Online In-Depth Reporting:

Third Place – Marcie Young, “Movies’ seductive lie tells men that to be real, they must be tough.”

Online Opinion and Commentary:

First Place – Leon D’Souza, “Is India falling through the Net?,” “News analysis: Chaos is king in Afghanistan, and thus it ever was,” “To counter terrorism, America needs a broader defense agenda.”

Second Place – Matthew Flitton, “Victory — or is it just a cease-fire? — declared in the dog poop war,” “Banning tobacco is feasible and preferable to the continued slow march of death.”

Third Place – Elizabeth Scully, “A pas de deux with Moonlight Buttress: Three days of flirting with eternity.”