Northwestern brings home several awards from SPJ

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Northwestern brings home several awards from SPJ

May 11, 2011

 SPJ Award Winners
A group of Northwestern Oklahoma State University students recently attended the Society of Professional Journalists Awards ceremony in Tulsa which led the students to bring home eight awards. Two awards were received on the behalf of employee winners Valarie Case and Marie Kadavy. Charlie Burns, May graduate; Adrian Saldana, Buffalo sophomore; Joe Perez, May graduate; Becky Burke, Oilton senior; Melanie Wilderman and Crystal Herber attended the annual banquet to bring home the accolades.

Northwestern Oklahoma State University mass communication students and employees in the design and photography fields were recognized during the annual Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) ceremony last month in Tulsa.

Award winners never know what they have won until they attend the banquet; they only know they have won something for at least one of the pieces they have submitted.

"Newspaper awards come at the very end after broadcast, public relations and online,” said Melanie Wilderman, Northwestern News adviser. “So we were all so nervous by the time they got to the newspaper categories.”

Katy Reynolds, Elkhart (Kan.) senior and co-editor for the paper, received honorable mention in Sports Photography for “Calf-Roping.”

Charles Burns, May graduate and Northwestern News co-editor, placed third in Feature Page Layout and Design for “How to Create a Home Away from Home.”

Tanner Yeomans, Beaver sophomore and graphic designer for Northwestern News, placed first in Use of Graphic Illustration that went along with the story “Status Update: I Failed My Job Interview.” Yeomans also placed first for the headline “Sugarland sweetens first concert experience.”

Crystal Herber, December 2010 graduate and former editor, was awarded first place for Page One Layout and Design, “Nov. 11, 2010.” This page featured stories about Ranger rodeo in Alva, Ranger Preview and the implementation of campus crosswalks.

“I am incredibly pleased with our awards this year—this year is special as this is the most students who have won in the professional contest at one time since I have been the adviser,” Wilderman said.

“The first place awards are, of course, an amazing honor. However, this is such a major competition against professional publications with so many entries, that any place, honorable mention through first place is a major accomplishment.”

Employees Marie Kadavy, Foundation communications and marketing manager, and Valarie Case, university relations specialist, both received awards during the SPJ ceremony. In the Promotional Material category, Kadavy placed third with the design for “Millennium Club Annual Appeal 2010.”

“I’m pleased that a brochure that has raised scholarship dollars for Northwestern students has also been recognized with an award,” Kadavy said.

“My appreciation goes to Steve Valencia, Dr. Janet Cunningham and the featured students for their assistance.”

Case received third place in General Photography for a photo of Northwestern student Amanda Moyer, Fargo senior, titled “Biochemistry Lab.”