J-School students win several regional SPJ Awards

UM J-School students added to their collection of awards from the Society of Professional Journalists this weekend. The school can boast of several winners and finalists from the region 10 SPJ Mark of Excellence awards.

“We at the J-School know our students are outstanding, but it’s wonderful to have a group like SPJ confirm just how amazing they are,” said Dean Larry Abramson. “These awards make Dean Stone week that much sweeter. Congratulations to everyone.”

Region 10 includes Montana, Alaska, Idaho, Washington and Oregon. With more than 10,000 students, UM competes in the “Large” school categories. First-place winners will move on to the national Mark of Excellence competition among category winners from the 12 SPJ regions.


  • Louise Johns – Ranching in the American West – Feature Photography
  • Brea Gaudioso – Still Standing – Feature Writing
  • Hunter Pauli – The Western Cannon – General Column Writing
  • Jesse Flickinger – Fourth and 26 – Sports Column Writing
  • Native News Project Team 2014 – Driving forces, Innovation on Montana’s reservations – Best Independent Online Student Publication
  • Madelyn Beck – Feasting on roadkill – Radio Feature
  • Madelyn Beck – Feasting on roadkill – Radio News Reporting
  • UM Advanced Video Storytelling Class Fall 2014 – Montana Journal: Ethnic flavors – Television In-Depth Reporting
  • Ed Huberman – University buildings fuel construction jobs – Television News and Feature Photography
  • Jenna Heberden, Cole Havens – Softball field construction – Television Sports Photography


  • Gracie Ryan – Same-sex marriage 05 – General News Photography
  • Ian Marynwsku – Hurling in the sky – Sports Photography
  • Zeno Wicks – Three avalance victims alive, being treated at St. Patrick Hospital – Breaking News Reporting
  • Brea Gaudioso, Courtney Anderson – Moving along – Feature Writing
  • Jake Iverson – Jake’s Take – General Column Writing
  • Brea Gaudioso – The divestment debate – In-Depth Reporting
  • Zeno Wicks – A freak of nature – In-Depth Reporting
  • Jesse Flickinger – No sleep: The education of Keron DeShields – Sports Writing
  • Andy Bixler – From scratch: Montana’s building a softball program from the ground up – Sports Writing
  • Bjorn Bergeson, Elliot Natz – Split decisions – Online News Reporting
  • Nate Hegyi – Capturing Montana’s elk – Radio Feature
  • Mackenzie Enich, Ed Huberman – University buildings fuel construction jobs – Television General News Reporting
  • Allison Molin, Cole Havens – Mysterious odor – Television General News Reporting
  • UM Student Documentary Class 2014 – Distracted: Eyes off the road – Television In-Depth Reporting
  • UM Intermediate Video Photography Class Fall 2014 – Business made in Montana #2101 – Television In-Depth Reporting
  • Allison Molin – Hurling championship – Television Sports Photography
  • Cole Havens, Jenna Heberden – Softball field construction – Television Sports Reporting

- posted on 04/14/15 -