Award-Winning Student Media

By Sara J. Martinez

Marquette Journal Cover with photo of student Charlie BuryPeople—I have a big announcement to make!

The Marquette Journal was named “Best Student Magazine” for the second consecutive year by the Society of Professional Journalists 2009 Mark of Excellence awards in Region 6, which includes Wisconsin, Minnesota and North and South Dakota.

Out of more than 3,600 entries, The Journal came away with seven awards—three first place, two second place and two third place achievements.

The magazine proved its strongest suits are feature writing and online blogging, as The Journal swept both categories “Non-Fiction Magazine Article” and “Online Opinion & Commentary.” It proved its strength all-around, taking first in Best Student Magazine, as well.

In non-fiction magazine writing, the blue ribbon went to editor-in-chief Sara J. Martinez for her Spring 2009 story, “The Man, the Mission and the Moon.” Freshman Alex Engler was awarded second place in the same category for October 2009’s “Labeled,” and junior Joey Kimes took third for “A Golden History” from The Journal’s December 2009 magazine. Kimes’ story also took second place for “Best Sports Story” in the Milwaukee Press Club’s 2009 Excellence in Wisconsin Journalism Awards.

In online opinion/commentary, senior Jesse Carpender was recognized for breaking boundaries and won first place for her innovative diversity blog, Spectrum. Junior Patrick Johnson was awarded second place for his pop culture blog, The Popular Opinion. Junior Alise Buehrer took third place for her weekly fashion blog, A’s List. Johnson and Buehrer took first and second place, respectively, for “Best Blog” in the Milwaukee Press Club’s awards.

The Marquette Tribune was also recognized with two third place awards—one for senior Molly Gamble  in general column writing and the other for senior Tim Kraft in sports writing.

First place winners Martinez and Carpender will be entered in SPJ’s national competition. The Journal will also compete against the 11 other regional winners for best student magazine in the nation. Final results will be announced at the 2010 SPJ Convention and National Journalism Convention in Las Vegas in October.

Congrats all! It has been a great year!

Read it on the Marquette Journal’s website.

Sara J. Martinez is a senior journalism major in the Diederich College of Communiaton. She is  currently the editor-in-chief for The Marquette Journal.

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