Newhouse Students Win 10 SPJ Mark of Excellence Awards

Newhouse students had a great showing at the Society of Professional Journalists’ (SPJ) Mark of Excellence Awards with 10 winners and 17 finalists in the regional contest honoring work from the past year.

The winners will advance to compete against other SPJ regional winners for the national Mark of Excellence Awards announced this summer.


Best Independent Online Student Publication, Winner: “Infodemic,” Infodemic Staff

Best Ongoing Student Magazine, Winner: Moody Magazine, Moody Staff

Finalist: Jerk, Jerk Staff

Feature Writing (Large Schools), Finalist: “How Gen Z became the face of skincare marketing,” Jenny DeStefano, The NewsHouse

Sports Writing (Large Schools), Finalist: “Colleges lacks resources for addiction to online sports gambling,” Lizzy Reardon, The NewsHouse

Best Affiliated Web Site, Finalist: Zipped, Zipped Staff

Finalist: Moody Magazine, Moody Magazine Staff


Photo Essay/Slideshow, Winner: “Southside footsteps”, Xinning Li, The NewsHouse, 

Photo Illustration, Winner: “Fresh Squeezed Sports Podcast” covers, Cole Ross, The NewsHouse

Finalist: Doechii live in concert, Maxine Wallace, The NewsHouse

Feature Videography, Winner: “Kay & Mal,” Collin Bell, The NewsHouse

Finalist: “Dandelion,” Wendy Wang, The NewsHouse

Breaking News Photography, Finalist: “Take Back the Night,” Bennett Hense, The NewsHouse

Sports Photography, Finalist: “Flippin’ football,” Kayla Breen, The NewsHouse


Radio In-Depth Reporting, Winner: “How museums can misrepresent people and cultures,” Charles Sirey, WAER/Infodemic

Finalist: “Phone scammers wreak havoc on Americans and their wallets,” Alejandro Rosales, WAER/Infodemic

Radio Sports Reporting, Winner: “Playing for something bigger,” Jordan Leonard, WAER

Radio News Reporting, Finalist: “Hidden identity,” Ronnie Parrillo, NCC News

Podcast (Conversational), Finalist: “To tell the truth: An NCC News Spotlight podcast,” Jared Johnston; Zach Goldman; Jack Oberlander; Kamryn Page, NCC News Spotlight Team


Television Breaking News Reporting, Winner: “Pro-Palestinian protestors gather at Syracuse University,” Peyton Spellacy, CitrusTV

Television General News Reporting, Winner: “Syracuse reacts to controversial speaker,” Nicole Aponte, CitrusTV

Finalist: “Zipcar zooms out of Syracuse,” John Perik, NCC News

Television Feature Reporting, Winner: “Miraculous Marathon Meg,” John Perik, CitrusTV

Finalist: “Preaching pride to the choir,” Nicole Aponte, NCC News

Television Sports Reporting, Finalist: “Is Syracuse/Clemson really a rivalry?” Chilekasi Adele, CitrusTV

Best All-Around Television Newscast, Finalist: “CitrusTV News Live at 6,” CitrusTV Staff

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Food/Restaurant Journalism, Finalist: “Full Circle,” Murphy McFarlane, The NewsHouse 

Learn more about the many other Newhouse students who have been recognized so far this spring semester for their outstanding work.