Cedars staff members combined to win eight awards for their work during 2014 in the Society of Professional Journalists Mark of Excellence regional competition. The awards were presented Saturday at the regional conference at Ohio University.
Photographer Jillian Philyaw placed first in two categories, feature photography and general news photography. Reporters Lauren Eissler, Emily Finlay and Madison Troyer won the in-depth reporting category for a package of stories about the costs of accreditation. Jon Gallardo won the sports writing category for a feature story about soccer and basketball player Connor Scott.
The winners will be entered in SPJ’s national competition against the winners from the other 11 regions. Cedars won five regional awards last year and earned first place for an in-depth report in the national competition.
Cedars competes in the small-school division against schools with enrollments of fewer than 10,000. Cedars’ eight awards were the most in its category. The region includes schools in Ohio, Michigan, West Virginia and western Pennsylvania.
SPJ also recognizes up to two finalists in each category. Cedars’ other four awards were considered finalists:
- Jillian Philyaw: Sports photography
- Tianle Li: Feature photography
- Kari Morris: Feature writing for a story about changing perspectives on alcohol
- Staff: In-depth reporting package about pursuing grad school
In February, Cedars won the Ohio Newspaper Association contest as the best non-daily student newspaper in the state for the third straight year.