Society of Professional JournalistsUO School of Journalism and Communication (SOJC) students continue to collect accolades around the nation. This time, multiple SOJC students won 2015 Mark of Excellence Awards from the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ).

The SPJ, a national advocacy organization for journalists, is devoted to encouraging ethical practice of journalism and to defending the press’ First Amendment rights. Originally founded in 1909 as the honorary Sigma Delta Chi, the organization also works to promote, inspire and educate young journalists through networking and professional development.

Each year, SPJ honors the best in student journalism by giving the Mark of Excellence Awards to students who do outstanding work.

SOJC seniors Nicolas Walcott, Dana Bredeweg and Chloe Huckins won a Mark of Excellence for an episode of the OPB series “NW Stories” called “Artist and ‘Bug Guy,’ Christopher Marley.”

“I am very grateful to have all of these tools and resources available at the SOJC,” Walcott said. “Getting on OPB has been a goal of mine for a while now. The fact that professors like Ed Madison are working so hard to get students’ work published is invaluable. This video was only possible with the hard work that several SOJC students put into it. I was really lucky to be able to work with such talented people who take pride in the work that they do.”

The SOJC’s 2015 SPJ Mark of Excellence Award winners are:


Reporting: “NW Stories” episode “Artist and ‘Bug Guy,’ Christopher Marley,” by Nicolas Walcott, Dana Bredeweg and Chloe Huckins


Best Digital-Only Student Publication: OR Magazine Spring 2015 issue, by Fahmo Mohammed, Kyle Hentschel and staff of OR Magazine

Best Independent Online Student Publication: Cuba Creatives, by staff of Cuba Creatives

Best Use of Multimedia: “Out of the shadows: Cuban improv actor Carlos Borbon,” by Garrett Guinn Dana Bredeweg Andrew Spangler

First-place winners advance to a national competition and will be recognized at the SPJ “Excellence in Journalism” Convention in New Orleans, Louisiana, Sept. 18-20, 2016.

Congratulations to our SOJC winners!

Story by Nikki Kesaris ’18