Robertson journalism students win Hearst, VPA, SPJ awards
Apr 15, 2018
Posted in: News
Several journalism students in the VCU Richard T. Robertson School of Media and Culture won awards in three different competitions for their work published in 2017.
Jesse Adcock was honored as a finalist in the Hearst Journalism Awards’ Breaking News Competition for his coverage of the confrontation between white supremacists and counterdemonstrators in Charlottesville on Aug. 12. Adcock wrote the article on deadline in the style of New Journalism. The story placed 12th in the national contest.
Adcock also won two first-place awards in the Virginia Press Association’s 2018 annual news contest for work distributed by VCU’s Capital News Service, a capstone course in the Robertson School’s journalism curriculum, and published in the Commonwealth Times, VCU’s student newspaper.
Adcock's story was honored in the Feature Story Writing category. He also won for General News Photo for a picture (at right) he took at the event.
Two entries by CNS were honored in the Society of Professional Journalists’ 2017 Mark of Excellence competition for Region 2.
- Megan Schiffres won the General News Photography category for a photo accompanying her story “Activists, lawmakers demand Attorney General Sessions resign,” published in the Commonwealth Times.
- Sean Boyce was a finalist in Online Sports Reporting for “VCU drops ball on student-athletes graduation rates,” published by Richmond2Day.com and other CNS clients.
Overall, VCU students received 14 honors in the regional Mark of Excellence contest. Several of the winners were members of the CNS staff:
- Caitlin Barbieri won for best Non-fiction Magazine Article for “African American struggle for freedom & civil rights commemorated in Brown’s Island monument,” published in RVA Mag.
- Zachary Joachim won the Sports Column Writing competition for his Press Box columns in the CT.
- Fadel Allassan was a finalist in General News Reporting for “VCU gave contact information of more than 30,000 students to a progressive political group,” published in the CT. He was also was a finalist in In-depth Reporting for “VCU ‘dreamers’ in limbo awaiting Trump DACA decision,” published in the CT.
- Erin Edgerton was a finalist in Sports Photography for “Rams ground Ospreys in shootout, can’t close Cavaliers,” published in the CT.
- Julie Rothey was a finalist in the Radio Feature category for “Fighting diabetes with outdoor adventure,” aired on WVCW, VCU’s student-run radio station.
The Commonwealth Times was a final for Best All-around Non-daily Student Newspaper; Ink Magazine, a student publication covering fashion, arts and culture, was a finalist for Best Student Magazine; and WVCW was a finalist for Best All-around Radio Newscast.
The awards were presented at SPJ’s Region 2 Spring Conference, held April 14 at the Short Pump Hilton and co-sponsored by the VCU chapter of SPJ.
In the regional competition, VCU students compete against college journalists in Delaware, Maryland, North Carolina, Virginia and Washington, D.C. VCU is in the “large” division, going up against schools with more than 10,000 students. Student journalists could enter in the contest work published or broadcast during calendar year 2017.