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Robertson journalism students win Hearst, VPA, SPJ awards

Apr 15, 2018

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By Jeff South, Associate Professor

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.

General News Photo winner of the 2017 Charlottesville riot triggered by white supremacists by VCU Robertson School student Jesse Adcock from the 2018 Va. Press Association awards.
General News Photo winner of the 2017 Charlottesville riot triggered by white supremacists by VCU Robertson School student Jesse Adcock from the 2018 Va. Press Association awards.

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.

Overall, VCU students received 14 honors in the regional Mark of Excellence contest. Several of the winners were members of the CNS staff:

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.