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Robertson School students honored as national finalists in SPJ Awards

Apr 30, 2019

Posted in: News

By Marcus Messner, Ph.D., Associate Director

VCU Insight was honored as a national finalist for the 2018 Mark of Excellence Awards in the category "Best All-Around News Magazine."

The Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) has honored the VCU Insight news show and a student reporting team from the VCU Capital News Service as national finalists for its 2018 Mark of Excellence Awards.

The Robertson School's student-produced news show was runner-up to Penn State University in the category of "Best All-Around News Magazine" and shared the honor as a national finalist with Arizona State University. The Fall 2018 classes for the news show were taught by broadcast journalism faculty Dr. Tim Bajkiewicz and Dr. Mallory Perryman as well as Gary Gillam, the Robertson School's Audio and Video Lab Supervisor. 

CNS reporters George Copeland Jr. and Thomas Jett were honored for this story as national finalists for the 2018 Mark of Excellence Awards in the category "Online Feature Reporting."

Capital News Service reporters George Copeland Jr. and Thomas Jett were national finalists for their story “Virginia communities, legislators breathe new life into preserving black cemeteries” in the category "Online Feature Reporting." The story was reported as part of their Spring 2018 capstone class, which was taught by digital journalism faculty members Professor Jeff South and Dr. Karen McIntyre as well as adjunct professor Tom Kapsidelis. The VCU team was runner-up to a team from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and shared the honor with a student from the University of Oklahoma.

Earlier this month, VCU student journalists, most of them mass communications majors of the Robertson School, already received 17 honors in the SPJ Mark of Excellence competition for the mid-Atlantic region.

Watch VCU Insight on the news show's YouTube channel and read stories from the Capital News Service on its website.