WOUB, Ohio University Students Recognized By Society Of Professional Journalist Awards

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The Society of Professional Journalists, Region 4 Mark of Excellence Awards, has awarded two first place awards to WOUB student reporters.

First place was awarded to Sandhya Kambhampati, Keara Vickers and Seaira Christian-Daniels in the Television General News Reporting for “Voice of the Voters: Ohio University.” The story was featured on Washington Week with Gwen Ifill’s website during the 2012 presidential election. 

Taylor Mirfendereski was awarded a first place award in the Television In-Depth Reporting
 category for “Researchers Investigate Links Between Fracking And Water Contamination.” 

The package investigates the possibility of links between water contamination and hydraulic fracturing, known as ‘fracking.’ Mirfendereski talks with both community members who claim their water was contaminated due to fracking in the area and to oil company representatives who believe there is no connection between the two. The package was a part of a call in program Newswatch Indepth: Fracking Frenzy that aired on WOUB in February 2012.

The Society of Professional Journalists Region 4 Mark of Excellence Awards recognized several Ohio University students and organizations including:  


In-Depth Reporting (Large)

Third Place: “Underage Drinking” by Alex Stuckey, Ohio University

Feature Writing (Large)

Second Place: “Excuse me, sir, I mustache you about your beard” by Allan Smith, Ohio University
Third Place: “Clearing the smoke around hookah” by Lindsay Friedman, Ohio University

Sports Writing (Large)

Third Place: “Beyond Disability” by Lindsay Friedman, Ohio University

General Column Writing (Large)

First Place: Rebecca McKinsey, Ohio University

Second Place: Joe Fox, Ohio University


Best Student Magazine 

First Place: Southeast Ohio Magazine, Ohio University


Feature Photography (Large)

Second Place: “Enduring Spring: Nathan’s Fight” by Daniel Owen, Ohio University


Television General News Reporting

First Place: “Voice of the Voters: Ohio University” by Sandhya Kambhampati, Keara Vickers and Seaira Christian-Daniels, Ohio University

Television In-Depth Reporting

First Place: “Researchers Investigate Links Between Fracking And Water Contamination” by Taylor Mirfendereski, Ohio University


Online In-Depth Reporting (Large)

Third Place: “Lebanon’s pile of corruption and years of neglect” by Kaylyn R. Hlavaty, Ohio University