The University of Nebraska–Lincoln earned multiple awards from the Society of Professional Journalists at the Regions 5 and 7 Spring Conference April 26 in St. Louis, Mo.

The Mark of Excellence Awards honor the best of collegiate journalism from a calendar year.

SPJ’s Region 7 comprises Iowa, Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska. First-place winners will move on to the national MOE competition among category winners from the 12 SPJ regions.

National winners will be notified in the late spring and will be recognized at Excellence in Journalism 2013 (EIJ13) in Southern California, Aug. 24 to 26.

The awards are judged by professionals with at least three years of journalism experience.
The awards honor the best in student journalism. As such, judges were directed to choose only those entries that they felt were outstanding work worthy of such an honor. If the judges determined that none of the entries rose to the level of excellence, no award was given. Any category not listed has no winner.

School divisions are based on student enrollment, which includes both graduate and undergraduate enrollment: Large schools have more than 10,000 students, medium have 9,999 to 5,001 students, and small have fewer than 5,000 students.

Founded in 1909 as Sigma Delta Chi, SPJ promotes the free flow of information vital to a well-informed citizenry; works to inspire and educate the next generation of journalists; and protects First Amendment guarantees of freedom of speech and press. For more information about SPJ, please visit

UNL’s winners are listed below. Please direct any MOE Awards questions to Director of Awards Lauren Rochester: and 317.927.8000 ext. 210.

First place




  • Breaking News Photography (Large)
    Warrior Dash” by Anna Reed
    Omaha World-Herald 

Second place



  • General News Photography (Large): 

    “Grieving” by Andrew Dickinson, Omaha World-Herald
  • Feature Photography (Large):
    Color Me Rad” by Anna Reed, Omaha World-Herald


Third place


 “Election preview series” by Lanny Holstein, KRNU FM