Huskers advance in the Society of Professional Journalists Awards

Sunday, March 20, 2022 - 8:00am

Huskers were named finalists in 19 categories of the Society of Professional Journalists Region 7 Mark of Excellence Awards. The finalists are:

Category Entrant(s) Major Year Hometown Entry
Arts/Fashion Journalism

Jillian Lamkins


Broadcasting, Sports Media & Communication

Junior Apple Valley, Minnesota A Song A Day
Best Affiliated Web Site    

Nebraska News Service  

Nebraska News Service
Best All-Around Television Newscast  

Nebraska Nightly      

Nebraska Nightly
Best Independent Online Student Publication

UNLimited Sports Magazine staff, Fall 2021    

UNLimited Sports Magazine
Best Student Magazine

Climate Change Nebraska magazine staff

Climate Change Nebraska Magazine
Best Use of Multimedia

Samantha Hargens

Journalism Senior Raymond, Nebraska Wood River continues recovery from 2019 flooding

Lena Nelson

Journalism, Fisheries and Wildlife Senior Davey, Nebraska

Riley Tolan-Keig

Journalism Senior Papillion, Nebraska
Feature Writing

Nick McConnell

Broadcasting, Journalism Junior Lincoln, Nebraska Being Black in Lincoln: Albert Maxey recalls his days walking the beat
Food/Restaurant Journalism

Will Sleddens

Journalism Senior Omaha, Nebraska Restaurant Staffing Issues
General News Reporting

Alayna Verduyn 

Broadcasting Senior Clive, Iowa COVID Curtains for Musicals
In-Depth Reporting

Abby Barmore

Sports Media and Communication Senior Lincoln, Nebraska If you can see it, you can be it: How volleyball in Nebraska created a cycle of greatness

Jolie Peal

Journalism, Broadcasting Junior Omaha, Nebraska State of Waste

Emma Krab

Journalism, English Junior Ogallala, Nebraska

Anne Gallagher

Broadcasting Junior Omaha, Nebraska

Geoff Exstrom

Broadcasting, Sports Media and Communication Senior Kearney, Nebraska
Radio Feature  

Kateri Hartman    

Advertising and Public Relations, Journalism


Wahoo, Nebraska

Battle of the Joshes: How an internet meme raised over $13,000 for the Children’s Hospital and Medic

Chase Porter

Broadcasting May 2021 graduate Lincoln, Nebraska
Radio In-Depth Reporting

Luke Weidner

Advertising and Public Relations, Journalism Senior Norfolk, Nebraska The Red Zone - Sexual Assault at UNL
Radio News Reporting

Damon Barr

Broadcasting May 2021 graduate Lincoln, Nebraska Nebraska bill seeks to raise minimum wage to $20
Sports Writing

Grant Hansen

Broadcasting, Sports Media and Communication Junior Omaha, Nebraska Kevin Kugler is the everywhere man
Television Feature Reporting

Ty Hawkins   

Broadcasting Senior Yankton, South Dakota Basement Creators Network
Television General News Reporting    

Nathan Bacon

Broadcasting Senior Lincoln, Nebraska Crescent Moon Adapts Following Pandemic
Television In-Depth Reporting  

Kloee Sander

Broadcasting Junior Lincoln, Nebraska 2021 Nebraska Harvest
Television Sports Reporting  

Blake Aerni

Broadcasting, Sports Media and Communication Junior Shawnee, Kansas Omaha North Playoff Run

The winners will be announced at the annual Society of Professional Journalists Region 7 conference in Wichita, Kansas, on April 9. 

The Society of Professional Journalists Mark of Excellence Awards honors the best in student journalism. Entries are first judged at the regional level. Region 7, which covers Nebraska, also includes Iowa, Kansas and Missouri. First-place regional winners will advance to the national competition. 

The contest is open to anyone enrolled in a U.S. or international college or university in 2021. Entries are judged by professionals with at least three years of journalism experience.


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