Society of Professional Journalists – Region 2 Announces Mark of Excellence Winners

MAY 2, 2002 (WASHINGTON, DC): The GW Hatchet won seven awards, including three 1st places, recently from the Society of Professional Journalists’ Region 2 Mark of Excellence competition for 2001 student media. Winners were honored April 27th in Fredericksburg, VA, at the Region 2 SPJ Conference sponsored by the Virginia SPJ Pro Chapter.

The Hatchet’s student staff won awards for General Column Writing (by it’s fall Opinions Editor), On-line Spot News Reporting (by it’s Managing editor, spring Opinions editor and Sr. News editor), as well as a total of five awards in the four photography categories: Spot News, General News, Feature, and Sports Photography (by it’s two Photo editors).

Pulliam Fellowship Awarded to Hatchet editorGraduating editor-in-chief Russell Rizzo was awarded one of 20 prestigious Pulliam Fellowships by the Pulliam foundation this spring. Russell has been placed as a Business & Economics Reporter with the Indianapolis Star this summer.

SPJ Awards:
“Outstanding examples of college journalism were judged by professional journalists in Region 2, which includes Delaware, Maryland, the District of Columbia, Virginia and North Carolina. First_, second_ and third_place awards and honorable mentions were chosen from about 260 entries in 41 newspaper, magazine, photography, online, radio and TV categories. Region 2 first_place winners go on to be judged at the national level with first_place winners from all over the country,” states the spj/virginia chapter web site.

Schools participating in the contest included:Towson University
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
University of Maryland
James Madison University
American University
Virginia Wesleyan College
Howard University
University of Virginia
George Washi0ngton University
Wake Forest University
Mary Washington College
North Carolina Central University in Durham, N.C.
University of North Carolina at Charlotte

NEWSPAPERS
Category 3: General Column Writing
3rd place (tie): Drew Holland, The GW Hatchet, George Washington University

PHOTOGRAPHY
Category 16: Spot News Photography
2nd place: Grant Wernick, The GW Hatchet, George Washington University
3rd place: Michael Itti, The GW Hatchet, George Washington University

Category 17: General News Photography
1st place: Grant Wernick, The GW Hatchet, George Washington University

Category 18: Feature Photography
1st place: Michael Itti, The GW Hatchet, George Washington University

Category 20: Sports Photography
3rd place: Michael Itti, The GW Hatchet, George Washington University

ONLINE
Category 36: Online Spot News Reporting
1st place: Jason Steinhardt, Jason Safdie and Kate Stepan, www.gwhatchet.com, George Washington University

SOURCE: www.spj.org/virginia

The GW Hatchet is the twice weekly student newspaper for The George Washington University community. Founded in 1904 the Hatchet was incorporated as an independent, non-profit corporation in 1993. It will celebrate it’s 100th anniversary year starting in May 2003.

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