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Two Ohio University journalism students pick up dual honors in regional SPJ competition

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Two E.W. Scripps School of Journalism seniors picked up two awards each in the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) Region 4 Mark of Excellence Awards.

Sarah Donaldson from Cranberry Township, Pennsylvania,  excelled in the General News Reporting category for large universities by submitting the finalist and winning stories from her summer internship on the business desk at The Columbus Dispatch. Her winning story, “Nutrition clubs find a place in Columbus,” is about the growth and controversy surrounding nutrition shake clubs. Her finalist story, “Skin color matters,” is about the lack of nonwhite dermatologists in the city.

Joseph Stanichar from Cincinnati, Ohio, repeated his success by taking the top honor in the Video Game/Tabletop Game Reporting category for the second year in a row for his story titled “Meet the all-womxn speedrunners of Fleet Fatales” that was published in Paste magazine. Stanichar was also a finalist in the Cultural Criticism category for a collection of five pieces published in Paste.

“Region 4 is one of the more competitive SPJ regions in the country because of the number of large universities that have long traditions of excellence in their journalism programs,” Nerissa Young, advisor to the Ohio University chapter of SPJ, said. “Our students always represent themselves and the Scripps school well.”

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