Communication and Theatre

PLU Wins 13 Mark of Excellence Awards, Six for First Place

Society of Professional Journalist Awards

Photo from left to right: Mast Media staff members Alison Haywood '14, Sam Horn '15, Storm Gerlock '14, Ashley Gill '15, Leah Traxel '14, Jessica Trondsen '14.

Lutes at the Region 10 Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) Mark of Excellence (MOE) Awards did not leave the Portland, Ore. conference empty-handed. They took home 13 SPJ MOEs, including six first place winners. These six entries competed against other regional winners in the same category for consideration of a national. Bjorn Slater scored a national win for his piece, “Accounting for Dummies,” in the division for General Column Writing in the Small School Division.

Five regional first place winners come from PLU’s Mast Media team. Alison Haywood ’14, won in the in-depth reporting category for her comprehensive look at sexual assault cases at PLU. Bjorn Slater ’15, won in the general columns category at the regional and national level for his financial advice columns, “Accounting for Dummies.” Jesse Major ’14, won in the sports photography category for his photo of the men’s cross country team. Sam Horn ’15, won for his sports feature on fellow Lute Bobby Daly. The pieces were featured in various issues of The Mooring Mast. Shannon McClain ’16, won for her Mast Student Television news package on Garfield Book Company. 

Heather Perry ’13, JuliAnne Rose ‘13 and Andrea Capere ‘14 also took first place in regionals for television in-depth reporting for their MediaLab documentary, “Beyond Burkas and Bombers.”

Mast Media placed in five finalist categories as well. The newspaper and television station’s shared website, mastmedia.plu.edu, was a finalist for the best affiliated website category. Jessica Trondsen ’14, placed for her Mast Student Television feature on PLU’s Night of Musical Theatre. Alum Brandon Adam ’13, placed in sports television reporting for his profile on Taryn Dee. The staff of Mast Student Television’s weekly news broadcast News @ Nine won for their November 14 episode. Sam Horn ’15, was also a finalist in the sports feature category for his Mooring Mast profile on Frosty Westering.

LuteTimes was a finalist in two categories: best independent online student publication and online in-depth reporting, for its coverage of contingent faculty’s struggle to unionize.