Student-produced piece earns national award

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — A student-produced video segment from a Penn State international reporting class trip to Greece has been selected as the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) 2016 Mark of Excellence Awards national winner in the Television News and Feature category.

Scott Cikowski, a 2016 journalism graduate, earned the award for “Victoria Square.” The piece came from a spring 2016 trip to Athens, Greece, with an international reporting class. In it, Cikowski takes a look at migrants, who are having trouble finding safe, temporary housing outside of refugee camps, and business owners in Athens, who are struggling to deal with the crisis.

Cikowski’s entry had previously earned first place in the SPJ Region 1 Mark of Excellence Awards competition in April before moving on for national consideration. Winners will be recognized during the Excellence in Journalism 2017 event Sept. 7-9 in Anaheim, California.

The awards recognize the best work in college journalism and include categories for print, radio, television and online collegiate journalism. School divisions for the competition were based on enrollment, which includes both graduate and undergraduate students. Penn State competed in the large school division against other programs with at least 10,000 students. 

Last Updated May 31, 2017