Twenty Penn State entries selected as SPJ regional finalists

March 10, 2020

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Twenty entries from Penn State students were selected as regional finalists in the Region 1 Mark of Excellence Awards.

Winners of the competition, part of the Society of Professional Journalists’ Mark of Excellence, will be announced March 20-21 during the region’s spring conference.

Penn State’s finalists, two group efforts and 18 individuals, are:

  • Centre County Report in Puerto Rico” — Best All-Around TV News Magazine
  • “Centre County Report” — Best All-Around TV Newscast
  • Danielle Dindak — TV Feature Reporting
  • Jillian Ford — TV In-Depth Reporting
  • Brandon Pelter — TV Sports Reporting
  • Courtney Guiry — Broadcast News Videography
  • Will Desautelle — Broadcast Sports Videography
  • Eric Johnson — Broadcast News Videography
  • Clair Going — Online/Digital Feature Videography
  • Maria Valdisera — Online/Digital Feature Videography
  • Matt Lingerman — Online/Digital Sports Videography
  • Tyler King — Online Sports Reporting
  • Allison Rambler — General News Photography
  • Ken Minamoto – Feature Photography
  • James Leavy — Sports Photography
  • Caitlin Lee – Sports Photography
  • Noah Riffe — Sports Photography
  • Elena Rose – In-Depth Reporting
  • David Eckert – Online Sports Reporting
  • Will Derry – Podcast

Top finishers from each of SPJ’s 12 regions then advance to the national competition.

Last Updated March 21, 2020