Students' work advances to national journalism competition

April 12, 2021

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Work by four Penn State students was selected as the best — regional winners that advanced to the national competition — in the Region 1 Mark of Excellence Awards.

Those winners of the competition, part of the Society of Professional Journalists’ Mark of Excellence, were:

The national competition will be conducted in September. Region 1 comprises central and eastern Pennsylvania as well as eight other states — Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island and Vermont.

In addition to the four winners, the work of eight other Penn State students was selected as a finalist in the competition. Those students (Riffe was a winner and a finalist) were:

  •  Nico Boyd — Photo Illustration, “Dizzying Reaction”
  •  Josie Chen — COVID-19: Video Coverage,  “Paralympics Postponed”
  •  Cameron Gregory — Television Feature Reporting, “Pregnancy During Pandemic”
  •  David Eckert — Online Sports Reporting, “The Old Freshmen”
  •  Jack Hirsh — Television Sports Reporting, “Stephen Beattie: Penn State’s Basketball’s Glue Guy"
  •  Jack Hirsh — Online Digital Sports Videography, “Penn State Golf Seniors Moving Forward After Lost Season”
  •  Lily LaRegina — COVID-19 Coverage: Photo, "A New Normal"
  •  Jordan Pietrafitta — Feature Photography, “Their Night to Shine”
  •  Noah Riffe — Breaking News Photography, “Kitchen Mess”
  •  Josh Starr — Television Sports Reporting, “Allergic to Outside"
Last Updated June 02, 2021