Students are regional finalists in six SPJ categories

SPJ_Vertical_WebWashington & Lee journalism students are finalists in six categories of the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) Region 2 annual collegiate journalism competition.

Rockbridge Report, the converged news website of the Department of Journalism and Mass Communications, is again a finalist in the Mark of Excellence Awards for Best Independent Online Student Publication in the small-schools division for institutions with fewer than 10,000 students. Rockbridge Report was 2012′s national winner, and has been a finalist or winner several times over the years.

Senior Logan Nardo is a finalist in two categories for stories he did for WLUR-FM, W&L’s radio station: His story, “Going Local: Naturally Grown Food in Rockbridge,” is a finalist for Radio In-Depth Reporting. His report, “Bull Riding in Raphine,” is a finalist for Radio Feature.

Alex Cummings, Kelly Mae Ross and Katy Stewart, all Class of 2013, are finalists in the Online In-Depth Reporting category for “The State of Health Care in the Rockbridge Area.” They reported, wrote and produced a public website for Journalism 356, In-Depth Reporting.

Two seniors are finalists for stories they reported and wrote while on summer internships: Hamlet Fort’s “Better Food Helps Boost Hospitals’ Bottom Line” in The Tennessean in Nashville, for General News Reporting; and Andy Soergel’s “Chickpeas becoming a hot crop for Virginia farmers” in The Roanoke Times, for Feature Writing.

The winners will be announced March 29 at the SPJ Region 2 conference at Georgetown University in Washington. First-place winners move on to compete for national awards in each category.

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