Journalism Student Awards

Student Awards

Our students have changed and influenced global society by collaborating with expert faculty that includes Fulbright Scholars, Pulitzer Prize winners and top professionals.


Michigan Association of Broadcasters (MAB) Broadcast Excellence Awards

College TV Station of the Year, Focal Point

Television Current Event Program

Television Daily Newscast

  • Second Place: Focal Point News 10-26-18, Tony Black (JRN), Griffin Stroin (JRN), Gretchen Nowroozi (JRN), Claire Postelli (JRN)

Television Daily Sportscast

Television Digital Media Experience

Television Documentary

  • Honorable Mention: Bags to Butterflies, Kendall Westfield, Olivia Hoover with journalism mentors

Television Hard News

Television News Feature

Television Public Service Announcement

Television Sports Announcing Team

Radio Daily Newscast/News Feature

Radio Digital Media Experience

  • Second Place: Impact 89FM Digital Media 2018, Andrew Herner, Ean Montague, Maeve O'Dowd, Stephanie Stapert

On-Air Personality or Team

  • Honorable Mention: Green and White Report - Find Julian a New NFL Team, Ryan Rabinowitz, Julian Mitchell (JRN), Ryan Collins (JRN)

Radio Sports Announcing Team

  • Second Place: Michigan State vs. Tennessee Tech - Men's Basketball, Ryan Cole, Kyle Turk (JRN)

Radio Talk Show

  • Second Place: Sunshine, Sophie Sagan, Cole Tunningley

Broadcast Education Association (BEA) Festival of Media Arts Awards


Michigan Press Association College Better Newspaper Contest

The State News 

Best Photographer

  • Second: Sylvia Jarrus
  • Third: Matt Schmucker

Feature Photo

  • Third: "VIM Fashion Show". Sylvia Jarrus

Sports Photo

  • Third: "Michigan State Hockey". Matt Schmucker

Best Writer

  • First: Larry Nassar coverage. Riley Murdock
  • Third: Larry Nassar coverage. Marie Weidmayer

Column-Review or Blog-News or Sports

  • First: "Laughing at a reporter for doing her job is just wrong". Kara Keating


  • First: "Editorial: Simon, enablers need to resign, so survivors can move on." Rachel Fradette, McKenna Ross, Madison O'Connor, Souichi Terada, Sasha Zidar, Jonathan LeBlanc, Maxwell Evans, Marie Weidmayer, Casey Holland

Feature Story

  • Third: "Jail might save their life, but treatment is the answer. The opioid epidemic hits close to home." Casey Harrison

Investigative Reporting

  • First: "Inside the Houses: The State News investigates sexual misconduct at fraternities." Marie Weidmayer
  • Third: "Scholarship named after ex-MSU President Simon in 2015 wasn't distributed until after her resignation." Riley Murdock, Kaitlyn Kelley
  • Honorable Mention: "How East Lansing Police enforce MIP, fake ID laws, and more." Peter Atkins

News Story

  • First: "29 victims give emotional statements on first day of Nassar's sentencing." Riley Murdock

Sports News / Features

  • First: "For safety Khari Willis, community involvement is his calling." Jonathan LeBlanc
  • Second: "Frozen Four to hockey hell: A decade-long tale of MSU hockey." Kara Keating

Special Advertising Section, Open Class

  • Second: "Martin Luther King Jr. Issue". Rachel Fradette, McKenna Ross, Souichi Terada, Jonathan LeBlanc, Sasha Zidar, Nic Antaya, Casey Holland, Daena Faustino, Lauren Gewirtz, Mia Wallace, Raquel Mishaan

Single Ad, open class

  • First:"Get a Paw Ahead with The State News."  Daena Faustino

Front Page Design

  • First: President Simon, Resign." Deana Faustino
  • Second: "Trustees, you're done." Lauren Gewirtz

News-Only Photo

  • First: "Larry Nassar sentencing in Eaton County." Annie Barker
  • Second: "Second Amendment March." Annie Barker