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UM School of Journalism and New Media student journalists win four national awards

Posted on: May 15th, 2020 by ldrucker

Four University of Mississippi School of Journalism and New Media student journalists have won national awards.

Devna Bose, Will Stribling, Daniel Payne and Madison Scarpino are the winners.

Bose was named the national winner of Society of Professional Journalst Mark of Excellence award for online multimedia reporting for her project about the impact of Hurricane Maria on Puerto Ricans’ mental and emotional health.

Will Stribling

Will Stribling

SPJ names one winner and two finalists in each category. The School of Journalism and New Media also had two national finalists in the SPJ contest for content published in 2019:

  • The Daily Mississippian, finalist for Best Affiliated Website
  • Will Stribling, finalist for Radio News Reporting, for “Emmett Till Memorial Rededicated,” broadcast on Rebel Radio WUMS-FM. Stribling is a senior journalism major.
Daniel Payne

Daniel Payne

In the national Hearst Journalism contest, SJNM senior journalism major Madison Scarpino placed in the TV news category. Madison placed 12th for her entry of two packages from NewsWatch Ole Miss.

The Hearst and SPJ contests are considered the most prestigious awards in college journalism. All the top universities in the nation compete in SPJ and Hearst contests.

Madison Scarpino

Madison Scarpino

Bose, a Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College student who majored in journalism, graduated last year. She worked for the past year as a  Report for America fellow at Chalkbeat in Newark, N.J. In June, she starts a new RFA assignment with the Charlotte Observer in North Carolina, where she will cover underreported communities.

Devna Bose

Devna Bose

Her award-winning project resulted from a reporting trip to Puerto Rico in January 2019. Several students and faculty traveled to tell stories of recovery after Hurricane Maria.

“I’m so honored to receive this award for a project about such an important topic,” said Bose, former managing editor of The Daily Mississippian. “Through exercising a multitude of journalistic skills during the project’s duration, like writing, video, photography, and design, I came out of the trip feeling confident as a multimedia reporter. The reporting trip to Puerto Rico was one of the most rewarding experiences of my undergraduate career.”