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The Montage Recognized as Regional Finalist for Mark of Excellence Awards

April 01, 2010

The Montage, St. Louis Community College-Meramec's student newspaper, has been recognized as a regional finalist for two Mark of Excellence Awards from the Society of Professional Journalists. Annually, the Society of Professional Journalists presents the Mark of Excellence Awards honoring the best in student journalism. The awards offer categories for print, radio, television and online collegiate journalism.

The Montage placed in the Best All-Around Newspaper category in the two-year college division and the Sports Writing category for its November 2009 “Removed From the Mat” article written by Collin Reischman.

National advancers will be announced at the Region 7 Spring Conference April 9-10 in Omaha, Neb. The first-place winning entries from each region will go on to compete at the national level, with different panels of national judges selecting one national first-place winner in each category. These winners will be honored at the SPJ Convention & National Journalism Conference in the fall.

 “It is a prestigious honor for our students,” said Shannon Philpott, faculty adviser of The Montage. “The staff members work diligently to produce a solid newspaper that is creative, fair, balanced and accurate. Recognition from professional journalists is not only an indication that they are on the right track but also confirmation that our students are producing content that meets and exceeds the standards comparable to prestigious four-year journalism schools within our region.”

Each year, The Montage competes nationally against several other two-year and four-year school newspapers from across the country. More recently, The Montage was awarded a National Pacemaker award from the Associated Collegiate Press, the highest collegiate honor for student media outlets.