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Montage Editors Receive Mark of Excellence Award

April 29, 2014

Spencer Gleason  
Spencer Gleason

Students from St. Louis Community College-Meramec have won a Region 7 Mark of Excellence Award from the Society of Professional Journalists.

Spencer Gleason, editor-in-chief of campus newspaper The Montage, and Kavahn Mansouri, former editor-in-chief, received the first-place award in the General News Category for Small Schools (fewer than 9,999 students) for the May 2013 series “The Domino Effect.” The stories focused on a series of events that followed an attack on a student that occurred on campus.

Region 7 comprises Iowa, Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska.

Gleason and Mansouri will be honored at the SPJ Convention and National Journalism Conference Sept. 5 in Nashville, Tenn.

Kavahn Mansouri  
Kavahn Mansouri

The Society of Professional Journalists annually presents the Mark of Excellence Awards to honor the best in student journalism. The awards offer categories for print, radio, television and online collegiate journalism.

In addition, The Montage was a finalist for the Best All-Around Non-Daily Newspaper Newspaper category. Each year, The Montage competes nationally against several other two-year and four-year school newspapers from across the country.

Founded in 1909 as Sigma Delta Chi, SPJ promotes the free flow of information vital to a well-informed citizenry; works to inspire and educate the next generation of journalists; and protects First Amendment guarantees of freedom of speech and press.