A St. Cloud State University student and alumna earned national recognition over the summer for their work publishing or broadcasting during 2022.
Aiden Farrell and Nyah Adams, both Mass Communications students who took part in UTVS and Husky Productions at SCSU, were among 61 students from 37 universities across the United States and Canada to be recognized as national winners during the Society of Professional Journalists Mark of Excellence National Awards in June.
Farrell, who is a senior and producer for Husky Productions this year, and Adams, who graduated from SCSU last spring, were honored as winners as a team for Television Sports Reporting under the broadcast category for their work on the Jeremiah Minkels story.
“When I heard about the award me and Nyah were ecstatic.” Farrell said. “It would not have been possible without the opportunities that were offered to me by SCSU and UTVS.”
In April, Farrell and Adams were recognized in this category in one of the Society of Professional Journalists’ 12 regional competitions, advancing them to the national competition where they once again took first place for their work. UTVS was also awarded the Best All-Around Television Newscast in that regional competition in April.
“Seeing our long hours turn into a national honor is incredible. I couldn’t be more proud,” Adams said. “Thank you to everyone who helped us along the way. We couldn’t of done it without Husky Productions, UTVS and the SCSU Men’s Hockey Team.”
The Society of Professional Journalists awards honor the best in student journalism. Judges were directed to choose only those entries which they felt were outstanding work worthy of a national honor. The Society of Professional Journalists, the nation’s most broad-based journalism organization, annually presents the Mark of Excellence Awards honoring the best in student journalism.