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Release: May 7, 2001

Daily Iowan named best newspaper in region; staffers win writing, photo awards

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The Daily Iowan, the University of Iowa’s student newspaper, has been named Best All-Around Daily Student Newspaper in its region by the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ). In addition, Daily Iowan staff writers and photographers were recognized for excellence in a number of categories. The awards are part of the SPJ annual Mark of Excellence competition.

Daily Iowan staff members won awards in General News Reporting, Feature Writing, General Column Writing, In-depth Reporting, Sports Column Writing, Sports Writing, Spot News Photography, Sports Photography, and Feature Photography.

The Daily Iowan competes in Region 7, which includes colleges and universities in Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, and Nebraska as well as Southern Illinois University. Winners of the regional awards advance to the national competition. National winners will be announced in Quill, the magazine of the SPJ, and honored at the SPJ National Convention, scheduled this year for Oct. 4-6 in Seattle.

For 27 years, the Society of Professional Journalists has presented the Mark of Excellence Awards honoring the best in student journalism. Judged at the regional and national level, the awards offer 36 categories for print, radio and television collegiate journalism.

Individual writers and photographers who won awards are listed below according to hometown, with Iowa hometowns listed first:

IOWA

COUNCIL BLUFFS: Jeremy Schnitker, a senior, double major in journalism and political science, was awarded first place for Sports Column Writing, based on a collection of his columns, and second place for Sports Writing for his article, "Wrestling coaches take swipe at Title IX." Schnitker has worked at the Daily Iowan for two years and is currently Sports Editor. He is a 1997 graduate of Abraham Lincoln High School and the son of Amy Yochem and Dave Schnitker of 318 Sherman Ave.

DAVENPORT: Ryan Foley, a sophomore, double major in journalism and Spanish, was awarded second place in In-depth Reporting, for his article "A delicate balance--the UI and $." Foley has worked at the Daily Iowan for two years and is currently Metro Editor. He is a 1999 graduate of Davenport West High School and the son of Dan and Nancy Foley of 3231 W. Dover Court.
Brett Roseman, a senior, journalism major, was awarded first and second place in Spot News Photography for "Fire leaves 2 families homeless," and "Overturned truck." He also was awarded first and second place in Sports Photography for Iowa wrestling and Iowa men's basketball. Roseman has worked at the Daily Iowan for four years and is currently Photo Editor. He is a graduate of Davenport Central High School and the son of James and Nancy Roseman of 2533 E. Hayes St.

DUBUQUE: Adam White, a senior, economics major, was awarded first place in General Column Writing. White has worked at The Daily Iowan for three years and is currently the Editorial Page editor. He is a 1997 graduate of Wahlert High School and the son of Robert and Marsha White. He plans to attend Harvard Law School beginning in Fall 2001.

HUDSON: Nicole Schuppert, a sophomore, double major in journalism and American studies, was awarded second place in Feature Writing for her article, "Homeless on the streets of Iowa City," co-written with Anne Huyck. Schuppert worked at the Daily Iowan for one and a half years and is currently the news intern at the Iowa City Gazette. She is a 1999 graduate of Hudson High School and the daughter of John and Sheila Schuppert of 6515 Grundy Road.

IOWA CITY: Anne Huyck, a sophomore, art major, was awarded first place in General News Reporting for her article, "Slow lab blamed in Memmer charges", co-written with Katie Bernard, and second place in Feature Writing for her article, "Homeless on the streets of Iowa City," co-written with Nicole Schuppert. Huyck is currently Metro Editor at The Daily Iowan. She is a 1999 graduate of City High School and the daughter of Cheryl and Peter Huyck.

WASHINGTON: Megan Manfull, a senior, journalism major with minors in history and nonfiction writing, was awarded third place in Feature Writing for her article "Rhodes acclimates to quieter life." Manfull has worked at The Daily Iowan for four years and is currently Managing Editor. She is a 1997 graduate of Washington High School and the daughter of Sid and Donna Manfull.

ILLINOIS

CHICAGO: Zach Kucharski, a senior, English major, was awarded third place in General News Reporting, for his article "Dental student jailed for threats," co-written with Sky Eilers. Kucharski worked at the Daily Iowan for three years and is now a staff writer at the Iowa City Gazette. He is a 1997 graduate of Marist High School and the son of Ron and Andrea Kucharski of 6737 S. Tripp.

PLAINFIELD: Katie Bernard, a May 2000 graduate of the University of Iowa, was awarded first place in General News Reporting for her article, "Slow lab blamed in Memmer charges," co-written with Anne Huyck. Bernard worked at the Daily Iowan for one year and is currently a Senior Account Executive with KCSA Public Relations in New York, NY. She is a 1996 graduate of Plainfield High School and the daughter of Larry and Gay Bernard of 3103 Caroline Dr. in Joliet.

NEBRASKA

OMAHA: Mike Kelly, a senior journalism major with a minor in English, was awarded second place in Sports Column Writing. Kelly has worked at the Daily Iowan for three years and is currently Sports Editor. He is a 1997 graduate of Omaha Central High School and the son of Bill and Marilee Kelly of 306 S. 50th Ave.