University of Wisconsin–Madison

SJMC Students Recognized by the Milwaukee Press Club for Outstanding Work

On Monday, March 19, the Milwaukee Press Club announced the finalists for their 88th Annual Milwaukee Press Club Excellence in Wisconsin Journalism Contest, honoring an abundance of SJMC students.

Each year, hundreds of collegiate and professional journalists enter the competition in the hopes of being recognized by the Milwaukee Press Club for their extraordinary work. The competition is judged by professional journalists from press clubs throughout the United States. Many students in the SJMC were honored for their work, a majority coming from classes taught by professors Stacy Forster and Pat Hastings.

Forster’s Magazines and Magazine Journalism class produces Curb magazine each year, and this year the publication was nominated twelve times in a variety of categories including Best Long Hard Feature Story, Best Sports Story and Best Still Photograph/Photos in the collegiate category.

Meanwhile, student work from Pat Hastings’ classes, including her Video Journalism, Long Form Video Journalism and Storytelling Through Sound classes were nominated in eight categories. Professor Hastings’ classes produced a newscast called “The Badger Report” which was nominated in categories such as Best Newscast and Best Feature Story. Meanwhile, students from her Long Form Video Journalism and Storytelling Through Sound classes were nominated in categories such as Best Program, Documentary or Special and Best Feature Story.

A variety of other students from the University of Wisconsin-Madison were also nominated for their work at publications such as the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism, The Daily Cardinal and The Badger Herald. Winners of contest awards, either gold, silver or bronze, will be announced at the Milwaukee Press Club’s Gridiron Awards Dinner at the InterContinental Hotel in Milwaukee on May 11.

SJMC Award Winners:

WRITING

Best Long Hard Feature Story

Laura Schmitt, Curb, “Life After ‘The Life’”

Carly Schesel, Curb, “Valley in the Shadow”

Best Long Soft Feature Story

Nali Mullan, Curb, “Accordion to History”

Jenna Mytton, Curb, “(Not So) New London”

Best Sports Story

Peter Culver, Curb, “Not Rebuilding — Reloading”

VISUAL JOURNALISM

Best Still Photograph/Photos

Katie Scheidt, Curb, Curb Magazine photography

AUDIO

Best News Story Single or Ongoing

Emelia Rohl, University of Wisconsin-Madison, “Fighting the Good Fight on Campus”

Best Feature Story

Emily Hamer, Curb, “Stalled”

Karolina Barej, University of Wisconsin-Madison, “When We Spark” (Podcast)

VIDEO

Best News Story Single or Ongoing

Amos Mayberry, The Badger Report, Soil Pollution Lawsuit

Best Feature Story

Jacob Swanson, The Badger Report, Sandhill Crane Migration

Best Sports Story

Madeline Westberg, The Badger Report, Troy Fumagalli

Best Newscast

The Badger Report staff

Best Program Documentary or Special

A.J. Garcia and Ken Kosirowski, Cutting Class, UW-Madison, The Other Seven Percent

Olivia Bruce, the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Before I Wisco

ONLINE

Best Website Design

Peter Coutu, Peter Culver, Emily Hamer, Angie Requena, Curb online

Best Local News or Feature Website

Peter Coutu, Peter Culver, Emily Hamer, Angie Requena, Curb online

SOCIETY OF PROFESSIONAL JOURNALISTS REGION 6

Best Student Magazine

The Staff of Curb Magazine, Curb

WRITING

Non-Fiction Magazine Article

Laura Schmitt, Curb, “Life After ‘The Life’”

Carly Schesel, Curb, “Valley in the Shadow”

Online Feature Reporting 

Darby Hoffman, Samantha Loomis, Laura Schmitt and Krystal Du, “Trilogy of Change”

Online Sports Reporting

Peter Culver, Curb,  “Not Rebuilding — Reloading”

VISUAL JOURNALISM

Photo Illustration

Carolina Silva, “The Hidden Hustle”

Photography

Katie Scheidt, Curb

For a complete list of nominees from 2017, see the Milwaukee Press Club.