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Six Student Journalists and “Rockbridge Report” Win SPJ Regional Awards

Six Washington and Lee students and the staff of “The Rockbridge Report” have won awards in the Society of Professional Journalists’ regional Mark of Excellence college journalism competition.

The awards are for work published by college students during 2013 and were presented March 29 at SPJ’s Region 2 conference at Georgetown University. The competition draws entries from colleges and universities across Delaware, Maryland, the District of Columbia, Virginia and North Carolina.

Logan Nardo, a senior journalism (mass communications) major from Midlothian, Va., won the radio in-depth reporting category for his story, “Going Local: Naturally Grown Food in Rockbridge,” which advances to SPJ’s national competition. Nardo also won a regional finalist award in the radio feature category for “Bull Riding in Raphine.”

Other W&L students winning finalist awards were:

  • Hamlet Fort, a junior English and journalism (mass communications) double major from Hartsville, S.C., in general news reporting (small college division);
  • Andy Soergel, a senior business journalism major from Pittsburgh, Pa., in feature writing;
  • Katy Stewart, Alex Cummings and Kelly Mae Ross, May 2013 graduates, for online in-depth reporting;
  • the staff of “Rockbridge Report” in the independent online student publication category.