Students win top awards in journalism contests

Congratulations to the following journalism students and student media organizations that were winners and finalists in the Great Plains Journalism Awards and the SPJ Region 7 contest.

The Great Plains Journalism Awards winners

  • Keely McCormick, Great Plains Student Broadcaster of the Year, KUJH 
  • The University Daily Kansan, Student Newspaper of the Year


  • Savanna Smith, Student Editor-in-Chief of the Year, Kansan 
  • Becky Phelps, Student Broadcaster of the Year, KUJH 
  • KUJH, Student Broadcast of the Year
  • University Daily Kansan, Student News Website of the Year

SPJ Region 7 Contest winners

  • Rylie Koester, General News Reporting (Large) 10,000+ Students
    Story: Phoenix Woodworking launches Kickstarter to continue employing people in transition
  • The University Daily Kansan staff, Best All-Around Non Daily Student Newspaper
  • Keely Drew McCormick, Television In-Depth Reporting
    Story: Recovering from disaster
  • KUJH staff, Best All-Around Television newscast, Dec. 11, 2019, news show


  • Taylor Worden, General News Reporting (Large) 10,000+ Students
    Story: The Raven Book Store owner Danny Caine receives Midwest Bookseller of the Year award
  • Corey Minkoff, In-Depth Reporting (Large) 10,000+ Students
    Story: ‘It destroys you’: KU ‘legal dreamer’ fights to stay with family in U.S.
  • Courtney Bierman, Feature Writing (Large) 10,000+ Students
    Story: ‘Back in the flow’: After historic Oscar win, Willmott returns to teaching
  • Braden Shaw, Sports Writing (Large) 10,000+ Students
    Story: ‘Rollercoaster’ season for KU comes to a crashing halt in season-ending loss to Auburn
  • Keely Drew McCormick, Television Breaking News Reporting
    Story: Will rezoning work?
  • Keely Drew McCormick, Television General News Reporting
    Story: On the streets
  • Riley Wilson, Online News Reporting
    Story: Eudora resident honored for bravery in saving local woman’s life
  • Riley Wilson, Online In-Depth Reporting
    Story: District manages school lunch debt with donations