Journal editors Dan Bauman, Brittany Ruess and Josh Sellmeyer have been selected as finalists in the Society of Professional Journalists “Mark of Excellence” awards. The competition is regional, with students entering from Iowa, Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska. Bauman, Ruess and Sellmeyer entered in the “large school” category, competing with students from schools with 20,000 or more in its graduate and undergraduate students.
Bauman, news editor of The Journal, is a finalist in the in-depth reporting category for his story, “389 Webster students default on loans since 2008.” The story reported the dangers of defaulting on loans and compared Webster’s number to nearby schools.
Ruess is a finalist for two of the three finalist spots in feature photography. One of her finalist photos is of the band 431 at Webster’s 2012 Battle of the Bands. The other is of a dance graduate Paige Walden dancing to her performance, “The Mandate.”
Sellmeyer is a finalist in two categories — sports photography and sports column. His photo is of the Webster soccer team celebrating a goal by junior midfielder Ally Nikolaus, scored in the SLIAC championship game against Greenville College. Sellmeyer’s column, “The Sporting Insider,” is a finalist in sports columns. Sellmeyer debuted “The Sporting Insider” in January 2011. He is also a member of the Webster men’s tennis team, and was a captain of the Webster men’s soccer team, winning SLIAC Player of The Year in men’s soccer.