CSU-Pueblo students earn regional writing awards from SPJ


PUEBLO – Four mass communications majors at Colorado State University-Pueblo received regional writing awards as part of the Society of Professional Journalists Region 9 conference on March 26.

Nick Jurney, Kiersten Senff, Tyler Shomaker, and Katie England received Mark of Excellence Awards, which recognize outstanding student journalism at colleges and universities in Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming. The students all received awards in the small college/university category, which included entries from colleges and universities across the region with enrollments up to 9,999 students.

Jurney, a December 2013 graduate from Rocky Ford, received a first-place award in sports reporting for his story, “Former Illini embracing a new beginning in Pueblo.”

Senff, a junior from Howard, received a second-place award in feature writing for her story “Born to run with the Pack.”

Shomaker, a senior mass communications major and automotive industry management minor from Pueblo, received a second-place award for photo illustration for work he created to accompany the Violence in America special supplement to the CSU-Pueblo Spring 2013 TODAY magazine.

England, a senior from Ordway, received a third-place award in general news reporting for a series of stories she wrote covering the CSU-Pueblo budget.

Colorado State University - Pueblo is a regional, comprehensive university emphasizing professional, career-oriented, and applied programs. Displaying excellence in teaching, celebrating diversity, and engaging in service and outreach, CSU-Pueblo is distinguished by access, opportunity, and the overall quality of services provided to its students.