2017 Story of the Year Winners

News Story

1. Nicole Ares
In the dark
College Heights Herald, Western Kentucky University
Bowling Green, Kentucky

2. Conner Mitchell
How universities do, and don’t, inform the public about sexual misconduct cases
University Daily Kansan, University of Kansas
Lawrence, Kansas

3. Marjorie Kirk
Kernel obtains withheld records; victims say UK trying to protect professor in sexual assault case
The Kentucky Kernel, University of Kentucky
Lexington, Kentucky

4. C. Ramsey Fahs
2012 Harvard Men’s Soccer Team Produced Sexually Explicit ‘Scouting Report’ on Female Recruits
The Harvard Crimson, Harvard University
Cambridge, Massachusetts

5. Neelesh Moorthy, Amrith Ramkumar
Men’s soccer player’s lawsuit gives rare look at how Duke decides sexual misconduct cases
The Chronicle, Duke University
Durham, North Carolina

HM. Edward Lee, Adrianna Buenviaje
Academic Success For Sale
The Corsair, Santa Monica College
Santa Monica, California

HM. Simeon Lancaster, Carrie Tronvold, Noah Brown
Mental health needs soar at St. Thomas, administration looks to new options
TommieMedia.com, University of St. Thomas
St. Paul, Minnesota

HM. Emily Siegel, Kara Chin, Deonna Anderson
The Price of Policing
NYCity News Service, City University of New York Graduate School of Journalism
New York, New York

HM. Tori Roseman
Isolated: International UB students not integrated
The Spectrum, University at Buffalo
Buffalo, New York

HM. Fadel Allassan
Why experts say Virginia’s mental health system fell through the cracks
The Commonwealth Times, Virginia Commonwealth University
Richmond, Virginia

Feature Story

1. Jessie Bekker
An obstacle to justice
Minnesota Daily, University of Minnesota
Minneapolis, Minnesota

2. Celisa Calacal
We’re fighters
The Ithacan, Ithaca College
Ithaca, New York

3. Staff
Stranger Than Fiction?
The Medill Justice Project, Northwestern University
Evanston, Illinois

4. Rachel Jones
Gay senior fights to finance her last semester after being cut off by parents
The Daily Tar Heel, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill
Chapel Hill, North Carolina

5. Rachel Cline
Back Later, Gone Fishing
The Empire State Tribune, The King’s College
New York, New York

HM. Elayne Smith, Madison Sullivan
The Story of Maori
Alpine Living, University of Alabama
Tuscaloosa, Alabama

HM. Emaan Baqai
Watermark senior residents speak on adverse effects of eviction notice
Daily Bruin, University of California, Los Angeles
Los Angeles, California

HM. Eric Nomburg
The unbearable lightness of chi
Etc. Magazine, City College of San Francisco
San Francisco, California

HM. Shomik Mukherjee
Erosions Shake I.V.: Del Playa Collapse Signals Rocky Road Ahead
The Bottom Line, University of California, Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, California

HM. Olivia Exstrum, Stephanie Kelly
Aftermath of NU-Q student’s mental health crisis highlights differences between Evanston, Qatar sites
The Daily Northwestern, Northwestern University
Evanston, Illinois



1. Sandrea Smith
Appropriate or Appropriation?
Arches, Mount Mary University
Milwaukee, Wisconsin

2. Frank Campos
Are your guns really worth it?
The Cougar, University of Houston
Houston, Texas

3. Sofia Tagkaloglou
I’m sorry, Knox
The Knox Student, Knox College
Galesburg, Illinois

4. Zachary-Taylor Wright
Adjuncts aren’t end all, be all
The Ranger, San Antonio College
San Antonio, Texas

5. David Horowitz
Trump poses threat to global security
The Guardsman, City College of San Francisco
San Francisco, California

HM. Alie Wilkins
What does the ‘All’ in the All Lives Matter movement really mean?
The Lumberjack, Northern Arizona University
Flagstaff, Arizona

HM. Jonathan Logerstedt
America Divided
Pursuit, California Baptist University
Riverside, California

HM. Ashton Johnson
The Saber, Columbus State University
Columbus, Georgia

HM. Dory Smith
#BLM: face-to-face with racism
The Baker Orange, Baker University
Baldwin City, Kansas

HM. Lauren Cottle
Why I marched
The All State, Austin Peay State University
Clarksville, Tennessee


Sports Story

1. Nathan Ruiz
James Washington, the brightest son of a slowly dying Texas town
The O’Colly, Oklahoma State University
Stillwater, Oklahoma

2. Wilson Alexander
The evolution of Kirby Smart: How a boy from Bainbridge became the head coach at UGA
The Red & Black, University of Georgia
Athens, Georgia

3. Sam Fortier, Matt Schneidman
Power Move
The Daily Orange, Syracuse University
Syracuse, New York

4. Julia Poe
God bless football: Utah transfer weaves unusual path to USC
Daily Trojan, University of Southern California
Los Angeles, California

5. Logan Ulrich
The cost of winning: UNC’s growing athletic budget puts students on the hook
The Daily Tar Heel, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill
Chapel Hill, NC

HM. Tyler Waldrep
Alabama’s Superman
The Crimson White, University of Alabama
Tuscaloosa, Alabama

HM. Peter Kersting
Major League Baseball and the dawn of the Statcast era
The Lumberjack/JackCentral.org, Northern Arizona University
Flagstaff, Arizona

HM. Jordan Guskey
Handling of Nick Carovillano’s injury at the basis of Kevin Wilson’s eventual resignation
Indiana Daily Student, Indiana University
Bloomington, Indiana

HM. Kenny Jacoby, Jarrid Denney, Cooper Green
Oregon tight end Pharaoh Brown accused of three acts of violence
since October 2014

Daily Emerald, University of Oregon
Eugene, Oregon

HM. Megan Schrenk
Injured & Alone
Pulse, Central Washington University
Ellensburg, Washington

Diversity Series

1. Ryan Faircloth
Despite stigma, Somali parents find support for children with autism
Minnesota Daily, University of Minnesota
Minneapolis, Minnesota

2. Michael Cantu, Akhila Reddy, Kirby Warner
Defining Decades
The Daily Toreador, Texas Tech University
Lubbuck, Texas

3. Cameron Gorman, Andrew Keiper
Immigrant Ohio
KentWired.com, Kent State University
Kent, Ohio

4. Emily Weyrauch
The Women of ’75
The Bowdoin Orient, Bowdoin College
Bowdoin, Maine

5. Katrina Bond, Taylor Roberts, David Silva, James Hartley
Muslim professor embraces positivity
The Et Cetera, Eastfield College
Mesquite, Texas

HM. Julia Naman
The Old College Try
Currents, Pepperdine University
Malibu, California