The story of a contest for women-only video game players won an EW Scripps School of Journalism student a second Society of Professional Journalists reporting award.
Joseph Stanichar, a senior from Cincinnati, has again been honored with the national award in the Video Game Reporting category at the annual Mark of Excellence competition, which recognizes top journalism students.
Stanichar’s story, “Meet the female speedrunners of Fleet Fataleswas published in 2021 by Paste, an online magazine that covers entertainment. Speedrun is when players compete to complete a game as fast as possible. Stanichar’s story is about a marathon open only to non-binary and transgender women – womxn. The prices were announced in June.
“I am more than a little surprised but delighted to accept the second Mark of Excellence in Video Game Reporting award from the Society of Professional Journalists,” Stanichar said. “Gaming continues to be a colossal force in culture, and I’m so happy to be able to continue writing about its impact on the world. My heartfelt thanks go to Professor Kelly Ferguson of Ohio University and to Garrett Martin of Paste Magazine for their continued mentorship This piece could not have existed without them.
Students first compete in one of 12 regions before moving on to the National Mark of Excellence Awards. Stanichar was awarded first place in the Region 4 Mark of Excellence competition this spring. Region 4 includes Ohio, Michigan, West Virginia and western Pennsylvania. Ohio University participates in the large school division – over 10,000 students.
“We are proud of Joseph and congratulate him on winning his second SPJ Mark of Excellence award,” said Eddith Dashiell, director of the EW Scripps School of Journalism. “Her award-winning article on women-only video game players illustrates important aspects of journalism education that the EW Scripps School of Journalism emphasizes: diversity, technology, and experiential learning. .”
“Video games are for everyone. A person’s gender expression should have no bearing on their inclusion in this space,” Stanichar said.
All Mark of Excellence winners will be honored in October at #MediaFest22, SPJ’s national conference in Washington, DC
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