A rising senior from the EW Scripps School of Journalism at Ohio University received a Mark of Excellence award for an article he wrote on video game accessibility.
Joseph Stanichar, of Cincinnati, Ohio, wrote the article titled “Why Many Gamers With Disabilities Call” The Last of Us Part II “Most Accessible Video Game Yet” for Paste Magazine in 2020. He received the award. of Excellence from the Society of Professional Journalists in Video Game Reporting. The prices were announced in June.
“I am very happy and grateful to accept the Society of Professional Journalists Mark of Excellence Award for Video Game Reporting,” Stanichar said. “My goal has been to write in video game and entertainment journalism since high school, and I was delighted to see the new category join SPJ’s other Mark of Excellence awards this year. Video games are a fascinating and rapidly evolving field that deserves quality reporting as much as any other, and I applaud the SPJ for recognizing this with the introduction of the category.
OHIO is part of SPJ Region 4, which includes students from universities in Michigan, Ohio, West Pennsylvania, and West Virginia. Stanichar won the Region 4 Mark of Excellence competition in the spring to qualify for the national competition against students from the other 11 SPJ regions. OHIO is competing in the big college division.
“I wanted to highlight how inaccessible many games can be to audiences with disabilities and how contemporary titles tackle these issues,” Stanichar said. “I am grateful to everyone I interviewed for the article, to my editor and internship mentor, Garrett Martin, and to my parents for supporting me and allowing me to use part of their home. as my internship office during the pandemic. ”
Nerissa Young is an OHIO SPJ Chapter Advisor and entered Stanichar’s work into the competition.
“Joseph deserves this award for writing on a subject that is an important part of American culture and in a context that reminds us of the importance of inclusion in all aspects of American life,” Young said.
Stanichar will be honored for his work at the SPJ’s National Convention Online and in New Orleans in September.
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