Honors/Awards

  • Research Prize for Professional Relevance, Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, 2018 (for “Rural Journalism Innovation Lab” work with Andrea Wenzel and The Ohio County Monitor in Ohio County, Kentucky).
  • Knight News Innovation Fellow, Columbia University Tow Center for Digital Journalism, 2017-2019.
  • Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award, Television-Domestic, 2017 (for Fusion’s Rigged documentary project).
  • Shorty Social Good Award, Television, Shorty Awards, 2016 (for Fusion’s Prison Kids documentary project).
  • Shorty Social Good Finalist, Interactive Campaign, Shorty Awards, 2016 (for Prison Kids documentary project).
  • Finalist, Shorty Social Good Award, Social Justice, Shorty Awards, 2016 (for Fusion’s Calling All Who Demand Answers campaign).
  • CSR & Business Top 500, SustMeme, 2015, 2016, 2017.
  • Top 100 Global Corporate Social Responsibility Leader, Global CEO, 2014.
  • WKU Volunteers of the Year (one member of a class) Award, Western Kentucky University, 2014, for work with the Department of Communication Advisory Council.
  • Digital Communicator of the Year, PR News, 2014.
  • Social Media MVPs (one member of a class), PR News, 2014.
  • Best Business Books 2013, Strategy+Business, 2013 (Spreadable Media)
  • Top 10 Best Marketing Book You Read This Summer, Advertising Age, 2013 (Spreadable Media).
  • Finalist, Digital Communicator of the Year, PR News, 2011.
  • Alumnus of the Year, Western Kentucky University Department of Communication, 2011.
  • Social Media Innovator of the Year, Bulldog Reporter, 2011.
  • Best Soap Opera Book of the Year, The Survival of Soap Opera, TV Guide Canada, 2010.
  • Kentucky Press Association Best Feature Story in a Weekly Class 3 Paper, 2006.
  • Young Mfg. Company C.T. Young Memorial Community Award, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006.
  • Alfred M. Wolfe Phi Kappa Phi National Fellowship, 2005-2006 School Year.
  • WKU Potter College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences Top Scholar Award, 2005.
  • WKU Dept. of Communication Outstanding Communication Studies Graduate, 2005.
  • WKU Dept. of Communication Undergraduate Research Award, 2005.
  • WKU School of Journalism & Broadcasting Top Mass Communication Student, 2005.
  • WKU School of Journalism & Broadcasting Top News/Editorial Student, 2005.
  • WKU Kappa Tau Alpha Top Scholar Award, 2005.
  • Kentucky House of Representatives Academic Achievement Award, 2004.
  • Frank Sutherland Society of Professional Journalists Award, 2004.
  • Western Kentucky University English Department Award of Excellence, 2004.
  • Western Kentucky University Master of the Spirit Award, 2003.
  • Western Kentucky University Award of Excellence, 2001.
  • Messenger-Inquirer Academic All-Star Journalism Award, 2001.
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