Students are our future. Let’s give hearty applause to those in our Region 5 who were honored by SPJ at the national conference: DePaul University, Indiana University, Columbia College Chicago and ButlerUniversity all won national awards. Others were among the top three.
SPJ DePaul, founded in 2010, received the National Campus Chapter of the Year award for the second time in three years and was Region 5 Student Chapter of the Year. DePaul’s The Red Line Project won the school’s first SPJ National Mark of Excellence Award with a first-place finish in the Online Breaking News Category (election 2012 coverage).
“These honors are a great testament to our chapter’s hard work, particularly the leadership of our executive board,” said SPJ DePaul adviser Mike Reilley. “Winning National Chapter of the Year once is a great feat. Twice is a reflection of our students’ consistently strong work in the field of journalism.
Judges cited the chapter’s innovative and well-attended events and programming, use of digital technologies and its increased membership. With 73 members, SPJ DePaul is one of the largest student chapters in the nation.
SPJ said DePaul’s chapter was chosen because of its recruitment drive that doubled their membership and — more importantly — plenty of quality programming that focused on all aspects of SPJ’s mission, including diversity, freedom of information and ethics. And to top off their efforts, the DePaul chapter members often shared their programs by posting interviews or portions of the programs on the chapter website or YouTube channel.
SPJ honored the DePaul University campus chapter and these others at the Student Union event at Excellence in Journalism 2013, Aug. 25 in Anaheim, Calif.
Breaking News Reporting, Large School Division
National Finalist: “In the wake of the storm: Families comb through the rubble,” by Becca Clemons, University of Kentucky
General News Reporting, Large School Division
National Finalist: “Love won’t keep you safe,” by Stacey Barnes, Northern Kentucky University
General News Reporting, Small School Division
National Finalist: “Trustees expand campus police authority, hire new auditing firm,” by Matthew Cecil, DePauw University
Best All-Around Daily Student Newspaper
National Finalist: Indiana Daily Student, Indiana University
Best All-Around Non-Daily Student Newspaper, Large School Division
National Winner: The Columbia Chronicle, Columbia College Chicago
Best All-Around Non-Daily Student Newspaper, Small School Division
National Winner: The Butler Collegian, Butler University
Non-Fiction Magazine Article
“Living with one,” by Lindsey Erdody, Indiana University
Sports photography large school division
National Finalist: “Taggart celebrates with team,” by Jeff Brown, Western Kentucky University
Radio News Reporting
National Finalist: “Post-Election Day coverage,” by WLUW’s LunchTime News, Loyola University Chicago
Radio In-Depth Reporting
“Knocked Out,” by Robb Jacobson, Indiana University School of Journalism
Online News Reporting, Large School Division
National Winner: “Election Night 2012 coverage,” by staff, DePaulUniversity
Online News Reporting, Medium School Division
National Finalist: “Explosion occurs on south side of Indianapolis,” by Kaley Belakovich and Anna Wieseman, University of Indianapolis
Online News Reporting, Small School Division
National Finalist: “Villagio Fire,” by Usama Alony Hamed, Northwestern University in Qatar
Online Feature Reporting, Small School Division
National Finalist: “Maid abuse: A growing problem in Qatar,” by Abir Bouguerra, Angel Polacco and Sara Al-Darwish, Northwestern University in Qatar
Online In-Depth Reporting, Small School Division
National Finalist: “Securing Arab American vote,” by Arab Amreeka 2012 staff, Northwestern University in Qatar