The Society of Professional Journalists recognized BYU’s The Universe and ElevenNEWS in its annual Mark of Excellence competition.
The Universe swept the in-depth reporting category for student newspapers in its size category, claimed first-place honors in breaking news reporting, general news reporting and photo illustrations and was recognized with other awards.
BYU’s ElevenNEWS at Noon claimed best all-around newscast, swept the feature reporting category and claimed first place in general news reporting, sports reporting and television feature photography, among other awards.
Awards were presented Saturday at the Society of Professional Journalists’ Region 9 spring conference in Santa Fe, N.M. The region includes Utah, Wyoming, Colorado and New Mexico. The Mark of Excellence Awards honors the best in collegiate journalism and is judged at both the regional and national level. With each region, newspapers compete against similarly sized publications. The Universe competed in the large newspaper category.
Here is the complete list of BYU’s winning entries:
Breaking News Reporting
First Place: “Family, friends, mourn loss of Powell children” by The Universe staff
Third Place: “Students react to missionary age change” by Crystal Myler, Sara Michael & Shawn Fielding
First Place: “Fraud” by Kristian Ekenes, Stacie Carnley, Rebecca Lane & Kari Merril
Second Place: “The real price of tanning” by Meredith Francom & Megan Stauffer
Third Place: “Technologically impaired, or enlightened?” by David Lake & Robin Rodgers
Best All-Around Non Daily Student Newspaper
Second Place: The Universe
First Place: “The ominous quest for a thousand yards” by Brad Davis
Second Place: “Adventures of the ride board” by Sarah Hill
Television General News Reporting
First Place: “Trampoline Park Dangers” by Alexis Flake
Television Feature Reporting
First Place: “Sushi Challenge” by Alexis Flake
Second Place: “Media Fast” by Matt Rascon
Third Place: “Real-life Friending” by Julianne Horsley
Television Feature Photography
First Place: “QR-Code Headstones” by Brenna Donnelly
Best All-Around Television Newscast
First Place: ElevenNEWS at Noon
Source: The Universe