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The DePauw Journalists Collect 10 SPJ Indiana Awards, Alums Take Home Three

April 23, 2013

Seven student journalists working for Indiana's oldest college newspaper, The DePauw, are recipients of a total of ten "Best of the Best in Indiana" awards -- including 5 first-place citations -- from the Society of Professional Journalists. Additionally, two DePauw alumni received three awards for their work as professional journalists at SPJ's awards ceremony on Friday, April 19.

The awards honor work which was published, posted or aired in 2012.

The DePauw competed with all of Indiana's student newspapers and online news outlets.  Its winning entries were:

  • Editorial Writing (print and digital): First Place - Chase Hall. Second Place - The DePauw editorial board.
  • Features Photography (print and digital): First Place - Margaret Distler.
  • Graphics or Illustration (print and digital): First Place - Bob Allen.
  • Non-Deadline News (print and digital): First Place - Chase G. Hall.
  • Sports Photography (print and digital): First Place - Emily Green.  Third Place - Margaret Distler.East College tall xz
  • Column Writing (print and digital): Second Place - Leah Freestone.
  • Editorial Cartoon (print and digital): Third Place - Bob Allen.
  • Spot News Reporting (print and digital): Second Place - Joseph Fanelli, Chase Hall and Ellen Kobe.

Winners of awards in the professional division were:

  • Education Reporting (publication circulation 40,000+, news services and digital media): Second Place - J.K. Wall '01, Indianapolis Business Journal.
  • Medical or Science Reporting (publication circulation 40,000+, news services and digital media): Third Place - J.K. Wall '01, Indianapolis Business Journal.
  • Spot News Reporting (publication circulation below 40,000): Third Place - Abby Tonsing '02, Bloomington Herald-Times.

A complete listing of award winners can be accessed here.

Recognizing and promoting journalistic excellence has been a key purpose of the Society of Professional Journalists since it was founded in 1909 by students at DePauw University as Sigma Delta Chi, a journalism honor society.

The previous weekend, The DePauw won a total of 26 awards -- including twelve first place honors and recognition as Division III Newspaper of the Year -- at the Indiana Collegiate Press Association's annual awards program. Details can be found in this summary.

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