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Society of Professional Journalists Honors 14 from DePauw, Including a Dozen Students

Society of Professional Journalists Honors 14 from DePauw, Including a Dozen Students

May 4, 2015

Twelve DePauw University student journalists and two DePauw alumni were honored for their work in the Society of Professional Journalists' "Best of the Best in Indiana Journalism" 2014 contest.  All told, members of the DePauw community claimed nine awards,  including four first-place honors. The winners were announced Friday night at a banquet at the Marriott North in Indianapolis.

The awards honor work which was published, posted or aired in 2014.

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

  • First Place, Editorial Writing: Leann Burke, Nicole DeCriscio and Kevin Kileen.
  • First Place, Features Photography: Tyler Murphy.
  • Second Place, Investigative Reporting: Abby Margulis and Dana Ferguson.
  • Second Place, Best Online Multimedia: Erin O’Brien and Sam Caravana.
  • Third Place, Spot News: Leann Burke and Nicole DeCriscio.
  • Third Place, Editorial Cartoon: Tyler Murphy.untitled 61
  • Third Place, Page Design Other Than Page One or Cover: Tyler Murphy. (at right: members of DePauw's student media interview NFL quarterback Andrew Luck before his April 24, 2015 Ubben Lecture on campus)

Student radio station WGRE's awards:

  • First Place, Radio Documentary or Public Affairs Program: WGRE News.
  • Second Place, Radio Documentary or Public Affairs Program: Carrie Perras, Kyle Frohning, Elizabeth St. John and Sarah Burtenshaw.

In the professional journalism division, winners included:

  • First Place, Features Writing (Newspapers/Circulation Below 40,000): Abigail Tonsing '02.
  • Second Place, Spot News Reporting (Newspapers/Circulation Below 40,000): Abigail Tonsing '02, Jon Blau and Lindsey Erdody.
  • Third Place, Non-Deadline Story or Series (Magazine and Non-Daily Newspapers): Angie Hicks '95, Paul P.F. Pogue, Diana Lamirand and the Angie's List Staff.

Access a complete list of winners here.

Recognizing and promoting journalistic excellence 69 Rundgren DePauw RFhas 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. SPJ is one of the oldest organizations representing journalists in the United States. (at left: musician, producer and technology pioneer visits DePauw's WGRE before his April 8, 2009 Ubben Lecture)

A total of 27 members of DePauw University's student media were presented with awards at two recent awards programs hosted by the Indiana Collegiate Press Association and the Indiana Associated Press Broadcasters Association.  Read more in this recent story.