Members of The Butler Collegian staff are finalists for nine SPJ Mark of Excellence Awards, including an award for best all-around non-daily student newspaper.

Winners will be announced in April during the Society for Professional Journalists’ Region 5 Spring Conference in Indianapolis.

The Collegianwill compete against publications from other four-year colleges in Indiana, Illinois and Kentucky in these award categories:

Breaking News Reporting. Steven Peek, for “Heartbreak in Houston: Bulldogs lose championship title to UConn Huskies.”

Online Sports Reporting. The Butler Collegian staff, for 2011 NCAA Tournament coverage.

Photo Illustration. Jillian McCarter, for “Inside the SGA Budget.”

General News Reporting. Hayleigh Colombo, for the parking series “Students, faculty and staff left with permit, no parking.”

Sports Photography. Maria Porter, for “Heartbreak in Houston.”

Sports Photography. Maria Porter, for “Biting Back.”

In-Depth Reporting. Christopher Goff and Kyler Naylor, for “Flooding poses problem for campus officials.”

Editorial Writing. The Butler Collegian staff.

Best All-Around Non-Daily Student Newspaper. The Butler Collegian staff.

“We are honored to be named finalists for Mark of Excellence Awards in so many categories,” said Loni McKown, The Collegian’s adviser. “This is an acknowledgement that Collegian staff members, led by editor in chief Hayleigh Colombo, are providing vital information to the Butler University community — both in print and online — and doing so while maintaining the highest of journalistic standards.

“This honor is a testament not only to the talented student journalists on staff, but to the strength of the Eugene S. Pulliam School of Journalism,” said McKown, who is professional practice faculty in the school. “Our students benefit from the theory and training they get in the classroom, reporting opportunities in the field covering public affairs news beats, and experience from high-value internships at newspapers here in Indiana and across the country.

“My heartiest congratulations to all Butler Collegian staff members. They are deserving of this recognition.”

In 2011, The Collegian received two SPJ regional Mark of Excellence Awards, a second place for editorial writing and a third place for sports column writing, both by Emily Newell ’11.

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