The Butler Collegian has been named Best All-Around Non-Daily Student Newspaper by the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) and Division II Newspaper of the Year by the Indiana Collegiate Press Association (ICPA) – just two of the 36 awards the newspaper won on April 14.

The Collegian won 12 first-place awards from the ICPA, including Best Single Issue, Best Special Issue and Best Themed Issue, as well as eight second-place and seven third-place awards. The awards were announced April 14 at Ball State University.

Maria Porter's PhotoSPJ Region 5 selected The Collegian for nine Mark of Excellence Awards, including a first-place photography award for Maria Porter’s picture (shown here) accompanying the story “Heartbreak in Houston.” Region 5 Mark of Excellence Awards honor the best collegiate journalism in Illinois, Indiana and Kentucky. The awards were announced April 14 at the SPJ convention at the Marriott hotel in downtown Indianapolis.

“I could not be more proud of my staff,” Collegian Editor in Chief Hayleigh Colombo said. “These awards reflect the grueling hours and behind-the-scenes work that each of my 35 staff members dedicate in order to make our paper the best in the region. A great newspaper reflects the vibrant community it serves. It is our absolute pleasure to serve the Butler University community as its source of news, entertainment and commentary, and we hope the community takes just as much pride in these awards as we do.”

The Collegian’s coverage on campus parking was involved in three first place awards from ICPA, including Best Single Issue for “Not Enough Spots,” and earned Colombo top awards for Best News Series and Best Non-Deadline News Reporting for “Students, faculty, staff left with permit, no parking.” The Inauguration Edition took home a first for Best Special Issue and “Inside the SGA Budget” earned Jill McCarter a first place for Best Informational Graphic.

The paper also received first place awards in the following categories:

-Best Break News Reporting. “Freshman class smaller than Butler expected.” (Grace Wallace and Hayleigh Colombo)

-Best Sports Column. “Butler’s clean slate draws athletes.” (Lance Rinker)

-Best Sports Feature. “Fight like a Bulldog.” (Andre Smith)

-Best Photo Essay or Picture Story. “Students remember 9/11 at city service.” (Maria Porter ’11 and Reid Bruner)

-Best Editorial Cartoon. “White coat culture.” (Hali Bickford)-Best Special Issue. “2011-2012 Basketball Issue.”

Loni McKown, the newspaper’s adviser and a faculty member of the Eugene S. Pulliam School of Journalism, said The Collegian’s staff “has exceeded my highest expectations.”

“Throughout this academic year,” McKown said, “Hayleigh Colombo and her staff have shown their dedication to the art and craft of journalism and their commitment to informing the Butler community, shedding light on issues of concern and recognizing the accomplishments and achievements at Butler.” In addition to the ICPA and SPJ honors, The Collegian this school year also has received a national Associated Collegiate Press Pacemaker award for best newspaper.

“These honors speak to the quality of journalism education our students receive, as well as the quality of the student-run, student-operated newspaper,” McKown said.

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