The Butler Collegian has been designated as the national winner of the Mark of Excellence Award for Best All-Around Non-Daily Newspaper (Small) by the Society of Professional Journalists.
National MOE Award winners are chosen from the first-place category winners in each of SPJ’s 12 regions, and the awards are judged by professionals with at least three years of journalism experience. The 2012 contest received more than 4,600 entries.
School divisions are based on student enrollment, which includes both graduate and undergraduate enrollment: Large schools have more than 10,000 students, medium have 9,999 to 5,001 students, and small have fewer than 5,000 students.
National finalists in the same category as Butler were Wingspan (Laramie County Community College) and The Collegian (The University of Tulsa). The Indiana Daily Student at Indiana University was named a national finalist in the Best All-Around Daily Student Newspaper category.
SPJ will recognize first-place national winners at the Student Union event at the Excellence in Journalism annual conference in Anaheim, Calif., Aug. 24 to 26.
The national recognition caps a stellar year for the staff of The Collegian.
For the second consecutive year, Butler’s student newspaper was named Best All-Around Non-Daily Student Newspaper by Region 5 of SPJ and Division II Newspaper of the Year by the Indiana Collegiate Press Association.
In all, Collegian staffers were honored with a total of eight regional SPJ Mark of Excellence awards and 24 ICPA awards. In the state contest, The Collegian dominated a number of categories, bringing home both first and second place for best sports news story and first and third place for best single issue and best front page.
Other first place finishes include best sports column, best feature photo, best sports feature story, best sports page, best breaking news story, best staff editorial, best pull-out or wrap section, and best news or feature series. Added to that were six second place and six third place awards.
In the three-state region that includes Indiana, Illinois and Kentucky, The Collegian received first place awards for feature photography and editorial cartooning and second place awards for sports writing, sports column writing, feature writing, general column writing and editorial writing.