The Butler Collegian was named Best All-Around Non-Daily Student Newspaper—for the second consecutive year—by the Society of Professional Journalists for the three-state region that includes Indiana, Illinois, and Kentucky.

From left: Jill McCarter, editor in chief; Marissa Johnson, sports editor; Gerrald Vazquez, assistant news editor and photographer; Mallory Duncan, assistant Arts, Etc. editor; and Colin Likas, managing editor.

Collegian staffers were honored with a total of eight SPJ Mark of Excellence awards at the Region 5 and Region 7 annual conference, held April 27 in St. Louis.

Freshman Gerry Vazquez, assistant news editor and a photographer, received first place for feature photography for “Students Shine in Showcase,” and Hali Bickford ’12 received first place for editorial cartooning.

Sports Editor Marissa Johnson, a senior, won second place for sports writing for “Conference Switch Costs Uncertain,” and Managing Editor Colin Likas, a junior, won second place for sports column writing (“Pros and Cons of a Conference Switch,” “Fall Schedule is Crowded,” and “Fall Sports Validate Move to the Atlantic 10”). 

Freshman Mallory Duncan received second place for feature writing for “The Man Behind the Bells,” while Matt Kasper ’12 received second place for general column writing.

The Collegian’s editorial staff won second place for editorial writing.

The back-to-back recognition of The Butler Collegian by SPJ with regional Mark of Excellence awards follows back-to-back recognition by the Indiana Collegiate Press Association.

Two weeks ago, The Collegian was recognized for the second year in a row as Division II Newspaper of the Year, and staffers won two dozen awards in the state contest.

Both contests are judged by professional journalists from around the country.


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