Three Butler Collegian students were recognized for excellence in reporting and writing of news and sports stories in the college division of the 2014 Hoosier State Press Association Foundation’s Better Newspaper Contest.

Butler University's Fairbanks Building June 3, 2014Freshman Cassie Eberle and senior Marais Jacon-Duffy received second place for their news story, “Former Butler political science student captured amidst humanitarian work” (Oct. 8). The judges’ comment: “A timely look at a former Butler student at the heart of an international story. Despite the secrecy and silence surrounding Kassig’s case, a three-dimensional portrait emerged.”

Sophomore Matthew VanTryon received second place for his sports story, “Coaches, conferences and changes” (also Oct. 8), an analysis piece on the men’s basketball program. The judges’ comment: “Excellent enterprise as VanTryon delves into a team in transition. Thorough research, great use of quotes. Fans no doubt came away with many of their questions answered about the Butler men’s basketball program.”

First place in each category was awarded to students from the Indiana Daily Student at Indiana University.

Awards were presented at the 48th annual HSPA Foundation Newsroom Seminar and Better Newspaper Contest awards luncheon Saturday at the Indianapolis Marriott North.


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