Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Daily News, Ball Bearings win top SPJ awards

Staffers for the Ball State Daily News and for Ball Bearings, the DN's online partner in student media, today won Mark of Excellence Awards from the Society of Professional Journalists.

Daily News Editor-in-Chief Vinnie Lopes, Jay Sowers, Jessi Smithson and Samantha Irons shared the top national award for Online Sports Reporting for "The Rise of Men's Volleyball."

The Ball Bearings staff won the award for Best Affiliated Website for ballbearingsonline.com/.

The awards were chosen from among more than 3,600 entries for work produced in 2009.

“Regardless of what else is happening in the industry, college students across the country are continuing to embrace journalism," SPJ Vice President Neil Ralston said in a news release.

“These students are excited about journalism, and they understand that a strong press is vital to our nation's future.”

The Ball State students and other winners were previously recognized with first-place awards in SPJ regional competitions. They will be recognized Oct. 4 at the 2010 SPJ Convention & National Journalism Conference in Las Vegas.

MORE: http://www.spj.org/news.asp?REF=974#974

Earlier: The Daily News wins 15 Gold Circle Awards for Online Media from the Columbia Scholastic Press Association, including all six places in the Interactive Graphics category.

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