Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Daily News wins top CSPA online awards

The Ball State Daily News won 11 first-place Gold Circle Awards today for online coverage from the Columbia Scholastic Press Association, including the top awards for breaking news, features, sports and video.

The honors were among 34 CSPA online Gold Circles won by the student newspaper today for work produced in 2009-10.

The Daily News won five of the six awards in the news interactive category, including first place by Designer Mark Townsend.

The top award for online news writing went to News Editor Sharon Hernandez for her story about the return of David Letterman to campus.

First place in breaking news went to Editor-in-Chief Sarah Boswell for her coverage of the search for a bicyclist suspected of sexual assaults.

Columnist Frank Hood won the general commentary award for his look at ways the university could save money in the face of state cutbacks.

Managing Editor Rhett Umphress won the top sports news and sports commentary awards. And Features Editor Tara Jones won a first place for her first-person account of a near-death illness.

Others winning first-place awards were:

Sarah Phinney and Michael Ponce, best video news package: "Blake Mycoskie speaks about Toms Shoes."

Jessica Beck and Thomas Yau, photo and audio slideshow, "Soundslide: While River Clean-Up."

Teddy Cahill, sports feature, "Football: Growing up tough."

Kelly Dickey, news features, "Ball State alumna, her partner compete for dream wedding."

CSPA, founded in 1925, supports student print and online journalists, and is affiliated with the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.

Full list of awards:


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