John Carroll University’s student-run newspaper has earned first- and second-place awards for overall excellence, along with 11 individual honors for staff members, from two national journalism organizations.

The Society for Collegiate Journalists (SCJ) honored “The Carroll News” with a first-place award nationally for overall excellence among student newspapers published weekly or less frequently. The following staff members also garnered first-place awards from SCJ: Clara Richter for column/commentary writing; Brian Bayer and Ryllie Danylko for individual writing; Danylko and Spencer German for newspaper design; and Zach Mentz for sports-column writing.

“The Carroll News” also earned nine “Region 4 Mark of Excellence Awards” from the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ), including second place in the “Best All-Around, Non-Daily Student Newspaper” category among similarly sized institutions.

“Carroll News” staffers took the top three honors for general column writing from SPJ. Bayer placed first and advanced to the national Mark of Excellence Awards competition. Richter and Dan Cooney won second and third place, respectively, in the category.

The teams of German and Mentz, and Bayer and Danylko, placed second and third, respectively, in the in-depth reporting category; Mentz placed second in sports writing; and Cooney placed second in both feature writing and general news writing.

Published since 1925, The Carroll News provides opportunities for JCU students from any major to gain experience in reporting, editing, photojournalism, web design, advertising, and sales and marketing. The newspaper’s adviser is Robert Noll, an instructor in the University’s Tim Russert Department of Communication and Theatre Arts.

Posted on April 22, 2013
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