The Gramblinite wins in nine categories of The Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) Region 12 college newspaper contest
GRAMBLING, LA – Grambling State University’s campus newspaper, The Gramblinite, received nine awards during the Society of Professional Journalists Region 12 Mark of Excellence Awards this month.
The Gramblinite won five first place awards, including first place for Best All Around Non-Daily Student Newspaper. Justin Madden is the editor-in-chief of the student newspaper. Ciley Carrington, 23, a senior art major from Los Angeles and one of the newspaper’s two photo editors won first place in Sports Photography for “Losing makes quarterback cry,” a November 23 photo of starting quarterback D.J. Williams crying after his football team lost a game.
“Every point counts,” a story about the impact of the football team’s kicking game won first place in Sports Writing (medium). It was written by Tierra Smith, 20, of Houston, a sophomore mass communications major. “Suspensions creates backlash; Orchesis in crisis,” a story about the university’s dance company by Madden won first place in the General News Reporting (Medium) category. Jeremy Smith, 21, from Jacksonville, Florida., a double major in mass communications and education, won first place for General Column Writing.
The newspaper won other awards:
- General Column Writing, 3rd Place, Dani Savage
- General News Reporting, 2nd Place, Madden, “Tech Talk opinion article produces heated backlash”
- Sports Column Writing, 2nd Place, Kevin Keise
- Sports Writing (Medium), 3rd Place, Smith, “Going pro: G-Men make it to the NFL”
“These awards indicate the great experiences and opportunities mass communication and other majors have working on our student newspaper,” said Edward Welch, acting chair/head of the university’s Department of Mass Communication. “We’re proud of this staff, and we encourage others to get involved.”
The SPJ regional conference was held last weekend (Friday, April 5-Saturday, April 7) at the Meek School of Journalism and New Media and the Overby Center of Southern Journalism and Politics at the University of Mississippi in Oxford, Miss. SPJ is divided into regions of the United States. The Gramblinite competed in SPJ’s Region 12, which includes Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Tennessee.