North by Northwestern has won 10 Mark of Excellence Awards from Region 5 of the Society of Professional Journalists, taking first place in five categories.
NorthbyNorthwestern.com took first place for Best All-Around Independent Online Student Publication and the print edition took second place for Best Student Magazine in the region covering Illinois, Indiana and Kentucky.
Articles on the site took first, second and third places in the Online News Reporting category. First place went to Tom Giratikanon and Patrick St. Michel for “NBN at Dance Marathon 2008,” second place went to Giratikanon and Hannah Fraser-Chanpong for “Dillo Day 2008” and third place went to Jared T. Miller and “NU Decides caps off its voter registration effort.”
In the Online Feature Reporting category, Lauren C. Ruth won second place for her article “What it takes to be a bucket boy in Chicago,” and Dagny Salas won third for “The Cradle Adoption Agency doesn’t just change lives — it creates new ones.” Jason Plautz won first place in Online Opinion & Commentary for his “Why you should care” series.
St. Michel, Plautz, Giratikanon and Michael Lanning took first place in Online Sports Reporting for “North by Northwestern at the 2009 Alamo Bowl,” and the staff of North by Northwestern won first place in Online In-Depth Reporting for “Freshman Housing Guide 2008.”
Northwestern publications were well-represented at these awards. Stitch magazine won third place for Best Student Magazine. Medill senior Chris Gentilviso won several awards for sports writing, including second and third place in the Sports Writing category for “Avoiding injury by a neck” and “Worth the No. 1 Ranking?” written for The South Florida Sun-Sentinel, and first place in Sports Column Writing for The Daily Northwestern. Medill graduate student A. Seraphina Lin won first place in the Television Feature category for “A special bond this Christmas: Brooke Wallace’s story“, published for the Medill News Service in Washington, D.C. Medill senior Katharine Euphrat won second place in Online In-Depth Reporting for “Let’s go home” for The Times while on her Journalism Residency in South Africa. Also, Medill seniors Jennifer L. Korducki and Kathleen M. de Onis recently won a second place College Television Award in the category of Newscasts for their work at the Northwestern News Network.