BYU journalism students win at regional SPJ conference


Journalism students from The Universe and ElevenNEWS took home numerous awards during the Society of Professional Journalists’ annual conference. The conference was held in Denver and was attended by students and professionals from Utah, New Mexico, Colorado and Wyoming.

Students from BYU finished first in nine categories and were finalists in seven other categories. The Universe won Best All-Around Non-Daily Student Newspaper and ElevenNEWS won Best All-Around Television Newscast.

Judges said the BYU submissions were “effective reporting of breaking news,” the most “mature and polished writing of the bunch” and that BYU’s “effort shows cleverness and innovation.”

Best Television Breaking News Reporting

Meth Lab Bust by Jason Checketts

Best Feature Article

Jim Gaffigan, Brian Regan, other comedians find that ‘clean’ works for them by Erica Palmer.

Best Online In-Depth Reporting

Breaking the Class Ceiling by Shelbi Anderson, Jeff Wade, Ricardo Quintana and Jared Jakins.

Best Sports Writing

Raising an Olympian: Kate Hansen’s family tells of her Olympic upbringing by Joshua Jamias

Best Television Feature Reporting

A Powerful Performer by Lily Checketts

Best Television Sports Reporting

Coach Juddy by Madison Nield

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