‘General Excellence’ among Universe’s most recent journalism awards


The Daily Universe claimed 17 journalism awards in the Utah Society of Professional Journalists’ Headliners contest and 10 journalism awards in the National Newspaper Association’s 2018 Better Newspaper Contest this week, including first place for General Excellence.

BYU Communications associate processor Joel Campbell was also awarded the Utah Society of Professional Journalists’ Service to Journalism Award.

The Universe’s 2018 Society of Professional Journalists winners are:

Jessica Olsen, Online: Best Podcast, First Place, BYU students talk online Mormon ‘meet’ market

Haley Hilton and Megan Matheson, Online: Best Multimedia, First Place, The cost of perfection

Camille Baker, Newspapers Division B, Spot News, First Place #VegasShootings: the facts, people affected and ways to help

Kaitlyn Bancroft, Newspapers Division B, Arts and Entertainment, First Place, From BYU to ESPN, how Holly Rowe brings passion to sportscasting, cancer fighting

Ashley Lee, Newspapers Division B, Medical/Science, First Place, Utah maternal mortality rates not improving despite preventive measures

Lauren Hanson, Newspapers Division B, Personality Profile, First Place, Attempted murder survivor tells women to fight back

Kaleena McKell, Kayla Goodson, Lauren Hanson and Tyler Stevenett, Newspapers Division B, Series, First Place, Challenges students face with BYU-approved housing

Kaitlyn Bancroft, Newspapers Division B, Sports Non-deadline Reporting, First Place, Brain games: What cavitation and SmartFoam could mean for football players

Eric Baker, Newspapers Division B, Business/Consumer, Second Place, BYU will now sell caffeinated soda on campus

Alyssa Nielsen and Riley Waldman, Newspapers Division B, Continuing Coverage, Second Place, Utah works to reverse opioid overdose trends

Kaleena McKell, Newspapers Division B, Military, Second Place, BYU Air Force ROTC face possible move to UVU

McKenna Park, Newspapers Division B, Minority Issues, Second Place, Native Americans advocate Squaw Peak name change 

Savannah Hopkinson, Newspapers Division B, Religion/Values, Third Place, Couples dealing with infertility seek support, understanding

Daily Universe Staff, Online: Best Use of News-oriented Social Media, Third Place

Daily Universe Staff, Newspapers Division B, Best Newspaper, Third Place

Zoe McGinn, Newspapers Division B, General Feature, Honorable Mention, Facebook echo chambers divisive

Kaleena McKell, Newspapers Division B, General News, Honorable Mention, BYU releases results of sexual assault campus climate survey

The National Newspaper Association contest winners are:

Daily Universe Staff, General Excellence, College Division, First Place

Saul Marquez, Best Feature Story, First Place, Transient camps pose complex problems for Utah County

Camille Baker, Best Breaking News, Second Place, Trump visits Utah, shrinks national monuments

Daily Universe Staff, Best Newspaper Website, Second Place

Daily Universe Staff, Best Special Section or Edition, Second Place, BYU Commencement Edition

Kaitlyn Bancroft, Best Sports Feature Story, Second Place, and Best Health Story, Honorable Mention, Brain Games: What cavitation and SmartFoam could mean for football players

Kaleena McKell, Best Breaking News, Third Place, BYU Air Force ROTC face possible move to UVU

Abby Hay and Kjersten Johnson, Best Investigative or In-Depth Story or Series, Third Place, Mormon judgment series

Jaylen Bohman and McKenna Flores, Video Journalism, Third Place, Pregnancy & Prison: The untold story of women who give birth behind bars

Except for the General Excellence award, other categories in the National Newspaper Association contest include professional and student publications and are judged among publications with similar print circulation sizes.

Joel Campbell, an associate teaching professor in the BYU School of Communications’ journalism sequence, received the Utah Society of Professional Journalists’ Clifford P. Cheney Service to Journalism award. Campbell has served on the organization’s board on several occasions and is nationally recognized for his expertise and involvement in First Amendment matters. Campbell has had a significant impact on the development of the Utah Open and Public Meetings Act.

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