Each year, the Society of Professional Journalists hosts regional conferences across the country for professional and student journalists, journalism educators and public relations practitioners across the country.
The Carroll News is part of Region 4, including Ohio, Michigan, West Virginia and the western part of Pennsylvania. The CN is in the category of small schools. Awards given out at these conferences recognize outstanding student journalists for their work during a calendar year.
This year received The CN numerous regional awards from the Society of Professional Journalists, including:
Non-daily newspaper: The Carroll News, 2nd place
General column writing: Brian Bayer, “The Bayer Necessities,” 1st place; Clara Richter, “Off the Richter,” 2nd place; Dan Cooney, “Cooney Meets World,” 3rd place
Sports writing: Zach Mentz, 2nd place for “The beginning of a new era: Former Blue Streak and NFL QB Tom Arth named head football coach.”
Feature writing: Dan Cooney, 2nd place for “Presidential perspectives: The CN’s exclusive interview with Niehoff.”
In-depth reporting: Spencer German and Zach Mentz, 2nd place for “Learning from scandal: What Penn State’s failure to report sexual abuse can teach our University;” Brian Bayer and Ryllie Danylko, 3rd place for “Contraception, health care coverage discussion reaches John Carroll University.”
General news reporting: Dan Cooney, 2nd place for “Campus Safety Services seeking permission to carry guns.”
Because he received a first place award for his column writing, Brian Bayer will be moving on to the national competition. Congratulations to all of the staff and writers on their excellent work.