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Student newspaper racks up more national awards

Monday, September 16, 2013
Wingspan earns recognition in Society of Professional Journalists' Mark of Excellence competition.

Laramie County Community College’s student newspaper, Wingspan, won second place “best all-around non-daily student newspaper” in the small college category in the Society of Professional Journalists’ national Mark of Excellence competition. The first- and third-place winners were private universities.

Wingspan went to the national competition because it was the first-place winner in the Region IX Mark of Excellence competition in April in Santa Fe. The national awards were given at the SPJ national convention Aug. 24–26 in Anaheim, Calif.
In addition, Allie Hurley’s regional first-place winning photo in the breaking news photography category was the national first-place winner. Her picture, “Hands-on Reporting,” was a photo of the Wyoming Highway Patrol’s Convincer to raise seat belt safety awareness.

The competition year was calendar year 2012. Will Herbert and Shawn Havel were co-editors during the spring 2012 semester; Havel and Jennifer Stogsdill were co-editors during the fall 2012 semester.

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