NIC journalism students earn regional SPJ awards

North Idaho College’s The Sentinel won six first-place Mark of Excellence awards at the Society of Professional Journalists’ Region 10 conference March 31, qualifying them for the national competition next fall.

The Sentinel earned an award for the Best All-Around Non-Daily Student Newspaper in the two-year/community college category. In addition, Sentinel staff members earned individual awards, including Catherine Mullaney from Twin Falls for feature photography, Kaye Thornbrugh from Hayden for feature writing, Gabe Green from Vancouver, Wash., for general news photography, Tala Wood from Sandpoint for general news reporting and Noura Alfadl-Andreasson from Glenmore, Pa., for editorial writing.

Sentinel students Shane Wellner, Joyce Hargrove and Eric Rivera from Coeur d’Alene; Ethan Schlussler from Sandpoint; Connor DeVries from St. Maries; and Nick Jacquot from Bethel, Alaska also received Mark of Excellence awards for their contributions to the publication.

National award winners will be announced at the SPJ Annual Excellence in Journalism convention in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Sept. 20-22.

The Sentinel also placed second for its newspaper at the College Media Association’s annual spring convention in New York City. This is the first time in 11 years that the Sentinel did not win an Apple Award, however the rules were changed this year to reflect student populations instead of two-year versus four-year institution categories. The Best Newspaper (5,000-10,000 students) went to the Ithacan, the student publication of Ithaca College, a private four-year school.

“The fact we were so close to winning speaks volumes on how hard our students work,” said NIC Journalism Instructor and Sentinel Adviser Geoff Carr.

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Posted: Tuesday, April 3, 2012

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