NIC Sentinel staff takes home several Mark of Excellence awards

Staff members from North Idaho College’s The Sentinel newspaper were honored with several Mark of Excellence awards at the Society of Professional Journalists Region 10 conference in Spokane this past weekend, including Best All-Around Non-Daily Newspaper.

All first-place award winners are eligible to compete in SPJ’s annual competition that culminates at its fall convention.

1st Place:

Sentinel Staff – Best All-Around Non-Daily Newspaper

Gabe Green (Vancouver, Wash.) – Breaking News Photo

Gabe Green – Feature Photo

Gabe Green – Sports Photo

Kaye Thornbrugh (Hayden) – Feature Writing

Tala Wood (Sandpoint) – General News Reporting

Sarah Munds (Hauser) – Photo Illustration

Eric Rivera (Spokane Valley) – Sports Column Writing

Eric Rivera – Sports Writing

2nd Place:

Sentinel Staff – Best Affiliated Website

Kaye Thornbrugh – Feature Writing

Christina Villagomez (Hayden) – General News Reporting

Benaiah Cheevers (Coeur d’Alene) – Sports Writing

3rd Place:

Sarah Munds - Feature Writing

Eric Rivera – Sports Writing

NIC competes in the Medium category with schools that have 5,000-10,000 enrolled students.

In a another competition, the 25th annual College News Design Contest, Sara Munds was awarded an honorable mention in the Features Page Design category.

Pictured is Gabe Green’s award-winning sports photo showing NIC player Emille Cordon taking a knee to the stomach in an October game against Western Wyoming Community College.

For More Information
NIC Journalism Instructor and Sentinel Advisor Geoff Carr, (208) 769-3276 or

Posted: Wednesday, April 17, 2013

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