Weekly Wins Accolades
The Occidental Weekly won three Mark of Excellence Awards at the recent Region 11 Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) competition, competing against colleges and universities from Arizona, California, Hawaii and Nevada.
The Weekly’s editorial board won first place for editorial writing in the small schools category with a submission of three staff-written editorials. Oxy will now move on to the national competition in this category against winners from all twelve SPJ regions.
Ryan Strong ’14’s Nov. 28, 2012 article “Taitz loses court case to Occidental for Obama’s records,” won second place in the general news reporting/small schools category. One judge commented, “excellent lede, well-written all the way through, good use of quotes, handled seriously when it could have seemed satirical.”
The Weekly also won third place in the breaking news reporting/small schools category for its Nov. 7, 2012 coverage of the presidential election, “Four more for 44,” featuring reporting by Emily Shugerman ’15, Rachel Stober ’15 and Yuca Kosugi ’14.
The Mark of Excellence awards are only the latest accolades collected by Oxy’s student journalists this year. Last November, the Associated Collegiate Press presented the Weekly with a 2012 Pacemaker Newspaper award in the category of four-year college, non-daily newspapers. ACP has recognized the nation’s overall best college newspapers since 1927.