The former editor and current editor of CMU Insider placed in the Society of Professional Journalists Region 4 Mark of Excellence awards this past weekend.
“Entries are judged by professionals with at least three years of journalism experience. The awards honor the best in student journalism. As such, judges were directed to choose only those entries they felt were outstanding work worthy of such an honor. If the judges determined that none of the entries rose to the level of excellence, no award was given. Any category not listed has no winner,” a press release from SPJ said.
SPJ’s Region 4 consists of Michigan, Ohio, West Virginia and Western Pennsylvania.
John Irwin, former editor and founder of Insider, won for Online Opinion and Commentary with his piece, “ANALYSIS: CMU athletics has become big business under Heeke — and students are paying for it.” Irwin graduated last May and currently is working for Automotive News.
Irwin piece will be considered for the national MOE awards.
Arielle Hines, current editor of Insider, was a finalist for Online In-Depth reporting for her investigative piece, “How CMU has kept the scope of sexual assault complaints in the dark.” Hines is a senior and also the president for CMU’s chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists.
Seven other honors were given to other campus media and CMU journalists including Central Michigan Life, Grand Central Magazine and News Central 34.