La Verne Alumni Win Top Regional Awards from the Society of Professional Journalists

March 21, 2013 by University of La Verne

Three University of La Verne graduates and Campus Times editors have won the Society of Professional Journalists Mark of Excellence Awards for stories they wrote for the 2012 edition of the student newspaper.

Karo Chakhlasyan, Kristen Campbell and Jason Cox beat out students in Region 11, which includes the Southwestern United States, Hawaii and Guam.

“Debaters face judicial review”, by Chakhlasyan was named for breaking news, “Keeping it together: Mental health and college collide”, by Campbell was named for feature writing and “Law school ABA bid begins again” by Cox was named for the general news category.

“Receiving this award is a great honor and just proves to me that my education was worth getting,” Campbell said.

“SPJ appreciates the student journalists being watchdogs of the powers that be,” Associate Professor of Journalism and Campus Times Advisor Elizabeth Zwerling said. “We often get awards as a publication, but this is really special because it’s individual awards for individual stories.”

Zwerling submitted the stories written by the students in 2012.

SPJ, one of the oldest organizations representing journalists in the United States and established in 1909, works to promote and defend the freedom of the press and promote ethical behavior among journalists.

An awards ceremony will be held at the SPJ Region 11 Spring Conference in Las Vegas, NV April 12-13 and the first place regional winners will advance to the national round of competition.

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