Adapted from a Society of Professional Journalists press release.

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (June 1) – The Society of Professional Journalists announced its list of national winners of the 2016 Mark of Excellence Awards in late June, recognizing collegiate work published or broadcast during 2016.

The awards honor the best in student journalism. As such, judges were directed to choose only those entries which they felt were outstanding work worthy of a national honor.

The Philip Merrill College of Journalism figured prominently in those national awards., along with the Diamondback student newspaper.

Sigma Delta Chi award winners will be honored at an awards banquet on June 23 at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.


Thanks to CNS Digital Bureau Director Sean Mussenden for compiling the following comprehensive list that includes two national winners and six national finalists.

Best Digital-Only Student Publication
(CNS) Winner: CNSMaryland.org – by Capital News Service Staff.

Online In-Depth Reporting
(CNS) Winner: In Poor Health (Freddie Gray’s Neighborhood) – by Capital News Service Staff.

Online In-Depth Reporting
(UMD) Finalist: School takeovers leave parents without a voice in education – by Lily Altavena, Rose Velazquez and Natalie Griffin, Arizona State University. (Natalie Griffin is a former CNSer who represented Merrill College at News21, where she worked on a voting rights investigation.

Breaking News Reporting (Large) 10,000+ Students
(Diamondback) Finalist: A Murder-Suicide Stuns College Park – by Michael Brice-Saddler, Andrew Dunn, Natalie Schwartz, and Mina Haq.

Best Affiliated Web Site
(CNS) Finalist: CNSMaryland.org – by Capital News Service Staff

Best Use of Multimedia
(CNS) Finalist: In Poor Health (Freddie Gray’s Neighborhood) – by Capital News Service Staff.

Online Sports Reporting
(CNS) Finalist: In Football Recruiting Sweepstakes, Maryland Has Fallen Short – by Ryan Connors and Troy Jefferson.

Television Feature Reporting
(CNS) Finalist: Gold Star Mothers – by Maggie Gottlieb.