BALTIMORE (9/28/2018) — The Diamondback, the independent student newspaper at the University of Maryland, has won the Society of Professional Journalists’ top student journalism award.

The staff of the student news organization won the MOEy on Friday for “‘It’s real’: A seven-part look at how sexual assault is handled at the University of Maryland.”

It’s the second time in three years that journalism by University of Maryland students won the MOEy, which “honors the best of the best in student journalism.”

The best-in-show award is was presented during the Society of Professional Journalists’ Mark of Excellence Awards competition. In September, The Diamondback was named one of four finalists out of about 4,000 entries from around the country.

“The Diamondback’s series blends elements of text, sketches, photography, video elements and interactive graphics to tell the story of sexual violence on the university’s campus,” an SPJ news release says. “The semester-long commitment of the team to understanding what compelled two University of Maryland students to file federal complaints with the U.S. Department of Education for possible Title IX violations shows tenacity for seeking truth.”

In 2016, the Philip Merrill College of Journalism‘s Capital News Service won for “The Brothel Next Door,” an investigation into human trafficking in Maryland.

Last year, CNS was named a MOEy finalist for “In Poor Health,” which explored why Baltimore’s world-renowned health system struggled to keep some of the city’s poorest residents from getting sick.

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Alexander A. Pyles