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On Saturday, Spectator won three Society of Professional Journalists Mark of Excellence Awards and had four finalists.

On Saturday, the Society of Professional Journalists announced the recipients of its 2021 Mark of Excellence Awards, which honor the best of collegiate journalism at the national level. Spectator, which submitted eight articles and its editions for consideration, won in three categories—including best all-around student newspaper—and had four finalists.

“A mix of great internet and print design, the ability to produce special issues that focus smartly on single topics, and a forward-looking way of covering the news make this the Best All-Around Student Newspaper this year,” the Society of Professional Journalists said in a comment about Spectator.

The three regional Northeast winners will now go on to the national level.

Best All-Around Student Newspaper (Large) 10,000+ Students

Columbia Daily Spectator Staff

Sports Writing (Large) 10,000+ Students

“The ‘inescapable’ effect of off-campus athletics: How the distance to Baker has shaped Columbia’s recruiting, performance, and sports culture” by sports editor Clara Ence Morse, CC ’23, with visual design by Jefferson Sheng, CC ’24, and deputy graphics editor Jun Yi Zhang, CC ’23, and interactives by Victoria Geh, SEAS ’24; Evan Li, CC ’24; Patrick Puma, SEAS ’24; and newsroom development head Hong Sen Du, SEAS ’23.

Data Visualization

“The U.S. and Ivy League schools were late to respond to COVID-19. Data shows international universities did better” by Kelly Pu, SEAS ’22; deputy graphics editor Jun Yi Zhang, CC ’23; Stephanie Lai, CC ’22; and Raeedah Wahid, BC ’22, with interactives by newsroom development head Hong Sen Du, SEAS ’23, and Jason Kao, SEAS ’22.

Finalists:

Data Visualization

“Uncertainty Looms as Student Jobs are Disappearing During the Great Lockdown” by Eve Washington, CC ’22, with visuals by deputy graphics editor Charlotte Li, CC ’22, and Jason Kao, SEAS ’22.

Video Game Reporting

“With the world powered off, esports becomes a way to reboot communities off-campus” by managing editor Elizabeth Karpen, BC ’22.

General News Reporting

“Racist Fiji messages are part of a long history of sexual, anti-Black violence protected by brotherhood” by news editor Dia Gill, CC ’23, and Valeria Escobar, CC ’22.

In-Depth Reporting (Large) 10,000+ Students

“What happened to NYPD officers who were charged with misconduct? They were promoted or paid more.” by Stephanie Lai, CC ’22, and Raeedah Wahid, BC ’22.

Staff writer Irie Sentner can be contacted at irie.sentner@columbiaspectator.com. Follow him on Twitter @iriesentner.

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