The Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) announced dozens of winners for its regional competition last week. Central Michigan Life was named best all-round student newspaper and a staff member was recognized for their work.
CM Life won the Corbin Gwaltney Award for Best General Purpose Student Newspaper for its published work in 2021, continuing its three-game winning streak since 2019.
Current sports editor Christian Booher was also a finalist for best news reporting for his coverage of an off-campus shooting that left a football player in critical condition.
“The staff of 2021 deserves all the praise,” said CM Life editor Michael Livingston. “It’s been a crazy year to be a student journalist at CMU, and it certainly hasn’t been easy. I think we’ve done a great job of keeping students informed and involved in our work.”
Region 4 Mark of Excellence (MOE) awards include Michigan, Ohio, western Pennsylvania and West Virginia. CM Life will compete nationally among other regional MOE winners from the 12 SPJ regions.
National winners will be notified in late spring and will be recognized at the MediaFest22 convention in Washington, DC, October 27-30.
Entries for the Mark of Excellence Award are judged by professionals with at least three years of journalism experience.
See the full list of winners on the Society of Professional Journalists’ website.