The CU Independent won in three categories for the 2019 Mark of Excellence (MOE) Awards presented by the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) and placed as a finalist for five stories.
The annual competition is divided into 12 regions, with the CUI competing as an online news outlet in Region 9, which is comprised of higher education institutions in Colorado, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming.
According to its website, the MOE Awards honor “the best in student journalism” with entries being judged by professionals with at least three years of journalism experience.
Below are the CUI’s winners and finalists:
Online News Reporting
Winner: Students hold rally in protest of Mark Kennedy’s presidential nomination. By Carina Julig, Robert Tann, Tory Lysik and Lucy Haggard
Finalist: Micromobility in Boulder: What is it? By Anna Haynes
Finalist: Inside the wild frat formal that contributed to the split between SigEp and IFC. By Tory Lysik
Online Feature Reporting
Winner: Behind the scenes of affluent Boulder is the city’s working class. By Hannah Metzger
Finalist: Free speech, hate speech and an executive order. By Robert Tann, Anna Haynes and Fiona Matson
Online In-Depth Reporting
Winner: Yellow Deli restaurant linked to organization accused of child abuse, CUI investigation finds. By Colie Dorfman
Online Opinion & Commentary
Finalist: CU Bluffs: Students want to rename ‘sidewalk’ something more politically correct. By Alex Mumm
Finalist: Opinion: Thinking green doesn’t have to make us feel blue. By Savannah Mather
The awards were set to be presented during an in-person Region 9 conference in Salt Lake City, Utah scheduled for March 27 and 28. The conference was canceled due to concerns over COVID-19.
Staff who placed as winners will go on to compete nationally with other regional MOE winners from the 12 SPJ regions, with those awards being announced later in the spring.
Contact CU Independent Editor-in-Chief Robert Tann at firstname.lastname@example.org.