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Texan News Wins First Place

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Texan News won first place for in-depth, online reporting in the Mark of Excellence contest sponsored by Society of Professional Journalists, Region 8 -- which includes all the j-schools in Texas and Oklahoma. The winners were announced Saturday in League City.

The winning package explored the reasons why sexual assaults on college campus are under-reported, delved into a case in which a high profile athlete accused of sexual assault was given a light sentence, and gave voice to the victims of sexual assault.

The stories carried bylines of Megan Kramer and Katie Gibbs were based on reporting by a group including a Ian Troub, Nathan Henderson, Mark Mallory, Caleb McCaig, Trevor Peele, McCoy Renfro and Kiley Widmann and were editing by K'Leigh Bedingfield and Monet Gerald. It was truly a team effort.

The winning entry now goes to the national competition. Results in that competition are announced in late April, early May.

In years past, SPJ has named second and third place winners in its Mark of Excellence contests. This year finalists were named, but not ranked.

Finalists from our campus included a feature story by Monet Gerald, Alyssa Winn and Houston Hall about the segregated history of the West End Cemetery; another in-depth online story written Caleb McCaig's, based on information gathered by students in the advanced reporting class, about executive pay raises on campus; and the staff of Cross Timbers Trails in the Best Magazine category.

Join us in congratulating our winners and finalists.