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The Flagler College Gargoyle took first place for best independent online publication at the Society of Professional Journalists’ Mark of Excellence Region 3 awards.

The Flagler College Gargoyle took first place for best independent online publication at the Society of Professional Journalists’ Mark of Excellence Region 3 awards. The college’s student-run, online-only newspaper — gargoyle.flagler.edu — took a total of five awards, including two more first places for editor Michael Newberger in online opinion writing and sports editor Mari Pothier in online sports reporting.

A sixth award was won from a student in the Advanced Reporting class of assistant professor of communication Helena Sarkio. That piece was also published in the Gargoyle.

This is the second year a Gargoyle member took first place in the online opinion category. Last year the Gargoyle won four awards in the competition, and took second place in best independent online publication.

“This is a huge honor for us, especially since we had to compete against much larger universities and publications,” said Gargoyle adviser Brian Thompson. “We were one of the smallest schools in the competition, so it really says something about the quality of the journalism taking place here at Flagler.”

“I am so proud of our journalism program and the Gargoyle,” Sarkio said. “We produce quality media content which students use to obtain quality jobs, even in this tough economic time.”

The Mark of Excellence Awards honor the best in student journalism, and were announced at the regional conference at the University of Florida on March 24. The awards offer categories for print, radio, television and online collegiate journalism.

Entries are first judged on the regional level, and first place regional winners now advance to the national competition. Region 3 includes Alabama, Florida, Georgia and South Carolina. This year, the contest received more than 4,000 entries across SPJ’s 12 regions.

Gargoyle Mark of Excellence award winners:

Best Independent Online Student Publication
1st place, Gargoyle

Online Opinion and Commentary
1st place, Michael Newberger, Gargoyle
2nd place, Eliza Jordan, Gargoyle

Online Sports Reporting
1st place, Mari Pothier, Gargoyle

Feature Writing
2nd place, Alex Bonus, Gargoyle

Online Feature Reporting
2nd place, Alex Bonus, Advanced Reporting


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