Boston University College of Communications Wins Numerous Mark of Excellence Journalism Awards

in College of Communication, Humanities/Social Science, News Releases
April 14th, 2005

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(Boston) – Boston University’s College of Communication (COM) swept all honors in three categories and won a total of five first-place and 12 overall Mark of Excellence Northeast Region Awards from the Society of Professional Journalists. Boston University placed second among the 27 schools receiving awards at recent ceremonies in Stamford, Conn. The five first-place winners will now go on to compete with the corresponding winners in the society’s ten other regions for the national awards presentation in May.

“We are very proud to have been recognized by such a prestigious organization as the Society of Professional Journalists,” said COM Dean John Schulz. “This is a testament to the hard work, creativity and dedication of our faculty and students. The publications that they put out last year were outstanding, and won several top awards. Now, with the overwhelming number of awards this year, I tip my hat to each and every one that made this possible.”

COM’s Washington Center for Journalism, which provides students the opportunity to serve as Washington, D.C.-based reporters and correspondents for New England media outlets, won first prize in the Best Independent Online Site category. Washington Center students also took home three individual awards, including Jenna Pelletier’s second-prize honor in the Online Feature Reporting category for “A Genetic Link to Identity: Dr. Bruce Jackson and the Roots Project.” In addition, David Schoetz took first in the Online In-Depth Reporting category for “A Greener Corps,” while Lan Anh Nguyen placed second for “Marine One Campaign,” which were the only two awards given out in this category.

COM also secured the top three prizes in the Best Student Magazine Published Once-a-Year category, with The Comment, an annual publication for BU alumni with a central theme, which was arts and communication this year, garnering top honors. Peel magazine, an annual compendium of works on a single theme from magazine workshop students that centered around the topic of subcultures this year, tied for second place with Granite, a BU journalism compendium of pieces focusing on the 2004 New Hampshire presidential primaries. Book Remarks, also a compendium of works from magazine workshop students, placed third for its publication on book publishing.

In the Non-Fiction Magazine Article category, submissions from COM’s Vision magazine, an annual compendium of the best works written by COM journalism students, took first and third places for Tyler B. Reed’s “The Episcopal Church and the Battle Over Gay Ministries” and Joanna Mayhew’s “The Face of AIDS in Africa,” respectively. In the same category, Kevin Alexander’s “The Life of Teen Boys,” published in Boston magazine, took second.

COM students Dori Berman, Carrie Lock, Richard Rainey, and Lindsay Taub won top honors for In-Depth Reporting for “Is Bernard Baren Guilty?,” which was published in the Boston Phoenix.

Opened in 1947 as the School of Public Relations, Boston University’s College of Communication, with an enrollment of more than 2,300 graduate and undergraduate students, specializes in journalism, film and television, mass communication, advertising and public relations. Undergraduate and graduate journalism students at Boston University combine a solid liberal arts background with pre-professional education and professional training to prepare for careers as writers, reporters, editors, and producers for newspapers, magazines, radio, television, and online newsrooms and other new multimedia outlets.

Robert Zelnick, a 21-year veteran of ABC News and a former Pentagon correspondent, chairs the Journalism department, which has 25 full-time faculty members. Some of the notable faculty include Lance Morrow, author of 150 Time magazine cover stories, including seven “Man of the Year” profiles during his 32 years as a columnist and reporter with the newsweekly; Doug Starr, author of the internationally acclaimed book, “Blood;” Ellen Shell, author of another important book, “The Hungry Gene;” Caryl Rivers, author of several notable books, including “He Works, She Works;” Mitchell Zukoff and Richard Lehr, award-winning reporters at The Boston Globe and Pulitzer Prize finalists for investigative reporting; Peter Southwick, former chief of photographers at the Globe; and Louis Ureneck, former deputy managing editor of The Philadelphia Inquirer.

Boston University is the fourth-largest independent university in the United States, with an enrollment of more than 29,000 students in its 17 schools and colleges. The university offers an exceptional grounding in the liberal arts, a broad range of programs in the arts, sciences, engineering, and professional areas, and state-of-the-art facilities for research and teaching.

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