CSU–Pueblo student newspaper earns award for issue on meth

Colorado State University – Pueblo’s student newspaper earned a first place regional award last month for a special news supplement on methamphetamine. The special news supplement to the Dec. 7, 2006, TODAY campus newspaper titled, “Methademic: Is Methamphetamine Destroying America?” won first place in the Society of Professional Journalists Region 9 Mark of Excellence Awards. CSU-Pueblo mass communications student Ron Koch accepted the award at the SPJ Region 9 conference held March 24 at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City.

The supplement, which was produced by mass communications students enrolled in Associate Professor Richard Joyce’s fall 2006 Reporting Public Affairs class, competed against entries from universities throughout Colorado, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming. In the in-depth reporting category, CSU-Pueblo beat out second place Mike Donovan of Colorado State University in Fort Collins for his piece, “Athletic Department Monetary Deficits,” and third place Dustin Gardiner of theUniversity of Utah, for “Town Casts Wary Eye to Yurts.”
According to the Society of Professional Journalists, collegiate journalists submitted more than 3,300 entries in 39 categories across the SPJ’s 12 regions.

Because of its first-place award in the regional contest, the methamphetamine supplement automatically will be entered into a national Society of Professional Journalists competition. Winners of that contest will be announced in mid-May.

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