NewsLINC BEST IN NORTHEAST. Lyndon State College’s student-produced online news outlet, NewsLINC, is headed to the national Mark of Excellence (MOE) competition after placing first in Region One for “Best Affiliated Website.” The MOE, presented by the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ), honors the best in student journalism with categories for print, radio, television, and online collegiate journalism. NewsLINC is one of the news platforms of the Vermont Center for Community Journalism (VCCJ), the capstone program of the College’s the Electronic Journalism Arts degree. News7 and News Ink are the VCCJ’s television and print news outlets.
Entries are first judged on the regional level. First place regional winners advance to the national competition among category winners from the 12 SPJ regions. Lyndon students were competing against other students in the SPJ’s Region One, which comprises Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, Vermont and central and eastern Pennsylvania.
Schools are also divided based on student enrollment, which includes both graduate and undergraduate enrollment. LSC’s entries were classified in the “small college” category – - schools with less than 5,000 students.
LSC’s student-run weekly newspaper, The Critic, placed two entries in the regional competition. “Spring Dip” by Bryan Barber, Danielle Drown and Sierra Willenburg won second in the “Feature Photography” category. Tyler Dumont’s article, “Professor Accused of Sexual Harassment” placed third in “In-Depth Reporting.”
National winners will be notified in the late spring. The awards are judged by professionals with at least three years of journalism experience.