Posted at 11:30 a.m. May 6, 2014

Wingspan wins second place
at national Mark of Excellence competition

A cover photo illustration by Laramie County Community College’s student newspaper, Wingspan, was named second place in the small college category in the Society of Professional Journalists’ national Mark of Excellence competition.

The cover of the April 29, 2013, issue by Dan Herring and Kasey M. Orr was called “Happy Trails” and showed a horse and rider looking at the horizon after a spring snowstorm. At the time Herring was editor of Wingspan Online, and Orr was co-editor of Wingspan.]

Earlier, the photo illustration had won first place in Region 9, which consists of Wyoming, Colorado, Utah and New Mexico, making it eligible for the national competition against two- and four-year colleges and universities with less than 10,000 enrollment. First place went to Elon University, a private liberal arts institution in North Carolina.

The award will be presented at the SPJ national convention Sept. 4–6 in Nashville.

The Society of Professional Journalists is the nation’s most broad-based journalism organization, dedicated to encouraging the free practice of journalism and stimulating high standards of ethical behavior. Founded in 1909 as Sigma Delta Chi, SPJ promotes the free flow of information vital to a well-informed citizenry; works to inspire and educate the next generation of journalists; and protects First Amendment guarantees of freedom of speech and press.

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