SJSU’s Spartan Daily Wins Numerous Awards at Annual National College Journalism Convention

For the second consecutive year, San Jose State University’s Spartan Daily placed second nationwide for Best Newspaper among four-year daily newspapers in the Associated Collegiate Press Best of Show awards, at the organization’s 35th Annual National College Journalism Convention at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, La Jolla, California.  The Daily also took fourth place nationwide for Best Special Section.

The Daily also made an excellent showing Saturday night at the statewide California College Media Association awards.  The Daily took home nine awards against tough competition from throughout California.  Most notably, for the fifth time in six years, the Daily finished in the top four statewide for Best Newspaper, continuing a run of success unequaled in its 85-year history.

The Daily editorial team took fourth place for Best Newspaper in the state competition, with editors Sarah Klieves, Thomas Soares, Jackie Contreras, Ben Stein and Marci Suela sharing the honors.

Marci Suela won multiple awards for her design work on the Daily, sharing first place for Best Overall Newspaper Design, taking second place for Best Illustration or Cartoon and third place for Best Photo Illustration. William Dela Cruz received  two second-place awards, for Best Infographic and Best Newspaper Inside Page Spread, and Nick Zamora took a second place award for Best Photo Series and an honorable mention for Best Sports Photo.  Vicente Vera won a second-place award for Best Feature Photograph, while Jackie Contreras, Ben Stein, Melisa Yuriar and the aforementioned Marci Suela shared the first place award for Best Overall Newspaper Design.

“I am very proud of our SJSU students. These contests pit us against the biggest and most well-known universities the state and the nation have to offer, yet every year we win our share of awards,” says Dr. Richard Craig, Advisor, Spartan Daily.  “Though many of our well-financed competitors may enjoy certain advantages over us here at SJSU, an award showing like this illustrates how our students’ inspiration and hard work can pay great dividends.”

Congratulations to the entire Daily staff and faculty advisors!

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