Breaking News: Spartan Daily Wins Two National and Nine Statewide Awards

For the second consecutive year, San José State University’s Spartan Daily was awarded second place nationwide for Best Newspaper among four-year daily newspapers at the Associated Collegiate Press Best of Show awards. The organization’s 35th Annual National College Journalism Convention was held at the Hyatt Regency hotel in La Jolla this weekend. The Daily also secured the fourth place for Best Special Section in the national contest.

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 editorial team of the Daily secured fourth place for Best Newspaper in the state 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. She shared first place for Best Overall Newspaper Design, placed second for Best Illustration or Cartoon and third place for Best Photo Illustration. William Dela Cruz took second place awards for Best Infographic and Best Newspaper Inside Page Spread. Nick Zamora received second place for Best Photo Series and an honorable mention for Best Sports Photo. Vicente Vera was awarded second place for Best Feature Photograph while Jackie Contreras, Ben Stein, Melisa Yuriar and Marci Suela shared the first place for Best Overall Newspaper Design.

These contests place the Daily 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. Though many of our well-financed competitors may enjoy certain advantages over us here at SJSU, a successful awards show like this illustrates how our students’ inspiration and hard work can pay great dividends. Hopefully we can translate this success into financial support, which the Daily desperately needs to survive.

Please join me in congratulating the Daily staff, and in continuing to support all our student-run media.