The Society of Professional Journalists presented “The Houstonian” staff with a 2nd place Regional award for “Breaking News Reporting” this month for their coverage of the Rachel Pendray tragedy.
“The Houstonian” was runner-up in SPJ’s National Mark of Excellence contest in Region 8, which embraces all colleges in Texas and Oklahoma.
The winner of the award, Texas Christian University, will advance to judging on a national scale this month.
The Society of Professional Journalists is one of the oldest journalism-related organizations in the United States, and according to its official Web site, it is “the nation’s most broad-based journalism organization, dedicated to encouraging the free practice of journalism and stimulating high standards of ethical behavior.”
Advisor for “The Houstonian” and Warner Chair for the Mass Communication department, Michael Blackman, said, “I think this is a high honor indeed for the entire staff of ‘The Houstonian.’ They performed exceptionally well on the Rachel Pendray story and they deserve to be recognized in this esteemed competition.”