Communication majors Woods, Rodriguez win SPJ Mark of Excellence Awards

Written by David Bulla

A pair of Communication majors have won Society of Professional Journalists Mark of Excellence Awards for Region III.

Chris Woods, a senior, and Carlos Rodriguez, a junior, are the recipients from Augusta University. They won for articles in the Bell Ringer student newspaper during 2021.

Woods took first place in General News Reporting for a story titled “AU protestors call for mask mandate from BOR.” Here is Woods’ winning story: Woods’ article

Rodriguez was first place in Sports Writing for a story titled “Fan discovers USC Aiken given extra point in one-point victory over Jags.” Here is Rodriguez’s winning story: Rodriguez’s article

Bell Ringer journalists also won awards from the Georgia College Press Association and the Southern Regional Press Institute. Here is a breakdown of their awards:

Georgia College Press Association

Best Photo Essay, Second Place: Chris Woods, Augusta University.

Best Sports Story, Second Place: Carlos Rodriguez, Augusta University.

Best Feature Story, Third Place: Rakiyah Lenon, Augusta University.

Best News Article, Objective Reporting, Second Place: Chris Woods, Augusta University.

Best Sports Photography, Second Place: Justin Brosemer, Augusta University.

Southern Regional Press Institute 

Best News Photography, First Place—Chris Woods, “Augusta Remembers 9/11”:

Best Features Photography, Second Place—Carlos Rodriguez, “Dominant first-half performance”:

Best Sports Story, Third Place—Carlos Rodriguez, “Blessing in disguise”:

Best Sports Story, First Place—Chris Rickerson, “AU men’s basketball has academic scandal”:

Best Features Story, First Place—Rakiyah Lenon, “Professor Bloodworth a teacher of students”:

Best News Story, First Place—Chris Woods, “BOR changes post-tenure review: ‘Solving a problem that doesn’t exist,’ says AU professor”:

Best Overall News Site, Third Place—The Bell Ringer (R. Lenon and C. Rodriguez):

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