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):