The Signpost Recognized for Outstanding Journalism

Ogden, UT — When it comes to sports coverage, The Signpost plays ball. Weber State University’s student-run newspaper won first place in both deadline and non-deadline sports reporting during the Society of Professional Journalists’ Utah Headliners Awards held June 17.

Eric Jensen, managing editor for the 2010-2011 school year, won first place for deadline sports reporting for his piece, “Wildcats Win Overtime Thriller.” Jensen’s story captured an intense homecoming game, complete with four overtimes and a blackout.

Craig Halbasch, sports editor for the 2010-2011 school year, won first place in non-deadline sports reporting for his story, “Religion Leaves Prints on Sports.”  Halbasch looked into athletes leaving on missions for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and how their absence impacts WSU football.

I'm excited that our staff members were recognized for their dedication and talents,” said Spencer Garn, editor-in-chief of The Signpost. “The awards are another tribute to the tremendous tradition of journalistic excellence upheld by The Signpost year after year. We’re grateful for the professors and faculty who support our success.” 

In addition to being recognized for sports coverage, The Signpost also received awards in these categories:

  •  Second place:

      Military reporting (“Cancer, then U.S. Army,” by Andrew Choffel)

  • Third place:

      Page design-front page (Gina Barker, Spencer Garn and supporting staff)

      Page design-feature page (“Eco–friendly architecture,” by Ann Johnson, ShayLynne Clark)

  • Honorable Mention:

      Humor/Lifestyle Column (Humor Appreciation 101, by Kory Wood

All awards were for work performed in 2010.

This year has been especially fruitful for The Signpost in terms of recognition. The news organization has won a total of 28 awards this year, including General Excellence at the Utah Press Association and Best All-Around Non-Daily Student Newspaper from SPJ’s Region 9 Mark of Excellence Awards. 

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Shane Farver, Signpost advisor

Spencer Garn, Signpost editor-in-chief

Shane Farver, Signpost advisor