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CM Life named Best All-Around Student Newspaper by Society of Professional Journalists

Central Michigan Life staff Fall 2019 semester

Central Michigan Life was named Best All-Around Student Newspaper in the Society of Professional Journalists Mark of Excellence Awards for the content it produced in 2020. Winners were announced online April 13.

SPJ presents the Mark of Excellence Awards annually, honoring the best in student journalism. The awards offer categories for print, radio, television and online collegiate journalism. 

Entries are first judged on the regional level. CM Life won in SPJ’s Region 4 which comprises Michigan, Ohio, West Virginia and Western Pennsylvania. 

Associate Editor Courtney Pedersen also placed as a finalist in the Best General News Reporting category for her article "Alumni and students discuss race issues at CMU, renaming building" on conversations to rename buildings on campus as the Black Lives Matter movement resurfaced nationally.

First-place regional winners advance to the national competition that will be judged later this Spring.