San Diego Society of Professional Journalists Awards PLNU Students, Alumni, and Professors

Thursday, June 28, 2012
On June 28, several PLNU-connected journalists won awards at the San Diego Society of Professional Journalists’ (SDSPJ) annual awards banquet. The awards honored a variety of journalism skills, such as investigative reporting, ethics, professionalism, and coverage of diverse voices.
Journalism professor Dr. Dean Nelson was the co-emcee of the event, and Dr. Sue Atkins, recently retired journalism professor, presided as president of the SDSPJ board.
The Sol Price Prize for Responsible Journalism is one of the six special awards given to journalists whose work not only meets ethical standards but also shows uncommon sensitivity to issues. These journalists pursued truth in the face of such obstacles as unpopularity, economic retribution, or physical harm. This award went to Ashly McGlone (09), who is an investigative reporter with the Union Tribune (U-T) San Diego, along with three other U-T San Diego journalists for their “Sweetwater Schools Series.” The series also won first place for the category of Daily Reporting and Writing: Investigative/Enterprise Story – Single Subject.
Nathan Scharn (10), also writing for the U-T San Diego, won second place with his team members for the story “Freeway Shootings Rattle the Region.”
Two recent journalism graduates won awards for their articles in the Point Weekly campus newspaper, published in the 2011 contest year. Joanna O’Hanlon (11) won first place in the category College Media: News or Feature Series – Print/Online for her piece “A Horse Trainer and a Ministry Leader: A Tale of Two Strippers.” Kimberlee Kruesi (11) was an honorable mention in the category College Media: In-Depth Reporting Story – Print/Online for her article “Special Watchdog Report: Caf Inspections.” 
Adjunct professor and alumnus Doug Brunk (89) also won a first place award in the category Non-daily Reporting & Writing: Health Story for his story in Pediatric News “Social Media Confuses, Concerns Parents.”