Awards


Every year, The Diamondback enters multiple categories in the Society of Professional Journalists’ Mark Of Excellence Awards. Here are a few of the award-winning stories from this year and years past.

2018

Breaking News Reporting (Large School Division)

DJ Durkin’s firing (Maryland fires coach DJ Durkin, one day after Board of Regents recommended he stay; “A roller-coaster”: Maryland football reacts to DJ Durkin’s return, firing; “I can’t believe it took them this long”: UMD students react to DJ Durkin’s firing) — The Diamondback staff

Region 2 Mark of Excellence winner

DJ Durkin’s reinstatement (UMD’s DJ Durkin, Damon Evans will keep jobs, Wallace Loh to retire in June; Jordan McNair’s parents: Keeping Durkin, Evans is like being “punched in the stomach”; “How many more kids have to die?”: UMD students react to Durkin’s return, Loh’s retirement; UMD President Wallace Loh is retiring. Here’s a look at his eight-year tenure.; DJ Durkin’s coaching potential and personal testimony won over Maryland’s Board of Regents) — The Diamondback staff

Region 2 Mark of Excellence finalist

In-Depth Reporting (Large School Division)

Despite mounting evidence, top boosters stand by Maryland football’s DJ Durkin — Andy Kostka

Region 2 Mark of Excellence winner

Maryland football culture report (Report finds DJ Durkin struggled to lead Maryland football, didn’t rein in abusive coach; Report finds Rick Court terrorized Maryland football players and wasn’t held accountable; Report finds Damon Evans led a chaotic athletic department, didn’t monitor football program; Report finds Kevin Anderson fostered feuds, lack of accountability in athletic department; Report finds Wallace Loh failed to control athletic department, address abuse allegations) — The Diamondback staff

Region 2 Mark of Excellence finalist

Feature Writing (Large School Division)

“Maryland has wrecked my life”: The story behind a $3 million racial discrimination lawsuit at UMD — Jillian Atelsek

Region 2 Mark of Excellence winner

“I feel humiliated”: UMD housekeepers say they’ve been rebuked for speaking Spanish — Angela Roberts

Region 2 Mark of Excellence finalist

Sports Writing (Large School Division)

A series of life-threatening events didn’t halt J.C. Jackson’s NFL dreams – Dan Bernstein

Region 2 Mark of Excellence finalist

General News Reporting

At “Justice for Jordan” rally, UMD student groups clash over football support — Jillian Atelsek

Region 2 Mark of Excellence winner

Former UMD AD Kevin Anderson intervened in sexual misconduct case involving football players — Christine Condon

Region 2 Mark of Excellence finalist

Online News Reporting

Despite heavy redaction, surveillance videos provide insight into Jordan McNair’s final workout — James Crabtree-Hannigan and Andy Kostka

Region 2 Mark of Excellence finalist

Online In-Depth Reporting

“We need this desperately”: grad teaching assistants could get collective bargaining rights — Angela Roberts

Region 2 Mark of Excellence finalist

Online Feature Reporting

College Park wants to be a top-20 college town. Here’s how close it is to getting there. — Staff of The Diamondback

Region 2 Mark of Excellence finalist

Online Sports Reporting

After Cliff Tucker died, a Maryland basketball alumni game helped his loved ones heal — Andy Kostka

Region 2 Mark of Excellence winner

911 records indicate medics didn’t recognize severity of Jordan McNair’s condition — James Crabtree-Hannigan

Region 2 Mark of Excellence finalist

Best All-Around Non-Daily Student Newspaper

The Diamondback

Region 2 Mark of Excellence finalist

Breaking News Photography (Large School Division)

Organizers address protestors in front of the Main Administration Building (from At “Justice for Jordan” rally, UMD student groups clash over football support) — Jon Orbach

Region 2 Mark of Excellence finalist

Sports Photography (Large School Division)

Testudo waves the Maryland flag (from: Maryland men’s basketball is 0-5 vs. the ACC since joining the Big Ten. Is the team cursed?) — Andi Wenck

Region 2 Mark of Excellence winner

Feature Photography (Large School Division)

Michael Bell sits next to his confessional; DuRay Jones and his family gather around their counter; Jones coaches an elementary school football team; Jones helps a player fasten his helmet; the University of Maryland Service Building (from: “Maryland has wrecked my life”: The story behind a $3 million racial discrimination lawsuit at UMD) — Julia Nikhinson and Elliot Scarangello

Region 2 Mark of Excellence winner

Amit Dadon speaks at the Vote for Change Rally (from: UMD student, Stoneman Douglas alum holds gun control rally ahead of midterms) — Julia Nikhinson

Region 2 Mark of Excellence finalist

Editorial Writing

Why did it take UMD so long to care about Jordan McNair’s death?; Firing DJ Durkin doesn’t fix the system that enabled him; UMD’s external diversity report is a sloppy, meaningless mess — The Diamondback editorial board

Region 2 Mark of Excellence winner

General Column Writing

UMD should cut ties with companies that help kill Yemeni children; Why has “Fearless Ideas” become a meme?; The United States needs a war on loneliness — Max Foley-Keene

Region 2 Mark of Excellence winner

Photo Illustration

The Diamondback’s Year in Review — Staff of The Diamondback

Region 2 Mark of Excellence winner

Editorial Cartooning

Arming teachers; Thin ice; Good cop/bad cop — Eva Shen

Region 2 Mark of Excellence winner

2017

Breaking News Reporting (Large School Division)

“Hatred and tragedy”: following the homicide of Richard Collins III — The Diamondback staff

Region 2 Mark of Excellence winner

In-Depth Reporting (Large School Division)

“It’s real”: a seven-part look at how sexual assault is handled at the University of Maryland — The Diamondback staff

National Mark of Excellence winner
Region 2 Mark of Excellence winner

Online In-Depth Reporting

“It’s real”: a seven-part look at how sexual assault is handled at the University of Maryland — The Diamondback staff

Region 2 Mark of Excellence finalist

Feature Writing (Large School Division)

“I can never escape” — Taylor Swaak

Region 2 Mark of Excellence winner

“Undocumented and unafraid”: For DACA students at Maryland, studying and living requires resilience — Natalie Schwartz

Region 2 Mark of Excellence finalist

Sports Writing (Large School Division)

Back to business: Antoine Brooks defied odds to star for Maryland football – Dan Bernstein

Region 2 Mark of Excellence winner

Playing in silence: As athletes continue protesting racism, Maryland’s remain silent. Why? – Kyle Melnick

Region 2 Mark of Excellence finalist

Best Use of Multimedia

“It’s real”: a seven-part look at how sexual assault is handled at the University of Maryland — The Diamondback staff

Region 2 Mark of Excellence winner

General News Reporting

UMD Trump supporters say they feel voiceless on a liberal campus — Natalie Schwartz

Region 2 Mark of Excellence finalist

Online News Reporting

“On her own” — Hallie Miller and Ellie Silverman

National Mark of Excellence finalist
Region 2 Mark of Excellence winner

Best All-Around Radio Newscast

The Dive: “When It’s Over” — The Diamondback’s Diversions staff

Region 2 Mark of Excellence winner

Breaking News Photography

Firefighter responds to five-alarm fire at College Park apartment complex — Tom Hausman

Region 2 Mark of Excellence finalist

Editorial Writing

In the face of hate, UMD community must not grow numb; UMD officials must acknowledge student concerns, not deflect them; Email from mock trial coaches highlights misunderstanding of diversity — The Diamondback editorial board

Region 2 Mark of Excellence winner

Sports Column Writing

Maryland football must step up in Texas’ hostile road environment; Maryland football’s upset over Texas is one of its best wins in program history; Maryland basketball coach Mark Turgeon has his most experienced trio ever — Kyle Melnick and Dan Bernstein

Region 2 Mark of Excellence finalist

Editorial Cartooning

Midterm Week; Gun Violence; Net Neutrality — Eva Shen

National Mark of Excellence finalist
Region 2 Mark of Excellence winner

Photo Illustration

A year in review — Evan Berkowitz and Tom Hausman

Region 2 Mark of Excellence finalist

2016

Breaking News Photography (Large School Division)

Israel Fest protest — Josh Loock

Region 2 Mark of Excellence finalist

Editorial Cartooning

Stronger Together, DAPL, Johnny Depp — Eva Shen

Region 2 Mark of Excellence winner

General News Photography (Large School Division)

College Park Mayor Patrick Wojahn awards local hero, Renita Smith — Tom Hausman

Region 2 Mark of Excellence finalist

Sports Photography (Large School Division)

Goalkeeper Cody Niedermeier after Maryland men’s soccer’s NCAA tournament loss — Matt Regan

Region 2 Mark of Excellence finalist

Best All-Around Non-Daily Student Newspaper

The Diamondback

Region 2 Mark of Excellence winner

Breaking News Reporting (Large School Division)

A murder-suicide stuns College Park — Michael Brice-Saddler, Andrew Dunn, Natalie Schwartz and Mina Haq

National Mark of Excellence finalist
Region 2 Mark of Excellence winner

General News Reporting (Large School Division)

White nationalist posters found at the University of Maryland — Ellie Silverman and Talia Richman

Region 2 Mark of Excellence finalist

Ex-student sues UMD after expulsion for sexual assault — Ellie Silverman

Region 2 Mark of Excellence finalist

In-Depth Reporting (Large School Division)

Police use pepper spray on graduation party of mostly black students — The Diamondback Staff

Region 2 Mark of Excellence winner

Sports Column Writing

It’s time to listen to Melo Trimble; Tyrrell Pigrome’s first Maryland football start tempers his rookie-year hype; Maryland football would reap benefits of making freshmen available to the media — Callie Caplan and Kyle Stackpole

Region 2 Mark of Excellence winner

Best Affiliated Website

The Diamondback’s website

Region 2 Mark of Excellence finalist

Online Feature Reporting

ProtectUMD has 64 demands to aid vulnerable students. These are the stories behind them. — The Diamondback Staff

Region 2 Mark of Excellence finalist

Evolution of a fandom — Danielle Ohl

Region 2 Mark of Excellence finalist

Best All-Around Radio Newscast

The Dive Episode 4: Mr. President — Michael Errigo, Patrick Basler, Jay Reed, Anna Muckerman and Josh Magness

Region 2 Mark of Excellence winner

2015

Editorial Writing

Finalist: Selected editorials – by The Diamondback editorial board, University of Maryland

Feature Writing (Large) 10,000+ Students

Winner: Maryland’s hidden epidemic – by Jon Banister, University of Maryland

General Column Writing (Large) 10,000+ Students

Winner: For the love of God, there was Satan, Letter from an Op-editor, The perfect human can’t be designed – by Yi “Patrick” An, University of Maryland College Park

Finalist: Transgressive art is desecration of beauty; Not everything intended as art is art; Gun control – by Andrew Adeola, University of Maryland, College Park

Sports Column Writing

Winner: Selected columns – by Ryan Baillargeon Daniel Popper, University of Maryland

Sports Writing (Large) 10,000+ Students

Winner: Fastest to 500 – by Callie Caplan, University of Maryland

Online News Reporting

Finalist: University of Maryland expels record number of students for sexual assault – by Ellie Silverman Darcy Costello, University of Maryland

Online Opinion & Commentary

Winner: Not everything intended as art is art; Holistic perspective improve healthcare; Biden should have run – by Andrew Adeola, University of Maryland, College Park

Online Sports Reporting

Finalist: The miss – by Josh Needelman, University of Maryland

2014

Breaking News Photography (Large) 10,000+ Students

Winner: Black lives matter – by Sung-Min Kim, University of Maryland

General News Photography (Large) 10,000+ Students

Winner: Brown wins democratic nomination, faces Larry Hogan in general election – by Christian Jenkins, University of Maryland

Sports Photography (Large) 10,000+ Students

Finalist: Ohio State Quarterback Cardale Jones hurdles safety Anthony Nixon – by Chester Lam, University of Maryland

Editorial Writing

Winner: The Diamondback selected editorials – by The Diamondback Editorial Board, University of Maryland

General Column Writing (Large) 10,000+ Students

Winner: I’ll see you at the movies; Why I want to become a doctor; Blurred lines of Justice and Vengeance – by Yi “Patrick” An, University of Maryland College Park

Finalist: Selected Diamondback columns – by Erik Shell, Caroline Carlson, Matt Schnabel, University of Maryland

General News Reporting (Large) 10,000+ Students

Finalist: Marylanders fight for rights to die after national attention drawn to ‘death with dignity’ – by Talia Richman, University of Maryland

In-Depth Reporting (Large) 10,000+ Students

Finalist: University data breach exposes 300,000 student, faculty SSNs – by Laura Blasey Mike King Joe Antoshak, University of Maryland

Sports Column Writing

Winner: Selected Diamondback sports columns – by Daniel Gallen Aaron Kasinitz, University of Maryland

Best Use of Multimedia

Finalist: Post-classical – by Danielle Ohl, University of Maryland

Online Feature Reporting

Finalist: The art of getting by: Life as a transgender student at the University of Maryland – by Quinn Kelley, University of Maryland

Online Opinion & Commentary

Winner: Selected Diamondback columns – by Robert Cobb, Ben Stryker, Eric Bricker, University of Maryland

Online Sports Reporting

Finalist: Breaking down Urban Meyer’s offense – by Daniel Popper, University of Maryland

2013

Breaking News Reporting (Large)

Winner: “Two UMD students dead after College Park murder-suicide” by The Diamondback Staff, The Diamondback, University of Maryland

In-Depth Reporting (Large)

Winner: “State prepared for health insurance exchanges opening today” by Yasmeen Abutaleb, The Diamondback, University of Maryland

Feature Writing (Large)

Winner: “Jayson Blair: 10 years later” by Yasmeen Abutaleb, The Diamondback, University of Maryland

Sports Writing (Large)

Winner: “Brothers Bernhardt” by Aaron Kasinitz, The Diamondback, University of Maryland

Editorial Writing

Winner: The Diamondback staff, The Diamondback, University of Maryland

General Column Writing

Winner: Lauren Redding, Erik Shell and Mike King, The Diamondback, University of Maryland

Sports Column Writing

Winner: Daniel Gallen and Aaron Kasinitz, The Diamondback, University of Maryland

General News Photography (Large)

Finalist: “The Life of Loh” by James Levin, The Diamondback, University of Maryland

Sports Photography (Large)

Winner: “Mullins College Cup semifinals celebration” by Christian Jenkins, The Diamondback, University of Maryland

Online In-Depth Reporting

Finalist: “Decoding the Code of Student Conduct” by Teddy Amenabar, Darcy Costello and Alex Kirshner, The Diamondback, University of Maryland

Online Sports Reporting

Finalist: “The Boy from Fukushima” by Daniel Popper, Daniel Gallen and Aaron Kasinitz, The Diamondback, University of Maryland

2012

General News Reporting (Large)

Second Place: “The rise and fall of a dynasty” by Yasmeen Abutaleb & Rebecca Lurye, The Diamondback, University of Maryland

Feature Writing (Large)

Second Place: “Incoming graduate student was a victim of Colorado shooting” by Laura Blasey, The Diamondback, University of Maryland

Sports Writing (Large)

First Place: “Larger than life: Six things you don’t know about A.J. Francis” by Connor Letourneau, The Diamondback, University of Maryland

Second Place: “’Living the dream’: The Zachary Lederer story” by Chris Eckard, The Diamondback, University of Maryland

Editorial Writing (Large)

Second Place: The Diamondback Editorial Board, The Diamondback, University of Maryland

Sports Column Writing (Large)

Second Place: Connor Letourneau, The Diamondback, University of Maryland

Third Place: Josh Vitale, The Diamondback, University of Maryland

Best All-Around Daily Student Newspaper

First Place: The Diamondback, University of Maryland

Feature Photography (Large)

First Place: “Proteus Bicycles” by Charlie DeBoyace, The Diamondback, University of Maryland

Sports Photography (Large)

Third Place: “Heartbreak in Hoover” by Charlie DeBoyace, The Diamondback, University of Maryland

2011

Best All-Around Daily Student Newspaper

Second Place: The Diamondback, University of Maryland

Editorial Writing

Third Place: The Diamondback staff, University of Maryland

Feature Writing

Second Place: Tramp ships and turntables – by Richard Abdill, University of Maryland

General Column Writing

First Place: Christopher Haxel, University of Maryland

Third Place: Osama Eshera, University of Maryland

General News Reporting

First Place: Ten years gone – by Yasmeen Abutaleb and Rachel Roubein, University of Maryland

Sports Column Writing

First Place: Columns by Jeremy Schneider, University of Maryland

Sports Writing

First Place: Team Tyler – by Conor Walsh, University of Maryland

Second Place: With Turgeon, a new look – by Chris Eckard, University of Maryland