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The Gargoyle wins Society of Professional Journalists regional Mark of Excellence awards

Apr 22, 2021

Flagler's online student newspaper has won more than 120 awards since 2007

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Flagler College’s online student newspaper, The Gargoyle, won six awards in the 2020 Society of Professional Journalists Region 3 Mark of Excellence Awards, including finalist in the Best Independent Online Student Publication category. Other schools in that category included winner Berry College and finalist Florida International University. This year’s Gargoyle editors are students Maiya Mahoney, Casey Niebuhr and Jess Zsiga.

In addition, Gargoyle writers swept the Online Feature Reporting category. Mahoney took the top award in that category with a story titled, “Caring for the homeless, physically and mentally.”

Alexus Barnhart and Kayla McManama, who both graduated last spring, were the two finalists for Online Feature Reporting.

Other awards included recent graduate Lauren Piskothy, who won the Online Opinion and Commentary category, and student Abby Bittner, who was a finalist in a category for coverage of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Because Mahoney and Piskothy’s entries both won their categories, they will now move on to the organization’s national Mark of Excellence Awards competition against winners from all 12 regions. Region 3 covers Alabama, Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Since 2007, The Gargoyle has won 124 awards in various awards competitions, including finishing a finalist twice in the Associated Collegiate Press Online Pacemaker Awards.

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