'Prince' reporting honored with national awards
The Daily Princetonian’s investigations into the suicide of senior lecturer Antonio Calvo and into the climate facing conservative students on campus have been named among the best college news stories in the country.
Associated Collegiate Press, considered one of the most prominent collegiate journalism organizations nationwide, honored the two articles as part of its 2012 Story of the Year awards. The articles competed against nearly 600 entries from around the country.
The ‘Prince’ investigation into Calvo’s 2011 suspension from the University was awarded honorable mention in the news category of the Story of the Year award. The article, written by Senior Writer Anjali Menon and Staff Writer Marcelo Rochabrun, examined the events and clarified the timeline leading up Calvo’s suicide.
The investigation, the result of interviews with more than 40 friends, family members and colleagues of Calvo, shows the University took unusual steps in its investigation of allegations of misconduct leveled against the lecturer. The article also shows “inconsistencies and gaps” in the University’s explanation of the events leading up to his suicide. The coverage received national media attention.
A ‘Prince’ look at conservative life on campus was named a finalist in the feature category of the Story of the Year award. The story is eligible to win Feature Story of the Year, for which the winner will be announced at the ACP convention in November.
The article, written by News Editor Teddy Schleifer and Senior Writer Regina Wang, showed a common assumption – that conservative students at the University face oppression or discrimination inside and outside the classroom – is inconsistent with the reality on campus. In fact, conservative students and faculty reported “conservative comfort” at what is often referred to as “the conservative Ivy.”
“These awards, and the incredible work of reporters and editors, highlight our commitment to providing our readers with authoritative, unbiased reporting on the most controversial issues facing the campus," ‘Prince’ Editor in Chief Henry Rome said. "Above all, we will continue to remain deeply invested in our journalism and our fundamental role on this campus as a news organization.”
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