NU-Q students awarded SPJ honors

The Society of Professional Journalists announced the winners of its 2012 Mark of Excellence Awards on Wednesday, with three NU-Q student entries named first-place winners in the regional competition and finalists in the U.S. national competition.

Usama Alony Hamad was selected a national finalist in the Online News Reporting (Small School Division) category for his “Villaggio Fire” video, published on The National’s website.

Abir Bouguerra, Angel Polacco and Sara Al-Darwish’s entry “Maid Abuse: A Growing Problem in Qatar,” published in Doha News, was selected as a national finalist in the Online Feature Reporting (Small School Division) category.

An NU-Q field reporting project conducted in the United States was named a national finalist in the Online In-Depth Reporting (Small School Division) category. The project, “Arab Amereeka 2012,” examined the importance of the Arab-American vote in the 2012 congressional and presidential elections. The students cited for their work are: Abir Bouguerra, Angel Polacco, Alanna Alexander, Jaimee Haddad, Penny Yi Wang, Saba Sharmi, Farida Zahran, Ghina El Aker and Marium Saeed. Project instructors were Jennifer Koons, Anne Sobel and Sean Burns.

The 2012 contest, honoring the best of collegiate journalism, received more than 4,600 entries. The NU-Q entries competed and placed first in Region 5: Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky and Qatar. The entries were then judged by a national panel of experienced journalists who selected the national finalists from among the 12 regional winners.

View the complete list of award winners and finalists.