MISSOULA – The Society for Professional Journalists named Metheffect.com, a University of Montana School of Journalism project, a national winner in its Mark of Excellence Awards. The award for Online In-Depth Reporting will be recognized at the annual SPJ convention in Baltimore Sept. 27-29.
The School of Journalism created the project by combining existing classes – one in advanced audio reporting and the other in
The project teamed up classes taught by Lee Banville (digital news) and Jule Banville (advanced audio).
“We really wanted to tell the story of how this drug and addiction is affecting so many segments of life in Montana,” Lee Banville said, “and what emerged was a series of stories and interactive features that, for the first time, tried to tell the whole story of meth in Montana. It is gratifying to see a national news organization like the Society of Professional Journalists
“It’s a big deal, and I’m really honored the work we did is getting some national recognition,” Jule Banville said. “But I have to say, I’m even more impressed with the stories and the solid journalism our students accomplished. It’s had a real impact, and I think that’s the take-home for us.”
For more information about the project, visit http://www.metheffect.com.