Miami University's student-run GreenHawks Media won the 2012 Mark of Excellence Award for "best independent online student publication" from the Society of Professional Journalists' Midwest region 4.
GreenHawks Media is a web-only information source for regional sustainability and environmental news and information, with a staff of 22 students from all majors and interests. Its staff also has written "green" stories for The Miami Student, The Cincinnati Enquirer, CityBeat and Cox Ohio publications.
The editor is senior Bridget Vis, a journalism and international studies double major. News editor is junior Ariana Williams, a journalism and environmental principles and practice double major. Annie-Laurie Blair, clinical professor of journalism, is the adviser.
GreenHawks Media was founded in 2009 as a spinoff of Blair’s Journalism 350 Reporting on the Environment and Science course. It became an independent student media in 2010. Its founding editors, now all 2010 Miami graduates, have gone on to pursue careers in journalism and the environment.
Founding editors were Amy Biolchini (journalism/interdisciplinary studies, '10), now a reporter at the Times Herald in Port Huron, Mich.; Bridget Clegg (journalism/interdisciplinary studies, '10), now a multimedia journalist for "The Katie Brown Workshop" on American Public Media; and Adam Harris (economics/environmental studies, '10), now a data analyst at the Greater Cincinnati Energy Alliance.
“I believe this award recognizes that there is a wide audience among college students and Southwest Ohioans for information and news about the environment and sustainable practices,” said Blair. “GreenHawks Media strives to fulfill this information need with quality content and thoughtfulness.”
The awards will be presented during the Mark of Excellence Luncheon at the upcoming SPJ region 4 spring conference March 23-24 in Lansing, Mich.