N-G sports section, website, writer get national honors
Staff writer Marcus Jackson won a writing award and The News-Gazette was honored in section judging for the fourth consecutive year in the annual Associated Press Sports Editors' contest. Also, for the first time the newspaper's website — IlliniHQ.com — was tabbed as one of the nation's best.
Competing in the 30,000-75,000 circulation category, The News-Gazette's Sunday section was named honorable mention (top 20). It marked the 22nd time in the last 18 years the paper has been recognized in APSE voting for daily, Sunday or special sections.
Jackson placed in the top 10 in feature writing for his story on former Illinois basketball player Tal Brody. The top five finalists in the writing categories will be announced later this month. Winners will receive their awards at the June APSE convention in Washington, D.C.
Jackson, at The News-Gazette since 2005, took over the college basketball beat full time in 2012 after helping with college football, women's basketball and high school sports.
"Marcus has made a seamless transition to covering a very important beat for us," Executive Editor Jim Rossow said. "He has both the talent and work ethic to perform at a very high level — no matter the beat."
Competing in the under 500,000 monthly unique users category, IlliniHQ.com was named honorable mention (top 15) by APSE judges, who released results in December.
The APSE awards, voted on by sports editors from across the nation during four days of judging, honor work published in 2013.