Duke Students for an Ethical Duke reported today that Duke Chronicle reporter Kristin Butler has been awarded the first prize in the National Society of Newspaper Columnists' annual student-scholarship contest.
NEW YORK Kristin Butler, a senior English major at Duke University, has won the $1,000 first-place prize in the National Society of Newspaper Columnists' annual student-scholarship contest.
NSNC Education Chair Russell Frank said the second-place winner is Julia Boriss, a junior psychology major at Indiana University who receives $500; and the third-place winner is Matias Ramos, a senior political science major at UCLA who receives $250.
The winners were selected by Boston Globe/Washington Post Writers Group columnist Ellen Goodman, who'll receive the NSNC Ernie Pyle Lifetime Achievement Award at the organization's June 21-24 conference in New Orleans. Butler will be the guest of the NSNC at that meeting.
A preliminary judge in the contest was columnist Suzette Martinez Standring, the immediate past president of the NSNC. Editor & Publisher
Ms. Butler has earned a reputation as a hard hitting columnist, especially with her reporting of the Duke Lacrosse Hoax/Frame. Here are some of her works:
Duke Students for an Ethical Duke unfortunately also reported that the Duke Chronicle has failed to mention the national honor for their own reporter as of Monday.
Congratulations to Kristin!
Hat Tip: Duke Students for an Ethical Duke