Ranger named finalist in three categories by SPJ Region 8

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Kinesiology sophomore Roel Gonzalez carries a 25-pound bar on an inclined treadmill and wears an elevation training mask set to 5,000 feet above sea level Sept. 22 in the gym in Candler. Running is his coping mechanism for dealing with the effects of post-traumatic stress disorder.  Daniel Carde

Kinesiology sophomore Roel Gonzalez carries a 25-pound bar on an inclined treadmill and wears an elevation training mask set to 5,000 feet above sea level Sept. 22 in the gym in Candler. Running is his coping mechanism for dealing with the effects of post-traumatic stress disorder. Daniel Carde

Sports and editorial writing and photography earn honors against two- and four-year colleges.

The Ranger was named a finalist in three categories in the 2015 Mark of Excellence contest sponsored by Region 8 of the Society of Professional Journalists March 19 in Fort Worth.

The awards are for work published in The Ranger and The Ranger Online in spring and fall 2015.

Region 8 comprises Texas and Oklahoma, and student publications are divided into two divisions based on enrollment. The Ranger competes with two-year and four-year colleges with more than 10,000 students.

Former Ranger photographer Daniel Carde was one of two finalists in feature photography. His entry was a photo story on a veteran running solo in a relay race to Corpus Christi to raise money for the Chris Kyle Frog Foundation.

Ranger photographer E. David Guel was one of two finalists in online sports reporting for “Pirates steal one from the Rangers in nail-biter, 70-68.”

Fall 2015 Ranger editor Cynthia M. Herrera and fall calendar editor Pam Paz shared a finalist designation for three editorials, “Transparency award ironic,” “Really about trust, Dr. Leslie?” and “New ID cards no benefit to students.”

Entries were judged by professional journalists, and SPJ considers the awards representative of “the best in student journalism,” according to the professional organization’s website.

No one from The Ranger attended the Region 8 conference where the awards were presented.

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