Society of Professional Journalists names UA student national award winner

Society of Professional Journalists names UA student national award winner

Elizabeth Elkin

The Society of Professional Journalists has designated UA student Elizabeth Elkin as a Mark of Excellence National Winner in the In-Depth Reporting category for her story “Behind Closed Doors.”

Elkin’s story is an account of a sexual assault on The University of Alabama campus which first appeared in a special edition of The Crimson White on Feb. 1, 2016.

A senior majoring in journalism, Elkin said that winning the award is unbelievable.

“’Behind Closed Doors’ is the most important thing that I’ve ever done, and so to have it recognized on a national scale means everything to me.,” Elkin said.

“I want to give voices to people who feel like they don’t have a voice, so I really felt like 'Behind Closed Doors' did that and that’s why I love that story so much. It’s really incredible to see it recognized.”

Elkin will be acknowledged as a National Winner during the Society of Professional Journalists Excellence in Journalism conference in Anaheim, California this September.

Mark Mayfield, the editorial advisor and Associate Director of UA’s Office of Student Media, praised Elkin for her sensitivity and diligence in writing the award-winning story.

“It wasn’t just one interview; it was a lot of interviews with a lot of different people. She went the extra mile. The 'Behind Closed Doors' story is one of those articles that has a huge impact on helping other victims of sexual assault to know that they can come forward and that there are others out there willing to help them,” Mayfield said.

“[The award] is a really big deal… and especially in the In-Depth Reporting category. It truly underscores Elizabeth’s talent as a journalist and it gives me a lot of hope about the future of journalism in this country with the talent that we have coming out of here."

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