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Daniel Roth wins SPJ national multimedia award

Daniel Roth, video editor for The Crimson White, has won first place nationally in the Society of Professional Journalists’ 2013 “Mark of Excellence” awards for best use of multimedia online, the SPJ announced May 6.

Roth was honored for his “Stepping Through” video/documentary, which chronicles the 50 years since The University of Alabama was desegregated, and The Crimson White’s “Final Barrier” coverage last fall of allegations of racism within the sorority recruitment process. Roth will accept the award at the SPJ’s Excellence in Journalism conference in Nashville in September.

You can view the video at http://cw.ua.edu/steppingthrough/.

This is the third consecutive year that students at The Crimson White have place first nationally in the SPJ Mark of Excellence Awards. The newspaper’s reporters won the national Breaking News award for 2011 and 2012. Roth, and a team of Crimson White editors also placed fourth nationally in the Hearst Journalism Awards “team multimedia” competition for their videos and stories surrounding “The Final Barrier.”

These latest honors came after The Crimson White was awarded five first place finishes and 12 honors overall in the 2013 SPJ Mark of Excellence Awards for Region 3 (Southeast) this past March. The newspaper won the Best All-Around Student Daily regional award for the fourth consecutive year, along with the regional Breaking News Reporting category for the third straight year.