Every year, The Diamondback enters multiple categories in the Society of Professional Journalist's Mark Of Excellence Awards. Here are a few of the award-winning stories from this year and years past.

2016

Breaking News Photography (Large)

Finalist: Israel Fest protest – by Josh Loock, University of Maryland, College Park

Editorial Cartooning

Winner: Selected cartoons by The Diamondback's Eva Shen – by Eva Shen, University of Maryland, College Park

General News Photography (Large)

Finalist: College Park Mayor Patrick Wojahn awards local hero, Renita Smith. – by Tom Hausman, University of Maryland, College Park

Sports Photography (Large)

Finalist: Goalkeeper Cody Niedermeier after Maryland soccer NCAA tournament loss – by Matt Regan, University of Maryland, College Park

Best All-Around Non-Daily Student Newspaper

Winner: The Diamondback – by The Diamondback Staff, University of Maryland, College Park

Breaking News Reporting (Large)

Winner: A murder-suicide stuns College Park – by Michael Brice-Saddler, Andrew Dunn, Natalie Schwartz, Mina Haq, University of Maryland, College Park

General News Reporting (Large)

Finalist: White nationalist posters found at the University of Maryland – by Ellie Silverman, Talia Richman, University of Maryland, College Park

Finalist: Ex-student sues UMD after expulsion for sexual assault – by Ellie Silverman, University of Maryland, College Park

In-Depth Reporting (Large)

Winner: Police use pepper spray on graduation party of mostly black students – by The Diamondback Staff , University of Maryland

Sports Column Writing

Winner: Selected columns by The Diamondback Sports Editorial Staff – by Callie Caplan, Kyle Stackpole, University of Maryland, College Park

Best Affiliated Website

Finalist: The Diamondback's website – by The Diamondback Staff, University of Maryland, College Park

Online Feature Reporting

Finalist: ProtectUMD has 64 demands to aid vulnerable students. These are the stories behind them. – The Diamondback Staff, University of Maryland

Finalist: Evolution of a fandom – by Danielle Ohl, University of Maryland

Radio

Best All-Around Radio Newscast

Winner: The Dive Mr. President – by Michael Errigo, Patrick Basler, Jay Reed, Anna Muckerman and Josh Magness, University of Maryland, College Park

2015

Editorial Writing

Finalist: Selected editorials – by The Diamondback editorial board, University of Maryland

Feature Writing (Large) 10,000+ Students

Winner: Maryland's hidden epidemic – by Jon Banister, University of Maryland

General Column Writing (Large) 10,000+ Students

Winner: For the love of God, there was Satan, Letter from an Op-editor, The perfect human can't be designed – by Yi "Patrick" An, University of Maryland College Park

Finalist: Transgressive art is desecration of beauty; Not everything intended as art is art; Gun control – by Andrew Adeola, University of Maryland, College Park

Sports Column Writing

Winner: Selected columns – by Ryan Baillargeon Daniel Popper, University of Maryland

Sports Writing (Large) 10,000+ Students

Winner: Fastest to 500 – by Callie Caplan, University of Maryland

Online News Reporting

Finalist: University of Maryland expels record number of students for sexual assault – by Ellie Silverman Darcy Costello, University of Maryland

Online Opinion & Commentary

Winner: Not everything intended as art is art; Holistic perspective improve healthcare; Biden should have run – by Andrew Adeola, University of Maryland, College Park

Online Sports Reporting

Finalist: The miss – by Josh Needelman, University of Maryland

2014

Breaking News Photography (Large) 10,000+ Students

Winner: Black lives matter – by Sung-Min Kim, University of Maryland

General News Photography (Large) 10,000+ Students

Winner: Brown wins democratic nomination, faces Larry Hogan in general election – by Christian Jenkins, University of Maryland

Sports Photography (Large) 10,000+ Students

Finalist: Ohio State Quarterback Cardale Jones hurdles safety Anthony Nixon – by Chester Lam, University of Maryland

Editorial Writing

Winner: The Diamondback selected editorials – by The Diamondback Editorial Board, University of Maryland

General Column Writing (Large) 10,000+ Students

Winner: I'll see you at the movies; Why I want to become a doctor; Blurred lines of Justice and Vengeance – by Yi "Patrick" An, University of Maryland College Park

Finalist: Selected Diamondback columns – by Erik Shell, Caroline Carlson, Matt Schnabel, University of Maryland

General News Reporting (Large) 10,000+ Students

In-Depth Reporting (Large) 10,000+ Students

Finalist: University data breach exposes 300,000 student, faculty SSNs – by Laura Blasey Mike King Joe Antoshak, University of Maryland

Sports Column Writing

Winner: Selected Diamondback sports columns – by Daniel Gallen Aaron Kasinitz, University of Maryland

Best Use of Multimedia

Finalist: Post-classical – by Danielle Ohl, University of Maryland

Online Feature Reporting

Finalist: The art of getting by: Life as a transgender student at the University of Maryland – by Quinn Kelley, University of Maryland

Online Opinion & Commentary

Winner: Selected Diamondback columns – by Robert Cobb, Ben Stryker, Eric Bricker, University of Maryland

Online Sports Reporting

Finalist: Breaking down Urban Meyer's offense – by Daniel Popper, University of Maryland

2013

Breaking News Reporting (Large)

Winner: "Two UMD students dead after College Park murder-suicide" by The Diamondback Staff, The Diamondback, University of Maryland

In-Depth Reporting (Large)

Winner: "State prepared for health insurance exchanges opening today" by Yasmeen Abutaleb, The Diamondback, University of Maryland

Feature Writing (Large)

Winner: "Jayson Blair: 10 years later" by Yasmeen Abutaleb, The Diamondback, University of Maryland

Sports Writing (Large)

Winner: "Brothers Bernhardt" by Aaron Kasinitz, The Diamondback, University of Maryland

Editorial Writing

Winner: The Diamondback staff, The Diamondback, University of Maryland

General Column Writing

Winner: Lauren Redding, Erik Shell and Mike King, The Diamondback, University of Maryland

Sports Column Writing

Winner: Daniel Gallen and Aaron Kasinitz, The Diamondback, University of Maryland

General News Photography (Large)

Finalist: "The Life of Loh" by James Levin, The Diamondback, University of Maryland

Sports Photography (Large)

Winner: "Mullins College Cup semifinals celebration" by Christian Jenkins, The Diamondback, University of Maryland

Online In-Depth Reporting

Finalist: "Decoding the Code of Student Conduct" by Teddy Amenabar, Darcy Costello and Alex Kirshner, The Diamondback, University of Maryland

Online Sports Reporting

Finalist: "The Boy from Fukushima" by Daniel Popper, Daniel Gallen and Aaron Kasinitz, The Diamondback, University of Maryland

2012

General News Reporting (Large)

Second Place: "The rise and fall of a dynasty" by Yasmeen Abutaleb & Rebecca Lurye, The Diamondback, University of Maryland

Feature Writing (Large)

Second Place: "Incoming graduate student was a victim of Colorado shooting" by Laura Blasey, The Diamondback, University of Maryland

Sports Writing (Large)

First Place: "Larger than life: Six things you don't know about A.J. Francis" by Connor Letourneau, The Diamondback, University of Maryland

Second Place: "'Living the dream': The Zachary Lederer story" by Chris Eckard, The Diamondback, University of Maryland

Editorial Writing (Large)

Second Place: The Diamondback Editorial Board, The Diamondback, University of Maryland

Sports Column Writing (Large)

Second Place: Connor Letourneau, The Diamondback, University of Maryland

Third Place: Josh Vitale, The Diamondback, University of Maryland

Best All-Around Daily Student Newspaper

First Place: The Diamondback, University of Maryland

Feature Photography (Large)

First Place: "Proteus Bicycles" by Charlie DeBoyace, The Diamondback, University of Maryland

Sports Photography (Large)

Third Place: "Heartbreak in Hoover" by Charlie DeBoyace, The Diamondback, University of Maryland

2011

Best All-Around Daily Student Newspaper

Second Place: The Diamondback, University of Maryland

Editorial Writing

Third Place: The Diamondback staff, University of Maryland

Feature Writing

Second Place: Tramp ships and turntables – by Richard Abdill, University of Maryland

General Column Writing

First Place: Christopher Haxel, University of Maryland

Third Place: Osama Eshera, University of Maryland

General News Reporting

First Place: Ten years gone – by Yasmeen Abutaleb and Rachel Roubein, University of Maryland

Sports Column Writing

First Place: Columns by Jeremy Schneider, University of Maryland

Sports Writing

First Place: Team Tyler – by Conor Walsh, University of Maryland

Second Place: With Turgeon, a new look – by Chris Eckard, University of Maryland