Red Zone investigation wins regional Mark of Excellence Award

BLOOMINGTON – The Red Zone investigation into rapes and sexual assaults at Indiana University won a top honor in the regional Mark of Excellence Awards.

The story, produced through a partnership between the Arnolt Center for Investigative Journalism and IU NewsNet, took first place in the “Television in-depth news” category. The story will now compete against winners from 11 other SPJ regions for a national Mark of Excellence Award.

Mary Claire Molloy standing in front of a screen that says "The Red Zone"

The national Mark of Excellence Awards winners will be announced at MediaFest22 in October.

SPJ Region 5 comprises of Indiana, Illinois and Kentucky.

A second part of the Red Zone investigation was a finalist for the “television In-depth news” category. IU NewsNet’s Griffin Gonzalez was a finalist for “The Red Zone: Survivors speak” for “General news reporting.”

IU NewsNet won another honor as the “best all-around television newscast.”

Read more about the Red Zone investigation:

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