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Cynic editor wins reporting award from Society for Professional Journalists

June 1, 2012

Cynic Editor-in-Chief Brent Summers

Vermont Cynic Editor-in-Chief Brent Summers said today that his story about a computer hacker who broke into UVM’s servers—and posted rebel-inspired art on UVM’s website–has received a regional Mark of Excellence Award from the Society for Professional Journalists.

The article, in the breaking news category, came in second in the northeast region, after a Penn State story about coach Jerry Sandusky’s being charged with sexually abusing a child.

The northeast region includes Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Eastern and Central Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Vermont, according to the organization’s website. This year, the contest received more than 4,000 entries across the organization’s 12 regions.

Summers wrote the award-winning story while serving as the Cynic’s news editor in October 2011. The story can still be found on the Cynic’s website under the headline “Hacked by Codeine.”

The winning story dominated the week’s news

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