FLORENCE, AL - Alex Lindley and Matt Wilson of the University of North Alabama won the top news reporting awards on a national level for a series of stories they wrote.
Lindley and Wilson wrote the stories to follow an alleged rape reported on the UNA campus last semester. The series won the first place award in the Region 3 Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) competition before advancing on to the national level. Lindley and Wilson were responsible for all interviews and research done prior to writing the stories.
Lindley attributed his success to the collective efforts of The Flor-Ala staff. “We worked really well together all year, so when something big happened, we were able to get the news out quickly in a responsible, informative way,” Lindley said. Lindley said he sees the awards received as confirmation that The Flor-Ala is the best source for UNA news.