Veteran Owned Business Member Wins Prestigious Award for Journalism Excellence

Sports Journal Wins Sports Photography Sigma Delta Chi Award for Journalism Excellence

Less than 16 months after its debut, the Sports Journal of Central Indiana has earned one of the most prestigious awards in journalism – the 2011 Sigma Delta Chi Award for excellence in journalism from the Society of Professional Journalists. The Sports Journal won in the category of sports photography (newspaper circulation 1-100,000, regional magazine, non-daily publication or online independent). Sports Illustrated won for publications over 100,000 subscribers. The first awards were presented in 1932. The Sports Journal of Central Indiana has been a member of Veteran Owned Business since Jan. 3rd, 2011.

Sigma Delta Chi Awards are one of the most prestigious in journalism and are awarded by the SPJ – the largest journalism organization in the United States. Other publications that were honored with 2011 Sigma Delta Chi Awards include  The (Muncie) Star Press, ABC World News, Chicago Tribune, 60 Minutes, The Boston Globe, The Los Angeles Times, New York Times and The Wall Street Journal.

“I am stunned! This is an outstanding honor,” said Sports Journal Owner/Publisher Dean Hockney, who launched the publication on Jan. 11, 2011. “It is truly amazing that the Sports Journal has been recognized by the SPJ. Our readers constantly tell us how much they love our pictures, and I guess they are right.”

Hockney is a U.S. Air Force veteran and a life member of Disabled American Veterans and Veterans of Foreign Wars. He served during Operation Desert Storm/Provide Comfort in Turkey and during Operation Southern Watch in Oman. In addition, he was presented a Loyal Order of the Spur by the 1st Calvary Division for his work as a U.S. Army civilian in Baghdad during Operation Iraqi Freedom.

“For as small a publication as we are, I am thrilled that we are being recognized,” Hockney said. “We are a low budget publication with a small staff, but we know our photography is something that is a draw since every picture we publish is of high quality and in color. When I started the Sports Journal, I wanted our photography to be top notch and a focal point each week.

On July 20, Hockney and Gibson traveled to the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. to accept the award. The Sports Journal of Central Indiana is a weekly digital sports magazine that is distributed as a PDF attachment via email.

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