A Utah State University graduate and the university's student chapter of the Society for Professional Journalists (SPJ) received top awards at the society's national convention.

Bryan Earl, a 1989 graduate of USU's communications program, won first place for television feature stories in the national SPJ "Mark of Excellence" contest.Earl's story about a commemorative trip through Utah on a steam passenger train took first place last spring in Region Nine SPJ competition before advancing to the national level.