It is the first time The Daily has placed in the contest that is the “only comprehensive set of journalism prizes honoring excellence in digital journalism around the world.”
HEI6MAN EVOLUTION was an eight-part project that rolled out weekly from midseason through the Heisman Trophy award presentation last fall. Buettner wrote it as a student in an independent study class and the work was presented by The OU Daily, where he previously worked, with teamwork from editors, designers, videographers, photographers, copy editors, etc.
Buettner’s project or parts of it have previously been honored as:
- The nation’s top collegiate online sports reporting effort, per the Society of Professional Journalists’ Mark of Excellence contest.
- A finalist for profile writing in the Hearst Journalism Awards.
- Second place for sports story in the Oklahoma Press Association’s Better Newspaper Contest.
- It was also part of his entry that earned him a top 10 finish in APSE’s college sports reporters contest.