Webster SPJ grad wins Chronicle prize

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Daniel Bauman (Photo by Daniel Bauman)

A former SPJ student member at Webster University in St. Louis and recent Webster graduate has won a $3,000 reporting prize for his work as an intern.

Daniel Bauman received the 2014 David W. Miller Award for Young Journalists given by The Chronicle of Higher Education while working there as a finance and policy intern this summer. The award was based on three articles he wrote for the Chronicle — one on colleges and universities receiving surplus military equipment from the Department of Defense, one on the growth in philanthropic gifts by foreign donors to U.S. higher education institutions, and one on the marketing practices of student loan debt-relief companies.

The award goes to one Chronicle intern each year. In addition to Bauman’s reporting, his eagerness to tackle complex stories, his ability to find and disseminate public records, and his multimedia skills were mentioned as key personal and professional qualities by the awards committee, the Chronicle said.

Bauman graduated with degrees in journalism and economics from Webster this spring. He currently works as a fellow at the Medill Justice Project, where he is working on a project related to shaken-baby syndrome. He told the Chronicle that he hopes to find a job as a data journalist after his fellowship ends in December.

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