Youngstown State University's student media placed first in a national awards competition.

According to the release, YSU's student paper, The Jambar, placed first in Newspaper Overall Excellence at the Society for Collegiate Journalist's annual awards.

The overall excellence award was the paper's second award for the year, being named top student newspaper in Ohio by the Ohio News Media Association in February.

YSU's Rookery Radio placed third for overall excellence in Internet Radio.

YSU students also took home some individual awards.

Jambar reporters Morgan Petronelli and Rachel Gobep placed first in the news story category while Tanner Mondok was awarded second. Mondok also took home first and third place for news photography.

Jambar reporters also took home first place in the sports category with Gobep, Petronelli and Marc Weems earning the honor.

Brian Yauger and 21 News sports reporter Joshua Fitch earned an honorable mention in the multimedia sports story competition.

An episode of the organization's podcast "Jamcast" took second place in the podcast category.

YSU students David Ford, Courtney Hibler, Alyssa Weston, John Stran, J. Harvard Feldhouse and Marah Morrison also earned awards.

"This recognition highlights the strength of our student media programs, but it's also evidence of the proud work of our media professors and advisors," said Adam Earnheardt, chair of the YSU Department of Communication. "We simply wouldn't be able to do this without an army of experts dedicated to the promotion of student media."