Sandy Coronilla, a San Diego State University graduate and a former Voice of San Diego intern, received a national journalism award over the weekend for some of her reporting here.

The award recognizes students who produce journalism in service to the First Amendment. The Society of Professional Journalists selected Coronilla for her reporting on San Diego’s business improvement districts earlier this year.

After months of investigation, Coronilla found many nonprofit organizations that run the districts were out of compliance with state public records and open meeting laws. Her story prompted city officials in June to enact rules promoting greater transparency.

If you missed Coronilla’s investigation, you can find it by clicking here. For more information on the award, I recommend this post by the Society of Professional Journalists.

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