Monday, February 25, 2013

UIS student newspaper wins six awards at annual Illinois College Press Association conference

The University of Illinois Springfield student newspaper, The Journal, took home six awards for excellence, two of those first place honors, at the annual Illinois College Press Association (ICPA) conference this past weekend.

This year, 34 colleges and universities competed in the ICPA contest. Student journalists submitted content, such as articles, photographs, illustrations and advertisements, in 70 categories. The Journal staff competes in the “open” division with all participating Illinois colleges, and the “non-dailies with school enrollment over 4,000” division. The Journal staff submitted content from regular news editions and from its magazine, Beyond.

Former Journal Editor-in-Chief Kati Dyer (Maseman) of Auburn won two awards for her photography of the 2011 commencement ceremony. Dyer won first place for her photo essay featured on the front page of the graduation issue and third place for her feature photo of family members waving to each other.

Illustrator and Photographer, Alex Johnson of Crystal Lake, also took home a first place award in the sports photo category for a photo taken of the UIS softball team competing against William Jewell University. This was Johnson’s first year competing in the ICPA.

Journal Business Manager Kate Richardson of Taylorville won three awards in the open category for advertisement designs. She won second and third place for advertising campaigns designed for the UIS Bookstore and the Foreign and Independent Film Series. She also won honorable mention in the advertisement less than full page category for her work with Consign and Design.

For more information, contact Kate Richardson, Journal Business Manager, at 217/206-7061 or

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