Tuesday, February 25, 2014

UIS student journalists honored by the Illinois College Press Association during conference

The University of Illinois Springfield student newspaper, The Journal, brought home 13 awards at the 31st annual Illinois College Press Association conference on Feb. 21 and 22, 2014.

More than 30 Illinois colleges and universities competed in the annual competition. The Journal placed in categories across the board for writing, photography, cartoons, advertisements and design.

The Journal competes in the “open” division with all participating schools and the “non-dailies” division with school enrollment more than 4,000. Content was submitted from regular news editions and from the once-a-semester magazine, Beyond.

Illustrator Alex Johnson of Crystal Lake placed first in Editorial Cartoon for his piece titled “Waste,” which examined recycling issues on campus. Johnson’s bi-weekly comic strip, CAMPUIS, also placed first, in the Other Cartoon, Strip or Panel category.

General Reporter Megan O’Dell of Decatur placed first in Feature Story for her piece titled “Transitioning to self-acceptance,” which detailed the journey of two transgendered women.

Former News Reporter Marty Hobe of Hickory Hills placed first in Headline Writing for his play on words with “Christmas comes early for Easter: U of I president receives bonus for meeting goals.”

Former Photographer Kim Hobby of Springfield placed first for Feature Photo for her depiction of the Springfield Special Olympics’ Polar Plunge. Hobby’s photo also received an honorable mention in the General News Photo category.

News Editor and Photographer Brittany Henderson of Tinley Park placed second in Sports Photo for her piece titled “Prairie Stars hold off Knights.” Henderson also placed third in Feature Photo for her “demonstration of movement” in a photo of soccer player Chukwuka “Chuks” Iwe.

Former News Editor Daymon Kiliman of Springfield placed third in News Story for his coverage of Radical Student Union protests at Campus Senate.

Former News Editor Nafia Khan of Oak Park placed third in Feature Story for her piece titled “Wrap more than just a gift for your sweetheart this Valentine’s Day,” which looked at the rise of sexually transmitted infections in Sangamon County.

Former Business Manager Kate Richardson of Taylorville placed third in Advertisement Less Than Full Page for her piece promoting LGBT Gospel Artist Justin Ryan.

Former Layout and Design Editor Colten Bradford of Vermont received an honorable mention in Front Page Layout for consecutive editions Sept. 25, Oct. 2 and Oct. 9, 2013.

The Journal Editorial Board received an honorable mention in Editorial for its editorial titled “SGA creates new senator, vote yes.” The piece urged students to “vote yes” for an international student senator seat on the SGA.

For more information, contact Ashley Henry, The Journal Editor-in-Chief, at 217/206-6397 or journal@uis.edu.

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