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Courier celebrates ICPA success

February 27, 2015

Photos courtesy of Cassie Burton - Members of The Courier staff and advisor Joe Angotti pose with the secen awards that the newspaper brought back to Monmouth after a successel weekend at the ICPA coference in Chicago. The newspaper took home three first place awards in categories for copy, photography and design.

After perhaps its stiffest competition yet with hundreds of more entries than previous years, the Courier staff came home from the 32nd annual Illinois College Press Association conference with a memorable “first” under its belt: three first place ICPA awards.

Former photography editor junior Kelsi Ford received First Place for Spot News Photo; Mike Olszewski ’14, former graphics editor and sports editor, placed first for Sports Page Layout; and current sports columnist senior Ace Henricks took first prize in Sports Column for his Oct. 31 “Between the Uprights.”

The staff received seven awards total. Ford also took Second and Third Place in the General News Photo category, while senior sports editor Erica Anderson placed third in Sports Feature Story and senior news editor Elizabeth Meyer placed third in General News Story.

“It was very exciting,” Ford said. “I had sort of forgotten about ICPA … so when I got these text messages and pictures congratulating me on a first, second and third place win, I was pretty blown away. I’m happy that I could help the Courier get recognized.”

The Courier competed against dozens of other non-daily newspapers from colleges that have an enrollment under 4,000 students.

“I was just happy that the sports section placed in three different awards,” Anderson said. “I was excited and surprised, not that I didn’t think I would place in anything, but because I knew the high level of talent that I was competing against. It was exciting to know that my hard work had paid off.”

In addition to the awards banquet, the ICPA conference hosted several sessions about different areas of modern journalism. Topics this year included covering political reporting during an election year, designing and planning layout for websites and finding a non-journalism job with a journalism degree.

Photos courtesy of Cassie Burton - Sports editor senior Erica Anderson proudly holds up the three ICPA awards that The Courier won in sports-related categories.

Friday afternoon featured Dave McKinney, longtime Springfield Statehouse Bureau Chief for the Chicago Sun-Times, as the keynote speaker. McKinney discussed his recent resignation following an article written about former Sun-Times owner and then-gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner.

One of the main perks of the conference took place outside of the seminar, however: The Courier put out copies of recent editions next to papers from other ICPA colleges and universities.

“The most interesting part for me was being able to pick up copies of all the other schools’ newspapers and getting ideas about what we could do with our paper,” Anderson said.

Cassie Burton
Courier Editor in Chief

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