2017 ICPA Contest winners

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Attendees at the 2018 Illinois College Press Association celebrate their work at the conclusion of the awards luncheon on Feb. 17 in Chicago.

Here are the winners in the 2017 Illinois College Press Association contest. The awards were presented at the annual ICPA Conference on Feb. 17 in Chicago. The list below contains judges’ comments for first-place awards only. If you would like to have a copy with all comments, please contact ICPA Board President John Plevka by email.  

Division A Open Class: Editorial Cartoon

1st — Ashley Brown The Daily Vidette, Illinois State University, “Trump”

Perfect!

2nd — Sabrina Zhang The Daily Illini, University of Illinois-Urbana, “Trump is weaponizing the flag”

3rd — Nicolle Patton The Alestle, So. Ill. University-Edwardsville, “A few cuts”

4th — Amber Huff F Newsmagazine, School of the Art Institute, “’January 16, 2017”

 

Division A Open Class: Other Cartoon Strip or Panel

1st — Rohan McDonald F Newsmagazine, School of the Art Institute, “Kevin”

I’m not sure if “Kevin” is stuck in a fever dream but this strip is oddly intriguing. It offers the reader serious, professional polish. The line and color work is outstanding. “”Kevin”” is a head-scratching work of art. The raw, visceral nature of this strip conveys emotions well — uncomfortable as they may be. Well done! This Judge is impressed! Congratulations!

2nd — Ambrin Ling F Newsmagazine, School of the Art Institute, “Commuter Cows”

3rd — Place Alexandra Dawe Northern Star, Northern Illinois University, “Heck”

4th — Sara Hyneman The ‘Burnian, Blackburn College, “Untitled Series”

 

Division A Open Class: Advertisement Less Than Full Page

1stt — Cate Hummel The Daily Illini, University of Illinois-Urbana, “WPGU radio ad”

Love the boy yelling into the microphone! Shows that an ad can very effective with few words. Nice job!

2nd — John Lynch The Daily Vidette, Illinois State University, “Class Act Realty”

3rd — Bradley Fishman and Herb Aji  The Daily Illini, University of Illinois-Urbana, “Maize Mexican Restaurant”

4th — Evan Morris The Daily Vidette, Illinois State University, “Tech Zone”

 

Division A Open Class: Full-Page Advertisement

1st — Hannah Sun F Newsmagazine, School of the Art Institute “The Creative Process”

This simple but brilliant ad tells you everything you need to know about the project. Great! The clear winner in a difficult category.”

2nd — J.J. McKluckie Columbia Chronicle, Columbia College, “Manifest”

3rd —  Ashley Klein The Wheaton Record, Wheaton College, “Apply to work for The Record!”

4th — Abby Wilhelm The Daily Egyptian, So. Ill. University-Carbondale, “Shawnee Healthcare – Full Page”

 

Division A Open Class: Classified Section

1st —   Vidette Classifieds Staff The Daily Vidette, Illinois State University, “Vidette Classifieds Section”

The size of the classified logo is good and eye catching. I definitely don’t have to worry about missing it when I go through the paper. The layout is clear and easy to read. While there’s a lot of information in the section, I won’t get overwhelmed by it all because of its linear layout that has every notice clearly divided from another.”       

2nd — Angelica Cataldo The Daily Eastern News, Eastern Ill. University, “The Daily Eastern News Classifieds”

3rd – Staff The Daily Illini, University of Illinois-Urbana, “Classified section”

 

Division A Open Class: Entertainment Supplement

1st – Staff The Daily Northwestern, Northwestern University, “The Monthly”

EXCELLENT! Sharp design, smart layout, most impressive.

2nd — Vidette Staff The Daily Vidette, Illinois State University, “Sex in The Birdhouse”

3rd – Staff  The Flyer, Lewis University, “The Lyer”

4th – Staff The Daily Egyptian, So. Ill. University-Carbondale, “Brewfest”

 

Division A Open Class: Special Supplement

1st – Staff  Loyola Phoenix, Loyola University Chicago, “After the Bullet”

Wonderful cover art and headline. Catches your attention right away. I really like the use of photos for each job description. The layout is aesthetically pleasing. The interview with the funeral director was very detailed and stirred emotions, as it described the struggle between doing his job and feeling for the families of the victims. Love the Wrecking Crew poem by Laniya Bradley! Great article and reactions from Jason Williams, regarding the day he was shot.

2nd — The ‘Burnian Blackburn College, “April Fools 2017”
3rd —  Analicia Haynes Cassie Buchman The Daily Eastern News, Eastern Ill. University,. “Move-In Guide”

4th – Staff The Daily Northwestern, Northwestern University, “Holiday Guide 2017”

 

Division A Open Class: Opinion Page(s)

1st — Ema Sasic and Vidette Editorial Board The Daily Vidette, Illinois State University, “Vidette_Opinion Pages Viewpoint, Oct. 19, 2017”

Emily, by far one of the finest most compelling pieces I’ve ever read on this topic. The words and layout envelope the reader in your world. Unbelievably superb.

2nd — Bradley Scout Bradley University, “Opinion page 1”

3rd – Staff  The Daily Northwestern, Northwestern University, “Opinion Page”

4th — Cole Martin Urvi Kumbhat,  The Chicago Maroon, University of Chicago, “Chicago Maroon January 31st  Viewpoints”

 

Division A Open Class: Graphic illustration

1st — Rohan McDonald F Newsmagazine, School of the Art Institute, “’Jumpin’ Joan Flasch”

This cover art has excellence written all over it. The originality won me over. Clever concept! (It really does work; I tried it!) Great design! Cool illustration! I’m jealous (in a good way) of those fortunate enough to have their very own copy — LUCKY !!! Congratulations!

2nd –Reagan Gavin The Daily Egyptian, So. Ill. University-Carbondale, “Tracking the eclipse”

3rd – Zoe Hawo Columbia Chronicle, Columbia College, “Percent reporting fair or poor health status by community and sex”

4th — Megan Bammann Bradley Scout, Bradley University,  “2016 Student Body elections”

 

Division A Open Class: Critical Review

1st — Kenneth Talbott La Vega The Chicago Maroon, University of Chicago, “’Tamar,’ Biopic of Trans Politician, Tackles Representation in all its Forms”

This review is an impressive, all-around and well-written blend of themes and support for the reviewer’s argument while presenting enough plot for context. It presents a nuanced perspective on the gravity of the film’s subject, and it flows seamlessly from background to plot, to impact and a vivid sense of what a reader will see and feel on screen.

2nd –Rachel Sedlacek The Wheaton Record, Wheaton College,  “Loving Vincent: 65,000 Painted Frames”

3rd — Emily Rich  F Newsmagazine, School of the Art Institute, “Do Androids Dream of Electric Women”

4th — Jose Nateras F Newsmagazine, School of the Art Institute, “It’s Showtime”

 

Division A Open Class: Critical Review – Other   

1st — Irena Frumkin F Newsmagazine, School of the Art Institute, “Olà, Hélio!”

Irena is excellent at placing readers into the truly unique art exhibit and is able to explain clearly, and with rather effortless prose, why the art of Helio Oiticia is unique. The little chunks of history to explain the art’s place in history is nice as well. Clear, concise, transporting and written in a way the shows off what’s being reviewed and not the writers own skills.

2nd – Brooke Pawlings Stennett Columbia Chronicle, Columbia College, “Niall Horan has places to be, songs to sing”

3rd — Nick Coulson Loyola Phoenix, Loyola University Chicago, “Tony Award Winning Play a Technological Masterpiece”

4th — Ivan Ost The Chicago Maroon, University of Chicago, “Improvised Black Mirror, Is Cracked, not Clearer”

 

Division A Open Class: In-House Promotional Ad

1st — Bridget Moroney The Daily Egyptian, So. Ill. University-Carbondale, “Events Calendar”

2nd — Blanca Vega Loyola Phoenix, Loyola University Chicago, “Writers”

3rd — Domenica Divietro The Leader, Elmhurst College, “Photographer ad”

3rd — Gabe de la Mora Columbia Chronicle, Columbia College, “Housing Fair”

4th — Cate Hummel and Aly Pudio The Daily Illini, University of Illinois-Urbana, “Illini Media Recruitment Night Promo”

 

Division A Open Class: Advertising Campaign

1st — Cate Hummel and Natalie Stephan The Daily Illini, University of Illinois-Urbana, “Pekara Bakery campaign”

Excellent campaign. Visually appealing; eye-catching. Makes me want to dine there and that’s exactly what advertising should do!

2nd — Abby Wilhelm The Daily Egyptian, So. Ill. University-Carbondale, “Carbondale Brew Fest”

3rd Place — Abby Wilhelm The Daily Egyptian, So. Ill. University-Carbondale, “School of Journalism”

4th — Evan Morris and Staff The Daily Vidette, Illinois State University, “Class Act Realty”

 

Division A Open Class: Online News Site

1st — The Daily Illini University of Illinois-Urbana, “The Daily Illini website”

Clean layout; news appears to be updated frequently; links to social media and sign-up for newsletter are prominent.                

2nd — Vidette Staff  The Daily Vidette, Illinois State University, “Videtteonline.com”

3rd — F Newsmagazine School of the Art Institute, “F Newsmagazine.com”

4th – Staff  The Daily Northwestern, Northwestern University,  “The Daily Northwestern”

 

Division A Open Class: Podcast

1st — Caleb Lundquist The NCC Chronicle, North Central College, “Cardinal Chat”

Intelligent questions, intelligent answers and very informative piece. I am really impressed.

2nd – Staff Loyola Phoenix, Loyola University Chicago, “Week of November 15, 2017”

3rd – Staff  Loyola Phoenix, Loyola University Chicago, “The Byline: Week of November 29, 2017”

4th — Sam Bernitz, Molly Glick, Kerrie Vila The Daily Northwestern, Northwestern University, “The Weekly Podcast: Mysticism and Acceptance on Campus”

 

Dailies Division B: General Excellence

1st – Staff The Daily Vidette, Illinois State University, “The Vidette, Illinois State University”

A strong entry here. Good mix of reporting and story choices. Nice job with the opinion voices as well. Love all the faces and graphic use. Keep up the good work.

2nd – Staff The Daily Illini, University of Illinois-Urbana, “The Daily Illini”

3rd —  The Daily Northwestern Northwestern University, “The Daily Northwestern”

4th —  The Daily Egyptian So. Ill. University-Carbondale” “The Daily Egyptian”

 

Dailies  Division B: Front Page Layout

1st – Staff The Daily Northwestern, Northwestern University, “The Daily Northwestern”

2nd — Ema Sasic The Daily Vidette, Illinois State University, “The Vidette”

3rd – Staff The Daily Illini, University of Illinois-Urbana, “The Daily Illini”

4th — Angelica Cataldo, Kalyn Hayslett The Daily Eastern News, Eastern Ill. University, “The Daily Eastern News”

 

Dailies  Division B:  Editorial

1st — The Daily Northwestern Editorial Board The Daily Northwestern, Northwestern University, Editorial: We must keep local officials accountable in response to Crosby’s violent arrest.

2nd — Editorial Board The Daily Illini, University of Illinois-Urbana, “Hugh Hefner’s multifaceted and controversial life”

3rd – Staff Northern Star, Northern Illinois University”   “Consistent community feedback needed in presidential search”

4th — The Daily Northwestern Editorial Board The Daily Northwestern, Northwestern University

 

Dailies  Division B: Column, Excluding Sports

1st –Ian Tancun Northern Star, Northern Illinois University, “President’s legal fees should be spent elsewhere”

All the pieces are here: the topic is solid and timely. There is a connection to the audience. There are examples to prove the connection. A quibble: Re-write to move those examples higher. Slipping because of maintenance issues vs. paying fees is an excellent point. Also, could use more explanation of the investigation.

2nd — Colin Roberts The Daily Eastern News, Eastern Ill. University, “Historically speaking, Arby’s is excellent”

3rd — Nicholas Ebelhack Western Courier, Western Illinois University, “It’s not okay: Talent is not an excuse for sexual assault”

4th — Emily Griffith The Daily Vidette, Illinois State University, “You are not alone”

 

Division B: Feature Story, Other Than Sports

1st — David Fishman The Daily Northwestern, Northwestern University, “In Focus: As cost of living in Evanston rises, some residents struggle to keep up”

This is quality journalism. An engaging lede, solid statistics and interviews, and thoughtfully written piece made this one stand out among the rest. It reads better than most pro journalists’ stories on this topic or others of a difficult nature. Great work giving a voice to the voiceless.

2nd — Olivia Spiers The Daily Egyptian, So. Ill. University-Carbondale, “Feature Story One”

3rd — Abbey La Tour The Daily Egyptian, So. Ill. University-Carbondale, “Feature story two”

4th — Karen Liu The Daily Illini, University of Illinois-Urbana, “Investigating the dead”

 

Dailies  Division B: Feature Page Design

1st — Bercham Kamber, Abigail Paeth The Daily Illini, University of Illinois-Urbana, “World of wizardry: Class examines the books’ modern-day parallels”

This is a gorgeous graphic, plain and simple. The Daily Prophet font treatment and the likenesses of the characters are spot-on with the essence of the Harry Potter series. The placement of the wand doesn’t interfere with the text but provides another graphical element to drive home the design. Great work!”

2nd — Emily Griffith The Daily Vidette, Illinois State University, “Vidette Features Pages, Oct. 26, 2017, Nov. 9, 2017”

3rd — Reagan Gavin The Daily Egyptian, So. Ill. University-Carbondale, “Feature page design two”

4th — Colin Lynch, Katie Pach, Lynn Ding The Daily Northwestern, Northwestern University, “Gameday Design”

 

Dailies Division B: News Story

1st –Lindsey Salvatelli and Ian Tancun Northern Star, Northern Illinois University, “Sexual harassment allegations lead to former College of Law dean’s resignation”

A lot the verbs were in their infinitive, which took away from the writing quality. But great work sourcing- strong narrative that clearly had an impact.

2nd — Ian Tancun Northern Star, Northern Illinois University, “Baker’s legal fees total $337K”

3rd — James Boyd  The Daily Illini, University of Illinois-Urbana, “Undocumented, but not unworthy”

4th — Mariana Alfaro The Daily Northwestern, Northwestern University, “Students protest ICE representative’s visit to campus”

 

Dailies  Division B:  Sports News Story

1st — Michal Dwojak The Daily Illini, University of Illinois-Urbana, “Afraid of the unknown”

The writing is clean, the storytelling is strong and the level of reporting is obvious and exceptional. An interesting angle on a topic that has become much more popular in recent years. Lines like “”The warehouse is filled with girls yelling inside a rink-like soccer field and the rubbery aroma of FieldTurf.”” display great attention to detail by the writer. It’s easy to overwrite stories like this, but the writer avoided falling into that trap. A smooth, easy-to-read longform piece.

2nd – Staff The Daily Vidette, Illinois State University, “Gone. McIntosh elects not to return to Illinois State”

3rd — Sean Carley, Luke Nozicka The Daily Egyptian, So. Ill. University-Carbondale, “Sports news story one”

4th — Mike Gasick The Daily Illini, University of Illinois-Urbana, “Lovie joins discourse”

 

Dailies  Division B: Sports Game Story

1st — Tim Balk The Daily Northwestern, Northwestern University, “Men’s Basketball: Wildcats top Michigan as Welsh-Ryan Arena goes berserk”

This perfectly captured one of the best moments in Northwestern men’s basketball history. Awesome lede and great follow-up quote.

2nd — Cole Paxton The Daily Northwestern, Northwestern University, “Women’s Basketball: Northwestern holds off Indiana for emotional 80-67 win”

3rd — Sean Carley The Daily Egyptian, So. Ill. University-Carbondale, “Sports game story one”

4th — Nate Head  The Daily Vidette, Illinois State University, “Redbirds pin the Penguins”

 

Dailies Division B: Sports Feature Story

1st — Max Gelman The Daily Northwestern, Northwestern University, “Pat Fitzgerald’s journey to Northwestern icon”

Excellent story. Great use of quotes to tell the story, wide variety of interviews. Grammatically solid as well.

2nd — Ella Brockway The Daily Northwestern, Northwestern University, “By coming out, men’s soccer player Robbie White makes history”

3rd — Nate Head The Daily Vidette, Illinois State University, “ISU alum DeJong taking flight in major leagues

4th — Will Gerard The Daily Illini, University of Illinois-Urbana, “  A day in the life of Lindsey Cusack and the Illinois rowing team”

 

Dailies  Division B:  Sports Column         

1st — Tim Balk The Daily Northwestern, Northwestern University, “Balk: Wildcats locking arms is a non-story”

A compelling, clever column from start to finish. Excellent job of achieving one of a columnist’s objectives: making the reader think. Gave me a new perspective to consider on such protests. Writer states his opinion and supports it well throughout on an issue that many consider complex. Loved the lede and the kicker. “McProtest” was great too.

2nd — Charlotte Carroll The Daily Illini, University of Illinois-Urbana, “Hambly’s style and wins will be missed for Illini fans”

3rd — Josh Tolentino The Daily Vidette, Illinois State University, “Lyons needs to make big changes”

4th — Cole Henke The Daily Illini, University of Illinois-Urbana, “We can’t forget seniors’ sacrifice”

 

Dailies  Division B: Sports Page Design

1st — Josh Tolentino The Daily Vidette, Illinois State University, “Vidette Sports, Feb. 23, 2017”

Great looking overall page. Great centerpiece art and good use of mugshot of head coach. Might’ve benefited from ditching the vertical rule to better give the impression that the column and centerpiece focus on the same topic/subject. Also some sort of footer to denote the end of the column would be nice for the reader.

2nd — Reagan Gavin The Daily Egyptian, So. Ill. University-Carbondale, “Sports page design one”

3rd — Lauren Duquette The Daily Northwestern, Northwestern University, “Gameday Design”

4th – Staff The Daily Illini, University of Illinois-Urbana, “Sports Front Page, Nov. 6”

 

Dailies  Division B: In-Depth Reporting

1st — Olivia Exstrum and Stephanie Kelly The Daily Northwestern, Northwestern University, “NU-Q student’s mental health crisis highlights differences between Evanston, Qatar sites”

A fascinating look at the differences between the domestic and international campuses. Taking one student’s experiences and then putting those into the overall context of the two campuses helped draw the reader in. This story also benefited from a number of sources as well as quotes with impact.

2nd — Denton Giovenco, Nathan Dodd and Brian Munoz The Daily Egyptian, So. Ill. University-Carbondale, “In-depth reporting two”

3rd — Ema Sasic The Daily Vidette, Illinois State University, “Coming to America: An ISU Perspective”

4th — Abigail Paeth The Daily Illini, University of Illinois-Urbana, “Breaking Barriers”

 

Dailies  Division B: Headline Writing

1st — Deb Bethel The Daily Vidette, Illinois State University, “Don’t throw shade on groundhogs, learn the facts”

Funny and informative. A great combo. This is a headline that gets me to actually read the story.

2nd — Abbey La Tour The Daily Egyptian, So. Ill. University-Carbondale, “Headline writing one”

3rd — Rachael Bolek Alexandra Greulich  The Daily Illini, University of Illinois-Urbana, “Gerwig soars as director of  ‘Lady Bird’”

4th — Nicholas Ebelhack Western Courier, Western Illinois University, “K-9 trades big house for dog house”

 

Dailies  Division B: Photo Essay

1st — Jacob Wiegand The Daily Egyptian, So. Ill. University-Carbondale, “Photo essay”

This essay on Monsignor Ken Schaefer doesn’t just cover a single event or situation. It peels back the layers in his life, sharing behind-the-scenes moments that give us a truer sense of the man. Judges note to many others: A gallery of pictures does not a story make. Make each image tell us something new about our subject. Take us on a journey. This photographer was successful on taking us on an enjoyable trip. Good work!

2nd – Staff The Daily Northwestern, Northwestern University”   “#NoMuslimBan Walkout Photo Essay”

3rd — Katie Pach and Colin Boyle The Daily Northwestern, Northwestern University “NCAA Tournament Photo Essay”

4th — Jenna Kadziulis and Kelly McNamara The Daily Vidette, Illinois State University, “Redbirds’ historic season falters”

 

Dailies  Division B: Feature Photo

1st — Jacob Wiegand The Daily Egyptian, So. Ill. University-Carbondale, “Feature image one”

Intense joy and clear visual storytelling elevates this image to the top. SIDE NOTE: Would love to have an included caption.

2nd — Monica Mendoza The Daily Vidette, Illinois State University, “Snow Bowl Globe”

3rd — Quentin Shaw The Daily Illini, University of Illinois-Urbana, “Wes Jarrell with goats”

4th — Monica Mendoza The Daily Vidette, Illinois State University, “Jesse McCartney Kiss”

 

Dailies Division B: Sports Photo

1st — Rachel Dubner The Daily Northwestern, Northwestern University, “Northwestern erupts in blowout win over Iowa”

The wide angle for this moment is perfect to see the whole scene: The player, the ball and the players erupting from the sideline bench

2nd — Jenna Kadziulis The Daily Vidette, Illinois State University, “Muller hugged”

3rd — Jacob Wiegand The Daily Egyptian, So. Ill. University-Carbondale, “Sports photo two”

4th — Jacob Wiegand The Daily Egyptian, So. Ill. University-Carbondale, “Sports photo one”

 

Dailies Division B: General News Photo

1st — Brian Munoz The Daily Egyptian, So. Ill. University-Carbondale, “General news photo one”

I like this photo for the simple fact that it localizes a national issue, which is at the core of what a photojournalist should be able to do every day. I would have liked it more if the photographer was able to be at a different angle so the faces and emotion of these women were visible. I also would like a cleaner background, but for the technical flaws, this photo still keeps a profound message.

2nd — Brian Munoz The Daily Egyptian, So. Ill. University-Carbondale, “General news photo two”

3rd — Allie Goulding The Daily Northwestern, Northwestern University, “Demonstrators flood into Chicago to defend science”

4th — Natalie Stuckslager The Daily Vidette, Illinois State University, “Bone Groundbreaking”

 

Dailies Division B: Spot News Photo       

1st — Brian Munoz The Daily Egyptian, So. Ill. University-Carbondale, “Spot news photo two”

Good use of light to both silhouette the people and light the damage.      

2nd — Ryan Fang The Daily Illini, University of Illinois-Urbana, “Willard Airport rally”

3rd — Ethan Scholl The Daily Illini, University of Illinois-Urbana, “Homecoming Parade protest”

4th — Ryan Michaelesko The Daily Egyptian, So. Ill. University-Carbondale,  “Spot news photo one”

 

Dailies  Division B: Multimedia Reporting

1st — Megan Jones The Daily Illini, University of Illinois-Urbana, “Ignored”

Creative use of multimedia elements with particular thumbs up for hyperlinking quotes and adding the actual recorded interview over it. The interactive map pinpointing sexual assault locations is of vital importance for readers. The sex crime database is very detailed. Pictures are effective. Only thing missing is a video. Great use of pullout graphics.               

2nd — Joseph Longo The Daily Illini, University of Illinois-Urbana, “Inside the hive”

3rd — Vidette Sports and Photo Staffs The Daily Vidette, Illinois State University, “Missouri Valley Conference Men’s Basketball Tournament coverage”

4th —  Mary Cullen, Ema Sasic and Kelly McNamara The Daily Vidette, Illinois State University, “Not in Our Town rally”

 

Non-Dailies Division C: General Excellence         

1st – Staff Columbia Chronicle Columbia College, “General Excellence”

2nd – Staff Loyola Phoenix Loyola University Chicago,  “March 15, April 12and Oct. 18 issues”

3rd – Staff The Alestle So. Ill. University-Edwardsville, The Alestle, “General Excellence”

4th — The DePaulia The DePaulia, DePaul University, “General Excellence”

 

Non-Dailies Division C: Front Page Layout

1st — Zoe Haworth, Patrick Casey Columbia Chronicle, Columbia College, “Front Page Layout”

Strong, clean entries. Inviting flag and promos. Love the use of big art and big heads. Pages show strong behind the scenes decision making. Choice of running anti-Trump rally photo big was bold. Obscenities are clearly seen in photo. Hard to judge whether decision was right or wrong. That said, designers went all in and let the photo tell the story. Well done.

2nd — Grace Runkel Loyola Phoenix, Loyola University , Chicago, “Front page layouts”

3rd – Staff The Flyer, Lewis University, “Front page layout”

 

Non-Dailies Division C: Editorial               

1st — Editorial Board Loyola Phoenix, Loyola University Chicago,  “As Semester Runs Out, No Sign of Sexual Assault Survey”

The heart of this piece is a survey on gender-based misconduct– promised but not seen. This is the essence of holding administrators accountable! Detailed info, national source for comparison — and eventually, a determination by the writer(s) that there isn’t enough time to do it, if the institution follows the guidelines for such a survey. Great work.

2nd — Editorial Board Loyola Phoenix, Loyola University Chicago, “Campus Safety’s Lack of Transparency Misrepresents the Community’s Crime Rate”

3rd – Staff The Torch, Roosevelt University, “Response to DNAINFO and Gothamist Shutdown”

4th — Editorial Board, Brooke Pawling Stennett Columbia Chronicle, Columbia College, “Mentally ill may be able to purchase guns, Congress’ hypocrisy can’t continue”

 

Non-Dailies Division C: Column, Excluding Sports

1st — Zoe Eitel Columbia Chronicle, Columbia College, “Student center started despite pressing problems”

Go get ’em Zoe. An editor after my own heart. Strong opinion, backed up by details and a great conclusion.

2nd — Caitlin Lally The Alestle, So. Ill. University-Edwardsville, “What I learned during my stay at a mental health hospital”

3rd — Sasha Vissilyeva Loyola Phoenix, Loyola University Chicago, “Dreamers shouldn’t be punished for their parents’ choices”

4th — Maddie Gehling Bradley Scout, Bradley University, “Telling the stories nobody will”

 

Non-Dailies Division C: Feature Story, Other than Sports

1st — Sarah Zimmerman, Jamie Ehrlich, Emily Feigenbaum The Chicago Maroon, University of Chicago, “A Special Problem”

This was a very well-written, original and engaging story. If an article like this doesn’t open the eyes of University administration of where its problems lie protecting the female population, I don’t know what would. Nice work! 

2nd — Brooke Pawling Stennett Columbia Chronicle, Columbia College, “Clashing Communities Autistic and LGBTQ individuals fight for their right to be both”

3rd — Pete Grieve The Chicago Maroon, University of Chicago, “Disciplining Disruption: Inside the High-Stakes Faculty Debate”

4th — Miranda Manier Columbia Chronicle, Columbia College, “Adolescents roll high on unique mental health-care options”

 

 Non-Dailies Division C: Feature Page Design

1st — James Tsitiridis Columbia Chronicle, Columbia College, “Breaking the Confined Mind”

Good elements and design that captures and reflects the chaotic nature of the subject matter. Strong dominant art elements.

2nd — Caitlin Lally The Alestle, So. Ill. University-Edwardsville, “Get Lost”

3rd — Georgi Presecky The Flyer, Lewis University, “Radar feature page design”

4th — Tony Xu Bradley Scout, Bradley University, “Spookier and Stranger Things”

 

Non-Dailies Division C:  News Story

1st — Euirim Choi The Chicago Maroon, University of Chicago, “University Hospital Patient Information Was Potentially Vulnerable to Hackers”

A fine example of watchdog journalism that delves into an important topic that impacts all of our lives. The depth of reporting on a complicated issue is impressive, and the ramifications presented clearly. Well done.

2nd — Ryan Bieri  The Alestle, So. Ill. University-Edwardsville, “Policy and reason: A closer look at the College Republicans of SIUE’s lawsuit against the university”

3rd — Greg Ross The Chicago Maroon, University of Chicago, “Woodlawn Anticipates Development, Change Ahead of Upcoming Obama Presidential Center”

4th — Caitlin Lally The Alestle, So. Ill. University-Edwardsville, “International students urged not to leave country”

 

Non-Dailies Division C: Sports News Story

1st — Ben Gartland and Garrett Neal The DePaulia, DePaul University, “The Golden Ticket: The process of trying to fill Wintrust Arena”

Solid reporting – and pleasantly absent hyperbole and cheerleading. (I’m surprised the news guys didn’t poach this from sports.)

2nd — Pete Grieve, Feng Ye The Chicago Maroon, University of Chicago, “itle IX Complaint Preceded Promotion of Women’s Lacrosse to Varsity Status”

3rd — Madeline Kenney Loyola Phoenix, Loyola University Chicago, “Former Loyola Men’s Golfer Sentenced to 10 Years in Prison for 2013 Rape”

4th — Ben Gartland The DePaulia, DePaul University, “First 5-star recruit in decades could be beginning of revival for DePaul men’s basketball”

 

Non-Dailies Division C: Sports Game Story

1st — Dylan Conover Loyola Phoenix, Loyola University Chicago, “Ramblers Season Comes to a Disappointing End”

 2nd — Austin Shone Bradley Scout, Bradley University, “Men’s basketball drops heartbreaker”

3rd — Alyssa Rudin The Chicago Maroon, University of Chicago, “Rainy Rewards for Soccer”

4th — Ben Gartland The DePaulia, DePaul University, “Big East Tournament: DePaul men’s basketball falls to Xavier 75-64”

 

Non-Dailies Division C: Sports Feature Story

1st — Henry Redman Loyola Phoenix, Loyola University Chicago, “Brothers bond on the court”

Excellent feature lead that draws the reader immediately into a compelling story. Great use of quotes among family members (I wish there was a quote from a coach or player, to give a non-family context). The story flows well, and reader understands why both players were vital to Loyola. When did Stan Gouard play ball? Interesting anecdote, but needs more context. Are the brothers half-brothers?

2nd — Dylan Conover Loyola Phoenix, Loyola University Chicago, “More than a championship”

3rd — Ben Gartland The DePaulia, DePaul University, “The Farewell Tour “

4th — Austin Shone Bradley Scout, Bradley University, “Do-it-all Dani Brewer”

Non-Dailies Division C: Sports Column

1st — Dylan Conover Loyola Phoenix, Loyola University Chicago, “Historic Loyola team only the beginning of a long fight”

2nd — Madeline Kenney Loyola Phoenix, Loyola University Chicago, “Mad Thoughts: Moser’s Coaching Style Can Hurt Players’ Confidence”

3rd — Ben Gartland The DePaulia, DePaul University, “Commentary: Another empty season for DePaul men’s basketball”

4th — Eric Bradach Columbia Chronicle, Columbia College, “College athletes need an alternative to the NCAA”

 

Non-Dailies Division C: Sports Page Design

1st — Madeline Kenney Loyola Phoenix, Loyola University Chicago, “Sports page design entry 1”

Attractive page with multiple unique entry points — a photo cutout that becomes part of the flag, a colorful graphic, striking fact boxes. A lot of effort went into this page, and it pays off.

2nd — Ben Gartland The DePaulia, DePaul University, “Sports page design 2”

3rd — Zoe Haworth Columbia Chronicle, Columbia College, “Worry not Chicago sports doomsday preppers, better years are on the way”

4th — Nick Konow Bradley Scout, Bradley University, “The man between the posts”

 

Non-Dailies Division C: In-Depth Reporting

1st — Staff The Chicago Maroon, University of Chicago, “Inside Levi Hall”

What I liked about these stories (even more than the circumstances in which the paper obtained these documents) is that reporters were transparent in how they were obtained, what they said, what they didn’t say and why the paper was reporting on them. You were right to lead with the budget figures, which help readers peek behind the curtain of university leaders’ decision-making. A great win for transparency, courtesy of the trash.

2nd — Christopher Hacker Loyola Phoenix, Loyola University Chicago, “Campus Safety reports a fraction of crimes compared to Campus Safety”

3rd — Staff The Chicago Maroon, University of Chicago, “Grad Student Unionization”

4th — DePaulia Investigation The DePaulia, DePaul University, “Pritzker Park”

 

Non-Dailies Division C: Headline Writing

1st — Jonathan Sadowski  Columbia Chronicle, Columbia College, “No, Mr. Bond, I expect you to dine”

Clever, even the second or third time you read it.

2nd — Trent Stuart The Alestle, So. Ill. University-Edwardsville, “GAME OF LOANS Carbondale to borrow Edwardsville money to maintain operations”

3rd — Liz Varmecky The Independent, Northeastern Illinois University, “NEIU to night students: Quit your day job”

4th — Bree Scott and Michael Lane The Flyer, Lewis University, “Not trumped yet: Predictions of President Trump’s potential impeachment heighten”

 

Non-Dailies Division C: Photo Essay

1st — Staff The Chicago Maroon, University of Chicago, “Photo Essay: Women’s March”

The photos capture the true emotions of the marchers. Clear, concise photos.

2nd — Justin Bristol The Alestle, So. Ill. University-Edwardsville, “Peace Turns To Terror In Downtown St. Louis”

3rd — Zoe Kaiser The Chicago Maroon, University of Chicago, “Photo Essay: Obama Says Goodbye”

4th – G-Jun Yam and Wesley Herold Columbia Chronicle, Columbia College, “HAPPY YEAR OF THE ROOSTER!”

 

Non-Dailies Division C: Feature Photo

1st — Kevin Tiongson Columbia Chronicle, Columbia College, “Photobooth at River Shannon”

2nd — Estelle Higgins The Chicago Maroon, University of Chicago, “Bummer Breeze: It’s (Not) Raining, We’re Snoring”

3rd — Wesley Herold Columbia Chronicle, Columbia College, “Tent City”

4th — Christopher Hacker Loyola Phoenix, Loyola University Chicago, “Undocumented students”

 

Non-Dailies Division C: Sports Photo

1st — Justin Limoges Bradley Scout, Bradley University, “Men’s basketball grits out 2-0 start”

This is a very intense capture.  It conveys the seriousness of the player’s intention.  Technique is superior tack sharp and frozen in time!  Consider straightening slightly.

2nd — Nick Schultz Loyola Phoenix, Loyola University Chicago, “Softball team wins three straight MVC series”

3rd — Justin Limoges Bradley Scout, Bradley University, “Peaking at the right time?”

4th — Hanako Maki Loyola Phoenix, Loyola University Chicago, “Head volleyball coach”

 

Non-Dailies Division C: General News Photo

1st — Miranda Lintzenich The Alestle, So. Ill. University-Edwardsville, “24/7”

Very good live shot

2nd — Ester Bell Columbia Chronicle, Columbia College, “New Student Convocation”

3rd — Brenden Moore The DePaulia, DePaul University, “D.C. Women’s March”

 

Non-Dailies Division C: Spot News Photo

1st — Wesley Herold Columbia Chronicle, Columbia College, “Protest of Donald Trump’s Inauguration”

This year’s category is full of protest photos, but this is by far the best composed, the best cropped, and best executed. It tells the story is a single frame without gimmick or cliche. Well done.

2nd — Esther Bell Columbia Chronicle, Columbia College, “Women’s March”

3rd — Christopher Hacker Loyola Phoenix, Loyola University Chicago, “Downtown Protest”

4th — Justin Bristol The Alestle, So. Ill. University-Edwardsville, “Screaming for justice”

 

Non-Dailies Division C: Multimedia Reporting

1st — Feng Ye The Chicago Maroon, University of Chicago, “Title IX Complaint Preceded Promotion of Women’s Lacrosse to Varsity Status”

A riveting display of critical public record data. Informative reporting. This is excellent.

2nd — Chris Hacker and Mary Norkol Loyola Phoenix, Loyola University Chicago, “A Look Back at the Loyola Lakefill”

3rd — Vishal Talasani The Chicago Maroon, University of Chicago, “Analyzing UCPD Reports of Alcohol Infractions”

4th — Yazmin Dominguez, Cody Corrall, Josh Leff  The DePaulia, DePaul University, “Murray Brings the Fury”

 

Non-Dailies Division D: General Excellence

1st – Staff The Knox Student, Knox College, “The Knox Student: General Excellence”

What a great, well-rounded newspaper! The stories are hard hitting, newsworthy pieces with great relevance to your readers. The designers show a firm grasp of newspaper design principles. They highlight the great photos and diversity of content.

2nd – Staff F Newsmagazine, School of the Art Institute, “March, April, and October 2017 editions of F Newsmagazine”

3rd — Staff The Wheaton Record, Wheaton College, “General Excellence”

4th — Staff Augustana Observer, Augustana College, “General Excellence”


Non-Dailies Division D: Front Page Layout

1st — Erika Riley The Knox Student, Knox College, “The Knox Student: Front Page Layout”

Fantastic understanding of how a modicum of flexibility can impact an A1 in a positive way.  Photo skybox/breaking news/nothing-but-the-masthead all worked in their own way. Deckheads add a nice touch overall (though maybe not *every* story needs one). Static, easy-to-read skyboxes are a great service to the reader. Great judgment on when to include multiple stories on cover and when to let a big story have its own space.

2nd — Noah Daum The ‘Burnian, Blackburn College, “Vol. 17 Issue 3, 4, 5”

3rd — Kyle Novak The NCC Chronicle, North Central College, “Front page layouts”

4th — Staff Augustana Observer, Augustana College, “Front Page Layout”

 

Non-Dailies Division D: Editorial

1st — Staff The Leader, Elmhurst College, “Wheaton College Fumbles on Their Ethics”

Wonderful piece. Very strong tone that acknowledges and defies the other side’s argument that the adult football players guilty of brutally hazing a former teammate should be given a lenient sentence over “”horseplay.”” Great recognition that Wheaton College should be morally and professionally bound to stand by the hazing victim over their mission to promote Christian values, and wonderful lede description that captures the spirit of the football game and intrigues the reader.

2nd — Staff The Leader, Elmhurst College, “Dancing Around The Inconvenient Truth”

3rd — Janna Fitzgerald The Argus, Illinois Wesleyan University,    “Las Vagas Shooting Editorial”

4th – Staff The Argus, Illinois Wesleyan University, “Derby Days Editorial”

 

Non-Dailies Division D:  Column – Excluding Sports

1st — Donna Boguslavsky, Yasmine Davila The Knox Student, Knox College, “Bon Appetit: You’ll never cook like our abeulas, and that’s okay”

The topic for the column was hyper-local, targeting a campus concern with a much broader, national issue subsumed into it: cultural awareness and stereotyping. The complaints were specific, understandable and of interest to student readers–be they Latin American or not. Strong call to action in both the demand for an educational component, authentic cuisine and the involvement of multicultural organizations in future plans.

2nd — Roxanne Timan The Leader, Elmhurst College, “#metoo, minus me”

3rd — Evan Marzahn Augustana Observer, Augustana College, “Call it Christmas, Augustana”

4th — Rachel Landman, Nadia Spock The Knox Student, Knox College, “Student senate debates deserve larger attendance”

 

Non-Dailies Division D: Feature Story – Other Than Sports

1st — Mary Fons F Newsmagazine, School of the Art Institute, “Flasch of Genius”

This was so rich with voices and personality. I didn’t know anything about Joan Flasch before I read it, but her personality shows in the writing and reporting.

2nd — Naja Woods The Knox Student, Knox College, “I need to make it out”

3rd — Nadia Spock The Knox Student, Knox College, “We can’t do anything but wait”

4th — Maggie DelVecchio Augustana Observer, Augustana College, “Don’t pet the ‘Medical Equipment’”

 

Non-Dailies Division D: Feature Page Design

1st — Elizabeth Schuurman The Wheaton Record, Wheaton College, “Always been here: Native Americans at Wheaton”

First page design is clean, colorful and the typography is a great choice. The jump page include just enough photography and a box to the right to break up the text. An overall clean design. Nicely done.

2nd — Delainey Smith, Eva Lopez Benedi Encounter, University of St. Francis “College Then VS. Now”

3rd — Sam Jacobson and Mitch Prentice The Knox Student, Knox College, “We’re not playing”

4th — Domenica Divietro and Christina Matthias  The Leader, Elmhurst College, “Paranormal Files”

 

Non-Dailies Division D: News Story

1st — Connor Wood The Knox Student, Knox College

2nd — Erika Riley and Nadia Spock The Knox Student, Knox College

3rd — Victoria Martin The Leader, Elmhurst College

4th — Thea Gonzales Augustana Observer, Augustana College

 

Non-Dailies Division D: Sports News Story

1st — Cole Sheeks The Leader, Elmhurst College, “NCAA penalizes EC for awarding athletic scholarships”

Very thorough and well researched. Solid flow to the story with good background. Liked how you reached out to a number of administrators/coaches.

2nd — Erich Lieser The Argus, Illinois Wesleyan University, “Line Drive Sports News”

3rd — Mary Fons F Newsmagazine, School of the Art Institute, “Living Alai “

4th — Grace Wells F Newsmagazine, School of the Art Institute, “Gotta One Up ‘Em All”

 

Non-Dailies Division D: Sports Game Story

1st — Cole Sheeks  The Leader, Elmhurst College, “Lapse at Langhorst”

Strong lede, strong opening quote, overall great narrative of the game. The writer wasn’t afraid to state the obvious, and did it factually with great quotes and stats to back it up. Nice job.

2nd — Matt Wegh The Argus, Illinois Wesleyan University, “Lacrosse versus Ohio Wesleyan Sports Game”

3rd — Dominique Bates Decaturian, Millikin University, “The Bigger they are, the Harder they Fall”

 

Non-Dailies Division D: Sports Feature Story

1st — Jonathan Schrag The Knox Student, Knox College, “For the love of the game”

I like this story. Entertaining. Multiple sources. The photograph was weak. Maybe a pix of the summer team instead?

3rd — Chris Roemeling The NCC Chronicle, North Central College, “National pastime remains in the past”

4th — Jonathan Schrag The Knox Student, Knox College, “Akers finds support at Knox”

 

Non-Dailies Division D: Sports Column

1st — Anders Rotto The Wheaton Record, Wheaton College, “Pay the players”

Excellent. The writer voiced his opinion on a national issue, backed it up with statistics and even tied it into his college, which is at a much smaller level. No grammar or spelling mistakes. Very well done.

2nd — Cole Sheeks The Leader, Elmhurst College, “Know your place”

3rd — Morgan Vogels Decaturian, Millikin University, “Are Youth Sports Evolving for the Worst?”

4th — Cole Sheeks The Leader, Elmhurst College, “Where’s the beef?”

 

Non-Dailies Division D: Sports Page Design

1st — Yen-Kai Huang F Newsmagazine, School of the Art Institute, “Living Alai”

Clean, simple, and even delicate. Its look matches the content and enhances it – which is what excellent design should always do. This wasn’t typical, it’s inspired.

2nd — Emily Mosher The Knox Student, Knox College, “Athletes share opinion on taking a knee”

3rd — Jonathan Schrag The Knox Student, Knox College, “Akers finds support at Knox”

4th – Staff Dominican Star, Dominican University, “Sports page design – March 21”

 

Non-Dailies Division D: In-Depth Reporting

1st — Bethany Peterson The Wheaton Record, Wheaton College, “It happens here too: an overview of sexual violence at Wheaton”

Well-reported piece. The writer did an exhausting job of tracking down sources and the result is a solid story that looks at the number of Title IX complaints at Wheaton College, the types, how they are addressed, how they are supposed to be addressed and what those who have been through the process have to say about it. Nice job, Bethany Peterson.

2nd — Staff Augustana Observer, Augustana College, “Augustana Observer at The Inaugural Weekend”

3rd – Staff The Knox Student, Knox College, “America Now Series”

4th — Grace Wells F Newsmagazine, School of the Art Institute, “Class Warfare”

 

Non-Dailies Division D: Headline Writing

1st — Kaia Ball Decaturian, Millikin University, “Ratted Out: A Tail of Toilets and Terror”

This headline has everything: alliteration, a play on words and an appropriately used homonym. Plus, it accurately depicts the story and it fits! Good job.

2nd — Staff The Wheaton Record, Wheaton College, “Scientists search for solution to Chicago’s shifting sand”

3rd — Sam Jacobson The Knox Student, Knox College, “Finding gouda vibes through cheese”

4th — Roxanne Timan The Leader, Elmhurst College, “Don’t be a Ditka”

4th — Staff The NCC Chronicle, North Central College, “’Fifty Shades Darker’ fails to dominate the screen”

 

Non-Dailies  Division D: Photo Essay

1st – Staff Dominican Star, Dominican University, “Graduate Student Defies Cancer”

Excellent. Perfect in every way. Beautiful and emotional.

2nd — Staff Augustana Observer, Augustana College, “Homecoming Weekend”

3rd — Sarah Holcomb The Wheaton Record, Wheaton College, “Photographing Inauguration 2017”

4th — Staff The NCC Chronicle, North Central College, “Homecoming 2017: It’s a wrap”

 

Non-Dailies Division D: Feature Photo

1st — Annika Bushman The NCC Chronicle, North Central College, “Student showcase”

Lovely composition and great use of lighting.

2nd — Thea Gonzales Augustana Observer, Augustana College, “Balloon Festival”

3rd — Lily Guillen The Courier, Monmouth College, “Feature Photo by Lily Guillen for Cultural Column — November 10, 2017”

4th — Marielle Decena The Leader, Elmhurst College, “Shaible center beehive”

 

Non-Dailies Division D: Sports Photo

1st — Tawanda Mberikwazvo Augustana Observer, Augustana College, “Best Sports Moment of 2016”

It’s a creative angle and really captures the play. I love the expressions on the faces of the two players and the body language of the third. Great photo!

2nd — Katy Coseglia The Knox Student, Knox College, “Sports Photo 1”

3rd — Nina Mantalaba The Wheaton Record, Wheaton College, “Football action shot”

4th — Liv Ade The Wheaton Record, Wheaton College, “Carolina at the Final Four”

 

Non-Dailies Division D: General News Photo

1st — Nadia Spock The Knox Student, Knox College, “General News Photo 2”

2nd — Mitch Prentice The Knox Student, Knox College, “General News Photo 1”

3rd — Melody Bilbo F Newsmagazine, School of the Art Institute, “Fuck Trump”

4th — Lily Guillen The Courier, Monmouth College “Pie-A-Professor”

 

Non-Dailies Division D: Spot News Photo

1st — Candace Pollock The ‘Burnian, Blackburn College, “CONOR’S LAW”

This is absolutely, SPOT NEWS, featuring a prominent person taking part in an event.  Technique is excellent — this photographer is ready to excel in big time media!

2nd — Cassandra Davis F Newsmagazine, School of the Art Institute, “#notmypresident”

3rd — Erich Lieser The Argus, Illinois Wesleyan University, “Line Drive Spot News Photo”

4th — Lily Guillen The Courier, Monmouth College, “Monmouth College’s 23rd annual Cultural Festival”

 

Non-Dailies Division D: Multimedia Reporting

1st — Julia Mondschean and Rachel Landman The Knox Student, Knox College, “One year in”

The story is extremely objective – clearly captures both sides (to the point that you find your self taking both sides throughout the article).  The writing is not overly emotional – but enough to truly capture the readers attention and keep them hooked throughout.  Wording, at times, could be cleared up.

2nd — Peter Medlin The NCC Chronicle, North Central College, “A true portrait of the professional writer”

3rd — Kathryn Bloch The NCC Chronicle, North Central College, “A sustainable past, present and future”

4th — Ryan Jenkins Augustana Observer, Augustana College, “Bad accident prompts change to speed, heavier enforcement”

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