TKS named best non-daily student paper in region


The Knox Student has been named the best all-around non daily student newspaper in Region 5 (including Illinois, Indiana and Kentucky) by the Society of Professional Journalists.

The award was announced Saturday during the SPJ Region 5 conference in Chicago. TKS was judged regionally against other non-daily student newspapers — regardless of school size — with three random issues from the 2013 calendar year.

This is huge news for TKS, especially coming off a strong showing at the Illinois College Press Association conference in February. And while these recognitions are always welcome, we still want to know how we can serve our readers better. Story suggestions can be submitted here, emailed to, or sent directly to me at

Other recent awards include 4th place for News Story of the Year from Associated Collegiate Press, along with 18 awards from the Illinois College Press Association.

The Society of Professional Journalists is one of the nation’s leading journalism organizations, and it sets the journalistic ethics code generally used as an industry standard.

TKS, Film Club hosting Chicago Tribune Film Critic Michael Phillips

Chicago Tribune Film Critic Michael Phillips will be speaking at Knox Thursday and Friday.

Chicago Tribune Film Critic Michael Phillips will be speaking at Knox Thursday and Friday.

The Knox Student and Knox College Film Club are hosting Chicago Tribune Film Critic Michael Phillips at Knox Thursday and Friday.

Before he worked at the Tribune, Phillips was a drama critic for the Los Angeles Times, among other publications. He was the co-host of the TV show “At the Movies” for its final season, after several years filling in for Roger Ebert while Ebert was on medical leave. Phillips was also a three-time Pulitzer drama juror.

Phillips will have two public events during his stay at Knox, including a Q&A session with students interested in journalism. This will be held at 5 p.m. Thursday in the Publications Office, Seymour Union.

On Friday, Phillips will have an open lecture titled “Why Go to the Movies?” — during which he will examine the question: Why go out to the movies when your smartphone and your laptop are singing a duet called “Let’s Stay In Again”?

This visit is sponsored by TKS, Film Club, the Cultural Events Committee and the Knox College Journalism Program, along with additional funding from Student Senate.