Staff members, writers and photographers from The Knox Student received six awards at the 25th Annual Illinois College Press Association convention, held on Feb. 16 and 17 at the Chicago City Centre.
Professional journalists from throughout Illinois judged entries from more than 30 college newspapers throughout the state.
One of the awards was given in the open division (for both dailies and non-dailies) where the submission competed against those from schools of all sizes, while the other five were given in the category of non-dailies under 4,000. The prize-winning work done by members of The Knox Student was published between the 2007 Spring and Fall trimesters.
In the open division, The Knox Student, received second place for best In-House Promotional Ad. The featured ad involved a TKS editor dressed in a newspaper hat and garment with the headline “Write for TKS. We run a chill ship.” across the top. Ad production editor Gerry Bach from the Belleville News-Democrat called it an “excellent graphic” with a “good concept.”
In the non-daily division, Editor-in-Chief Tom Fucoloro and News Editor Erin Coleman were awarded third place in the Front Page Layout category. The September 27, October 4 and October 11 front pages were submitted for judging.
“The whole convention is really a great chance to interact with our peer organizations, see what other papers are doing, and share what we’ve done with them,” said Fucoloro. “Other papers are doing some really creative things. Still,” said Fucoloro, “we have a lot of talent here, too, and it’s great to know that we have the best columnist in weekly newspapers from schools with less than 4,000 students.”
Discourse Editor Mark Muñoz took first place for his column entitled “Confessions of a Tour Guide,” published April 12, 2007. The column gave a satirical viewpoint on the job of a college tour guide.
In the Sports Column category, Sports Editor Ryan Cash received second place for his column “It’s all coming to an end . . .” analyzing the Knox sports program. Published November 8, 2007, this column set up a forum for constructive criticism and analyzed the state and performance of various aspects of the athletics program.
Alumna and former Copy-Editor Amelia Flood received second place for her feature story “The Grand Empress of Galesburg.” Published February 8, 2007, the article discussed famous drag-queen, playwright and performer Ethyl Eichelberger, who attended Knox College in 1964.
Senior Andy Fitz was recognized in the Spot News Photo category. He received second place for his photos of Wallace Lounge that were published on March 1, 2007, the morning after it flooded.