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MC student newspaper wins 10 ICPA awards

Nina Marini, a junior from Peru, Ill., won first place among all college newspapers for this cartoon, which was published last fall.
In the process of “getting serious about journalism,” the staff of the Monmouth College student newspaper, The Courier, has stepped up its coverage of the campus community. Thanks to a record-breaking weekend in Chicago, they are now part of the news themselves.

The staff brought home a school-record 10 awards from the Illinois College Press Association (ICPA) conference, an event attended by a number of notable journalists and editors.

“We redesigned the paper at the beginning of the year, and we have a redesigned website and Facebook page,” said editor-in-chief Andrew Drea, a senior from Taylorville. “I think we won so many awards because we’re now finally catching up to other colleges. These awards prove we’re onto something good.”

And, in one case, something that was the best in the state. Competing in an open category against all other college newspapers, junior Nina Marini of Peru won first place for her editorial cartoon titled “Angry Birds.”

Monmouth’s other awards came within its division of non-daily newspapers at colleges with fewer than 4,000 students. They included second-place finishes for Joe Florio, a junior from Grayslake, for a feature photo, and for the staff for an editorial titled “Printing Policy Peeves.” A non-sports column by Drea titled “Privacy Shouldn’t Fall Victim to Security” placed third.

Kelsey Beshears, a senior from Milan, received three honorable mention awards, including sports page design, game story and sports news story. The Courier’s other two honorable mention awards were won by Florio for a general news photo and by the staff for an editorial titled “MC in the Snow.”