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WIU Student Newspaper Staff Brings Home Awards from State Convention

March 2, 2011

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MACOMB, IL - - Western Illinois University students recently garnered seven awards at the 28th Annual Illinois College Press Association (ICPA) Convention, held Feb. 18-19 in Chicago. The entire staff of the Western Courier, Western's student-run newspaper, received First Place - Best Special Supplement, Open Division, (all college newspapers in the state), for the special "Drug" issue, (from March 31, 2010).

"This is a nice showing for our student journalists, who represent a variety of majors and minors, and who cover a wide range of community and campus issues," said Rich Moreno, director of student publications at WIU. "The convention also offered helpful workshops. I'm proud of the students for their individual achievements, for their teamwork in the newsroom and for their sense of professionalism as a staff."

The conference featured Ellen Warren, senior correspondent for the Chicago Tribune, as keynote speaker.

Individual awards went to the following students:



Ed Komenda, editor-in-chief and senior English major, Chicago (60638), 5700 block of S. Parkside Ave: Second Place - Best Feature Story, Daily Newspaper Division, for "We need it now," about people at President Obama's speech in Quincy, (IL), (from April 30, 2010); Second Place - Best Spot News Photo, Daily Newspaper Division), for a photo of the fire in downtown Macomb, "Fire on the Square," (from March 5), 2010; and Honorable Mention - News Story, Daily Newspapers Division, for "A sense of urgency," about the WIU EMS workers who rescued a man at a WIU football game, (from Oct. 22, 2010).

EVANSTON (60201)

Mick (Michael) Vaught, senior journalism major: Honorable Mention - Headline Writing, Daily Newspaper Division, for the sports headline "It's wabbit hunting season," (from Oct. 8, 2010).


CAROL STREAM - Bethany Bekas, senior history major: Third Place - Best Column (non-sports), Daily Newspaper Division, for "Breast cancer focus has some seeing red," (from Oct. 4, 2010).



Hank Moreno, Macomb, junior political science major: Second Place- Best Feature Photo, Daily Newspaper Division, for "We need it now," a photo of President Barack Obama visiting Quincy (IL), from (April 30, 2010).

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