OGLESBY — IV Leader, the student newspaper at Illinois Valley Community College, was awarded the Mike Foster Award for General Excellence, the highest award presented, at the Illinois Community College Journalism Association annual spring conference.
ICCJA judges commented, “Solid campus news on covers and plenty of news throughout. Excellent use of art. Bold, newsy designs on covers. Packed with news inside. Separate sections (opinion, culture, sports, etc.) clearly marked for easy navigation by the reader. Good use of art in sports. Editing is solid. This newspaper really packs in a lot of content and packages it well.
“This is really a solid campus newspaper put together well that I hope students, staff and other readers appreciate,” judges concluded.
Student newspapers from across the state can earn recognition at the conference, which was held this year at Lewis and Clark College in Godfrey. Some contest categories are based on enrollment while other categories are open to all newspapers across the state.
In addition to winning first place for general excellence in Division II, in the open division, the staff of the IV Leader received honorable mention in the multimedia story category for their live coverage of the IVCC basketball games and a second place for their website, available at ivleader.com.
Aelsa Butler of Arlington and Maddi Loiselle of Hennepin serve as co-editors in chief for the IV Leader.
Besides the overall awards, the IV Leader staff also won 16 awards in individual categories.
Awards winners, by hometown, included:
Arlington — Aelsa Butler, first place in feature writing, first place in news column, third place in staff editorial and third place in page design.
Earlville — Martha Hoffman, second place in headline writing.
Hennepin — Maddi Loiselle, second place in arts review.
Oglesby — Quinn Delvallee, first place in sports feature.
Ottawa — Jessica Bursztynsky, third place in news story.
Peru — Lindsey Bennett, first place in news story; Alex Bennett, second place, editorial cartoon, open division; Akari Oya, first and second places in sports photo; and Tyler Towne, second place in sports news.
Princeton — Aris Showers, third place in feature writing.
Utica — Kyle Russell, first place in feature photo and third place in news photo.
English/journalism professor Lori Cinotte of Spring Valley is faculty advisor of the IV Leader. The group was chaperoned by part-time faculty member Paul Butler.