SPRINGFIELD – Staff members of The Journal, the student newspaper at the University of Illinois at Springfield, received four awards at the 25th Annual Illinois College Press Association convention, held February 16 and 17 at the Chicago City Centre.
Professional journalists and advertising professionals from throughout Illinois judged entries from more than 30 college newspapers in the state.
Two of the Journal's awards were in the open division, which includes dailies and weeklies, and two were in the non-daily division for universities and colleges with enrollments of 4,000 or more. The award-winning work appeared in the Journal during the 2006 spring and fall semesters.
In the open division, photographer and graphic arts specialist Jeremy Wilburn took first place for a series of ads he designed promoting the UIS Student Center, as well as an honorable mention for a graphic illustration he designed that accompanied a story about university plans for a virtual campus. Journal business manager Erin Sibley and former layout and design editor Sandeep Balgarkashi assisted Wilburn in the ad campaign.
In the non-daily division, editor-in-chief Emily Martin received an honorable mention for in-depth reporting for her series about the aftermath of the March 2006 tornado that hit parts of Sangamon County and an April wind storm that hit the UIS campus.
The Journal also received a third place award for General Excellence in the non-daily division.
UIS student publications adviser Debra Chandler Landis noted, "I am very pleased and proud of the students' accomplishments. These awards honor the students, The Journal, and UIS.
"The competition is tough," Landis added. "We were up against newspapers from colleges and universities like Benedictine, U of I Chicago, Columbia, DePaul, Elmhurst, Loyola, Northeastern, SIU-Edwardsville, Western, and Xavier, among others."
Landis also presented two workshops at the convention -- one on advertising sales and ethics and another on personality styles and newsroom leadership and collegiality.
During the convention, The Journal was selected for a two-year term as an at-large representative to the ICPA's board of directors. At-large representatives assist the board with planning the annual contest and convention.
For more information, contact Landis at 206-7717 or go to www.uis.edu/journal/.