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North Central student journalists earn Illinois College Press Association awards

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Feb. 29, 2012—Student journalists from North Central College have earned three awards for excellence from the Illinois College Press Association (ICPA).

The awards were announced at the ICPA’s annual conference Feb. 17-18 at the Double Tree Hotel in Chicago. College newspapers from throughout Illinois, ranging from those at small colleges to publications at large state universities, participated in the annual journalism contest. Entries are judged by professional editors who are members of the Illinois Press Association.

Chronicle staff writer Britni Roberts, a junior from Moline, earned a second-place award for headline writing. Sports editors Kim Ippolito, a junior from Bartlett, and Jared Shlensky, a sophomore from Palos Heights, earned a third-place award in sports page design. Forum editor Rebecca Creamer, a senior from Paw Paw, Ill., earned an honorable mention in the columns category.

Before the awards luncheon, students had a chance to attend conference sessions on editorial writing, data mining, hyperlocal news, Spanish-language media, journalism ethics and jobs in journalism. Sessions were led by media professionals, including a Pulitzer Prize-winner and a college student who also works as a staff reporter for the Chicago Sun-Times.

The following students and Chronicle editorial staff members were in attendance to receive awards during the conference and appear in the photo, from left: Ippolito; Klariza Alvaran ’13, web editor; Jenna Markowski ’12, co-editor-in-chief and campus editor; Lindsay Berghuis ’12, co-editor-in-chief and arts editor; Amber Dvorak ’13, news editor; and Shaina Turner ’12, assistant forum and campus editor.

North Central’s Chronicle student newspaper, which was first published in 1873, may be viewed online at Faculty advisor is Philip Glende, visiting assistant professor of English. North Central College offers majors in journalism, interactive media and other areas of communications studies. Visit to learn more about North Central’s journalism program. Visit to learn more about the ICPA.