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Student newspaper stands out in statewide competition

Posted: Mar 21, 2013


Excited about recognition for their hard work on the The GlimmerGlass are (L-R) Meagan Ramsay, executive editor; Jenny White, news editor; Rachel Kearney, sports editor; Jake Neuman, online editor; Sydney Young, copy editor; G.J. Frye, opinion editor. (Photo by Thalyta Swanepoel)

Olivet's student newspaper, The GlimmerGlass, recently received 10 awards in the Illinois College Press Association (ICPA) competition.

This year, 34 Illinois college newspapers, from both state and private schools, entered the competition. Olivet's staff competed in the categories for non-daily newspapers at schools with enrollment less than 4,000.

“This competition is a barometer of the quality of our newspaper and good incentive for improvement,” said Dr. Thalyta Louw Swanepoel, faculty advisor and communication professor.

"I am extremely proud of all the awards our staff earned,” Meagan Ramsay (senior, Casey, Ill.), executive editor, said. “It makes the long hours spent working on each issue so worth it. We've improved overwhelmingly since last year, and I couldn't be happier."

Olivet’s awards included:
•First place, General News Photo: Ethan Barse (senior, Auburn, Ind.)
•First place, Sports Column: Rachel Kearney (senior, Marion, Iowa)
•Second place, Photo Essay: Justine Espersen (junior, Las Vegas, Nev.)
•Second place, Headline Writing: Meagan Ramsay
•Third place, Front Page Layout: Meagan Ramsay, Nicole LaFond (junior, Mahomet, Ill.)
•Third place, General Excellence: Staff
•Honorable mention, Sports Feature: Rachel Kearney
•Honorable mention, Sports Layout: Rachel Kearney
•Honorable mention, In-Depth Reporting: Staff
•Honorable mention, Column (Excluding Sports): Jimmy Phillips (senior, Monee, Ill.)

Seven staff members and Dr. Swanepoel attended the ICPA conference in Chicago, February 22 and 23, 2013. Speakers they heard at the conference included Jimmy Greenfield, community manager at ChicagoNow, the Chicago Tribune's blog network; Chuck Burke, senior editor and designer of the Chicago Tribune; and a panel of professionals who spoke about non-journalism jobs that use journalism skills.

"The ICPA conference offers the chance for student journalists to interact with their peers from Christian and secular schools across the state,” Dr. Swanepoel said. “They are also exposed to working professionals through the sessions and have the chance to network." 

"After the success we had, I can hand off the newspaper to the next editor knowing that there is a really solid foundation to build on,” Meagan said. “It only gets better from here, and I can't wait to see how it grows."

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