College of DuPage Student Journalists Earn Top Awards From ICCJA

By: Angela Mennecke

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The College of DuPage student newspaper, "The Courier," earned 14 top awards at the 2020 Illinois Community College Journalism Association (ICCJA) virtual awards banquet held earlier this month.

This year's banquet was hosted by College of DuPage and presented as a virtual conference. Courier adviser Jim Fuller conducted video recordings with professional journalists who were originally scheduled to present live at the conference. The videos were released throughout the week leading up to the awards announcement. Student newsrooms from throughout the state watched a PowerPoint presentation of the awards via live Zoom chats.

"In a challenging year, we found a way to create some smiles and a sense of accomplishment for many young journalists throughout the state by continuing with the conference," Fuller said. "I'm especially proud of our Courier students and how they've supported each other throughout the year and especially right now."

Fuller also highlighted the recognition of “The Podcast Network,” a new podcast created by Student Life this past year. It resulted in a win for best student podcast in the inaugural year of the category. 

Individual winners include Jonathon Neal, first place for Student Podcast; Alison Pfaff, first place for Reporter of the Year, second place for Multimedia Story, third place for Feature Writing and third place for News Story of the Year; Aimee Leal, first place for Feature Photo and first place for News photo; Jessica Tapia, first place for Front Page Design and third place for Inside Page Design; Josie Padilla, first place for Front Page Design; Danny Oliveras, second place for Multimedia Story; DeAnte Washington, second place for Arts Review; and Karla Villegas Pineda, second place for Staff Editorial.

As a staff, the Courier also earned the Division 1 General Excellence Award for the third consecutive year and third place for News Series of the Year, while the Courier website earned a third place award.

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