The Vidette staff attended the Illinois College Press Association conference this past weekend in Chicago and took home 17 awards.
College newspapers in Illinois convene at this conference each February to have submissions from the past year judged and awarded by professional journalists.
The Vidette earned five first place awards. Tawni Ricketts, sports editor, received first place for sports page design; Brooks Bankord, ad production manager, won first place for both graphic illustration and in-house promotional advertisement; Tim Testroet, ISU graduate and former ad production artist earned first place for his full-page advertisement submission; Ashley Donisch, former ad production artist, took home first place in the advertising campaign open category.
Second place awards include headline writing for features editor Julia Evelsizer, sports photo for photo editor Brian Jarocki, sports news story for Ricketts and advertisement less than full page for former ad production artist Boston Fleener.
The five third place awards distributed to the staff include photo essay for photographer Andrew S. Avitt, editorial for supplement editor Grace Johnson, critical review for features reporter Quinn Arno Wermeling and in-house promotional ad for Bankord. The Vidette staff also placed third for their classified section.
The Vidette also received several honorable mentions. Avitt was recognized for multimedia reporting, news editor Kellie Flaherty for headline writing and the Vidette staff for their Sex in the Birdhouse special supplement.