EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. — The Alestle won eight awards this month, at the annual Illinois College Press Association conference. At the Chicago conference, the Alestle earned two first-place awards, placed in five other categories and earned an honorable mention.

Former Alestle Photo Editor Brian Munoz won first place in the large-school division in spot news photo for coverage of protests in the metro area. Former photographer Grace Tierney won first place in the feature photo category.

The Alestle staff took second place in the large-school news writing category for coverage of a unity march on campus. Former Photo Editor Brian Munoz and Editor-in-Chief Caitlin Lally won second-place honors in the photo essay competition for their coverage of Bosnian immigrants in the metro area.

The Alestle competed with 35 Illinois colleges and universities in 15 open categories. Additionally, the Alestle competed in 18 categories against 13 non-daily student newspapers on campuses with more than 4,000 students including Columbia College in Chicago, Loyola University, University of Illinois Springfield, DePaul University and others.

Cartoonist Nicole Patton won third place in the open division’s editorial cartooning category. All schools, regardless of size, were eligible to enter their work in that category. Photographer Lashai Spencer took third place in the large-school sports photo category.

Lally also brought home an honorable mention for feature page design in the large-school division for “Metro East Eats: Cupcakes.”

“This year our photography and design work showed well in competition,” Alestle Program Director Tammy Merrett said. “We are also very proud of our campus coverage recognized by ICPA.”

More than 1,200 entries in the competition were judged for excellence by working journalists across the country.

The Alestle competes nationally against many other newspapers from across the country. Statewide, The Alestle competes regularly against such student newspapers and schools as the Bradley Scout at Bradley University, Chicago Weekly at the University of Chicago, the Columbia Chronicle at Columbia College, DePaulia at DePaul University, Chicago Flame at the University of Illinois-Chicago, the Journal at University of Illinois-Springfield, the Loyola Phoenix at Loyola University and the Independent at Northeastern Illinois University.

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