The Alestle, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville’s student newspaper, recently won a national award during the 95th annual Associated Collegiate Press National College Media Convention in Washington, D.C.
The Alestle placed eighth in the ACP Best Of Show — Newspaper Special Edition category. The field of competitors was wide open and not broken down by school size or frequency. Any and all schools and their news organizations from across the country competed in the same category.
Criteria judges from the Associated Collegiate Press considered were the topic of the special issue, quality and quantity of coverage, overall design, photos and quantity of ads.
Editor-in-Chief Caitlin Lally accepted the award on behalf of the entire staff. Managing Editor Kendra Martin, Lifestyles Editor Chloe Smith, Opinion Editor Chloe Rice, Copy Editor Ryan Bieri, Advertising Manager Nicholas Agadi and Program Director Tammy Merrett were there as well.
The Alestle competed against many collegiate newspapers from across the country, including top student newspapers that also won in the same category such as the Rocky Mountain Collegian at Colorado State University; The Daily Iowan at The University of Iowa in Iowa City; the Indiana Daily Student at Indiana University in Bloomington, Ind.; The Xavier Herald at Xavier University in New Orleans, The Pendulum at Elon University in North Carolina; Southwestern College Sun at Southwestern College in Chula Vista, Calif.; The Clarion at Madison Area Technical College in Madison, Wis.; Technician at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, N.C.; and The Et Cetera at Eastfield College in Mesquite, Texas.
“This year’s award in the ACP Best of Show competition for the Alestle is the sixth in the last seven years,” Merrett said. “We were competing against schools of all sizes with all levels of programs; this award is a nice reward for the staff this summer who put in so much hard work on the Back To School Survival Guide in service to the campus community.”
The Alestle has placed several times in recent years in national Best of Show competitions at the fall national college media convention in the Four-Year Weekly Tabloid, Large School Website and Special Edition categories. The publication has been a recent American Scholastic Press Association winner and regularly wins several awards in the annual Illinois College Press Association contest as well.