SIUE student newspaper, The Alestle, wins four national college journalism awards

The Alestle, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville’s student newspaper, recently won four national awards during the 99th annual Associated Collegiate Press/College Media Association National College Media Convention.

The Alestle took 1st Place in the CMA Pinnacle Awards — Best Photo Package category. The winning entry was for coverage of Black Lives Matter protests this summer. Editor-in-Chief Madison Lammert and former photographer Dominick Oranika share the award.

The field of competitors was wide open and not broken down by school size or frequency. Any schools and their news organizations from across the country could compete in the same category. Other winners in the category included Louisiana State University, University of Hawaii at Manoa, Texas A&M University and Mount Mary University 

The Alestle also won three Best of Show Awards during the convention. The staff took 3rd Place for its annual Back To School Survival Guide in a special section advertising category co-sponsored by the Associated Collegiate Press and College Media Business & Advertising Managers.

Other winners in the category included Indiana University, University of Kentucky – Lexington, University of Alabama – Tuscaloosa and California State University – Fullerton.

The staff placed seventh in the national Best Website category for schools that have more than 10,000 students.

Other winners in the category included student publication websites at Wichita State University, University of Texas at Arlington, Indiana University, Ohio University, University of Miami – Coral Gables, California Polytechnic State University, University of Hawai’i Mānoa, California State University – Fullerton and California State University – Sacramento.

The Alestle’s Podcast Producer John McGowan placed eighth at the national convention for his recent episode of the podcast “Alestle After Hours: The Black Plague, The Spanish Flu and the Coronavirus.”

Other winners in the category included student work at Georgia State University, Ithaca College, California State University – Sacramento, Ohio Northern University, Appalachian State University, Pepperdine University, Elon University and Miami Dade College.

“I am so very proud of The Alestle staff. They have had so many challenges to overcome this year related to COVID and other obstacles put in their way, and they persevered,” Student Publications Program Director Tammy Merrett said. “This is our fourth year competing in the Pinnacles and the first time our podcast was recognized in the convention’s Best of Show competition. The staff really needed this well-deserved recognition of their work.”

The Alestle has placed several times in recent years in the CMA Pinnacle awards, and national ACP Best of Show competitions. The publication is consistently an American Scholastic Press Association top-ranked publication and regularly wins several top awards in the annual Illinois College Press Association contest as well.

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