Alestle wins 13 awards at state college media conference

EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. — The Alestle won 13 awards last month, at the annual Illinois College Press Association conference. At the Chicago conference, the Alestle earned three first-place awards, placed in five other categories and earned four honorable mentions, including an honorable mention in general excellence. Alestle Photographer Brian Munoz placed second in the Shoot Chicago on-site photography competition in which most schools across all divisions competed.

Alestle Photo Editor Christian K. Lee won first place in the large-school division in the general news photo for coverage of protests by the Black Lives Matter movement on campus. He also won first place in the sports photo category for his coverage of a wrestling event. Former Sports Editor Ben Levin won first and second place in the large-school sports page design category.

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.

Sports Editor Dani Wilson won third place in the large-school sports game story category. Managing Editor Puja Mehta won third place in the news story category in the large-schools division for her coverage of former Chancellor Julie Furst-Bowe’s resignation.

The Alestle staff won third place in the large school division’s editorial writing category for “Two student trustees, one vote.”

Levin also won a third place award in the sports news category.

The Alestle staff brought home an honorable mention for general excellence in the large-school division.

Wilson also won an honorable mention honor in the sports feature category for her behind the scenes look “Making the game.”

Alestle Reporter Kyle Stepp won two honorable mention honors for his coverage of women’s basketball in the sports game story category, as well as for his work on a photo essay about Shronda Butts. Lee shared the photo essay honor.

“This year our sports and photography staffs especially did well in the competition,” Alestle Program Director Tammy Merrett said. “Placing in editorial writing and the on-site photo competition were also proud moments. The Alestle staff works hard.”

More than 1,300 entries in the competition were judged for excellence by members of the Illinois Press Association and 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.

For a complete list of Alestle student awardees, visit


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