Daily Egyptian receives 22 awards at annual competition

By Sarah Gardner, @rabbitearz

The staff of the Daily Egyptian received 22 awards Saturday at the Illinois College Press Association conference and awards banquet in Chicago. Awards were earned for photography, reporting, multimedia, design and advertising.

For the 24 categories in which the Daily Egyptian submitted entries, its staff received awards in 13 of them. In some categories, two—the maximum number of entries—placed.

The Daily Egyptian staff dominated the photo competition, receiving nine awards for 10 photos entered. Photographers also earned first and second place in the multimedia reporting category.


Friday and Saturday consisted of sessions about journalism led by industry professionals as well as students and faculty advisers. Managing editor Luke Nozicka spoke on a panel about media coverage of the events in Ferguson, Mo., and editor-in-chief Sarah Gardner participated in a discussion about the financial struggles facing college news organizations and techniques to reach audiences in the digital age.

The Daily Illini received 19 awards and the Vidette at Illinois State University and the Northern Star at NIU each brought home 10.

This year the association reported 300 more entries than last year, bringing the total in both non-daily and daily categories to 1,260 applicants. There were 270 awards given at the competition.