The Daily Northwestern takes first in general excellence at Illinois College Press Association convention


Katie Pach/Daily Senior Staffer

The Daily Northwestern staff at the Illinois College Press Association convention.

CHICAGO — The Daily Northwestern took first place in the 2018 general excellence category for daily college newspapers at the Illinois College Press Association convention last month.

The award is the highest prize for college newspapers in Illinois. The award committee based its decision on three randomly-chosen issues of the newspapers printed in February, April and October.

Nora Shelly, The Daily’s editor in chief during Winter and Fall Quarters, said she expects more awards for The Daily in the future.

“The general excellence award is just a reflection of the hard work that everyone on staff — from reporters, copy editors, and designers to photographers and our multimedia team — put in over the course of a year,” she said. “I’m really proud of the work we did last year and am looking forward to seeing what The Daily does next.”

Peter Kotecki, who is now at Friedman Vartolo in New York, was the editor in chief for Spring Quarter.

See below for a full award list. 

First Place
Entertainment supplement: The Daily staff
News story: Yvonne Kim and Maddie Burakoff
Sports feature: Joe Wilkinson
Sports column: Joe Wilkinson
Photo essay: Brian Meng
Sports photo: Allie Goulding
Multimedia reporting: Chris Vazquez

Second Place

Opinion page: The Daily staff
Sports news story: Cole Paxton
Sports game story: Joe Wilkinson
Sports feature: Jonah Dylan
Sports page design: The Daily staff
Sports photo: Allie Goulding

Third Place

Editorial: The Daily Editorial board
Feature story: Julia Esparza
In-depth reporting: Ryan Wangman and Colin Boyle
General news photo: Colin Boyle
Multimedia reporting: Chris Vazquez and Hangda Zhang

Honorable mention

Front page layout: The Daily Staff
News story: Mariana Alfaro and Nora Shelly

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