Millikin student newspaper wins
four ICPA Awards; Decaturian earns Honorable Mention for General
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[February 25, 2017]
- Millikin University's student-run newspaper, the Decaturian, won
four awards at the Illinois College Press Association (ICPA) annual
convention, held Feb. 17-18 in Chicago.
The Decaturian staff received honorable mention for General
Excellence in the division for non-dailies with a circulation of
less than 4,000.
"I'm really proud of my students," said Dr. Scott Lambert,
Decaturian faculty advisor and assistant professor of English at
Millikin. "The awards are recognition for the hard work they put in
during the course of the year. This is an extremely hard working
group and it is satisfying to see them get rewarded for their hard
The Decaturian also received honorable mention for Headline Writing,
3rd place for Sports Game Story and 3rd place for Editorial.
"This was a special accomplishment for our staff," said Katy Swift,
Decaturian editor-in-chief and a senior English writing major from
Creston, Ill. "Everyone does a lot of work and we have writers who
are throwing out great ideas for articles."
The ICPA honors the best college newspapers in the state of
Illinois. Entries from spring and fall 2016 were recognized. Over 70
professional newspaper editors across multiple states judged the
contest, which received 1,250 entries from 34 college newspapers in
"Overall, the convention was a great experience," said Alexsenia
Ralat, co-editor-in-chief for the Decaturian and a sophomore English
writing major from Springfield, Ill. "We are very proud of the work
we accomplished with a 20-person staff."
Decaturian Reporters Bria Thompson, a senior communication major
from Flossmoor, Ill., and Dominique Bates, a sophomore communication
major from Forsyth, Ill., were awarded for their article titled "The
Truth Behind the Lens."
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"These recognitions show, even with new staff members, that we are having
consistency in journalism," said Thompson. "I think the Decaturian has grown
tremendously and we've made great strides from the year prior. Winning this
award has boosted my confidence as a journalist."
Dr. Lambert noted, "Two years ago, the Decaturian placed third in the General
Excellence category and this year they received an honorable mention. That's an
award that shows the entire staff is doing a good job and that everyone is
working hard. It also shows some consistency. This is almost a completely
different group that won the award two years ago."
The Decaturian was established in 1903 and is published during the academic year
by students of Millikin University. For more information on the Decaturian,
For further information, please contact Millikin University Media Relations
Coordinator Dane Lisser at 217.420.6636 or email@example.com.
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