By Justine Espersen
The GlimmerGlass attended the annual Illinois College Press Association (ICPA) and won three awards after being moved up to a more competitive category.
The newspaper was moved up from competing with non-daily newspapers under 4,000 students to now compete with non-dailies with over 4,000 students. The GlimmerGlass went up against big name schools such as Columbia College, Loyola University and DePaul University.
“The category change came as a shock; however, the GlimmerGlass was able to compete well against schools much larger than us,” senior and Executive Editor Nicole Lafond said.
Senior and Image Editor Bekah Colbert won first place in Best News Photo and The GlimmerGlass staff won first place in Best Photo Essay. In addition, senior and Online Editor Jake Neuman won an honorable men- tion in best critical review.
Illinois news publications submit to several different categories for ICPA and are awarded for their work at the conference.
In addition, students partook in seminars to help better their newsrooms.
Neuman and Lafond lead a panel discussion with Editor-in-Chief Darshan Patel from the Daily Illini of the University of Illinois Urbana Champaign and Photo Editor Nick Stewart from the Wester Courier of Western Illinois University about the use of social media.
“It was cool to be able to present in front of our peers that the GlimmerGlass, while a small publication, is on par or in some cases ahead of other newspapers when it comes to social media,” Neuman said.
Director of Journalism and Associate Professor of Communication Dr. Thalyta Swanepoel was this year’s ICPA first vice president and will be next year’s as well. She organizes and overseas the program in its entirety.
“I’m really proud of our staff,” Lafond said. “I feel like we’ve really grown in ability this year and I definitely see us as being a force to be reckoned with in the future.”