By Destiny Mitchell, Executive Editor
“Fun website. Easy to navigate. Lots to choose from on their smorgasbord.” These were three of the given reasons that the GlimmerGlass placed third for best online news site at the Illinois College Press Association [ICPA] on Saturday.
The GlimmerGlass was up against newspaper and magazine staffs from schools such as the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Southern Illinois University at Carbondale and DePaul University for the award.
The staff also took home Honorable mentions for a sports column and editorial writing in the category for non-daily papers with over 4,000 students.
The sports column, written by Sophomore sports writer Justin Kollar, addressed the offensive use of Indian mascots in professional sports.
Sports Editor Nathan DiCamillo was both excited and proud. “Sports commentary is very important to sports journalism,” he said. “Not many writers can write a commentary that appeals to both athletes and the everyday reader.”
The winning editorial addressed the need for the paper’s “Honey, We Need to Talk series. Comments from the judges’ panel assessed that “good editorial recognition of the ‘Olivet bubble’ seems to be a valuable start in dispelling some naive expectations new students might bring to a Christian school.”
Junior and Life and Culture Editor, Alexander Ewers was pleased with all of the paper’s recognitions.
“I believe the awards that we won this year show our dedication to providing Olivet with an excellent news source,” Ewers said. “These awards reaffirm our mission of producing the best possible content with the student body in mind.”
ICPA is an annual two-day conference held by a board of Illinois press personnel. Student journalists attend sessions led by Chicago area journalists. The conference concluded with a luncheon where publications received awards under multiple categories of excellence, including photos, advertisements, stories and layout design.
Having attended the conference for two years in a row, Ewers was able to branch out and participate in his seminars. “I chose to attend four different sessions: political and government reporting; non-journalism jobs for journalists; religion reporting; and digital multimedia reporting,”Ewers said.
DiCamillo learned how to increase readership and financial stability in a college newspaper. Layout editor Grace King received tips on design, editorial writing, and taking advantage of digital media.