The Alestle wins five ICPA awards

The Alestle won honorable mention in general excellence, plus four additional awards during the annual collegiate media workshops of the Illinois College Press Association in February.

Honorable mention in general excellence in the non-daily, 4,000 or more division is more than just a consolation prize. The Alestle competes annually against several Illinois state student newspapers. The Alestle has not been honored for general excellence by the ICPA since 2006.

Sports Editor Allan Lewis won first place in the category of sports news story for his examination of money in Division I sports.

Photographer Derrick Hawkins also won first place in the feature photo category for a photo taken during the 2009 March Down. Hawkins and photographer Sean Roberts also won for their photo essay about the fire at Cougar Village apartment 529.

Chief Copy Editor Kenneth Long also brought home an award with an honorable mention in the column-writing category.

"Being back in the general excellence category at ICPA is a big deal. The competition in the category is very strong," Alestle Program Director Tammy Merrett-Murry said. "This award points to the hard work that the Alestle staff has been doing to continually improve the quality and level of journalism at SIUE."