Indiana Wesleyan University's student newspaper, The Sojourn, took home an all-level statewide award as well as several Division II statewide honors for excellence at a ceremony held Saturday, April 14, by the Indiana Collegiate Press Association in Muncie, Indiana - and more awards are on the way.
Awards received and winners include:
Third place: Use of Twitter - The Sojourn staff
Division II (3,000+ undergraduate enrollment, not published 3x or more weekly)
First place: Opinion column, Steven Porter & Molly Meyer
Second place: Breaking news reporting, Molly Meyer & Steven Porter; Entertainment column, Lauren Sawyer; Feature page, Rachel Pyle, Molly Meyer & Hannah Towler
Third place: Sports news story, Rachel Pyle; Sports photo, Josh Gales; Themed issue, The Sojourn staff
Dr. Kyle Huckins, The Sojourn's faculty adviser and IWU's journalism coordinator, expressed excitement at news of the awards. "These honors come in all facets of the physical newspaper - writing, photography and design - as well as acknowledge the growing emphasis we've given to online operations," he said.
The Society of Professional Journalist of Indiana also has announced The Sojourn has won five awards in its annual competition, which pits all the state's colleges and universities against each other, regardless of size. This year marks the first time the newspaper has won an honor from SPJ Indiana. Winners are: Meyer, Porter, Pyle, Sawyer and Jeremy Sharp. Places will be revealed at an April 27 event in Indianapolis.
These honors follow The Sojourn's first-ever first place finish at the Hoosier State Press Association awards (with Indiana colleges and universities competing together without regard to enrollment), in which Steven Porter won for best opinion piece.