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Phoenix Staff Brings Home 25 Awards from Illinois College Press Association Competition

Zack Miller | The PhoenixThe Phoenix staff won 25 awards and honors Feb. 19-20 after attending the Illinois College Press Association's annual convention online.

The Phoenix staff came away from the Illinois College Press Association’s annual convention Feb. 19-20 with 25 awards and honors, including second place in the sweepstakes category which is calculated with the total points earned in other awards. 

Editors submitted content published between December 2019 and November 2020 for consideration in the competition, which is judged by professional journalists throughout the country. The Phoenix competed in the non-daily category with a student enrollment of more than 4,000. 

In 2019, The Phoenix came in first place for general excellence, but this year the staff came in second place in the sweepstakes category, which replaced general excellence and was calculated with the cumulative total of points from the other awards. The Columbia Chronicle from Columbia College Chicago earned first place in the sweepstakes category. At the 2019 awards, The Phoenix staff came away with 18 awards and honors.

Some of The Phoenix’s 13 staff members who have been working remotely throughout 2020-2021 school year. The ICPA awards honored work done by Phoenix staff and writers from December 2019 to November 2020.

A breakdown of awards won at the 2020 awards, held Feb. 20, 2021:

First Place: 

Sports News: Sports Editor Kyle Brown, ‘Majority’ of Loyola Men’s Basketball Team Tests Positive for COVID-19, Athletics Department on ‘Pause’

Sports Column: Assistant Sports Editor Lu Calzada, Column: Why Politics And Sports Will Never Be Divided

Sports Page Design: Sports Editor Abby Schnable and Former Design Editor Larissa Paseta, ‘It’s Serious Business’: The Science of Porter Moser’s Iconic Jacket Toss

Sports Photo: Arts and Entertainment Editor Zack Miller, Arch Madness: Bradley Punches Ticket to NCAA Tournament With Victory over Valparaiso

Front Page Layout: Former Design Editor Larissa Paseta and Former Editor-in-Chief Mary Norkol 

Feature Page Design: Former Arts and Entertainment Editor Mary Grace Ritter

News Story: Leen Yassine, Loyola Investigates ‘Toxic’ Undergraduate Admission Office After Resignation of Associate Director

Online News Site: Web Editor Kashyap Patel 

Second Place: 

Sports Story: Sports Editor Kyle Brown, The Curious Case of Loyola Men’s Basketball’s Free Throw Shooting

Sports Column: Sports Editor Abby Schnable, COLUMN: ‘As a Female Sports Journalist Entering the Field in a Year, the Post Story is so Scary’

Opinion Page Design: Former Opinion Editor Adrian Nevarez

In-Depth Reporting: Editor-in-Chief Mary Chappell and News Editor Kayleigh Padar, A Student Was Expelled From Loyola After a Rape Allegation. Then He Walked the Stage at Graduation.

Multimedia Reporting: Arts and Entertainment Editor Zack Miller, Rogers Park Composer, Producer and Musician Mike Kirkpatrick Leaves Legacy of His Own Musical Evolution and Artistic Impact

Third Place: 

Headline Writing: Opinion Editor Rylee Tan, Don’t Fear the Reefer: 8 Things to Know About Legal Weed

Honorable Mention: 

Sports Game Story: Sports Editor Kyle Brown, ‘We Gotta Grow Up’: Valparaiso Comes Back to Stun Loyola Women’s Basketball

Sports Feature Story: Sports Editor Abby Schnable, ‘It’s Serious Business’: The Science of Porter Moser’s Iconic Jacket Toss

Editorial: Phoenix Editorial Board, STAFF EDITORIAL: Loyola Preaches Social Justice But Falls Short When It Comes to Indigenous Peoples Day

Editorial: Phoenix Editorial Board, STAFF EDITORIAL: Why We Should Care About the Tribune Crashing

Sports Page Layout: Arts and Entertainment Editor Zack Miller, Former Visual Editor Larissa Paseta, Former Sports Editor Nick Schultz

Column Excluding Sports: Former Editor-in-Chief Mary Norkol, From the Editor’s Desk: A Phoenix Farewell

Photo Essay: Arts and Entertainment Editor Zack Miller

General News Photo: Arts and Entertainment Editor Zack Miller, Protestors Brave Weather For 3rd Chicago Women’s March

Spot News Photo: Arts and Entertainment Editor Zack Miller, ‘We Can’t Breathe’: Chicago’s George Floyd Protests

Podcast: Editor-in-Chief Mary Chappell and Audio Editor Luis Mejía, The Byline: Loyola, Rome, Chicago and Coronavirus

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