University of Southern Indiana

The Shield named top Division 2 newspaper, receives 26 awards in Indiana state competition

The Shield named top Division 2 newspaper, receives 26 awards in Indiana state competition

4/19/2021 | University Communications
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For the second year in a row, The Shield, the University of Southern Indiana’s student-run newspaper, was named the Division 2 Newspaper of the Year by the Indiana Collegiate Press Association (ICPA) as part of its 2021 Spring Contest.

This marks the sixth time in the past eight years that The Shield has earned the top Division 2 newspaper award from the ICPA. Division 2 is defined by the ICPA as non-daily collegiate newspapers in Indiana with enrollment exceeding 3,001 students.

Overall publication awards were determined by the results of individual award winners from each participating organization. As part of the 2021 competition, The Shield earned 16 individual awards and 10 staff awards.

USI students receiving awards as part of the 2021 ICPA Spring Contest were:

Andon Holmes

  • First Place - Best Informational Graphic
  • Second Place - Best Front Page

Darrian Breedlove          

  • Second Place - Best Review

Emma Corry      

  • First Place - Best Feature Story

Hayden Olberding           

  • Third Place - Best Feature Story
  • Third Place - Best News Story

Jordan Auker    

  • First Place - Best Photo Essay/Picture Story
  • Second Place - Best Feature Photo
  • Third Place - Best Sports Photo

Josh Meredith  

  • Second Place - Best News Photo

Josh Meredith, Andon Holmes  

  • Second Place - Best Photo Essay/Picture Story

Marissa Jacobs 

  • Third Place - Best Entertainment Column

Nik Cunningham              

  • Second Place - Best Sports Feature Story
  • Second Place - Best Sports News Story

Rhonda Wheeler, Nik Cunningham, Shelby Clark

  • Second Place - Best News or Feature Series

Stephanie Porter             

  • Second Place - Best Illustration

Staff awards     

  • First Place - Best Feature Page
  • First Place - Best Front Page
  • First Place - Best Special Issue
  • First Place - Best Special Section Front/Cover
  • First Place - Best Sports Page
  • First Place - Best Themed Issue
  • Second Place - Best Feature Page
  • Second Place - Best Single Issue
  • Second Place - Best Special Section Front/Cover
  • Third Place - Best Overall Design

Applications for positions with The Shield are available online or in The Shield office. To get involved, call 812-465-1682, or visit the office in the lower level of University Center East, Room 227.

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