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SIUE’s The Alestle wins four national awards at college media competitions

The Alestle, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville’s student news organization, won four national awards during the 101st annual Associated Collegiate Press/College (ACP) Media Association National College Media Convention.

The Alestle placed eighth in the Best of Show competition in the Newspaper/Newsmagazine category of four-year schools with fewer than 15,000 students.

“I am very proud of the work The Alestle team has done over the last year,” said Emily Sterzinger, editor-in-chief. “I think we’ve always had a very skilled team, and I’m glad that in the case of our most recent work I’ve been able to lead us to an award at a national level.”

Three staff members also won recognition in the College Media Association’s national Pinnacle Awards. The field of competitors for the Pinnacle Awards was wide open and not broken down by school size or frequency. Any member schools and their news organizations from across the country could compete in the same category.

Nicole Boyd, online and opinion editor, won second place in Best Coverage of Faith with her May 2022 article, “BFA student connects Biblical themes to modern issues.”

Kirsten O’Loughlin, The Alestle’s graphics manager, won third place for her design of The Alestle’s nameplate.

Sterzinger was recognized with an honorable mention in the Best Special Section Cover category for her Scooby Doo-themed cover of the Fall 2021 Graduation Issue.

The Alestle staff has grown in the last few years to become a consistent player in national college media competitions,” said Student Publications Program Director Tammy Merrett. “I’m very proud of them. They are an example of the finest college students at SIUE.”

The Alestle has placed several times in recent years in the CMA Pinnacle awards, and national ACP Best of Show competitions, as well as ACP Individual Awards. The publication is consistently an American Scholastic Press Association top-ranked publication and regularly wins several top awards in the annual Illinois College Press Association contest.

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