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Last modified: Wednesday, November 4, 2009

IU student publications win awards from three national associations

Nov. 4, 2009

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Indiana University Bloomington's student publications won more than 50 awards from three national associations this past week -- including national first places for IU's newspaper and magazine.

Ernie Pyle Hall

Photo courtesy of IU School of Journalism

IU Student Media is housed in historic Ernie Pyle Hall with the IU School of Journalism.

This fall's Indiana Daily Student newspaper won first place among large dailies in Associated Collegiate Press' Best of Show competition on Oct. 31. The newspaper's section on IU Homecoming won a second place.

Also winning a national first in Best of Show was this fall's INSIDE magazine, in just its fourth year of publication.

The fall IDS editor is Natalie Avon, a senior majoring in journalism from Evansville, Ind. The 2009-10 INSIDE editor is CJ Lotz, a junior majoring in journalism from St. Louis.

IU journalists also won two firsts, a second and a third in ACP's prestigious individual awards.

IDS sports reporter Matt Dollinger won first in sports writing for his coverage of the rebirth of Hoosier basketball, and IDS columnist Indira Dammu won first in opinion writing for her column on the culture of rape.

Also winning ACP honors were 2008 Arbutus yearbook photographer Jacob Kriese, second in feature/picture, and IDS designer Larry Buchanan, who came in third in infographics.

Even IU Student Media's professional staff was honored. IDS News Adviser Ruth Witmer won a CMA Honor Roll Award, which recognizes advisers with up to five years of distinguished experience.

In two other national competitions announced last week, IU journalists also won more awards than any other. Designers won six firsts among 14 awards in the Best of Collegiate Design competition of College Media Advisers, and staffers won 17 firsts among 36 Gold Circle Awards from Columbia Scholastic Press Association.

IU was also the only university whose newspaper, news site, magazine and yearbook were finalists in ACP's Pacemaker Awards.

Avon, the fall newspaper editor, said the publications should continue to explore and experiment while maintaining a tradition of excellence.

"From the beginning, our goal has been to cover IU and its students in the best way possible," Avon said. "I think getting recognized this early in the game only gives us confidence and the motivation to keep trying new things while maintaining our core goal."

For the complete list of IU Student Media winners, please visit

IU Student Media
IU Student Media has a rich tradition of serving the university and training collegiate journalists. First published in 1867 and becoming daily in 1899, the IDS now publishes 15,000 copies per day, with an online readership of more than 150,000 users. INSIDE magazine, first published in 2006, is published twice per semester, with distribution through the IDS.

First published in 1893, the Arbutus yearbook was named for wildflowers west of the Bloomington campus. It sells 1,500 books to IU students each year.

All publications and their sites are part of IU Student Media, a self-supporting IU auxiliary housed in historic Ernie Pyle Hall with the IU School of Journalism. The IU Board of Trustees has granted editorial independence to the publications, with student editors in charge of content.