As Lewis and Clark Community College’s Bridge newspaper staff recently returned home from their annual Illinois Community College Journalism Association conference, the team was fortunate enough to bring home a whopping well-deserved 13 awards along with them as well after competing with other community college newspapers in the state of Illinois with submissions from 2018.
Olivia Bettorf, the current Ad Manager of the Bridge, felt fortunate to have shared this conference trip with her coworkers. “It was an amazing experience to be a part of,” says Bettorf. “I was very proud of my coworkers and the newspaper.”
Ashtyn Britt, the current Editor-in-Chief, received three awards this year including third place for Headline in division two, an Honorable Mention for Editorial Writer of the year, and a joint Honorable Mention along with her co-worker, Alexander Gent, for the News Story of the Year.
Jarden, the previous Editor-in-Chief, received two awards this year, including third place for Sports News article and third place for Multimedia Story. The judges commented on Jarden’s Multimedia Story, saying, “Nice use of multiple media sources in order to put together a package. Very nice presentation and usage of images, graphics, print, and video/social media posts into one overall piece.”
Shelby Clayton, the former Layout Editor of the Bridge, received six awards including first place in Advertising, an Honorable Mention in Graphics, second place for Front Page Design, third place for News Photo, and an Honorable Mention in Page Design.
Tristan Wuellner, a previous cartoonist for the Bridge, won first place for Editorial Cartoon.
Alexander Gent, the current Assistant Editor of the Bridge, won not only a joint Honorable Mention along with his co-worker, Ashtyn Britt, for the News Story of the Year, but also first place for the Headline category.
The entire staff won third place for General Excellence. The judges remarked that the Bridge won this award for “Nice work, interesting content.”