L&C’s Student Newspaper Hauls in 22 ICCJA Awards


GODFREY – Besting last year’s tally of 17 awards, Lewis and Clark Community College’s
student-run newspaper, The Bridge, earned a record-breaking 22 awards in the 2021 Illinois
Community College Journalism Association (ICCJA) awards.
Bridge Advisor Louise Jett explained how theInfographic Illustration
challenges of the last year made her staff even closer.
“The Bridge staff didn’t scatter to the wind when the
pandemic hit,” Jett said. “We united to keep our
campus community informed and entertained. Our
commitment to being flexible and working together
as a team helped us earn these awards, many of
which took the work of multiple team members. I am
so proud of these students, not only for the awards
they have received, but for the community of
learners they have built and nourished. We are such
a great team.”
The paper’s win spanned all disciplines, including
reporting, photography, design, graphics, editorial
cartoon and podcast production.
“Under the mentorship of Louise Jett, these awards
recognize the outstanding work of these talented L&C students,” said Vice President of
Academic Affairs Jill Lane. “I continue to be proud of our student newspaper.”
Jett was especially proud of one entry.
“I am particularly pleased with the awards our coverage of the ‘What You Were Wearing’
exhibit earned,” Jett said. “And, I am especially proud of Bridge Editor-in-Chief Alex
Johnson, whose leadership kept us publishing during the pandemic. Alex earned an

impressive eight awards across different categories, both in writing and design. I am grateful
the ICCJA provides an opportunity for talented students, like Alex and the other awardees,
to be recognized.”
Alexandra Blockton Thompson, whoSports Picture
covered the “What You Were Wearing”
exhibit, feels her win validates her passion
for writing.
“Winning this award has given me
motivation to continue pursuing my
writing,” she said. “It was an honor to have
my work recognized and I’m definitely
encouraged by it.”
Johnson found the attention The Bridge
received to be a little overwhelming.
“Once the whirlwind of the event was over, I felt a lot of pride, not only in myself, but for
what we were all able to accomplish,” Johnson said. “I’m extremely proud to be a part of the
team that broke The Bridge’s ICCJA award record, and I don’t think that would have been
possible without the support and love The Bridge staff provides to each other every day.”
The Bridge students collected awards in the following categories:

1st Place, Best Student Media
1st Place, Editorial Cartoon, “Creative Disappointment” – Alex Johnson
1st Place, Graphics, “What is the Census and Shy Does It Matter” – Alex Johnson
1st Place, News Story, “L&C Students Call Out Rape Culture” – Alexandra Blockton Thompson
1st Place, Page Design, “Where Do We Go From Here?” – Alex Johnson
1st Place, Sports Game Category, “UFC 249: Fighting In A Vacuum” – Nathan Tucker
1st Place, Sports Photo, “Jams and Slams Roller Derby” – Krystie Morrison
2nd Place, Mike Foster General Excellence Award – Staff
2nd Place, Feature Photo, “Balloon Artist Bites Lip” – David Tupper
2nd Place, Feature Writing, “LC Pride Hosts Jaimie Hileman for Transgender Day of
Remembrance” – Alex Johnson
2nd Place, Front Page Design, March 2020 – Alex Johnson
2nd Place, Headline, “Converse Steps Up Quality, Keeps the Sole” – Alex Johnson
2nd Place, News Column, “Alton’s Farmers’ Market Slowly Growing Again” – Jenna Shelton
2nd Place, Podcast, “When We Get to It, Episode 1: Hello Again” – Anthony Brown
2nd Place, Staff Editorial, “Where Do We Go From Here? The World Handling of COVID-19” – Dillon Neibel
3rd Place, Front Page Design, February 2020 – Alex Johnson
3rd Place, Headline, “Cheeky business: The Battle of Bidet vs. Toilet Paper” – Jenna Shelton

Honorable Mention, Feature Photo, “What You Were Wearing Exhibit” – Trevor Ayers
Honorable Mention, Multimedia Story, “Ultimate Updates: A Continued Breakdown
of the UFC Divisions” – Dillon Neibel
Honorable Mention, News Story, “Candidates Make Their Case to Local Voters and A
Low-Flying Drone” – Nathan Tucker
Honorable Mention, Page Design, “Blast From the Past” – Alex Johnson and Jenna Shelton
Honorable Mention, Website, www.thelcbridge.com – Staff

The ICCJA, located at Eastern Illinois University, offers learning opportunities and
recognition for community college students across the state who are sharing news and
creating content to keep their campuses and communities informed.
ICCJA award winners are announced each spring.

For more information about The Bridge, contact Jett at ljett@lc.edu or visit

“Featured image via L&C Flickr”

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