City Colleges newspapers recognized at regional journalism conference

Several City Colleges of Chicago (CCC) newspapers, including The Uptown Exchange, were among the publications recognized at the 2011 Awards for Excellence in Illinois Community College Newspapers.The awards are presented each year by the Illinois Community College Journalism Association (ICCJA), and this spring’s conference was held on Thursday and Friday at Malcolm X College.

The Uptown Exchange was recognized in Division III in the following categories:

ARTS: First place to Charles Stevens, for a Spring 2011 A&E article, and second place to Stacey Hunt for her coverage of last November’s Beertacular event, which ran in our December 2011 issue.

NEWS and OPINION: Third place to Cierra Brownlee and Daniel Sweig for their joint story on security and head covering policies, from our December 2011 issue. Brownlee was also recognized with an honorable mention for her opinion piece about safety at Truman’s pedestrian walkways (at Racine).

LAYOUT: The paper was awarded second place for layout. Former staffer Emma Mullins was primary designer for the October and December 2011 issues.

EDITORIAL: The second place award went to editor-in-chief Patrick Erwin for his editorial on school security.

WEB SITE: This blog, created and maintained by editor-in-chief Erwin, was recognized with a second place award.

And the Uptown Exchange staff received a third-place award for overall excellence.

The awards also recognized work by the Harold Washington Herald, the Malcolm Xpress from Malcolm X, and the Wright Times from Wright College.

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