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The Observer wins Indiana Collegiate Press Association awards

| Monday, April 9, 2018

The Observer won 28 awards at the 2018 Indiana Collegiate Press Association (ICPA) awards in Indianapolis on Saturday, including second place in the Division I Newspaper of the Year category and second place in the Best Overall Website category.

The News department won third place in the Best In-Depth story category for current Editor-in-Chief and former News Editor Courtney Becker’s feature on the Save the Village movement.

Becker, along with Assistant Managing Editor and former Associate News Editor Lucas Masin-Moyer, also received second place in the Best Continuous Coverage of a Single Story category for coverage of Vice President Mike Pence as the 2017 Commencement Speaker.

The department took second and third place in the Best News or Feature Series for its coverage of the Deferred Action for Childhood  Arrivals (DACA) repeal and former Saint Mary’s Editor Martha Reilly and Becker’s political climate series.

Additionally, Becker took third place in the Best Non-Deadline News Story category for her feature remembering the life of former student Edward Lim.

Former Assistant Managing Editor Marek Mazurek won first place in the Best Sports News Story category for his coverage of the Notre Dame football team’s loss to the University of Miami and sports writer Renee Griffin took second place in the same category for her story about the Notre Dame women’s basketball team’s loss to Stanford in the Elite Eight of the NCAA tournament.

Mazurek, former Editor-in-Chief and current Sports Editor Ben Padanilam, Assistant Managing Editor and former Sports Editor Elizabeth Greason, Managing Editor and former Associate Sports Editor Tobias Hoonhout and sports writer Daniel O’Boyle won first place in the Best Podcast category analyzing Notre Dame football’s faceoff against Miami (FL). Padanilam won second place in the Best Sports Column category for his column “Kelly must avoid repeat of last year’s mistakes.”

The Scene department won three awards, including first place for former Scene writer Matt Munhall’s piece “Margo Price, poet laureate of the dive bar” in Best Review and second place for former Associate Scene Editor Kelly McGarry’s piece  “Feminism is for kids” in Best Entertainment Column. Current Associate Scene Editor Mike Donovan also took third place in Best Entertainment Story for his feature on Notre Dame’s student music scene.

The Photo department won first place in the Best Sports Photo category for former Photo Editor Chris Collins’ picture of junior wide receiver Chase Claypool diving into the end zone for a touchdown. Additionally, Collins and former Graphics Editor Lauren Weldon won first place in the Best Special Section Front/Cover category for the “Gold Standard” Irish Insider cover.

Weldon and former Scene Writer Jack Reidy took third place in Best Illustration for the full-page “Ladibree, trill since birth” graphic. The Graphics department also took second place in the Best Informational Graphic category for graphic designer Cristina Interiano’s graphic for the story “University releases 2016 Campus Climate Survey results.”

Show Some Skin won third place in Best Opinion Column for its piece “Protect survivors of sexual violence: Ambiguous waiver policy needs clarification.” The 2017-2018 Editorial Board won third place for Best Staff Editorial for “Observer Editorial: It’s your turn.”

Advertising Manager Alexandra Pucillo won first place in the Best Self-Promotional Campaign (Three or More Pieces) category and second place in Best General Media Kit/Marketing Package. Additionally, Pucillo, Padanilam and Weldon won third place for Best Rate Card.

The Observer won first place in Best Single Issue for Irish Insider: USC and third place for the edition for Sept. 15, 2017.

Additionally, The Observer won first place in Best Overall Website Design, third place in Online Publication of the Year and third place in Advertising Publication of the Year.

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