Communication and Media

Northern Iowan Newspaper Wins 15 ICMA Awards

Posted on Thursday, February 25th, 2021

Students from the Northern Iowan student newspaper at the University of Northern Iowa won 15 awards at the annual Iowa College Media Association award presentation.

“I’m especially pleased with the Northern Iowan’s 2nd place awards in team special coverage of COVID-19 and Social Justice in 2020,” Christopher Martin, the Northern Iowan faculty advisor said. “Those were two of the biggest stories of the year, and the NI staff covered how the stories affected UNI from multiple angles.”

The ICMA presented the awards in a virtual session over Zoom on Feb. 18, 2021. The materials considered for the contest were published between Oct. 19, 2019 and Oct. 16, 2020.

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The winners of the 15 ICMA awards at UNI:

  • Best News Story (2nd), Emma’le Maas, UNI Honors Student Killed in Accident
  • Best News Story (3rd), Elizabeth Kelsey, Caucus Results Cause Delay, Confusion
  • Best Investigative News Story (2nd), Elizabeth Kelsey, Students for Life Fails to Pass
  • Best Opinion Writing (3rd), Addi Seybert, Say No to Bars, Yes to Staying In
  • Best Profile Story (Honorable Mention), Elizabeth Kelsey, Lawther RLC Serves Students
  • Best Review (1st), Cecilia Mitchell, SingPins Dazzle in Album Debut
  • Best Review (Honorable Mention), Anna Alldredge, TheatreUNI gives haunting performance in ‘Cabaret’
  • Best COVID-19 Coverage (2nd), Elizabeth Kelsey, Taylor Swank, Emma’le Maas
  • Best SOCIAL JUSTICE Coverage (2nd), Kayla Lawrence, Anna Alldredge, Sara Qualley
  • Best News Photograph (3rd), Toni Fortmann, Black Lives Matter March
  • Best Sports Photography (Honorable Mention), Will LaFoe, Panthers Take Down Illinois State
  • Best Sports Feature (Honorable Mention), Jacob Potter, A Football Life - Brice Paup's Journey from UNI to the NFL
  • Best Magazine/Special Section Cover (3rd), Karla DeBruin, Career Fair Special Section
  • Best Graphic or Illustration (3rd), Karla DeBruin, UNI COVID graphic
  • Best Online Edition (3rd), Karla DeBruin, Northern Iowan