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EIU Student News Named Best in Nation


(Charleston, IL) -- Eastern Illinois University's student-run newspaper, The Daily Eastern News, was named the Best College Media Group of the Year by the College Media Association at the national college media conference in Atlanta last week for its excellent coverage across print, digital and social media.

The student newspaper also took first for Best Student Newspaper Website among college media programs across the country while the newspaper website was also a finalist for an Associated Collegiate Press Pacemaker award.

The DEN captured more than 15 national award for its in-depth coverage across print, online and social media platforms.

Madelyn Kidd and Cam’ron Hardy took first in the best breaking new story category, while Ashanti Thomas earned the top spot in Best Sports News Photo.

Additionally, the staff took second for best news package, best multimedia breaking news, and best breaking news coverage.

Rob Le Cates, the DEN’s current editor-in-chief, took home three photo awards – second for best news feature, third for best sport feature and honorable mention for best portrait.

Thomas, meanwhile, earned another honor during the two-day on-site photo competition in Atlanta. Her image was selected class favorite by her peers. The final results of that competition will be announced next week.

The full list of the national award winners announced last week includes:

  • Best College Media Group of the Year – Daily Eastern News
  • Best Sports News Photo — first place, Ashanti Thomas 
  • Best Breaking News Story — first place, Madelyn Kidd and Cam’ron Hardy
  • News Package — second place, staff
  • Best Game Story — second, Autumn Schulz
  • Multimedia breaking news — second place, staff
  • Best News Feature Photo — second, Rob Le Cates
  • Best Breaking News Coverage — second place, staff
  • Best Front Page Design – second, staff (Mental Health issue)
  • Best Newspaper Website Front Page – second, staff
  • Best Sports Feature Photo — third place, Rob Le Cates
  • Feature Story — third place, Luke Taylor
  • Best Portrait Photo — honorable mention, Rob Le Cates



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Josh Reinhart,
Public Information Coordinator

Booth House
Eastern Illinois University
600 Lincoln Ave.
Charleston, IL 61920

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