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The Scarlet & Black wins Iowa college newspaper of the year award

The S&B won the Iowa college newspaper of the year award and 19 individual awards at the Iowa College Media Association conference in Des Moines, Iowa on Feb. 8, 2024.

The Scarlet & Black took home the title of 2023 best print/online newspaper of the year at the annual Iowa College Media Association (ICMA) awards. In addition to the award won by the paper as a whole, individual staff members won an additional 19 awards.

Notably, staff writer Allison Moore `24 was one of four finalists for student journalist of the year. Additionally, staff members swept the sports reporting category, and won first, third and honorable mention in the front page design category. This is the most awards The S&B has won from the ICMA conferences in three years of nominations. 

Overall Print/Online Excellence Award 

The Scarlet & Black, Grinnell College

Finalist for Student Journalist of the Year 

Allison Moore

Best Print/Online News Reporting –

Eleanor Corbin `24 and Zach Spindler-Krage `25, 2nd place — “Ramaswamy car crash frenzy

Best Print/Online Investigative Reporting –

Cadence Chen `26, 2nd place —Is Grinnell College living up to its land acknowledgement?

Best Written Feature Reporting –

Carter Ottele `25, 3rd place — “History Takeover: Grinnell as a refuge from WWII Japanese internment camps

Best Print/Online Sports Reporting –

Eleanor Corbin, 1st place — “Football focuses on increasing roster size

Zach Spindler-Krage 2nd place — “Juniper Schwartzman `27 becomes first woman to play for Grinnell football

Claire Giannosa `26, 3rd place — “Athletes beat the heat

Best Print/Online Sports Feature Reporting –

Carter Ottele, 3rd place — “An investigation into the social divide on campus

Best Print/Online Opinion Writing –

Zach Spindler-Krage, 3rd place — “Shouldn’t student happiness be the simplest reflection of whether a college is “good” or not?

Best Print/Online Profile –

Allison Moore, honorable mention —  “‘The Davis smile:’ Honoring the legacy of Davis Cooper `26

Best Print/Online Feature photo –

Evan Hein `26, 1st place — “Drag Show Spring 2023: Cowboys vs. Aliens

Paul Hansen `23, 2nd place — “Bob’s Underground reopens with renovations

Best Print/Online Sports Photo –

Owen Barbato `25, 3rd place — “Aquapella is ready to sync and swim”

Paul Hansen `23, Honorable Mention —

Best Newspaper Front Page –

Nick El Hajj `24, 1st place – The Davis smile

Nina Baker `24 and Elliana Cierpiot `25, 3rd place — Drag History Takeover

Jandry Perez Garcia `24 and Scarlett Saldana `27, honorable mention — “Ramaswamy car crash frenzy”

Best Print/Online Graphic or Illustration –

Henry Loomis `26, 1st place — “Grinnell College rankings vary across sources

Khanh Do `27, honorable mention — “Learning Environment Policy Update

Editors’ Note: Even without a journalism program, student journalists at Grinnell College have demonstrated that committed and truthful journalism merits recognition. The S&B staff would like to express their sincere gratitude to Lyle Muller, our professional advisor, who nominated us for all the awards and has been an instrumental part of our success for years now.

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