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The Reflector and The Reflector Online honored by ICPA, SPJ

(L-R) Mercadees Hempel, Jessica Hoover, Chelsea Faulk, Kylee Crane
(L-R) Mercadees Hempel, Jessica Hoover, Chelsea Faulk, Kylee Crane

The Reflector and The Reflector Online won a total of 14 awards in the Indiana Collegiate Press Association and Mark of Excellence Society of Professional Journalists Region 5 competitions, both of which were announced in separate ceremonies in Indianapolis on Saturday, April 8.

Among the winners were Kylee Crane, who was named the ICPA Collegiate Journalist of the Year in the state of Indiana.  The Mark of Excellence competition–which is regional and includes the states of Indiana, Illinois, and Kentucky–designates one winner and two finalists for each category, and the winner of each category automatically goes on to the national competition.

The Reflector had seven of its 11 winning entries designated as winners, so those entries will go on to the national competition. In two categories–Feature Writing and Sports Photography–The Reflector swept the category, winning all three awards.

Regional Awards

SPJ Mark of Excellence, Region 5 (Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky)

Kylee Crane, In-Depth Reporting, Winner, “Students, University Handle Mold in Crowe”**

Kylee Crane, General News Reporting, Winner, “Officer, UIndy Alum Shot in Line of Duty”**

Ashlea Alley, Feature Writing*, Winner, “Survivors: Speaking Out Against Sexual Assault”**

Jessica Hoover & Abby Land, Feature Writing*, Finalist, “Human Beings Before Disabilities”

Zoë Berg, Feature Writing*, Finalist, “140.6 Miles to Be an Ironman”

Laken Detweiler, Sports Writing, Winner, “UIndy Alum Reece Horn Pursues Dream in NFL”**

Cassie Reverman, General News Photography, Winner, “Activist Bree Newsome Speaks of Racial Inequality”**

Cassie Reverman, Sports Photography*, Winner, “Women’s Basketball Wins on Senior Night, Prepares for GLVC Tournament”**

Jennifer Ulrey, Sports Photography*, Finalist, “Men’s Soccer Defeats Prairie Stars 2-1”

Kameron Casey, Sports Photography*, Finalist, “Men’s Basketball Wins on Senior Day, 87-86”

Laken Detweiler, Photo Illustration, Winner, “Four Wrestlers Head to Nationals”**

*The Reflector and The Reflector Online swept the category.

**Entry continues to national competition.


State Awards

Indiana Collegiate Press Association

Kylee Crane, Brook Baker Collegiate Journalist of the Year (ICPA Journalist of the Year for the State of Indiana)

Mercadees Hempel, Best Feature Story, Third Place, “Life after Bars: UIndy Student Shares Story”

Chelsea Faulk & Michael Rheinheimer, Best Opinion Column, Third Place, “Generation Me: Are We Entitled to Anything?”

Society of Professional Journalists, Best in Indiana Journalism

Associated Collegiate Press National Assessment

Entire Year’s Newspaper, First-Class Rating with Mark of Distinction: Photos, Art & Graphics

(Received in November 2016)