Sojourn News Release
The Sojourn brought home Saturday, April 13 from Bloomington, Ind., nine awards from the Indiana Collegiate Press Association, the preeminent group of college journalists in the state. Three were all-level, meaning Indiana Wesleyan University students won against all schools in Indiana, even large programs such as Indiana University and Ball State. Four of the six awards within the paper’s size division were first places.
Third place: Jeremy Sharp, Ben Middelkamp and Elise Hulce, Best Breaking News Reporting Online; Jeremy Sharp, Ben Middelkamp and Elise Hulce, Best Special Presentation Online; Haley Page, Jeremy Sharp and Ben Middelkamp, Best Use of Twitter
First place: Staff, Best Overall Design; Staff, Best Single Issue; Josh Gales, Aaron Goshen and Jeremy Sharp, Best Photo Essay or Picture Story; Jeremy Sharp, Best Sports News Story
Second place: Staff, Best Front Page
Third place: Jeremy Sharp and Ali Cravens, Best News Feature Reporting
Sharp is the editor in chief of the paper. “I told the staff we don’t do what we do for awards, but it’s pretty great when they happen,” he said. “It’s a great reflection that we’re doing things right and all our hard work is paying off.”
Sharp also has won a Society of Professional Journalists student award for spot news reporting, another all-level statewide nod. SPJ is the top professional journalists’ association in the USA and Indiana.
“Jeremy is a fine student journalist who is very versatile in reporting on varying topics and in different writing styles,” said Dr. Kyle Huckins, The Sojourn’s faculty adviser. “The rest of our people at the newspaper also have done well in building skills and displaying these to an increasingly energized on-campus readership as well as students and professionals around the state and nation.”
Huckins will be receiving an SPJ statewide professionals’ award in column writing for religion pieces carried by the Marion (Ind.) Chronicle-Tribune and other area daily newspapers. This honor and Sharp’s will be presented Friday, April 19 in Indianapolis.