By Caitlin Knox
GEORGETOWN, KY – Georgetown College’s student newspaper, The Georgetonian, was recently recognized by the Ky. Intercollegiate Press Association (KIPA). The staff took home four awards total during the KIPA annual conference, which took place in Louisville in January at The Brown Hotel.
These awards were in the “Special Section,” “General Interest Column,” and “Opinion Commentary” categories for articles written during the 2012 spring semester.
GC received first place in the “Special Section,” for their special edition issue themed around the “Uniting Minds, Transforming Lives: the Kentucky Conference on Human Trafficking,” held at Georgetown College on March 23-24, 2012. The issue was a team effort, with former Editor-in-Chief Evan Harrell and Caitlin Knox (then Features Editor, now current Editor-in-Chief) working with Dr. Regan Lookadoo, Associate Professor of Psychology, who headed up the conference.
Senior Allie Englert was named first in the “General Interest Column” category for her Back Page article entitled “Handicapped Accessibility is Needed on Campus.” Judges commented that she did a “good job,” and hers was “among the very few [articles] submitted that took a point of view on an important topic.”
Englert says that, “Initially, when I was told that I had won for a Back Page article, I had no idea what it was for, but I’m honored that it was for writing on a topic I am so passionate about.”
Receiving second place for the same “General Interest Column” category that Englert had dominated, senior Corey Howell was applauded for taking on a heavier issue as well. On their comments, judges praised him as he “introduced readers to the horrors of Joseph Kony, and then cleverly tested readers on their “Joseph Kony vs Rick James” IQ.”
Ashlie Davis, also a senior, received first place in the “Opinion: Commentary” category. Her article was written in response to the Board of Trustees decision not to adopt on the proposed changes in the College’s non-discrimination policy to include gender and sexual orientation.
The Georgetonian’s faculty adviser, Dr. Jamie Ratliff, takes pride in the staff for standing up for their beliefs, saying, “It should be noted that each of the winning articles addressed important human rights issues. I think that says something about the students’ dedication to advocating for equality and human dignity.”