Kudos

ReportingĀ  Awards

Mapping the Seconds
Earned 2nd place for Best News Story for a weekly paper from the Missouri Press Association’s 2008 Better Newspaper Competition.
A little girl hides when two men break into her home. She calls 9-1-1, but because she lives in the country, the sheriff deputy has to drive slow and check addresses against a paper map. Her story illustrates the challenges Warren County (MO) emergency personnel encounter trying to improve their response times using GIS Mapping software.

Country Eatin’ Meets City Livin’
Earned 2nd place for Best Agriculture Story for a weekly paper from the Missouri Press Association’s 2008 Better Newspaper Contest
USDA sponsored program City Seeds helps St. Louis area farmers sell produce to inner city residents at discounted rates.

We are EIU because of Lou
Earned 1stĀ  place for Feature Writing from the Society of Collegiate Journalists’ 2007 national contest.
Lou Hencken attended Eastern Illinois University as a student. He never left until he retired 41 years later as president. He knows where every candy pail sits in Old Main and doesn’t mind zipping down hallways in roller chair, but it’s his ability to connect with students, professors, staff and alumni that endears him to those of us who bleed blue.

Fiction Awards

A Man & His Cat
Won 2006 Louise Murray Award for Children’s Literature awarded by Eastern Illinois University English Department for the first three chapters of a Young Adult fantasy novel about a man who is more than 30,000 years old and devolving into a merman.

The World at Eight
Won 2007 Louise Murray Award for Children’s Literature for a creative nonfiction short story about how the author learned police arrested her father because her mother wanted a divorce.

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