TKS Newspaper Finalist in National Journalism Contest

The Knox Student competes for best news story, editorial of the year

September 06, 2013

The Knox Student newspaper

The Knox Student, Knox College's award-winning student-run newspaper, has been named a finalist in two categories of the Associated Collegiate Press Story of the Year contest, a national competition for student journalists.

The Knox Student (TKS) is competing against other student newspapers from across the country, including publications from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, the University of California at Berkeley, the University of California at Los Angeles, and Indiana University. Finalists in other categories of the Story of the Year contest include student publications from Harvard University, Georgetown University, and Michigan State University.The Knox Student staff on Election Night 2012

"In this contest, TKS competes against the best collegiate journalism in the nation, regardless of the size of the college or frequency of the newspaper," said Tom Martin, TKS advisor and Knox College lecturer in journalism. "And the work done by The Knox Student is right there at the top."

TKS is a finalist in the News Story category for "Knox bans 10 people since June," an article published on April 17, 2013, and written by Matt McKinney '13 and Kate Mishkin '16. The TKS staff also was selected as a finalist in the Editorial/Opinion category for "Thoughts from the Embers: Don't let tuition hit $50,000," published on January 16, 2013.

"Matt McKinney, Kate Mishkin and the editorial board deserve high praise for these recognitions, but just as much praise should be directed toward the talented, dedicated and motivated staffers that make this publication run day in and day out," said Charlie Gorney '14, TKS editor-in-chief for the 2013-14 academic year. "Each time TKS sticks out among the likes of the big names in collegiate newspapers, we are reassured that journalism is alive and well at Knox."

Contest winners will be announced October 26 at the Associated Collegiate Press/College Media Association Convention in New Orleans, Louisiana.

This is just the latest in recent accolades for journalism at Knox College. A Knox College journalism investigation, The Maytag Project, earned several top statewide journalism awards in 2012, competing against work produced by professional journalists. The awards included the highly coveted Sweepstakes Award, which the Illinois Associated Press Editors Association presents for best reporting/writing entry across all categories.

Produced weekly as a print publication and updated frequently online, TKS has been student-written, student-run, and student-read since 1878. It has a long tradition of being an independent voice for students, reporting on all developments at Knox that affect students, as well as covering the cultural, social and athletic life of the college.

TKS was founded by Samuel S. McClure, an 1882 Knox graduate who later created McClure's Magazine, the influential Progressive Era publication that is widely acknowledged as the first American publication to focus on investigative journalism.