USF Encounter Staff Members Earn Awards at 2024 ICPA Conference

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Joliet, Ill. – Staff members of USF Encounter, the student news magazine published through the University of St. Francis (USF) Communication and Media Arts (CMMA) Department, earned awards based on their work submitted for the 2024 Illinois College Press Association Conference held at the DoubleTree Chicago on February 16-17, 2024. Participating in the conference were over 200 attendees representing over 35 higher education institutions.

USF honorees at the 2024 ICPA Conference included:

  • Sports Page Design – Saba Amir (2nd Place – Small School Category)
  • Opinion Page – Mars Angulo and Saba Amir (1st Place – Small School Category)
  • Feature Story – Alex Mielcarz (Honorable Mention – Small School Category)
  • Sports News Story – Braden Kidd (2nd Place – Small School Category)
  • Sports Feature Story – Alex Mielcarz (2nd Place – Small School Category
  • General Excellence Print – USF Encounter Staff (Honorable Mention – Small School Category)
  • Ron Wiginton Chicago Photo Contest – Harlie Mast (Honorable Mention)

USF faculty member Scott Marshall, Ph.D., served as chair for this year’s ICPA conference, and USF faculty member Brien McHugh, MFA, led a conference session titled “Leveraging Your Journalism Skills for a Non-journalism Job.” Former USF faculty member Terre Layng Rosner, Ph.D., also led a conference session titled “AI in News: How to Use It for Good.”

About USF Encounter

According to its official website, the USF Encounter “strives to write educational and persuasive information regarding the university, city and world. The student led and student written publication comes in a printed monthly magazine as well as an online platform.” For more information, visit

About the Illinois College Press Association

According to the Illinois College Press Association’s Constitution, the ICPA works to “stimulate greater interest and development in journalism in the colleges and universities of Illinois and to create a spirit of emulation and cooperation which will foster this end.” Membership eligibility is open to all Illinois four-year college student newspapers. Visit for more information.

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