IWPA members submitted a record number of 148
entries in this year’s Mate E. Palmer Communications
Contest. Award winners will have their day in the sun at IWPA’s
prestigious Awards Luncheon May 16 at Chicago’s Union
Professionals from a broad spectrum of specialties pored
over members’ entries, offering constructive observations to aid
in the entrants’ professional development. Judges commented
on the high quality of the entries, often struggling to decide
how to rank them.
A total of 36 entries received first-place awards in their
respective categories. First-place winners go on to compete
nationwide, joining approximately 1,500 other contestants.
National winners are announced at the National Federation of
Press Women’s annual convention, held this year on September
10–12 in San Antonio, Texas.
Here is our lineup of judges for the Illinois state competition:
Print Media (News and Features) — Steven Walters is
the Madison Bureau Chief for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel,
Wisconsin’s largest daily newspaper, where he oversees coverage
of state politics as well as Capitol politics. Previously, Steve was
managing editor of the Waukesha Freeman and assistant city editor
and state Capitol bureau chief at the Des Moines Register &
Tribune. Steve is also a tenured lecturer for the University of
Wisconsin-Madison School of Journalism.
Web Writing—Janice Castro and Jill Blackman.
Janice teaches interactive storytelling, reporting, magazine
publishing, and media management at Northwestern
University’s Medill School of Journalism, where she is senior
director of graduate education. For more than 20 years, Janice
was a reporter, writer, and editor for Time magazine. She headed
Time's interactive operations for fi ve years, managing online
news for Time Inc. magazines including Time, People, Fortune,
Entertainment Weekly and Sports Illustrated.
Jill teaches online journalism at Medill and previously
worked as a reporter, producer, and editor for the Chicago
Tribune’s online edition for eight years. She won several awards
from the Society for Professional Journalists for her work
producing multimedia presentations for the Chicago Tribune. Jill
is a past board member of the Online News Association and
has been a presenter at many journalism conferences.