FORT WAYNE, Ind.—The Indiana University–Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW) student newspaper, The Communicator, was recently the recipient of a national award at the annual convention of The Associated College Press (ACP). The student-run publication received the ACP Design of the Year Award in the Illustration Category.
The award was for the cover illustration of an edition that dealt with the Penn State scandal. It was designed and drawn by IPFW student Nathan Runda, who at the time was the publication’s graphic designer and a contributing illustrator. Comments from the judges included: “Powerful and tactful handling of an extremely difficult topic. Smart choices where others might have gone for the obvious ... By depicting a different figure (the referee) than the main subjects of the story, the image wisely deflects the focus and uses an appropriate analogy (“calling a foul,” “pointing a finger”)...Beautifully hand drawn, with a smart reliance on photographic reference to maintain a seriousness of tone, but rendered in a naturally pencil style that shows great skill…Texture adds a strong mood and is refreshing in a world where so much digital work is often too flat, smooth and lifeless.”
Matt McClure, publisher and CFO for The Communicator, commended Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs George S. McClellan for his support of the publication. “We are immensely proud of the students that put work into the winning entry. When your office assisted our staff in attending their first ACP convention in 2007, receiving first place in any category seemed like just a dream. Through immense hard work and the continual pursuit of excellence, your belief in those students and The Communicator’s value to the campus has paid off,” said McClure.
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