Fort Wayne had a strong showing at the Indiana Collegiate Press Association Journalism conference. Michael Sanserino, Editor in Chief of the Indiana Daily Student, was named Indiana Collegiate Journalist of the Year. The Wabash Bachelor, led by Fort Wayne's Patrick McAlister, was named "Best College Newspaper of the Year."
Mr. Sanserino is a graduate of South Side High School and has been an intern for the Fort Wayne News-Sentinel, the South Bend Tribuen, and the Saint Petersburg Times. Mr. McAlister is a graduate of Carroll High School. Mr. McAlister, Neil Kelty and Eric Gonzaba are the editors of the weblog Political Equinox.
"This is a real testament to Editor-in-Chief Patrick McAlister and his team of section editors for their serious approach to journalism," [Faculty Advisor Howard] Hewitt said. "They are no longer just covering meetings and lectures but doing stories that have an impact and are interesting to the Wabash community. We've also been blessed with a promising freshman class that shows great potential for the years to come! These young men have achieved above and beyond any expectation. I couldn't be any prouder of a great group of guys who take what they're doing seriously and now have the results to show for it."
McAlister agreed the paper’s success is surprising against colleges with Journalism classes. "We are a staff without any institutionally-backed journalism," he said. "Other college papers of similar size have these options to motivate their staff and yet we've produced a newspaper judged to be of superior quality; this is a real testament for all that Wabash teaches us."