The Lance (Newspaper)

Moderator: Mrs. Donna Goetz and Ms. Emily Renschen

The newspaper, The Mater Dei Lance, is a student-managed publication. The staff welcomes students interested in writing and reporting news or creating artwork for the newspaper, which is published five times during the school year. One planning meeting and one week of layouts are held for each of the five editions.

The Mater Dei Lance, which possesses nearly 350 subscribers, has continually received high ratings at the annual Southern Illinois School Press Association (SISPA) Convention, including being awarded the prestigious “Blue Banner” award in 2005 and 2011 for overall excellence.

All Mater Dei students are welcome to join the staff of The Mater Dei Lance at any time throughout the year.

Latest News for The Lance (Newspaper)

“The Lance” Earns Blue Banner Award

Pictured after earning a Blue Banner Award at the 2017 SISPA Convention are “The Lance” newspaper editors (front, left to right) Katya Hoffmann, Amber Litteken, Ben Logullo and Sarah Maller; (back, left to right) Kendall Bowman, Ellie Stark, John Hund and Anna Klostermann.

At the 2017 Southern Illinois School Press Association (SISPA) Convention held on February 22 at Southern Illinois University Carbondale, The Lance newspaper earned the Blue Banner Award, recognizing overall excellence for the October 2016 and December 2016 issues.  The 2016-2017 editors are Amber Litteken (Editor-in-chief and editorial page), Sarah Maller (Editor-in-Chief and picture page), Kendall Bowman and Katya Hoffmann (sports page), John Hund (front page), Ben Logullo (features), and Anna Klostermann and Ellie Stark (club news).  Mrs. Donna Goetz serves as moderator for the newspaper.

MD LANCE and KNIGHT Publications Win Awards


The Knight Yearbook and Lance Newspaper won the top journalism awards at the recent S.I.S.P.A. Convention. Twenty-one members of the yearbook and newspaper staffs, along with newspaper advisor Mrs. Donna Goetz, attended the Southern Illinois School Press Association’s Spring Convention at Southern Illinois University-Carbondale on February 27. While there, students participated in onsite journalism and writing contests or attended workshops. The Lance received the Blue Banner Award for excellence in newspaper production, while the Knight received the Golden Dozen award for outstanding yearbook. The Knight also received first place for Theme, and Honorable Mentions for Graphics and Dividers. Students placing in the onsite contests are Adam Holbrook, Honorable Mention for Review Writing; Hannah Albers, Second Place for Editorial Writing; Zoe Timmermann, First Place for Editorial Writing.

The Southern Illinois School Press Association helps student journalists and advisers as they publish their schools’ newspapers and yearbooks. Through the support of the SIU Carbondale’s School of Journalism, the organization offers support, critique services, workshops, and much more to high schools and junior highs in Illinois, Kentucky, Missouri and Indiana.

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