The Communicator (IPFW)

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IPFW Communicator
Type Student newspaper
Format Tabloid
Owner(s) IPSN Inc.
Publisher Matt McClure
Founded 1969
Headquarters Fort Wayne, Indiana USA

The Communicator, a 4,000 weekly circulation, is the student newspaper at IPFW (Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne). IPFW has more than 14,000 full- and part-time students and has grown considerably over the past 10 years. The Communicator has changed by leaps and bounds in the past several years. In Spring 2005, editor Andrew Welfle instituted a major redesign involving the use of the font Frutiger for major headlines and borderless, clean designs, favoring a thin rule line instead of boxes. The brand is often redesigned as new design students filter into the newsroom. From clean, functional news design to funky weekly feature design, The Communicator stays fresh with a revolving door of creatives. The publication changed from a broadsheet to tabloid format in fall 2012, embracing the style of many alternative weeklies.

Basic Stats


The paper, as previously mentioned, has undergone many changes since the turn of the millennium with many different editors. The paper has changed in size and become much smaller and compact. The sections have mostly stayed the same, with Student Life being added and subtracted many times over the years. Major changes include the implementation of "Arts & Entertainment" as a replacement to "Features" during the summer of 2003 and the addition of the "News & Politics" section (formerly known as "Politics & Money").

The paper, in coordination with CollegeHoopsNet, broke a national story in 2005 when the school hired Dane Fife as its head basketball coach, making him the youngest coach currently at a Division I level. The story broke on the paper's website.

In the spring of 2006, the paper made news by printing the controversial cartoons of the Muslim prophet Muhammad. They were one of the few American papers to do such at the time and just the fourth college newspaper in the country to do so.

In the fall of 2009, the Communicator introduced a weekly sports article called "The Fish Picks vs. Pea Predictions" written by Lucas Fisher (a.k.a. The Fish) and Logan Pea. The article consists of Lucas and Logan choosing the best games of the week and picking/predicting a winner and why they will win. In the first year, both The Fish and Pea finished with records of 82-78 and in the second year, they tied again going 128-117. This weekly article is one of the most popular in the Communicator.

In February 2010, the Communicator website was completely redesigned by former web editor Craig Lloyd and sees thousands of page views weekly. Craig also produced a weekly audio podcast series called "The CommuniCast" from April 2010 to April 2011. It was first hosted by Craig and contributing writer Alex Axthelm, in which they discussed the week in technology. Later on, new hosts Preston Patillo and Lindsay Sprunger took the reins and added various other topics on top of technology, making it a broader niche podcast for listeners.

Highly Notable Awards (since 2004)

  • 2013 Division II Best Themed Issue—Indiana College Press Association
  • 2013 Division II Newspaper of the Year Third Place—Indiana Collegiate Press Association
  • 2011 Online Pacemaker Finalist - Associated Collegiate Press
  • 2007 Division II Newspaper of the Year - Indiana Collegiate Press Association
  • 2006 Best of Show Honorable Mention - Associated Collegiate Press
  • 2006 Division II Newspaper of the Year Runner-Up - Indiana Collegiate Press Association
  • 2006 Advertising Newspaper of the Year Runner-Up - Indiana Collegiate Press Association
  • 2004 Nick Altman, Cartoon/Illustration Honorable Mention - Columbia Scholastic Press Association
  • 2004 Eugene Harding and Dan Vance, Single Subject Black & White Honorable Mention - Columbia Scholastic Press Association

Notable alumni

  • Former IPFW Director of Alumni Relations Jennifer Bosk helped establish the paper in 1969.
  • United States Congressman Mark Souder
  • Tony Laux, former Sports Editor, died from a fall in Puerto Rico in 2004 while a manager for the IPFW men's volleyball team

Editors in chief (2002 - Present)

  • Dustin Keeslar: Fall 2014–Present
  • Dustin Keeslar and Logan Hursh: Fall 2014
  • Laura Rosenbaum: Fall 2013 - Spring 2014
  • Kristan Mensch: Fall 2011 - Spring 2013
  • Kelly McLendon: Fall 2010 - Spring 2011
  • Aaron Greene: Fall 2009 - Spring 2010
  • Said El-Dajani: Fall 2008 - Spring 2009
  • Jessie Ruckman: Fall 2007 - Spring 2008
  • Jenna Lauber: Spring 2007
  • Tracy Kerns: Fall 2006
  • Brianna Belford: Spring 2006
  • Anthony Maurer: Fall 2005
  • Andrew Welfle: Spring 2005
  • Scott M. Lawson: Fall 2003 - Fall 2004
  • Dan Vance: Summer 2003
  • Renee Thompson: Spring 2003
  • Kathy Delagrange: Spring 2002 - Fall 2002

See also

Mastodon Minutes News, a weekly television news show at IPFW

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