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The United Media Guild honored its top activists and celebrated great journalism at its annual awards banquet Thursday, Feb. 7 at Lombardo’s Trattoria inside the Drury Inn Union Station in St. Louis.

The Southern Illinoisan Unit Chair Shawn Anglin was honored as the 2018 Guilder of the Year, the guild's highest award for activism.

“I am truly honored to receive this award,” Anglin said. “This is something I will always cherish and I couldn’t have done this without the support of my colleagues.”

The entire newsroom staff of The Southern was presented with the Solidarity Award. This award is given annually to a unit that shows togetherness and a drive to make a collective difference. The Southern’s newsroom received the honor for their unanimous vote to form a Union on May 17, 2018.

Vice Chair Todd Hefferman and Recording Secretary Marilyn Halstead attended the ceremony with Anglin to accept the awards.

“It’s truly a blessing to share these awards with our colleagues as we strive to produce quality local journalism together,” Anglin added.

— The Southern

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