The Whitworthian bags seven Mark of Excellence Awards

24 04 2010
Update: The Society of Professional Journalists announced The Whitworthian the best all-around non-daily newspaper in the nation May 4, 2010.

I made an earlier post about having received the coveted 2009 Associate Collegiate Press Pacemaker Award last fall (considered the most esteemed honor in student journalism comparable to a Pulitzer).

Now, the print counterpart has picked up seven Society of Professional Journalists‘ Mark of Excellence Awards 2010 for Region 10. Our newsprint was awarded first place for Best All-Around Non-Daily Student Newspaper, beating out runner-up Gonzaga University, and received first place for Best Affiliated Website.

My pornography series was awarded third in the category of “Online In-Depth Reporting” while previous online editor, Jasmine Linabary, placed second for her ”The Women” series.

From a recent press release from my university:

“The second- and third-place finishes by Jasmine Linabary and [Kyle] Kim in the online in-depth reporting were especially noteworthy,” says James McPherson, associate professor of communication studies and adviser of The Whitworthian. “Both students did their comprehensive multimedia projects by themselves, using a wide variety of media tools. On the other hand, the winning project in the category involved the efforts of three faculty members and almost 30 students, most of whom were either law students or graduate students.”

And considering our publication of 15 editors and roughly 40 staff held our own compared to larger schools like the University of Washington, Seattle Pacific University and the University of Montana, I’d say we’ve made quite an accomplishment.


Getting my toes wet in radio broadcasting

18 04 2010

As a student journalist specializing in multimedia, radio production is one of my least areas of experience. My home university doesn’t offer the best in this area of journalism, which is in part why I decided to study at a university that has the resources and technology to provide deeper knowledge and experience on how to make news in a medium that solely depends on sound.

The audio file below was my first assignment in my radio production unit. A partner and I was given the task to think up of a question and ask it to people on the streets while we capture their responses with a recorder. This bread and butter practice in journalism is known as vox pop.

A reporter interviewing a protester outside Calgary's U.S. consulate. This is one of the pictures by me at the Pan-Canadian Day of Action on Canada's military involvement in Afghanistan put on by the Canadian Peace Alliance in downtown Calgary, Alberta.

Vox pop is from the Latin phrase vox populi meaning “voice of the people.” The method of asking people on the street about their opinions on a particular issue is a common practice in radio, print and TV journalism (The online medium has similar practices such as crowd sourcing and interactive capabilities that allow for comments and dialogue in forums, blogs and news sites).

My vox pop question: If your home was on fire and you only could save one possession, what would it be? With the recent fatal roof insulation program debacle that sparked criticism towards Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd, We asked students at Macquarie University what they would save. Most responses were sentimental or purely for practical reasons (and some outright kooky that didn’t make it to post production).

Click on the link below to listen.


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