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.


Week in review

4 05 2009

1. The Whitworthian, the student-newspaper I work for, earned several Mark of Excellence Awards from the Society of Professional Journalists. This includes Best Affiliated Web site in the region and second place in Best All-Around Non-Daily Student Newspaper in the region.

2. Pennsylvania Senator Arlen Specter changed political parties from being a Republican to Democrat. This will give the Democrats enough seats in Congress to wield more centralized power in legislation.

3. Check out an in-depth news package about gender issues and women done by Jasmine Linabary, the online editor of The Whitworthian.

4. A fourth-grade student asks former secretary of state Condoleezza Rice about the legality of the torture methods used during the Bush administration.

5. I’ve ate unhealthy amounts of food this past week that is undoubtedly clogging my arteries as we speak (eating dinner followed by eating a “like it” Oreo Overload at Cold Stone followed by eating two tacos, and a sampler at Jack in the Box for example). Speaking of describing my food consumption to explain my inner obese child….

The Whitworthian sweeps the SPJ awards in the region

28 04 2009

Below is the list of awards The Whitworthian and our staff have received from the Society of Professional Journalists 2008 Mark of Excellence Awards in Region 10. First place winners get to participate in nationals. SPJ awards are equivalent to college versions of Pulitzer Prizes.

SPJ Mark of Excellence Region 10 Winners

Best Affiliated Web site
• First Place: Staff, The Whitworthian (online), Whitworth University

Best All-Around Non-Daily Student Newspaper (published less than 4 times per week)
• Second Place: Staff, The Whitworthian, Whitworth University

Feature Photography
•First Place: Thomas Robinson, Whitworth University, “Dreamscape”

Sports Column Writing
• First Place: Dave Gerig, Whitworth University

General Column Writing
• First Place: Tim Takechi, Whitworth University

Editorial Cartooning
• First Place: Aileen Benson, Whitworth University
• Third Place: Annette Farrell, Hannah Kinnier & Aileen Benson, Whitworth University

Feature Writing
• First Place: Joy Bacon, Whitworth University, “What’s the big deal about sex”

Here is the link to SPJ’s Web site of the full list of  awards.

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