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Whitworth's student newspaper wins 2006 Region 10 Mark of Excellence Awards

Whitworth's student newspaper, The Whitworthian, was recognized as a top-notch publication in the 2006 Region 10 Mark of Excellence Awards given by the Society of Professional Journalists. This year, collegiate journalists submitted more than 3,300 entries in 39 categories across SPJ's 12 regions.

Region 10 covers colleges and universities in Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington. The Whitworthian competed against student newspapers from institutions including the University of Washington, Oregon State University, the University of Alaska, Fairbanks, and Washington State University. The Mark of Excellence honorees were awarded certificates March 24 during SPJ's spring conference at Gonzaga University.

Whitworth students Jessica Davis, Luis Lopez and Jessica Kauhi won second place in the In-Depth Reporting category for their series, "Overlooked: A series examining those who do not come to Whitworth." The trio placed behind first-place winner University of Washington and ahead of third-place winner Pacific Lutheran University. The Whitworthian took third place in the Best All-Around Non-Daily Student Newspaper category, behind North Idaho College and Pacific Lutheran University, respectively.

The Society of Professional Journalists works to improve and protect journalism. The organization is the nation’s most broad-based journalism organization, dedicated to encouraging the free practice of journalism and stimulating high standards of ethical behavior. For more information about SPJ, visit www.spj.org.

Founded in 1909 as Sigma Delta Chi, SPJ promotes the free flow of information vital to a well-informed citizenry; works to inspire and educate the next generation of journalists; and protects First Amendment guarantees of freedom of speech and press.

Located in Spokane, Wash., Whitworth is a private, liberal arts college affiliated with the Presbyterian Church (USA). The college, which has an enrollment of 2,500 students, offers 53 undergraduate and graduate degree programs.

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