Communication Studies

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The Whitworthian Recognized in 2008 SPJ Region 10 Mark of Excellence Awards

Whitworth's student newspaper, The Whitworthian, was recognized as the third best all-around non-daily student newspaper in the 2008 Region 10 Mark of Excellence Awards, given by the Society of Professional Journalists. Student newspapers from North Idaho College and Seattle Central Community College took first and second place, respectively.

Whitworth students also placed first in two photography categories. Thomas Robinson, '09, placed first in feature photography for his photo "Urban Plunge"; Robinson placed ahead of two students from Washington State University. Nate Chute, '08, won first place in the sports photography category for his photo "Blocked"; Chute placed ahead of students from Washington State University and Western Washington University.

Region 10 covers colleges and universities in Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington. 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

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 university affiliated with the Presbyterian Church (USA). The university, which has an enrollment of 2,600 students, offers 53 undergraduate and graduate degree programs.


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