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Whitworthian wins top award from Society of Professional Journalists'
Inland Northwest Chapter

Whitworth's student newspaper, The Whitworthian, won the top award in the Inland Northwest Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists 2006 Excellence in Journalism Competition. The Whitworthian placed first in the general excellence category ahead of Washington State University and North Idaho College, respectively.

The Inland Northwest Chapter of SPJ comprises eastern Washington, northern Idaho and Montana. The Whitworthian competed against student newspapers from institutions including Washington State University, North Idaho College, Gonzaga University, and Eastern Washington University.

The Whitworthian won a total of eight awards in the competition. Following are the other award-winning entries: 1st place, Arts Criticism: Dani King, "Jars of Clay repeats success"; 2nd place, Investigative Reporting: Jessica Davis, "Admissions fails to recruit Arabs in past ten years"; 2nd place, Government and Politics: Jessica Davis & Jamie Evans, "ASWC vote causes confusion"; 2nd place, Features: Joy Bacon, "Westminster House ministers to impoverished neighborhood"; 2nd place, Editorial Cartooning: Diana Painter, "Muslim world knocking"; 3rd place, Editorial Cartooning: Peter Smelser, "No one is immune to the FDA"; 3rd place, Photo Page Photography: Thomas Robinson, "Traditiation 2006."

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

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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