Whitworth Communications

For Immediate Release

June 4, 2002

Whitworth Student Newspaper Wins Regional Journalism Awards

Whitworth's student newspaper, The Whitworthian, proved once again how mighty the pen can be when the newspaper and its staff won numerous awards in three journalism competitions that were held in May.

The Whitworthian won second place for general excellence in the Inland Northwest Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) Competition and tied for third place with Pacific Lutheran University in the SPJ Region 10 Mark of Excellence Awards. The newspaper also shared a third-place tie with Washington State University for general excellence in the Greater Northwest Student Journalism Awards.

"These awards are given by people who truly understand what is involved in producing student media, so every member of The Whitworthian staff should be honored to have their newspaper recognized in this way," says Jim McPherson, Whitworth assistant professor of communication studies and The Whitworthian advisor. "It's even more gratifying to me to know the staff members don't work on the newspaper for the awards; they do it because they sincerely want to make The Whitworthian a better newspaper and to make Whitworth College a better place."

In addition to the excellence awards the newspaper received, Greater Northwest Student Journalism Awards went to staffers Caitlin Clapp, first place, general news writing; Jennifer Brandler, second place, general news writing; Ben Couch, third place, personal humor columns; Roger Sandberg, first place, sports news; John Edmondson, honorable mention, sports photography; and Nathan Timpano and Angie Nateras, honorable mention, photo essays.

In the SPJ's Inland Northwest Chapter College Competition, Emily Brandler won second place in features writing; Roger Sandburg took second place for sports writing; Nathan Timpano and Angie Nateras won third place in photo-page photography; and John Edmondson won third place for sports photography.

"The Whitworthian has improved dramatically during the last two years," says Jennifer Brandler, who served as editor-in-chief for 2001-02. "The number of awards we received for stories and photography is just one indicator of how much work the staff has put into the newspaper. Though we have a small staff, the time and dedication that the editors, writers, and photographers contributed this year have paid off tremendously. While there's always room for improvement, the staff has made strides in setting higher standards for the quality of The Whitworthian."

McPherson says The Whitworthian's success can also be attributed to the college's supportive environment.

"The Whitworthian staff tackles tough subjects and handles them well," McPherson says. "That's a credit to the students, of course, but also to the school administration and the campus community. Not all colleges and universities-Christian schools or otherwise-are so dedicated to protecting the open exchange of ideas. Student journalists at Whitworth have a serious, value-centered environment in which to learn, and The Whitworthian and its staff contribute significantly to that environment."


Jim McPherson, assistant professor of communication studies and The Whitworthian advisor, Whitworth College, (509) 777-4429 or jmcpherson@whitworth.edu.

Julie Riddle, public information specialist, Whitworth College, (509) 777-3729 or jriddle@whitworth.edu.

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