Whitworth Communications

For Immediate Release

May 17, 2004

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 two journalism competitions that were held in May. The Whitworthian won third place for general excellence in the Inland Northwest Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) Competition. The newspaper also won second place 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 seniors Robert Huggins, second place, photo essay; Angie Pappas, second and third places, feature design; and Ben Couch, third place, personal humor columns.

In the SPJ's Inland Northwest Chapter College Competition, Whitworth junior Megan Blank won first place in arts reporting and third place in features writing; senior Julia Nicholls took second place in features writing; sophomore Chris Collins took first and second place in general news writing; Huggins took first place in photo-page photography; and Collins and senior Bryan Tidwell took first place in sports writing.

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."

Contacts:

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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