Whitworth Communications

For Immediate Release

May 6, 2005

Whitworthian Garners Top Greater Northwest Student Journalism Awards

While celebrating its centennial this year, The Whitworthian, Whitworth College's student-newspaper, is making headlines for winning awards for excellence and achievement ahead of 52 college and high-school newspapers competing for 2005 Greater Northwest Student Journalism awards.

The Whitworthian won the Outstanding Achievement in Student Journalism Award, an honor that is given to an individual or newspaper that shows exceptional excellence; this award honors The Whitworthian as the best newspaper of the 52 high school and college newspapers that entered the competition.

The Whitworthian also took first place for general excellence in the college division of the GNSJ awards, and the newspaper won the title of Best Program in the college division for winning the most awards for a newspaper as a whole.

"The awards that The Whitworthian received are a well-deserved reflection of how much effort and energy the staff puts into producing an excellent newspaper," says Whitworthian Advisor and Assistant Communication Professor Jim McPherson. "This year's editors are extremely conscientious from an ethical standpoint, and they pay close attention to the basics of accuracy and clear writing."

During the past three years, The Whitworthian has earned second- or third-place GNSJ awards overall after not placing in 2000 or 2001. This year, Whitworth's student newspaper earned top honors in a competition that included Eastern Washington University, George Fox University, Evergreen State College, the University of Portland, Brigham Young University-Idaho, the Tacoma branch of the University of Washington, Centralia College, Olympic College and several community colleges.

"The editors and staff are dedicated to bringing The Whitworthian to an increasingly higher standard of student journalism while thinking of innovative and creative ways to engage with the student body and provide a consistently hard-hitting and entertaining publication," says Editor-in-Chief Chris Collins, '05. "We wouldn't have been able to have the success we've had this year if it weren't for the cohesion and friendships among the editors and staff that allowed us to have fun and encourage each other while working hard to put the newspaper together every Sunday night."

In addition to the awards for the entire newspaper, The Whitworthian staff won third place for an editorial and several Whitworthian staff members won awards for their individual work: Emily Clader, second place in news design and honorable mention in illustration; Amir Rizk, first and third place for stand-alone photos; Galen Sanford, third place in news photo; Colin Storm, second place in sports column; Peter Smelser, honorable mention in sports column; Gavin Jamieson, third place in personal/humor column; Chris Collins, first place in general features and first place in comprehensive coverage; and Mike Larkin and Nathan Harrison, second place in general news.

Whitworth students who work hard to produce a quality paper during their college years often go on to successful careers in journalism after they graduate. Two editors on the 2004 Whitworthian staff now work as editors for the Washington Times and the Albuquerque Journal.

Located in Spokane, Wash., Whitworth is a private liberal arts college affiliated with the Presbyterian Church (USA.). The college enrolls 2,400 students in more than 50 undergraduate and graduate programs.


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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