Whitworth Communications

For Immediate Release

November 6, 2007

Whitworth's Student Newspaper Wins Third Place at National Media Convention

Whitworth University's student newspaper, The Whitworthian, won third place in "Best of Show" in the four-year weekly tabloids category at the 86th annual Associated Collegiate Press/College Media Advisors National College Media Convention Oct. 24-27 in Washington D.C.  The Whitworthian placed behind first-place winner The Maneater, of University of Missouri and second-place winner Golden Gate [X]Press of San Francisco State University. The convention featured more than 2,500 college journalists and their advisors who gathered for workshops and lectures presented by professional journalists and media executives.

"This award is a major accomplishment for us as a newspaper," says Jasmine Linabary, editor-in-chief of The Whitworthian. "It was rewarding to receive affirmation from professionals and associate members that we are doing well among our peers. In my time at Whitworth, The Whitworthian has never placed in this competition."

The newspaper's staff includes 14 editors and approximately 50 reporters, columnists, photographers, graphic designers and copy editors.

"The Whitworthian has been recognized regionally as an outstanding student newspaper for some time, but national attention like this is especially gratifying," says Jim McPherson, associate professor of communication studies and The Whitworthian advisor. "This year's editorial staff may be the best I've seen."

In spring 2007, 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. Also last spring, The Whitworthian took third place in the Best All-Around Non-Daily Student Newspaper category in the 2006 Region 10 Mark of Excellence Awards given by the Society of Professional Journalists.

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.

Contacts:

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

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

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