I made an earlier post about whitworthian.com having received the coveted 2009 Associate Collegiate Press Pacemaker Award last fall (considered the most esteemed honor in student journalism comparable to a Pulitzer).
Now, the print counterpart has picked up seven Society of Professional Journalists‘ Mark of Excellence Awards 2010 for Region 10. Our newsprint was awarded first place for Best All-Around Non-Daily Student Newspaper, beating out runner-up Gonzaga University, and whitworthian.com received first place for Best Affiliated Website.
From a recent press release from my university:
“The second- and third-place finishes by Jasmine Linabary and [Kyle] Kim in the online in-depth reporting were especially noteworthy,” says James McPherson, associate professor of communication studies and adviser of The Whitworthian. “Both students did their comprehensive multimedia projects by themselves, using a wide variety of media tools. On the other hand, the winning project in the category involved the efforts of three faculty members and almost 30 students, most of whom were either law students or graduate students.”
And considering our publication of 15 editors and roughly 40 staff held our own compared to larger schools like the University of Washington, Seattle Pacific University and the University of Montana, I’d say we’ve made quite an accomplishment.