Congrats to our friends at the CWU Observer and Pulse! Big Awards!

Congrats to our friends at the CWU Observer and Pulse Magazine! Cynthia Mitchell, Professor in Journalism, wrote:

We are very excited to find out that The Observer placed in the top three for “Best All-Around Newspaper” in the Society of Professional Journalists 2013 Mark of Excellence awards for the second year in a row!

The Observer placed in the less-than-daily category for universities with enrollment greater than 10,000 in Region 10. (That includes papers in Alaska, Washington, Oregon, Montana and Idaho.) This year, that category included, for the first time, the University of Oregon’s Emerald Media Group — with its College of Journalism and hundreds of majors — since they changed to “weekly in print/daily online.” This award is particularly gratifying, as they tell you what dates to send in papers for — you don’t get to pick! (Though two of the three were definitely issues we would have picked!)

Senior journalism major Matthew Thompson placed in general news for his stories covering CWU’s controversial “admin fee” and the resulting audit. Former journalism student Zach Olney placed for a pair of rocking rodeo pics, and graphic arts student Vicky Valdovinos and FVS major Seth Lonborg placed in photo illustration for their “Think before you Ink” cover, which ran last spring.

At Pulse, FVS grad Nathanial Iven-Diemer, PR student Connie Morgan, and graphic design graduate Lindsey Mantilla placed for online feature for their multimedia package, “CWU Cribs — Presidential Edition.” This story takes students on a tour – virtually, thanks to a video made to accompany the article – of the university president’s home.


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