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Observer Wins Big!

The Observer, CWU’s student-run newspaper, won three awards in the Society of  Professional Journalists Mark of Excellence awards for newspapers at schools larger than 10,000 students in Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Montana.

Observer Editor-in-Chief Jonathan Glover, a senior from Darrington, won first place in the breaking news photography category for his coverage of the Black Lives Matter protest in November 2015.

Derrick Clarit, who graduated last spring, took first place in the photo illustration category for “Thin Walls” in the February 2015 issue. Julia Moreno, a junior from Ellensburg, was a finalist for her story “Historic fire season leads to millions in damage” in October 2015.

"I couldn't be prouder of our student journalists," said Cynthia Mitchell, program coordinator for digital journalism who also advises The Observer. "The SPJ competition has always been stiff, but now it's even stiffer, as we compete in most categories with schools with more than 10,000 students, no matter if they publish daily or every other week. So for our students to win two categories and be a finalist in a third is a real testament to their hard work and talent."

The Mark of Excellence Awards recognize the best of collegiate journalism. First-place winners move on to the national Mark of Excellence contest to compete among category winners from all 12 SPJ regions.

Pulse Magazine Selected Best Student Magazine!

Central's student-run Pulse Magazine was selected Best Student Magazine by the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) this week in its regional Mark of Excellence Awards.

The student-run publication beat out magazines from universities across a four-state region spanning Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Montana.

The award from SPJ, the leading professional journalism organization, puts Pulse automatically in the running for national awards against 11 other regional winners.

Pulse took home two other Mark of Excellence awards, including a first place nod for former student Jess Macinko in the Non-Fiction Magazine Article category for his story chronicling the day-long Office of Legislative Affairs student tour of the State Capitol, "The Gong Show: Lobby Day," with photos by Derrick Clarit.

Graduate Seth Lonborg was a finalist in the Best Use of Multimedia category for "5,588 Miles, One Love," a profile of The Burg radio host and Kenya native Tim Nakhisa that included an embedded video, photos and a music playlist -- all created by Lonborg.

Other Central students named in these awards include former Editor-in-Chiefs Brielle Rutledge and Lindsey Wisniewski, former Associate Editor Kyle Kuhn, and Graphic Designers Mackenzie Loete, Vanessa Cruz and Laurel Fisher. Jennifer Green serves as Faculty Adviser for Pulse through the Communication Department.

In a statement, the SPJ explained that the Mark of Excellence awards "honor the best in student journalism" with judges asked to choose only "outstanding work worthy of such an honor."

National winners will be announced in late spring, with awards handed out at the fall Excellence in Journalism conference.

Full SPJ release available here:

For more information:
Tara Long
Student Media Business Manager

PR Competition Campaign.

A team of PR students  -  Cady Buscher, Joseph Castonguay, Tara Coluccio, and Isabella Mulinski – submitted a proposal to the Washington Consortium for the Liberal Arts Public Relations Campaign competition for a $10,000 prize to implement the campaign.  Their project title is:  Increase Public Perception of Liberal Arts Education through Integrated Brand Identity Strategies and Sophisticated Public Relations Tactics.  This is an out-of-class project done specifically for this competition.  Faculty mentor:  Emily Duplessis


CWU's First International Cafe!

Students from our Advanced Intercultural Communication class organized and hosted CWU’s first International Café.  The event was a huge success both in terms of the attendance and the good time had by all.  The SURC room was packed with students from all over the world mingling and participating in music trivia activities that clearly were a huge hit with the students.  The event was so successful that our department has been asked by international programs to host a similar event each quarter.  Photos here:   Faculty mentor:  Nadene Vevea


Bateman Team and Student Veterans Week

Thanks to our Bateman Team  -  Sarah Collins, Nicolette Bender, Travis Isaman, JoAnn Briscoe and Jasmine Randhawa  -  CWU just experienced a very successful Student Veterans Week.  The Team not only organized all the events for the week, but also was responsible for getting Governor Inslee to proclaim the week of 29 February to 4 March as Student Veterans Week in the state of Washington.  Events included a wall of thanks for signing outside the SURC and a culminating art exhibition at the Clymer Friday night  -  CWU student veterans were honored with art by CWU students inspired by veterans’ experiences.  Read more here:
Faculty mentor:  Kevin Brett


Pulse Magazine Wins National Honor!

Central’s student-run lifestyle magazine, Pulse Magazine, won a fourth place “Best in Show” award in the Feature Magazine category on Sunday at the Associated Collegiate Press National College Journalism Convention in Los Angeles.

Students submitted the latest issue of Pulse, available online here, to the contest. This is the second year in a row Pulse has taken home this honor.

“I am really excited about getting the ACP award and I know the rest of our staff is, too,” said Pulse Editor-in-Chief Brielle Rutledge.

Pulse’s Art Director, Mackenzie Loete, added, “All of the long days and late nights we've put into each issue of Pulse really pay off when we go up against big colleges across the U.S. and place fourth."

The 64-page issue was only the second official printed edition of the magazine, which comes out twice per quarter and was previously available solely online.

It featured a cover story on the lengths aspiring dancers will go to in order to perfect their craft, as well as articles on local wineries and one student’s experience attending the One Young World summit in Thailand.

Some 20 students traveled to the convention, which ran Feb. 18-21, to attend professional training sessions and workshops on journalism and design. Those students will come back and apply that learning to their work for The Observer student newspaper and Pulse Magazine.

The full list of ACP award winners can be found here.

For more information:
Jennifer Green
Faculty Adviser, Pulse Magazine
(509) 963-1046