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The Communication Department's two student-run publications took home Best of Show awards at the Associated Collegiate Press National College Journalism Convention which ran Feb. 26 to March 1 in Los Angeles.

The Observer newspaper won first place in the Best of Show contest for four-year weeklies.

Pulse Magazine took fourth in the Best of Show contest for feature magazines.
The contest had a total of 143 entries, almost 50 more than last year.

Observer Faculty Adviser Cynthia Mitchell said she couldn't be more proud of the talented student journalists who report and write the stories, take and edit the pictures, edit the copy, write the headlines and design the pages.

Pulse Faculty Adviser Jennifer Green added that the magazine is a young, online-only publication that has recently begun gathering awards for its student staff's broad collection of story topics, polished design and interactivity.


When Central journalism student Ashtyn Mann met veteran writer Patricia Bunin at the "Break with a Pro" roundtable discussion at the recent Associated Collegiate Press National College Journalism Convention, she didn't know she would wind up the subject of one of Bunin's columns for the Los Angeles Daily News

But that's exactly what happened. Bunin, who covers relationship issues for seniors, wrote that she was "immediately drawn" to Mann, a junior who keeps her own blog about relationships for her own generation.

Bunin wrote that Mann reminded her of herself at that age, "with a head full of questions."

"I predict that the volleyball player/writer will not rest on the laurels of her already successful blog," Bunin concluded.

Mann appreciated the advice Bunin gave her: "Patricia was so friendly and open to any question that I had and she gave me some of the best advice I have ever received: Never get comfortable." 

"Patricia's column is pretty much exactly the type of column I want to end up writing and I am so happy that I sat down with her at that table."


Department of Communication Mission Statement

It is the mission of the Department of Communication of Central Washington University to prepare students to become active participants in communication within - and shaping - modern culture. To fulfill its mission, the department emphasizes student-centered instruction in the gathering and dissemination of written, spoken and visual information, as well as a broad range of course work in the processes, effects and theories of human communication. The department is committed to a liberal education in written, oral and visual communication, as well as to professional training in the fields of journalism, public relations and advertising.