Come out and visit some of the events going on over the next 2 days.
We just got the great news that Observer EIC, Jonathan Glover's, picture from the Black Lives Matter protest here at Central won 1st Place in the Society of Professional Journalists' National Mark of Excellence Awards.
Central competes with all universities that have enrollment of more than 10,000, so it's quite an accomplishment!
The picture also won first place in SPJ's Region 10, which includes universities in Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Montana. That qualified it to move to the national contest.
If you see Jonathan, make sure to give him a high five!
The weeklong First Amendment Festival at CWU will feature a keynote speech from Douglas Blackmon, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Slavery by Another Name: The Re-Enslavement of Black Americans from the Civil War to World War II. He is also co-executive producer of the acclaimed PBS documentary of the same name.
Blackmon's speech, set for 7 p.m. May 11 in the Student Union and Recreation Center Ballroom, is free and open to the public.
Blackmon has worked as the chief of The Wall Street Journal’s Atlanta bureau, and was a senior national correspondent for the paper until 2012. He’s also the executive producer and host of American Forum, a public affairs program produced at the University of Virginia’s Miller Center and aired weekly on more than 250 PBS affiliates across the country. He is the co-founder and former board member of two socially and ethnically diverse charter schools that serve more than 600 students from kindergarten through eighth grade throughout Atlanta’s inner city.
“This is my first time speaking at the First Amendment Festival,” Blackmon said. “I am honored to be the keynote speaker at an event that celebrates the rights that many of us take for granted.”
His speech is part of this year's campus dialog called Mass Incarceration and Racial Justice: Black and Brown Live Do Matter. It is also one of several events in the Department of Communication’s fourth annual First Amendment Festival May 9-12, designed to help students learn about and exercise their First Amendment freedoms.
First Amendment Festival events:
Parking at CWU is free after 4:30 p.m. and on weekends, except where marked and at residential halls.
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.
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.
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Faculty Adviser, Pulse Magazine
Public Relations student Jasmine Randhawa, along with a group of CWU PRSSA students, boarded an Atlanta-bound plane in November to attend PRSSA National Conference, where they learned from PR professionals and networked with hundreds of PRSSA members around the country.
This recap video, created by Randhawa, shows us conference details and Atlanta scenery, through the eyes of the students. We are proud to have our PRSSA students representing Central Washington University at the national level!
Students Document ESPN Analyst's Journey with Breast Cancer
October 6th, 2015
Senior PR major James Naranjo and Senior Broadcast major Kevin Kolb partnered with two University of Washington broadcast majors to start their own production company ILM Production, and produce a video narrative of Shelly Smith's final mammogram to determine if chemotherapy had eradicated breast cancer from her body.
Shelly Smith is known for her long career and groundbreaking work as a female sports analyst at ESPN. Her much publicized battle with breast cancer was a topic that Mr. Naranjo found fascinating and en lieu of National Breast Cancer Awareness month, the boys took the initiative to contact Smith and pitch the idea of producing a video narrative of that final mammogram to be aired by ESPN. Shelly loved the idea and even authored the article that accompanies the video and both can be found at the link below.
These students paid for the trip down to Los Angeles out of their own pocket, and because of the quality of their work, ESPN covered their expenses. Additionally, Smith has invited the guys to accompany her on a trip to Florida as she speaks on behalf of National Breast Cancer Awareness Foundation to produce similar videos designed to foster greater awareness concerning breast cancer. Lastly, as a foot in the door, Smith has added these students to the ESPN roster of videographers.
Learn more at http://www.espnfrontrow.com/2015/08/proof-positive-shelley-smith-is-cancer-free-and-triumphant/
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