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CWU Student Media Win National "Best of Show" Awards

Pulse Magazine and The Observer newspaper, two Central WashingtonPulse magazine University student-run media outlets, brought home "Best of Show" awards from the Associated Collegiate Press conference in San Francisco over the weekend.

Pulse, CWU’s student lifestyle magazine, won second place as “Feature Magazine." The Observer took sixth place in the "Newspaper Four-Year Weekly" contest, a competitive category of 25 weekly newspapers from four-year universities. There were 150 "Best of Show" entries in all categories.

“To have placed second for Feature Magazine was an unbelievable distinction,” said Pulse editor-in-chief Nicole Trejo-Valli. “It’s amazing to see what we can do in just a few weeks and how dedicated the team is to producing a well-rounded magazine.”

Observer editor-in-chief McKenzie Lakey added: "Placing in the Best of Show competitions is always an honor. The Observer staff possesses a level of dedication to journalism and Central news that is incredible to work with every day.”

The Midwinter National College Journalism Convention of the Associated Collegiate Press (ACP) brought together 600 students from more than 100 schools, as well as faculty and industry professionals.

Fifteen students and two faculty advisers from Central traveled to the convention, where they attended workshops, informational sessions, speeches, and onsite critiques. Keynote speakers included San Francisco Chronicle editor-in-chief Audrey Cooper, Ozy founder Carlos Williams, and investigative reporter Kurt Eichenwald of Newsweek and Vanity Fair.

"Our student journalists pretty much live, breathe, and eat their publications, so it's really gratifying to see their hard work get recognized at a national conference," said associate professor and Observer faculty adviser Cynthia Mitchell.

The ObserverThe latest awards follow on other recent honors for both publications. The Observer staff brought home the top "Best of Show" award from the ACP convention last fall. It was attended by 1,100 college journalists and ACP bills it as "the largest gathering of college journalists and advisers in the world."

Also last year, Pulse was one of 22 national finalists for the ACP's prestigious Pacemaker Award for general excellence in the magazine category. Pacemakers are judged by professional journalists and are widely considered to be one of the top prizes in college journalism.

The Department of Communication at CWU boasts modern broadcast facilities where students can practice every aspect of broadcast and audio production, and labs equipped with the latest editing and design software used in professional newsrooms. Journalism degrees are built on hands-on experience covering real news that’s published across a variety of platforms under the guidance of experienced faculty and staff.

Media contact: Dawn Alford, public affairs coordinator, 509-963-1484,

--March 15, 2017

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