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Central’s PULSE Wins National Award from Society of Professional Journalists

PULSE MagazineCentral Washington University’s student-run magazine PULSE, has landed another national award. “Sexual Assault: What’s Behind the Rise in Reports on Campus?,” was designated as a 2016 Mark of Excellence award winner in the Non-Fiction Magazine Article category by the Society of Professional Journalists.

Article contributors Simone Corbett, Nicole Trejo-Valli, Bailee Wicks, and Bailey Williams will be honored during the Excellence in Journalism 2017 conference on September 8 in Anaheim, California.

Corbett, features editor and co-writer with Trejo-Valli and Wicks first won at regionals and now have earned the coveted national Best Non-Fiction Magazine Article award.

"It is such an honor to be recognized at a professional level, especially for a story that we worked so hard on,” Corbett said.

“We were still interviewing, fact-checking and re-writing up until moments before our issue went live because we were committed to making sure we were doing this right.

The sexual assault article was photographed by student Jack Lambert and designed by student Taylor Morrell.

Trejo-Valli, PULSE editor-in-chief and creator of the revamped website, which was a regional finalist for Best Affiliated Website had this to say:

"It's a really exciting time to be a part of PULSE right now. Seeing the growth of our multimedia content, and now the recognition for our website, is incredible. As a team, we always put everything into what we're producing."

Visit the PULSE website to access PulseTV, PulseLens, and PulseRadio.

The co-authors of the sexual assault story also wrote about the experience of reporting the story (and reactions to it from people on campus) in the Winter 2017 issue.

For more information about PULSE, contact faculty adviser Jennifer Green at, 509-963-3216.

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

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