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CWU PULSE Magazine Wins Three National Media Awards

Central Washington University’s student-run PULSE magazine recently brought home threePULSE Magazine Cover awards from the National College Media Convention in Louisville, Kentucky.

PULSE won seventh place in an on-site “Best of Show” competition for Feature Magazine. Students were competing from among universities from across the nation for this professional recognition.

“It means so much to attend a national conference and have our magazine ranked with other universities from across the nation,” said Bailee Wicks, PULSE editor-in-chief. “It makes me and my team that much more excited to continue improving PULSE and showing off our work and dedication.”

Student Ryan Weier, who graduated spring 2018, won a third-place national Pinnacle Award from the College Media Association and fifth place in the Associated Collegiate Press’ preeminent Pacemaker competition for a feature photo he captured for the story Hammocking 101.

The shot took a lot of team work.

“Ryan captured this photo while chest deep in the water,” recalls current PULSE Director of Photography Zahn Schultz, one of the two students pictured in the photo celebrating a complicated mid-lake hammock set-up.

Student in hammock

“We were trying to beat an incoming thunderstorm and we knew we couldn’t lose this shot. I paddled Josh out in the raft so he could climb the trees to tie the straps, then carefully to the middle so he could get in the hammock. It took a few tries,” Schultz said.

Wicks, Schultz, PULSE Creative Director Matthew Conrardy and PULSE Assistant Editor Anakaren Garcia traveled to the convention over the weekend.

Jennifer Green, PULSE faculty adviser and a senior lecturer in the Department of Communication Studies, added: “These and the many other awards PULSE students have won are gratifying because they recognize the range and evolution of the magazine as well as the team work, effort and creativity of the successive student staffs over the years."

The campus and community celebrated the magazine’s 50th issue and recent awards at a party at the Student Union and Recreation Center on Wednesday.

Students pose with awardAn article in the new Fall 2018 issue, now on stands in Ellensburg, details highlights from the last 10 years and 50 issues of PULSE. Launched in the communication studies department in fall 2008 as a website, PULSE became a quarterly online flip-through magazine in winter 2011, a twice-quarterly publication in fall 2011, and has been available in print since spring 2015 with support from Student and Activities funding.

Among the more than two dozen national, regional and campus awards PULSE students have won over the last six years are recognition for everything from investigative stories to hand-drawn illustrations, sports and feature stories to diversity coverage and PULSE’s website, graphic designs, photographs, videos, multimedia pieces, podcasts and the magazine as a whole.

All past PULSE issues are available on the magazine’s website at For more information, about PULSE magazine or the Department of Communication Studies contact Jennifer Green at

Photo above (l to r): Anakaren Garcia, Matthew Conrardy, Bailee Wicks, Zahn Schultz


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