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Pulse, CWU's Student Lifestyle Magazine, is up for a National Award

CWU’s student-run lifestyle magazine, Pulse, is a finalist for a national Pacemaker award, considered the Pulitzer Prize of college journalism. It is one of 22 publications in the running, out of nearly 100 entries.

The Associated Collegiate Press presents the national Pacemaker awards to recognize the best student media for online, newspaper, yearbook, broadcast, and magazine publishing. Professionals judge entries based on coverage and content, quality of writing and reporting, leadership, design, photography, and graphics.

“The student team at Pulse Magazine works extremely hard to create fresh and engaging original content for our two 64-page issues each quarter,” said faculty advisor Jennifer Green. “The staff shows a remarkable amount of pride in their work — from reporting, writing, and photographing stories, to creating eye-catching visual designs — and their enthusiasm for Pulse is infectious.”

Pulse editor-in-chief Bailey Williams submitted the first issue of spring 2016 for the award.

“The regional awards Pulse has been receiving the past few years, culminating now in this exciting nomination on a national stage, would seem to be a direct result of this dedication and creativity,” Green said.

The nomination follows several recent awards for Pulse and other CWU student publications.

  • Pulse was named best student magazine and won best non-fiction magazine article in the four-state region by the Society of Professional Journalists; and won a fourth-place best in show award at a recent ACP conference.
  • The Observer, CWU’s student newspaper and news website, won first place in a regional and national SPJ contest for breaking news with former editor-in-chief Jonathan Glover's photo of a Black Lives Matter protest; Derrick Clarit took first place in a regional SPJ contest for photo illustration.
  • Four student-broadcasters from KCWU FM 88.1 The ‘Burg received top honors at the 2016 Intercollegiate Broadcasting System awards in New York, with Nick Oliver and Russell Widner winning best public service announcement, and Milagro Castilleja and Sophia Ferguson winning best talk radio show. In 2015, The ‘Burg was named Best College Radio Station in the country at the IBS awards.

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: Barb Arnott, CWU Public Affairs, 509-963-2841,

September 13, 2016