Results are in for the best in college journalism as the Pacific Northwest Association of Journalism Educators announced its 2018 contest winners.
The contest changed its format to an all-digital entry platform, garnering 339 entries. Eligibility was also expanded to include private institutions with less than 4,500 student enrollment. While entries this year came from Oregon and Washington schools, Idaho and Montana schools are also eligible to enter.
“The results of the PNAJE contest reflect that student journalism is healthy and kicking in the Pacific Northwest. PNAJE believes the role of a vibrant Fourth Estate is well served by this generation of student journalists shining a light of truth and inclusion through creative storytelling and reporting. Thanks to all the participating student journalists and journalism educators for their participation in PNAJE,” Pacific Northwest Association of Journalism Educators president Rich Riski said.
The new format was embraced by the judging staff with almost every entry receiving constructive feedback. More than a dozen judges participated in the evaluation process. The judging staff included communications professionals who currently or previously worked for publications across the United States such as The (Tacoma) News Tribune, Tacoma Weekly, The Peninsula Gateway, McClatchy Newspapers, The Detroit News, Ludington (Mich.) Daily News, Holland (Mich.) Sentinel and MSN.com. Other judges included communication professors from Western Washington, Pacific Lutheran University and Everett Community College.
“Thanks to all the judges, retiring adviser Michael Parks, and PNAJE Contest Coordinator Liz Wishaw for carrying this contest into the future,” Riski said.