EvCC Student Journalists Win State Awards

Press Release

Release Date: May 2, 2014
Contact: T. Andrew Wahl, EvCC Digital Journalism & Communications faculty/Adviser for The Clipper, 425-388-9419; awahl@everettcc.edu

EvCC Student Journalists Win State Awards

EVERETT, Wash. – Student journalists reporting for Everett Community College’s student media organization, The Clipper, were honored with awards from the Washington Press Association and the Washington Community College Journalism Association.

Members of The Clipper staff the attended the annual WPA awards luncheon on April 26 at the Museum of Flight in Seattle. 

At the ceremony, The Clipper was recognized with a total of 13 awards. The school’s big winner for the day was Jake Nicholls, who took home four awards – including first place awards in the both student news (for his coverage of the school’s conversion to the Canvas learning management system) and student features (for a profile about EvCC’s Youth Re-Engagement Program). 

Meagan Baron received the school’s other first-place honor, earning a nod in the student news – consumer affairs category for her story, “Digging for the Best Textbook Prices.” Other multiple-WPA-award winners from the school were Nate Lynch and Bob Neary. Sapphire Chan, Ashley Cline, Felim So, Henry Yarsinske Jr. and Christian Zerbel also took home awards. More details about these WPA awards can be found online at washingtonpressassociation.com.

Strong individual performances also led to team success, with The Clipper tying for second in the WPA’s sweepstakes category. Only Western Washington University – which had three separate publications competing in the competition – took home more awards. The second-place finish earned $100 for the EvCC journalism program’s scholarship fund.

"The WPA awards show us how we stack up to other colleges in the area, not only publication-wise, but individually as well,” said Yarsinske, The Clipper’s managing editor.

The morning of the WPA banquet, The Clipper also learned five students earned a total of four honors from the annual WCCJA competition. Megan Baron earned second place in the comprehensive coverage category for her article “Digging for the Best Textbook Prices.” Bob Neary took second place for feature reporting for his article “Yeah, It’s Still a Problem.” Neary and Nathaniel Lynch took third place for the photo essay “People you don’t see.” For photo illustration, Felim So earned third place for “Preston Weaver…”

Unlike the WPA, the WCJAA will not be hosting a ceremony this year; certificates will be sent out via mail.

T. Andrew Wahl, The Clipper’s faculty adviser, was thrilled with his students’ performances in both competitions. 

“This is my first year heading the journalism program at Everett Community College,” Wahl said. “I couldn’t have asked for a better group of students as we work to take this program to the next level. I’m very proud of this group.”

For more information about The Clipper or the staff’s recent awards, contact Wahl at awahl@everettcc.edu or 425-388-9419.