NIC student newspaper honored as national finalist in two categories
The Sentinel, a student-produced newspaper at North Idaho College, was one of three contenders in each of two national student journalism categories.
After winning first place in the five-state Northwest Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) competition, The Sentinel was selected as a finalist in the categories of best all-around weekly newspapers and online newspapers. The awards will be presented at the national SPJ convention in Las Vegas in October.
All colleges and universities are eligible to enter the SPJ contest. California State University, Chico, won first place for weekly newspapers and the other finalist was Missouri Southern University. North Carolina Central University won first for online newspapers while the third finalist was Ohio State University. The University of Idaho won first place nationally for papers published two or three times a week against the other finalists, George Washington University and Western Kentucky University.
Ironically, former Sentinel students were on the staffs of both the University of Idaho and Missouri Southern University, where they had transferred.
The Sentinel won the five-state Northwest Region title before being selected as a national finalist. The national competition was for issues published in the year preceding March 2005.
The NIC paper also won first place in general excellence for the Inland Northwest SPJ competition, with second going to Gonzaga University and third to Whitworth College. Managing editors for the winning issues were Chris Heinrich of Coeur d'Alene and Nick Bock of Boise.
Other Sentinel honors in the Inland Northwest competition were:
First place awards went to Brittany Hansen of Spokane, general news, Larissa Schwartz of Post Falls, government and politics, and Katrina Kirby of Wallace, Savannah Cummings of Sandpoint and Marie Strong of Post Falls, investigative reporting.
Second place awards went to Brandon Macz of Coeur d'Alene, general columns and arts criticism, and Jack Knecht of Princeton, photo pages.
Third place awards went to James Hannibal of Twin Lakes, photo pages, Matthew Brazee of Post Falls, editorial cartoons, and Kirby, lifestyles. For More Information
NIC Journalism Instructor and Sentinel Adviser Nils Rosdahl, (208) 769-3228
Posted: Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2005