NIC student newspaper brings home awards

By NIC student Holly Bowen, winner of a news release writing competition in NIC’s news writing class.
North Idaho College’s student newspaper The Sentinel, its adviser and one of its reporters brought home honors from the National Collegiate Press convention in Kansas City Oct. 26-30.
The Sentinel won a Pacemaker, which is awarded for general excellence in college newspapers. The Sentinel was one of five community college papers to win the award this year; the remaining 20 were awarded to university papers.
Sentinel adviser and journalism instructor Nils Rosdahl was inducted into the Hall of Fame of the Community College Journalism Association. Three other college newspaper advisers nominated him. Rosdahl has been an instructor and adviser at NIC for 20 years.
Sentinel reporter Andrew Enriquez, 19, Post Falls, was one of three honorable mentions for National Reporter of the Year. Rosdahl nominated Enriquez.
“He is a very skillful, clever, hardworking person,” Rosdahl said. “He deserved it.”
The Pacemaker The Sentinel received this year was not the first. Rosdahl said he could not remember how many the paper has won.
“We win it nearly every year, so I don’t know the number,” he said.
Rosdahl was named an NIC Instructor of the Year in 2003 and has previously received the Noel Ross Strader award for supporting press freedom.
The convention was attended by 11 Sentinel staff members and approximately 2,000 college media students from the United States and Canada.
The Sentinel staff will attend another National Collegiate Press convention in New York March 15-19. 
The current issue of The Sentinel can be reached online.

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NIC Journalism Instructor Nils Rosdahl, (208) 769-3228

Posted: Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2005

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