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Thursday, May 19, 2011
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Student Journalists Win Top Honors for Newspaper, Website and Magazine

CHULA VISTA, CA – Southwestern College today announced that its Sun newspaper won the Society of Professional Journalists’ (SPJ) Mark of Excellence Award for Best All-around Non-Daily Student Newspaper, Affiliated Website and Student Magazine in Region 11. The region includes Arizona, California, Guam, Hawaii, Nevada and the Northern Mariana Islands. More than 4,000 entries were received across the SPJ’s 12 regions.

“Our students have done Southwestern College and their profession proud – they worked hard and it paid off,” Interim Superintendent/President Denise Whittaker said. “Our journalism program is one more reason our College is able to attract bright and motivated students: we offer cutting-edge programs and career training, preparing graduates to lead in their field.”

The Sun and its student journalists won a total of 28 awards. The 16 first place awards will advance the paper, website, magazine and other winners to national judging. This year, the Sun has already been awarded:

  • National Community College Newspaper of Year: National Newspaper Association
  • California Community College Newspaper of the Year: California Newspaper Publishers Association
  • First Place Community College Newspaper: American Scholastic Press Association
  • Pacesetter Award and General Excellence: Journalism Association of Community Colleges
  • Gold Medal Award: Columbia University Scholastic Press Association
  • Second Place, U.S.: National Newspaper Association

“We are proud of the Southwestern Sun and its accomplishments,” Donna Arnold, Dean of the School of Arts and Communications, said. “The students are to be commended for their outstanding journalism. They continue to show excellence and ‘rise’ above the rest.”

About Southwestern College
Accredited since 1964, Southwestern College is the only public institution of higher education in southern San Diego County, serving approximately 400,000 residents of communities including Bonita, Chula Vista, Imperial Beach, National City, Nestor, Otay Mesa, Palm City, San Ysidro, Sunnyside and Coronado. The College offers more than 312 associate degree and certificate options. 

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