Quaker Campus Student Newspaper Wins Top American Scholastic Press Association Award


May 5, 2016

Quaker Campus, Student NewspaperThe American Scholastic Press Association (ASPA) recently recognized the Quaker Campus (QC) Whittier College's student newspaper for excellence in journalism with a First Place Award in the division of colleges and universities with student enrollment 1001-1700.

The ASPA’s annual review and contest for scholastic newspapers, yearbooks and magazines compares student publications to others at colleges, universities and high schools around the nation. Judges base their scores on page design, story layout, graphics, headlining, style, advertising, photography, content, creativity and editing. Points are allocated in the various competition categories based on the judges’ assessment.

This award came at the finish of a transformative year for the QC, led by adviser Visiting Assistant Professor of Journalism and New Media Joe Donnelly and by students Editor-in-Chief Amanda Blazey '16 and Managing Editor Derek Blankenship '16. 

Quaker Campus staffIn addition to his role as the adviser for the QC, Donnelly provides training and advising support to QCTV and has implemented digital-media journalism techniques at the QC, while fostering a collaborative relationships among the various student campus media.

The QC competed against many other four-year college newspapers from across the country. Only four other colleges and universities were winners in the same category, including the Greensboro College, Huntington University, Virginia Wesleyan College, and University of Pittsburgh at Bradford.