The Ebbtide student newspaper took a top award from the Washington Community College Journalism Association this past weekend.
The paper won a General Excellence trophy from the organization for the third time in four years. It placed third in the category this year, while the Pioneer at Pierce College in Fort Steilacoom took first and the Puyallup Post at Pierce College in Puyallup took second.
The contest is open to all community colleges in Washington State and attracts entrants from neighboring colleges such as Edmonds Community College and Bellevue College, as well as far-away schools such as Clark College in Vancouver and Peninsula College in Port Angeles. Professional journalists and university professors from out-of-state serve as judges.
The three professional journalists who judged the General Excellence category this year praised the Ebbtide for both its look and its content. “The variety of stories and inventiveness of the ideas are excellent,” said one judge. “(It’s a) great, attractive paper.”
Dan DeMay, editor in chief of the Ebbtide, accepted the award Saturday during a ceremony at Olympic College in Bremerton.
“I’m really excited and honored to have received an award that represents our work as a whole,” DeMay said later. “It says to me that we have a good dynamic, we have a great group of people who love working together and it shows in the product.”
Several members of the Ebbtide also received individual awards.
Photo editor Sean Sherman won a second-place award in Feature Photos for a front-page image appearing in the paper’s Relationship Issue in February. The image shows a couple from the knees down, one wearing red sneakers, the other wearing black. Although the two are holding hands, the real expression is in their sweet, cozying-up feet. The judge in this category praised Sherman’s shot for his storytelling skills, his clean composition and his “artistic eye.” “I love the low angle,” he said.
Former Photo Editor Dennie Chong won a third-place award in the same category. His winning photo ran in December, and shows a remix musician rocking the house at the Vera Project at the Seattle Center. “Nice moment!” the judge said. “You are in the right place at the right time.”
Staff writer JD Carter took third place in the Feature Writing category for a profile she wrote in March on the Ebbtide’s outgoing editor, Amelia Rivera. The judge gave Carter high marks for her attention-grabbing introduction, easy flow and ability to capture the story’s human element.
Webmaster Huai-Hsien Feng took third place for Best Web Site. She won the judge’s approval by including polls, links to social media, and a rotating photo display on www.shoreline.edu/ebbtide. “It’s a cheerful, friendly homepage that provides easy access to all available content,” the judge said.
Jim Lovaas, arts and entertainment editor, received an honorable mention in News Writing for a story he wrote in March. “Campus security hands tied” explores SCC officers’ limited ability to break up violent conflicts on campus. The judge gave it high marks for shining light on a subject that most students are not aware of.
The awards ceremony and luncheon featured speakers Kirstin Millis, publisher of the UW Daily, and Manuel Valdes, a recent UW graduate, now working as a reporter for the Associated Press.
Provided by Patti Jones, Ebbtide Advisor