Clark College student journalists win awards

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For the second consecutive year, Clark College student journalists who produce The Independent swept the competition in the publications category in the annual Washington Community College Journalism Association contest. Seven community colleges competed.

Staffers captured 10 first-place awards, five second-place awards, nine third-place awards and three honorable mentions out of 21 categories.

They also earned honorable mention in the General Excellence category, recognizing editorial leadership; writing, editing and photography; and content relative to a community college readership.

The Indy staff swept the multimedia category, a performance that adviser Dee Anne Finken said undoubtedly was boosted by the multimedia news class Clark added to its journalism curriculum recently.

Like professional news organizations, The Independent has been transitioning away from a print-first publication to a digital-first publication, producing news sometimes daily online and in print with less frequency, said Finken.

The Independent can be found in print throughout Clark’s main and Columbia Tech Center campuses, and online at www.clark

collegeindependent.com.