The Ebbtide Brings Home Eight Awards

Paris Apodaca, News Editor

The Ebbtide won eight awards in the 2022 Pacific Northwest Association of Journalism Educators (PNAJE) contest, judged by volunteers from the Utah College Media Alliance.

Jasmine Contreras-Lewis, the newspaper’s editor-in-chief, took first place in the most competitive category this year for general news reporting with her article, “The Northwestern Blood Shortage: Donation 101.” Contreras-Lewis also received second place in headline writing for the piece “Cup of Joe, Where Did You Go?” “I’m glad that our work has been recognized. We will continue to produce high-quality journalism,” said Jasmine Contreras-Lewis, editor-in-chief.
Staff writer Tom O’Brien received an honorable mention in the general news reporting category for his article “Cup of Joe, Where Did You Go?”, which was about the lack of food options on campus after the COVID-19 closure. A judge commented, “My campus struggles with the same issues in your article, so it was really relatable to me!”
In the feature reporting category, Nova Clark, The Ebbtide’s previous editor-in-chief, received an honorable mention for “Double Exposure: How I Got Wise to ‘Get Smart.’” Clark’s article was part of a series focused on giving a new life to television classics. Judges were incredibly enthusiastic about this piece saying, “I loved the writing style of this piece! Very good prose throughout the whole article; I love how upbeat and fun it was too. I also love the headline!”
Two staff writers, Eve Westmoreland and Paris Apodaca, both earned high positions in the personality profile category. Apodaca won the category with her profile on former editor-in-chief Clark, which judges noted was quite detailed.
Westmoreland took home second place with “‘You and Me’: A Conversation With Heart Songwriter Sue Ennis.” A comment written by one of the judges was, “While not technically a personality profile, the Q&A with Sue Ennis shines through the screen, and the interviewer consistently followed up with strong questions to keep the conversation flowing.”
In the category of individual column or commentary, The Ebbtide received an honorable mention for “Protecting Texans or Policing Women’s Bodies?” written by former staff member Rose Emmons. A comment by one of the judges stated “[T]his had several lines that made me chuckle, including ‘Sometimes it takes me longer than that to figure out what I want to watch on Netflix, let alone my future.’ I do quibble with the assertion that abortion is traumatizing. It is for some, not others.” While The Ebbtide’s staff members have changed over time, the light-hearted, whimsical perception on news reporting is shared by each successive generation.
He swings and hits. Kirk Myers, The Ebbtide’s sports editor, took third place in the category of news/feature/sports photo for a shot of the Dolphins in action in their baseball game. The judges commented, “Very dynamic with the first picture. The color and brightness are well balanced… Overall, it’s a great image with great composition and a little bit of luck to catch the follow through of bat and ball”.
The Ebbtide staff continues to make its mark on SCC’s community. Check out our award-winning articles and pictures. If you or anyone else you know are interested in joining The Ebbtide, sign up for the student newspaper class in the Fall quarter 2022 or consider submitting a guest column.