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Kalamalama wins three national awards
by Kalamalama staff

For the third year in a row, Kalamalama, Hawai‘i Pacific University’s student newspaper, received the top national award for Most Outstanding Community Service from the American Scholastic Press Association.

It also received the top national award for its photography, and earned a First Place with Special Merit Award overall, placing HPU among the top seven college newspapers in the nation.

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Kalamalama received its third national award for Best Community Service for its coverage of the Sept. 11 attacks. Kalamalama ran a series of stories, including an eyewitness account from an HPU alumnus living in New York, an article on how to cope with stress generated by the event, and pieces on the architectural structure of the Twin Towers and the Pentagon.

The special issue also featured a front-page photo collage honoring the heroes of Sept. 11. This page, the quality of Kalamalama’s photographs and its overall wizardry with collages earned the newspaper a second overall best from the American Scholastic Press Association. HPU students Rick Bernico and Agge Sjobom were singled out in the award for Most Oustanding Photography for their work throughout the year with both cameras and Photoshop software.

For the fifth straight year, Kalamalama received the national First Place with Special Merit award in the American Scholastic Press top division, which consist of colleges and universities with more than 2,500 students. Newspapers receiving this award must score more than 900 of a possible 1,000 points in such areas as content coverage, page design, art, editing, and creativity.

Kalamalama scored 965 points.

The American Scholastic Press Association is a national organization serving more than 2,000 schools, colleges and universities in the United States.



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