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Kalamalama wins two national, top local awards: HPU newspaper ranks in nation’s top college newspapers

by Kalamalama staff


For the eighth straight year, Kalamalama, the HPU newspaper, received a top national award and a national First Place with Special Merit award that placed it among the top six college newspapers in the nation, overall. And this year it also received the top regional award for Best College Newspaper from the Hawai‘i Publishers Association. This is the first year the category was available.

The two national awards were given by the American Scholastic Press Association, which services 2,000 schools and colleges nationwide. Kalamalama won the “Outstanding Community Service” award for the fourth time in five years for Cari Aguilar’s series on alcoholism.

The judges again called Kalamalama a window into the the university that has “succeeded in showcasing the best your students have to offer.”

Last year, Kalamalama won two a top national award for Outstanding News Photography. In past years it has won awards for Outstanding Overall Photography and Outstanding Community Service Reporting awards for its coverage of the Sept. 11 attacks, the Hawai‘i Humane Society, and Pearl Harbor.

Kalamalama won national awards for “Best Investigative Reporting” in 1997, and in 1999 it won “Most Outstanding College Newspaper.”

The HPU newspaper has won a National First Place with Special merit award in the American Scholastic Press top division—colleges and universities with more than 2,500 students—every year since 1997. Newspapers receiving this award must score more than 900 out of a possible 1,000 points in such areas as content coverage, page design, art, editing, and creativity. This year, Kalamalama scored 960 points.

Kalamalama, which means “bright light,” is published 12 times a year and serves as a working laboratory for HPU students looking to apply their skills in journalism, advertising, marketing, photography, and graphic design.


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