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.”
SPJ-Hawai‘i awarded writer Stephanie
Hickey a Finalist (second place) Award for her opinion piece
the United States going to war in Iraq.
Last year, Kalamalama won two top national
awards for Outstanding News Photography. In past years it has
won awards for Outstanding
Overall Photography and Outstanding Community Service Reporting
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
and universities with more than 2,500 students—every
year since 1997. Newspapers receiving this award must score
900 out of a possible 1,000 points in such areas as content
coverage, page design, art, editing, and creativity. This year,
scored 960 points.
Kalamalama, which means “bright light,” is
published 12 times a year and serves as a working laboratory
students looking to apply their skills in journalism, advertising,
photography, and graphic design.