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by Kalamalama staff


Kalamalama recently won top national and state honors for its 2006 publications. The HPU newspaper won a National First Place, for the 11th consecutive year, as well as the Best Service to the Community Award from the American Scholastic Press Association. It also won first-place honors for the fourth consecutive year in the school newspaper category at the Hawai‘i Publisher’s Association Pa‘i Awards ceremony held at the Hilton Hawaiian Village Coral Ballroom on March 27.

The national honor was awarded by the American Scholastic Press Association, which services 2,000 schools and colleges nationwide. This is the fifth time Kalamalama has won the “Best Community Service” award in the past six years, and the first time it received was for overall community coverage. In the past it has won for its coverage of alcoholism, the Sept. 11 attacks, the Hawai‘i Humane Society, and Pearl Harbor.

In 2005, Kalamalama won a national award for Outstanding Editorial Cartoon, and in 2004, it won a similar top national award for Outstanding News Photography. In past years it has won awards for Outstanding Overall Photography and “Best Investigative Reporting.” In 1999, it won “Most Outstanding College Newspaper.”

The HPU newspaper has won a National First Place award, often with Special Merit, in the American Scholastic Press top division—colleges and universities with more than 2,500 students—every year since 1997.

The state award honors the best newspaper that serves a Hawai‘i school. The judging criteria included quality and completeness of editorial coverage, design, layout, photography, and relevance to the school which it serves.

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 print journalism, advertising, marketing, photography, and graphic design. Kalamalama editor Brittany Yap, who interned last year with The Honolulu Advertiser, recently received a summer internship at The Honolulu Star-Bulletin.


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