Windward Community College’s student newspaper, Ka ʻOhana (the family), has garnered another first place national award from the American Scholastic Press Association. The newspaper has ranked among the top winners in the ASPA competition for the past 19 years.
Ka ʻOhana scored 930 out of 1,000 possible points for the first place category and was recognized by the judges as “an excellent school newspaper, which shows the creativity and journalistic knowledge of your staff.” The competition recognizes excellence and provides feedback in content, page design, general plan, art, editing and creativity.
Ka ʻOhana is produced by students in Windward CC’s newspaper lab and news writing courses. The classes provide hands-on training in the news gathering process—from writing articles to graphic design, photography and website management.
Ka ʻOhana has also served as a springboard to the state’s coveted and highly competitive Society of Professional Journalists summer internships. For 2012 and 2013, two Windward CC student journalists were among an elite group of interns selected, mostly from four-year colleges and universities.
“I’m so proud of our Ka ʻOhana editors and staff,” said advisor Libby Young. “We try to uphold the highest standards of good journalism—to promote awareness and issues and to share stories that can inspire everyone on campus.”