Student newspaper wins international Gold Crown Award

By Steve Nakata, Administrative Services

evergreen-logoPULLMAN, Wash. – Washington State University’s student newspaper, The Daily Evergreen, won a Gold Crown Award from the Columbia Scholastic Press Association, the international student press group’s highest honor awarded to a student publication.

“The Daily Evergreen turned 120 years old this month – talk about a great way to celebrate,” said Candace Baltz, director of WSU Student Media.

The Daily Evergreen was one of two winners selected from 1,203 digital and print college newspapers, yearbooks and magazines “in recognition of the writing, editing, design and production of a superlative student publication through cooperative efforts of students, faculty and administrators.”

The award, determined from multiple editions, is based on work from the 2013-14 school year. The Daily Evergreen is also the Best All-Around Daily Student Newspaper in the Pacific Northwest, according to the Society of Professional Journalists.

“It’s nice to be recognized in a big way for the hundreds of hours you pour into this product,” said Calley Hair, spring 2014 editor-in-chief and fall 2013 managing editor. “To see that recognized not just in our community but on a national level is pretty rewarding.”

“Some of the work I’ve participated in at The Daily Evergreen is work you would only expect to see in a professional market. That says a lot,” said Dominique Wald, opinion editor from spring 2014 and a reporter and desk editor for The Moscow (Idaho)-Pullman Daily News.

Students with their award in New York.

Seven student members of The Daily Evergreen staff accepted the award March 13 at the association’s annual conference in New York City.

The Daily Evergreen, with a staff of 172 students from many majors, is located within the Office of Student Media, a unit of the WSU Division of Student Affairs.

“One of the most rewarding parts of what we do is helping students go from zero to 60 to develop the communication, critical thinking, collaboration, problem-solving, time- and stress-management skills to be successful – not just in student media, but in the classroom and the world,” said Baltz.

Loyola University in New Orleans also received a Gold Crown Award.


Candace Baltz, WSU Office of Student Media, 509-335-5138,
Steve Nakata, WSU Administrative Services communications, 509-335-1774,