When Spokane Falls Community College remade its journalism program in 2009, educators and students created an award-winning online publication to go along with its print edition.
The student-run Communicator Online and the Communicator have been recognized with numerous awards this year, including three awards from the Associated Collegiate Press and two from the Society of Professional Journalists.
The website was one of 20 in the division of colleges with enrollment under 10,000 that won the ACP Pacemaker award based on “design, ease of navigation, writing and editing, graphics and interactivity,” according to college spokeswoman Jocelyn Stott. The newspaper placed fourth in Best of Show for two-year colleges and audio podcast, among all schools, officials said.
The SPJ awarded the Communicator Online first place for best newspaper- affiliated website, and the print edition received second place for best nondaily newspaper at a two-year college in the region: Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana and Alaska.