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Ka ‘Ohana student newspaper wins national journalism award


KaOhana staffThe Windward Community College 2014 newspaper staff (from left): Grant Kono, JP Spencer, Charissa Wittig, editor in chief Kelly Montgomery, advisor Libby Young, Patrick Hascall, Jessica Crawford, Yvonne Hopkins, Creighton Gorai and John Bascuk. (Not pictured: Ashley Shankles)

Congratulations to Windward Community College’s student newspaper, Ka ‘Ohana (the family), garnering 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 ‘Ohana 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 provides recognition for excellence and feedback to the newspaper staff on strengths and areas to improve in content, page design, general plan, art, editing and creativity.
Ka ‘Ohana is produced by students in WCC’s newspaper lab and news writing courses. The classes provide hands-on training in the wholistic news gathering process—from writing articles to graphic design, photography and website management.
Ka ‘Ohana 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 WCC student journalists were among an elite group of interns selected, mostly from four-year colleges and universities.
“I’m so proud of our Ka ‘Ohana editors and staff,” said advisor Libby Young. “We try to uphold the highest standards of good journalism—to promote awareness of issues and to share stories that can inspire everyone on campus.”

Noted Ka ‘Ohana alumni include Brooks Baehr, KITV managing editor, Jenn Boneza, Time Warner Oceanic Cable host of “Outside Hawaii” and “Hawaiian Xtreme Sports," Leila Fujimori, Star Advertiser reporter, and many more talented people in the news and communications fields in Hawaii.

For more information about the Journalism program at Windward Community College,
contact Journalism Professor Libby Young at 235-7396 or







page last updated: July 28, 2014

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