Student Journalism Contest Accepting Entries

By Samantha Saxby|March 9, 2015Archive, News, Southeast, Swan Island, Sylvania|

Portland Community College [All Campuses] — The Pacific Northwest Association of Journalism Educators is announcing its first annual student journalism contest, open to community college publications – print and/or on-line – in Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Montana. This is a regional contest designed exclusively for community colleges (even if we’ve dropped “community” from our name).

Last fall, at its annual meeting, PNAJE agreed to absorb the WCCJA (Washington Community College Journalism Association) contest, which had operated for seven years, in order to extend it from a state-centric to a regional community college contest.

We’ve also dropped the annual awards luncheon. Awards, in the form of certificates and trophies, will be mailed directly to the winners’ newsroom or adviser.

Entry fee is $5 per individual entry and $10 for general excellence. Please read the contest rules and directions carefully to avoid potential disqualification of entries. For this, our first year, membership in PNAJE is not required to enter the contest.

We hope you enter and make this contest an ongoing success. Entries need to be postmarked by March 30.

If you have any questions or would like a copy of the eligibility and rules, please do not hesitate to email  Michael Parks at Pierce College in Fort Steilacoom (how’s that for a cool name?) ( or call (253-964-6513).


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About Samantha Saxby

Former Cascade Campus Editor (2014-2015), I grew up on the east coast, mainly the St. Petersburg/Clearwater, FL region, and was afforded many opportunities to write and hone my craft. I knew I wanted to be a writer at a young age, and was fortunate enough to have several mentors along the way. In grade school I placed in a few statewide creative writing competitions and attended writing camps and seminars at the Poynter Institute. While attending Osceola Fundamental High School was published in our literary magazine, The Oracle, and mentored incoming freshman. After graduation I began doing freelance work for the Tampa Bay Times, covering topics ranging from music and art shows to up and coming local businesses of interest in the area. I moved to Portland in 2012 and eagerly began working towards my AAOT, here, at Portland Community College. I am over the moon about this new venture as editor of The Bridge at Cascade Campus -- I look forward to working with anyone and everyone interested in writing appealing articles.