News Releases

March 19 , 2013
For Immediate Release
For additional information: 
Jennifer Kirby
Clark College Communications and Marketing

Telephone: 360-992-2219


Clark College student newspaper wins national award

Members of the Independent

Members of the Independent captured a Best of Show award
at the 29th annual Associated College Press conference

held in San Francisco this month

VANCOUVER, Wash. – Members of the staff of the Independent, Clark College’s award-winning news operation, returned from San Francisco earlier this month with another award to their name and plenty of new insights and ideas about producing good journalism in a rapidly evolving media landscape.

Eleven student journalists and their adviser attended the 29th annual Associated College Press conference Feb. 28-March 3, where they won a seventh-place “Best of Show” award among community colleges. They also attended more than 60 workshops on topics that included ethics, multimedia-news production, investigative reporting, social media and newsroom management.

News staffs from more than 100 colleges and universities—both two- and four-year—from throughout the United States attended, said adviser Dee Anne Finken. The conference took place at the Westin Market Street.

Finken said she was pleased that the students won recognition from among so many schools from throughout the country. Since 2010, the Independent has won more than 40 statewide awards.

Independent editor-in-chief Kyle Yasumiishi also said the trip was highly productive for his staff.

“Clark College offers students many resources to help them succeed in school and the workplace,” Yasumiishi said. “However, the field of journalism is rapidly changing and attending a conference like this is valuable because it keeps student journalists up-to-date about emerging jobs and opportunities that didn't exist 10 years ago and how to prepare for them. … The key lesson I took away from the conference is to embrace the push to digital storytelling and multimedia journalism. Since nobody has yet developed a profitable model that will completely replace newspapers, college journalists have a golden opportunity to try new ways of delivering the news.”

The Independent is produced both as a biweekly paper tabloid and as a regularly updated website ( with videos, photos, and interactive polls.