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* Ebbtide staffers bring home awards

Ebbtide staffers picked up several awards at a Washington Community College Journalism ceremony this weekend.


They took first-place for Best Website, first- and second-place for Best Photo Essay, first-place for Best News Photo and second-place for Best Commentary. They also received an honorable mention for General Excellence.


The award for Best Website went to Jessica Jung, who designed and oversees the Ebbtide’s site. Judges described the site as “unique in design and easy to access.” (See it for yourself at


Sharing the spotlight with Jung were Photo Editor Sean Sherman, Editor in Chief Dan DeMay, and the entire Ebbtide staff.


Sean Sherman collected several photo awards, winning for shots of a student rally in Olympia, an All-African Club event in the PUB, a march downtown for immigration rights, and outdoor activities for spring. He also won a second-place Sweeps trophy for winning so many awards.


Judges complimented Sherman on his “great composition,” as well as his ability to capture excitement, tell a story and “portray emotion in a very subtle way.” According to the judge for Best Photo Essay, Sherman’s work “rose to the top (of the contestant pile) very quickly.”


Dan DeMay took a second-place award in the Columns and Commentary category for his opinion “Chipping away at our education.” As the paper’s editor in chief, he also picked up the General Excellence award, which was judged by a trio of journalism educators and professionals.


Said one judge: “The Ebbtide has energy and substance, covering a great mix of topics either directly or indirectly impacting campus life.” Said another: “The paper emphasizes local coverage of its community and does a fine job of it…Each issue offers an unusual variety of features, providing frequent elements of surprise. It’s a fun paper to read.”


The awards ceremony was held this year at Edmonds Community College, and featured a keynote speech by Mark Briggs, author of Journalism 2.0 and director of digital media at KING-5.

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