CSU, Chico News

Orion Editor a Winner in National Journalism Competition

Date: 03-24-2010

Joe Wills
Public Affairs

The managing editor of The Orion, California State University, Chico’s student newspaper, will receive an expenses-paid study trip to Japan for being one of nine winners of the Roy W. Howard National Collegiate Reporting Competition.

Jennifer Siino, a junior journalism major from Fair Oaks, Calif., currently holds the top position at The Orion. She has worked for the paper since spring 2008.

The competition is sponsored by the Scripps Howard Foundation to honor the memory of Roy W. Howard, who led Scripps Howard newspapers and United Press International during a long journalism career.

The 10-day trip to Japan will include visits to Tokyo, Osaka, Kyoto and Hiroshima, where students will witness events to mark the 65th anniversary of the ending of World War II. The trip will be led by Bradley J. Hamm, dean of the journalism school at Indiana University.

The president and CEO of the Scripps Howard Foundation, Mike Philipps, said the prize responds to the need for today’s student journalists to better understand international affairs. He said that of the nearly 250,000 American students who study abroad each year, only about 10 percent select a country in Asia.

The nine competition winners were chosen for the high quality of their work, an essay about their interest in international affairs and letters of recommendations.

Other schools represented among the winners include Arizona State, Indiana University, Ithaca College, Virginia Tech and Texas A&M.

Last month, The Orion received a first place award for general excellence for the third straight year from the Associated Collegiate Press. In 2005, The Orion was inducted into the Associated Collegiate Press Hall of Fame for its record of achievements.