Wa-Hi Journal wins award for website in regional contest

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WALLA WALLA -- Walla Walla High School's student newspaper, the Wa-Hi Journal, has placed second in a regional competition for its online site, wahijournal.org.

The Journal took second place in the 2011 Murrow High School Journalism Contest. The competition is sponsored by the Edward R. Murrow College of Communication at Washington State University. Top high school journalism from Washington, Idaho, Oregon, Montana and Alaska is recognized each year.

The school newspaper is created in the journalism class at Wa-Hi, and students are responsible for the content and design of the print and online products.

Journalism advisor Gay Buissink said students have put a focus on online first, and print second, to reflect trends in the industry. Print editions of the Journal were scaled back this year to focus on Web content.

The Journal's website launched in April of last school year after junior James Tupper-Bridges researched how to create one. The site's webmaster is Madison Nelson. Students this year began placing videos online, and are using Google documents, which can be accessed with any computer, to speed the editing process of articles.

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