The Hope International Tribune Wins National Award

The Hope International Tribune , the student newspaper at Hope International University (HIU), placed fifth in its category at this year's Associated Collegiate Press (ACP) National College Journalism Convention (NCJC) held from March 3-6. The Hope International Tribune competed with schools from across the country and Canada as a part of ACP, which is described as “the largest and oldest national membership organization for college student media in the United States.” There were reportedly 900 attendees and over 100 schools present at the conference including Azusa Pacific, Biola, California Baptist, CSU Fullerton, Arizona State, and UCLA. 

Opinion Editor Beatrice Krause, Editor-in-Chief Stephanie Coats, and Advisor Beth Lee were all present at the award ceremony on Sunday, March 6. All three were excited to see the program’s hard work and commitment over the years reflected in this national honor. They also acknowledged that the award meant HIU and its publications program are becoming known nationwide and capable of competing with public and private institutions around the country. 

The group, joined by Copy Editor Kelly Guerrero and former Editor-in-Chief Jack Appleby, participated in workshops, critiques, and social gatherings throughout the conference.  Lee moderated and Coats served as a representative, along with three other individuals from other private schools, on a panel entitled “Reporting on a Private College.” 

Only five years ago, The Hope International Tribune was known as the Royal Decree and a handful of students were pushing hard to make the paper the best it could be. The Tribune’s national placement at ACP has served as a source of pride and affirmation to alumni of the Student Publications.

“Wow! The Tribune has come so far from when it was first published,” Mike Taylor (BA ’07), who was on the Royal Decree staff four years, said. “We always wanted the Royal Decree to be a respected, well read student newspaper. To hear that The Tribune placed fifth is such a huge honor for those who worked so hard to get it there, for both alumni and current undergraduates.”

Ashley Thompson, Kirsty Welch Henderson (BA ’08), and Sarah Reed Womer (BA ’10) were all on staff when the Royal Decree became The Hope International Tribune, affectionately referred to as HIT, and they were each thrilled to hear the exciting news.

“ I think it's long overdue!” Henderson said. “I was very blessed to work along side so many talented writers and it's finally paying off.” Thompson felt the same way. “I am not surprised to hear that [The Tribune] placed at ACP this year!” she said. “I am sure [The Tribune] will continue to improve and go on to win many more awards.” She went on to say that she hopes Student Publications continues to grow and impact the students and staff involved but also the community.

“ I think that this award is an amazing accomplishment that definitely took years of hard work to attain,” Womer said. “With the help of past and present publication staff, and of course the dedication of our mentor and guide, Beth Lee, The Tribune has grown into something we should all be very proud of. I am so honored to be called an alumni of this publication.”

In addition to Henderson, Taylor, Thompson, and Womer, the current members of the Student Publications program also want to acknowledge Michael Allen, David Anderson, Jack Appleby, Andi Wildermuth Berryman, Rio Gatdula, Beth Jenkins, Jeremy and Kelsey Navarro, JoJo Nieves, Eric Rusaw, Sarah Paulsen Smart, Syrett Torres, Corey Wilson, and many other alumni of the program who made Student Publications what it is today.

Next month members of The Hope International Tribune staff will be leading workshops at the National Scholastic Press Association (NSPA), the high school conference hosted by, an organization ACP is part of.

See the full list of winners at ACP or learn more about on NSPA.

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