Founded before the turn of 20th century, The Pioneer is Whitman College’s weekly, student-run newspaper. With a circulation of over 1,200, The Pioneer serves both the Whitman College student body and its network of faculty, staff, parents and alumni as well as the local Walla Walla community.
In addition to publishing a weekly issue of the latest news, arts and sports coverage and student editorials, The Pioneer publishes several special editions, including Family Weekend, Commencement and Jack issues.
The Pioneer is entirely student-run and serves as an open forum for the student body as well as an outlet for gaining journalistic experience at a school that has no journalism program. The staff receives guidance from a Board of Advisors, a group of campus and community leaders, including Whitman College faculty and staff with journalism expertise as well as members of the Walla Walla Union-Bulletin. The Pioneer strives to maintain the highest standers of fairness, quality and journalistic integrity and is governed by a Code of Ethics, part of the full Governing Documents of The Pioneer.
The Pioneer’s website has been awarded two Online Pacemaker awards, in 2012 and 2013 and has won four national “Best of Show” honors at Associated Collegiate Press (ACP) conventions in the fall of 2009, spring of 2011, fall of 2012, spring of 2013 and fall of 2013. We have also placed for our print newspaper in spring 2012 and spring 2013.
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Read about the Whitman Pioneer elsewhere:
Whitman College Press Release – “The Pioneer receives a top honor from the Associated Collegiate Press” Dec. 2013
While most students enjoyed Family Weekend during the last few days of October, several of “The Pioneer’s” best attended the 2013 National College Media Convention held in New Orleans, La. They came home a recipient of the Pacemaker award, the highest honor presented by the Associated Collegiate Press. Read more...
Whitman College Press Release – “The Pioneer places in ‘Best of Show’ for Collegiate Press awards” Mar. 2012
Whitman College’s weekly student-run newspaper, The Pioneer, has been honored as “Best of Show” in its category of schools at the 28th Annual Associated Collegiate Press (ACP) National Journalism Convention, held in Seattle March 1-4. The Pioneer was recognized in two categories this year, ranking No. 2 for its website and No. 3 in print. This is the third time in four years that the Pioneer website has been recognized and its first award for a print edition. Read more…
Whitman College Press Release – “Pioneer website wins ‘Best of Show’ at national convention” Mar. 2011
The website of The Pioneer, Whitman College’s weekly, student-run newspaper, was once again honored as “Best of Show” in its category of schools at the 27th Annual Associated Collegiate Press (ACP) National College Journalism Convention, held in Hollywood, Calif., March 3-6. Read more…
Walla Walla Union Bulletin – “Whitman College student paper wins national award for Web site” Mar. 2009
The Whitman College student newspaper, The Pioneer, took top honors at a recent college newspaper competition. Read more…
Whitman College Magazine – “Medica gift supports online newspaper and visiting journalists” Oct. 2008
When they aren’t making the world safer for cats, dogs and horses, and easier for computer users, Megan Salzman Medica ’81 and John Medica devote a good portion of their energy and resources to Whitman’s debate program, and more recently, its student newspaper, the Pioneer. Read more…
Whitman College Press Release – “Noted journalist, ethicist Jerry Roberts to discuss the media and the First Amendment” Oct. 2008
Roberts, the first speaker in the newly created Whitman Pioneer Medica Visiting Journalist Series, will speak about “The First Amendment and the News Media Revolution” at 7 p.m. in Maxey Auditorium. The lecture is free and is open to the Whitman and Walla Walla communities. Read more…