Students learn newswriting
during WWU summer session

Fourteen Western Washington University students, ranging from a first-year student trying to get a handle on college to several alumni interested in learning about the newspaper business, passed their first journalism course this summer.

The students wrote obituaries and other news stories, interviewed the director of the Western Gallery about a touring exhibit on jazz and learned what happens when "Words Collide" in a complex sentence.

Among the fine work they turned in were several profiles of Bellingham-area and Seattle people.

Profiles earning a B- or better are featured in The Sheehan World over the summer. They were written by John Bennett, Sarah Miller, Kristen O'Connor, Kari Steiner, Carrie Van Driel, Michael Walker and Melissa Warner.

Bennett profiled Bob Cummins, a legendary rower from Snohomish County.

Warner, a senior English major, wrote an outstanding profile of Alison Hitchcock, who works for the state Department of Natural Resources in Skagit County.

Walker profiled photographer and author M. Cathy Angell, whose wonderful book about women in their power was recognized in this year's Small Press Book Awards.

Van Driel talked to Bellingham artist Jody Bergsma and some of her fans.

The last time student profiles were eligible for publication, only one was published. Ryan Hooser profiled windsurfer Gene Gerner, who ran into trouble in Bellingham Bay in the spring of 1996.


The Sheehan World