Journalism at Peninsula College

Prepare for your future in the evolving field of communications through the hands-on experiences of Peninsula College’s Journalism program.  Or, prepare yourself for a number of careers where you need effective communication and research skills. 

In our program, you’ll learn about and work with current technologies, including cross-platform news and feature reporting via print and digital/social media, such as Facebook, Twitter, blogging, and more from experienced instructors. You’ll have the opportunity to work on an award-winning student newspaper, The Buccaneer. Our students at times attend national conferences in New York City, Seattle and across the West Coast. Locally, we look to professionals at KONP Radio, the Peninsula Daily News, The Seattle Times, The Oregonian, MediaStorm, KUOW and KPLU.FM, and the Willamette Week to learn about trends in global publication.

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Journalism Emphasis, Associate in Arts Direct Transfer Agreement (AA-DTA)

Webster Scholarship for Journalism Students

As a Journalism student, you may be eligible for up to $4500 each academic year. In addition, if you are the editor or hold another key position for the Buccaneer, you could be eligible for another stipend!

Find out more and apply:  The Webster Scholarship unlike any other!


Award Winners and Honors at student news service of The Buccaneer 

Peninsula College is proud of its co-curricular teams who strive for academic excellence, intellectual rigor and equity of opportunity across America and the world. The following is an abbreviated list of the awards and honors received by the staff of the student newspaper and website The Buccaneer and its social media outreach. Partner with !

Columbia Scholastic Association CSA
Pacific Northwest Association of Journalism Educators PNAJE
Society of Professional Journalists SPJ and its Mark of Excellence MOE
Washington Community College Journalism Association WCCJA

Society of Professional Journalists 
SPJ2019 – PNAJE, Saki Kambe, General News honorable mention 

2018 – PNAJE, Maddie Hunt, Feature Photo; Brenna Sinding, News Photo; Brenna Sinding, Feature photo; Maddie Hunt, Feature photo(2); Abigail Vidals, Ryan Fournier, Photo essay; Ryan Fournier, Sports News; Ryan Fournier, Comprehensive coverage; MOE SPJ, Brenna Sinding, National Winner, Breaking News Photography;MOE, Maddie Hunt, Zach Wakefield, Channa Messina, General News; MOE, Sarah Baker, Liz Wasson, In-depth Reporting Winner Region 10PNAJE, Halle Nottage, Saki Kambe, Features Photo essay 

2017 – PNAJE, Sarah Baker, Sports News; Terry Binado, Photo Essay; Sarah Baker Reviews; Ivan Sitohang, Mike Drake, Photo Essays;

2016 – PNAJE, Eric Trent, Sports Feature, Eric Trent, Sports News; Eric Trent, Headlines;MOE- SPJ, Christian Forde, Annie Robertson, Cartoons; Chris Urquia, MOE, Feature Photography; MOE, Judah Breitbach and Giovanni Reverso, General News 

2015 – PNAJE: Darcy Owens, Photography 

2013 – Sarah Lindquist, Mark of Excellence SPJ, MOE National Cartoon

2009 – ASPA 1st, The Buccaneer newspaper; WCCJA, Marcus Como, News photo 

2008 – WCCJA: Mallory York Cartoons; Lynn Edgington, photo essay; Staff, General Excellence; Anita York, News; Mallory York, page design; Staff, headlines 

2007 – WCCJA: Shelly Zorne, commentary; Shelly Zorne, Amelia Robertson- General Excellence; Leah Gould, Sports; Quinton Chastain, Headlines; Mark Erb, photo essay 

2006 – Annie Bragg – SPJ 

2005 – Tresa Mason – Columbia University- Review 

2004 – Mark of Excellence- SPJ 

2003 – Mark of Excellence-staff SPJ,Mary Cameron McCormick- Gold Circle Awards – Columbia UniversityFeature photography portfolio  

2002 – Karen Rodriguez SPJ editorials Justin Martens, Josh Corey, Mary Cameron McCormick – Feature PhotoMark of Excellence- SPJ 

2000 – General Excellence SPJ