PLNU wins multiple 2021 SPJ Journalism Awards

2021 Society of Professional Journalist awards

PLNU won several awards in this year's 2021 Journalism Awards from Society of Professional Journalists, San Diego Pro Chapter.

Journalism director Dean Nelson commented, "It was amazing to see our alumni receiving first prize!"

Multimedia Journalism & International Studies major Lainie Alfaro was awarded the 2021 Agnes Diggs Scholarship.

Journalism alumnus Doug Brunk won first place for the Nondaily Reporting and Writing Division - Health Story. His award winning story was "Undeterred during COVID-19, hospital chaplains transform delivery of spiritual care,MDedge Internal Medicine.

Journalism alumnus Abby Hamblin won first place for the Audio Divison - Podcast for "Hello Gen Z," created in partnership with Kristy Totten, Matthew Hall, and the The San Diego Union-Tribune's video and graphics teams. The podcast was also given the Diversity Prize. For more info,

Journalism director Dean Nelson won third place for the Daily Reporting and Writing Division — Opinion/Editorial. His award winning story was "The gift within the quarantine," San Diego Union-Tribune

Click here for the complete list of the 2021 winners.