The Wood Word

The Wood Word is Marywood University’s award-winning student-run online news source. The 20+ student interdisciplinary staff is comprised of students from a variety of majors, including Communication Arts, Art, and English. Students publish campus news daily on thewoodword.org. The award-winning website is filled with the latest news around campus, along with commentary, features and events. Working at The Wood Word helps students advance skills in:

  • research, writing, reporting, and editing
  • photography and multimedia
  • graphic design
  • ethical behavior
  • critical thinking
  • advertising sales
  • fundraising
  • meeting deadlines
  • working as part of a team

Students who work for The Wood Word will graduate with published clips that can enhance their portfolio and help them land their first internship or journalism job.


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Honors & Awards

2017 Society for Collegiate Journalist National Contest Awards

The nine First Place awards included ones for Online News Website Overall Excellence for the student-run online news organization, thewoodword.org.  The Wood Word’s editorial board placed first for its editorial titled “Our Opinion: Faculty cuts contradict core values.

Students also picked up individual awards:

2017 SCJ Award Winners! Standing L to R: Katlynn Whitaker, Bethany Wade, Jessica Bonacci, and Alex Weidner. Seated L to R: Kyle Clouse, Anne Zukowski, Haley O’Brien, and Rachel Looker. Absent from photo: John Ferarro and Connor Moffitt

To learn more about the 2017 SCJ awards, check out the following press:

2016 Society for Collegiate Journalist National Contest Awards

Rachel Looker (’17), Editor in Chief of The Wood Word, was named SCJ’s 2016 Student Journalist of the Year!

2015 Society for Collegiate Journalist National Contest Awards

2015 Chapter with the McDonald Chapter of the Year award!

To learn more about the 2015 SCJ awards, check out the following press:

2014 Society for Collegiate Journalist National Contest Awards

To learn more about the 2014 SCJ awards, check out the following press:

2014 American Scholastic Press Association Scholastic Newspaper Awards

2013 Society for Collegiate Journalists National Contest Awards

  • Second Place: Companion Newspaper Website Overall Excellence for thewoodword.org
  • Second Place: Editorial (Staff Editorial) for “Marywood students deserve transparency
  • Honorable Mention: Overall Newspaper Excellence
  • Student Journalist of the Year: Elysabethe Brown (’14) named as finalist
  • SCJ Outstanding New Adviser: Lindsey Wotanis, Ph.D.

2013 American Scholastic Press Association Scholastic Newspaper Awards

  • First place designation, College/Universities with 2501+ enrollment category

2012 Society for Collegiate Journalists National Contest Awards

  • First Place: Companion Newspaper Website Overall Excellence (thewoodword.org)
  • Second Place: Sports Feature, Shane Ostroski, (’13)
  • Third Place: Feature Page Design, Jeremy Barket, (’13)

2017/2018 Leadership:

Rachel Looker (’17) Editor-in-Chief

Alex Weinder (’18) Managing Editor

Faculty Advisers:

Lindsey Wotanis, Ph.D.

Paul Sevensky, M.A.

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