Kwantlen journalism student receives prestigious Webster Award

Sun, Nov 25, 2012


Hayley Woodin
Kwantlen Polytechnic University student Hayley Woodin

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November 26, 2012

Kwantlen journalism student receives prestigious Webster Award

(Metro Vancouver, BC) – Kwantlen Polytechnic University journalism student Hayley Woodin was honoured with a Jack Webster Student Journalism Award earlier this month at the Hyatt Regency hotel in Vancouver. The fourth year student was one of five BC students to receive this prestigious award and one of three students to receive a $2000 scholarship towards her tuition.  

“I have attended the Webster Awards ceremony almost every year since I started at Kwantlen, but being honoured at them alongside such talented students and accomplished journalists is quite humbling,” said Woodin. “This award and scholarship mean a lot to me both personally and professionally. Such recognition re-affirms my desire to pursue my goals, and to do so with more passion, enthusiasm and effort.”

Woodin will be interning at CTV before leaving to study international journalism in England in January 2013. Her ultimate career goal is to work in broadcast television as a foreign correspondent, covering global conflict. Woodin is also a member of Kwantlen’s President’s Ambassadorial Team that is made up of 15-20 students who not only excel academically, but who believe strongly in community involvement. The team works out of the Office of the President to promote education at internal and external events, and to volunteer with local organizations for the betterment of the community.

KPU’s bachelor of journalism program consists of 120 credits of coursework focusing on journalism and communication studies. By diving into course material, students are exposed to many aspects of multimedia storytelling and different types of journalism. Students also learn valuable transferable skills that can be put to use in many fields including, working in deadline-driven environments and journalistic research skills for professional settings. For more information visit: 

The Webster Awards were created to recognize Jack Webster and his legacy of insightful, accurate and uncompromising reporting from his more than 40 years of print, radio and television journalism.

Kwantlen Polytechnic University has been serving the Metro Vancouver region for 30 years, and has opened doors to success for more than 250,000 people. Four campuses—Richmond, Surrey, Cloverdale and Langley—offer a comprehensive range of sought-after programs, including business, liberal arts and science, design, health, trades and technology, apprenticeships, horticulture, and academic and career advancement. Over 18,000 students annually have a choice from over 200 programs, including bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees, diplomas, certificates and citations. Please visit


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