Background: The Hosokawa Endowment

In 2000, an endowed lectureship was established at Whitman College by David and Beverly Hosokawa, and the Hosokawa Family Foundation. Intended to be a celebration of journalistic excellence, the lectureship honors Robert R. Hosokawa, David’s father, by bringing a noted journalist to campus. The endowment also established the Hosokawa Prize to be awarded each year in recognition of outstanding achievement and excellence as demonstrated by student journalists and photojournalists of Whitman Wire. A Whitman Alumnus of Merit, Class of 1940, Robert Hosokawa was a reporter for several papers in Missouri, New York, Iowa and Minnesota. He held journalism professorships at the University of Missouri and the University of Central Florida and has been a mentor to many young journalists.

Journalism Contest


  • News – Coverage and reporting of factual events; no opinions or editorials.
  • Sports – Coverage and reporting of athletic events and competition.
  • Features/Arts and Entertainment – Profiles, lifestyle stories, event coverage and reviews.
  • Opinion/Editorial – Must appear in the Opinion section; topics can be Whitman-related or not.
  • Photograph – Any photo that appears in Whitman Wire. Photos only; no illustrations.


A $500 prize will be awarded in each of the five categories.


Entries will be reviewed by a panel of judges, one for each category. Panels include Whitman staff, faculty, alumni and professional journalists. Winners are announced and awards presented at the annual Hosokawa Awards Dinner.