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The Hosokawa Journalism Endowment

The Robert R. 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. 

2024 Hosokawa 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/Illustration – Any photo or illustration that appears in Whitman Wire.


A $500 prize is awarded annually in each of the five categories.


Each category of entries will be reviewed by a panel of judges, including Whitman staff, faculty, alumni and professional journalists. Winners are announced and awards presented at the annual Hosokawa Awards Dinner.


Any content that is published in the Whitman Wire during the 2023 calendar year is eligible for for the 2024 Hosokawa Awards. The 2024 Hosokawa Contest submission form will remain open until Monday, March 25, 2024. 

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