WALLA WALLA, Wash. -- Three writers and two photographers are the latest recipients of the Robert R. Hosokawa Awards for Journalism Excellence at Whitman College.

The Hosokawa awards program is open to Whitman students whose writing or photographs appear in the Pioneer, the campus newspaper. A cash prize of $500 is given in each of four categories.

As selected by a committee of faculty, staff and students, Hosokawa awards for the 2001-02 academic year were given to students in the following categories:

Opinions/Editorials: Senior Kelan Lowney, assistant editor, for an April 11 editorial, titled "What's the point of law?," in which he urged revision of Whitman's disciplinary policy.

News/Sports: Senior Eric Pfeifer, a contributing writer, for a January 31 article, titled "There is something in the water," on a meeting of people and groups concerned with the health of the Walla Walla watershed.

Features: Senior Joe Young, a contributing writer, for an October 11 story, titled "Walla Walla looks good in drag: an afternoon at Bonanza Raceways," on his visit to a local drag racing strip.

Photo Journalism: Senior Steve Unckles and sophomore Alden Ford, humor page editors, for three photos that showed the same African-American student appearing multiple times in each photo, and that accompanied an October 11 tongue-in-cheek article titled "Whitman a rich tapestry of diversity."

The Hosokawa awards program, now in its third year, honors Robert R. Hosokawa, a 1940 Whitman graduate who later enjoyed a long career in journalism, corporate communications, and education. After graduating from Whitman with honors in English, Hosokawa was considering law school when he and other Japanese-Americans were forced into internment camps at the start of World War II. He and his wife were allowed to leave their internment camp in Idaho after one of his former Whitman professors found him a job with a weekly newspaper in Independence, Missouri.

Hosokawa is now retired and living in Florida. His son, David Hosokawa, created the endowment that finances the annual journalism awards. The endowment also is used to bring distinguished journalists to campus for lectures and workshops.

The latest Hosokawa awards were announced April 29 at a dinner hosted by Whitman President Tom Cronin. The guest of honor at the dinner was Richard Berke, who reports on national politics for the New York Times. Later that evening, Berke gave a public lecture on "Bush, the Democrats and the Politics of 2002."