Trevecca Nazarene University

Trevecca’s student editor “best newspaper reporter” of Tennessee universities

When the Tennessee AP Broadcasters and Tennessee APME Best of College awards were announced on Saturday, March 22, Tyler Whetstone, editor of Trevecca’s student newspaper TrevEchoes, was a winner. At this annual award ceremony, which recognizes “Tennessee student journalists for outstanding performance in college journalism,” Whetstone walked away with two honors.

Whetstone won the category for Best Newspaper Reporter, and at the end of the event, the Tennessee AP organization announced "surprise awards" for five college journalists whom the organization considered “best in show,” based on all articles submitted to the contest. Tyler was one of the five “best in show” reporters. The AP gave each of the five a $100 check.

“Saturday’s Tennessee AP event was a great day for Trevecca’s students to see how Trevecca’s Journalism Program stacks up against other schools in the state. Tyler has not been afraid to cover important and sometimes complicated campus stories. He is an effective reporter, and this award recognized several of the stories he has written in the past year,” said JoEllen Werking Weedman, Trevecca journalism instructor. 

Tyler, a native of Murfreesboro, Tenn., will graduate from Trevecca on May 3. He will move to Jackson, Tenn., after graduation to become the government beat reporter for The Jackson Sun.