Tyler Whetstone, a senior journalism major at Trevecca Nazarene University and the editor-in-chief of Trevecca’s student newspaper, the TrevEchoes, has been named one of three finalists in the Best College Newspaper Reporter of the Year category of the Tennessee Associated Press Media Editors College Contest.
Whetstone, from Murfreesboro, Tenn., was nominated by Trevecca journalism instructor JoEllen Werking Weedman, who submitted articles Whetstone had written for publication in the TrevEchoes.
“This honor is a huge one for Tyler and the journalism program at Trevecca because the contest includes all colleges in the state, public and private. Tyler and his work for the TrevEchoes is being recognized alongside some of the state's biggest and most prestigious journalism programs and campus newspapers,” explains Weedman.
Whetstone’s interest in journalism began when he was in 7th or 8th grade, he says. He served on the newspaper staff at Blackman High School in Murfreesboro, Tenn., during all four years of high school. In his senior year, he was co-editor. At Trevecca, he has been editor-in-chief for two years.
He spent the second semester of his sophomore year as a student in the Washington Journalism Center, in Washington, D. C. This center, operated by the Council of Christian Colleges and Universities, gives students advanced training in journalism and experience working with news organizations in the nation’s capital.
During his time at the Washington Journalism Center, Whetstone was an intern at The Daily Caller, an online-only news source. “The whole experience of living in Washington, only eight blocks from the Capitol, gave me many learning opportunities; I was able to interview important people, and I attended a press conference in the White House rose garden,” says Whetstone.
In addition to his editorial work at Trevecca, Whetstone has freelanced for these Tennessee publications: The Tennessean, the Murfreesboro Daily News Journal, the Gallatin News, and the Hendersonville Standard.
The award for Best College Newspaper Reporter of the Year will be presented on March 22 at the Tennessee AP College Broadcasters and Media Editors College and Career Day at The First Amendment Center at Vanderbilt University.