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College news writer receives ACE Award

Terence L. Day, lead news writer in Washington State University’s College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences, will receive the ACE Professional Award on June 23 at the annual meeting of the Association for Communication Excellence.

The award is the highest recognition given by the association to one of its members. The award recognizes excellence and professionalism and is based on achievements over an extended period of time.

Day, who will retire June 30 after more than 31 years at WSU, has won numerous honors over the years, including the ACE Writing for Excellence Award and the ACE Outstanding Professional Skill Award for Writing.

He has been active in the ACE for 30 years, serving on many regional and national committees. He also has reviewed articles for the Journal of Applied Communications for the past 15 years and served two terms on the journal’s editorial board, including one year as chair.

His university career includes bylined stories published in major newspapers across the country. Some stories based on his work have been published around the world. In the wake of the eruption of Mount St. Helens on May 18, 1980, he organized and coordinated a communications effort tapping expertise among faculty in the College of Agriculture to provide advice to farmers and homeowners. Among other things, he issued periodic updates of damage estimates that were sought both by reporters and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Throughout his career, Day has been an aggressive proponent of electronic distribution of information, including development of Web products for journalists.

Day wrote the “Agricultural Stylebook and Guide for Journalists,” which journalists can access on the college news site.

He came to WSU in 1972 after 11 years as a reporter and photographer at daily newspapers in Washington, Utah and Wyoming, including the Tri-City Herald in Kennewick, Pasco and Richland.

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