Danielle Witten, adviser to the Pepperbox at Arcata High School in Humboldt County, received the Nick Ferentinos Award for Advising Excellence last week at Humboldt State University, Lost Coast Outpost reports.

Danielle Witten
Danielle Witten (Photo by Freddy Brewster)

“The students learn an enormous amount about power and democracy by being student journalists,” said Witten, who has been adviser at Arcata High since 2008. “They learn best by doing and creating and [the Pepperbox] is very much theirs. What makes the Pepperbox so great is that it is made by and for students.”

California Journalism and Media Affiliates issued the award, which is funded by the California Press Foundation.

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