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Dordt adjunct wins newspaper awards

February 15, 2008

De Koster

Luke De Koster, a journalism adjunct at Dordt College, was presented with six awards in the 2008 Better Newspaper Contest Feb. 8, sponsored by the Iowa Newspaper Association (INA).

De Koster teaches basic news-writing and freshman English at Dordt, as well as serving as adviser for the Dordt student newspaper; writing for the Sioux County Index-Reporter at Hull; and substitute teaching at the Boyden-Hull School.

The awards for work published in the Index Reporter were for both first and second place in the categories of Best News Story, Best Spot News Story, and Excellence in Editorial Writing in Class I Weekly Newspapers.

A judge noted that De Koster’s editorials “are extremely well written. The writer’s voice, attitude, and opinion are very clear. The writer’s opinions are backed up and well argued. He does not shy away from handling controversial topics. Even if one does not agree with him, the columns inspire debate and are fun to read.”

De Koster told Sioux County Index editor Jeanne Visser be likes writing a weekly column, "because I can talk about the Bible as an authoritative source here … I know my audience is overwhelmingly Christian and literate about the Bible. I enjoy it because I feel like I’m talking to brothers and sisters in Christ on the same level, whether it’s culture, politics, or foreign affairs."

De Koster graduated with honors in journalism and mass communication from Iowa State University in 2000. During his years as a student he was a writer for the Daily, ISU’s student paper, and also spent a summer writing for the Cedar Rapids Gazette.

The son of John and Glenda De Koster, Hull, he returned to Hull in 2006 after living in Japan for two years and Hong Kong (the birthplace of his wife, Fiona) for four.

While living in Hong Kong, both attended graduate school, with Luke receiving a Master of Arts degree in theology and Fiona a Master of Christian Studies. The couple plans to return to Asia in 2009.

Until then, they are introducing themselves to area churches, “so they’ll get to know us and really feel like they are sending us,” said De Koster.

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