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March 8, 2013
CONTACT: K.E. Schwab

SRU student newspaper wins Pa. News Media awards

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - The Rocket, Slippery Rock University's weekly student newspaper, has earned five awards, including a first place award for feature photo, from the Pennsylvania News Media Association.

The 2013 Student Keystone Press Award winners were announced earlier this week.

Individuals receiving honors are: Alex Mowrey, a communication major from San Diego, Calif., who took first place in the feature photo category for his "Finally Famous" photo depicting rapper Big Sean in concert at SRU; second place for his "A Year in Rock Athletics" in the photo story category; and honorable mention for his "A son remembered" photo in the news photo category. The photo depicted Todd and Danika Durand mourning the loss of their son Derek.

Will Deshong, a communication major from Ridgeway, who serves as editor-in-chief of the newspaper received an honorable mention for his "Sum 41s Anniversary Tour" story; and

James Intile, an information technology major from Slippery Rock, received honorable mention for operation of the newspaper's website.

Mark Zeltner, associate professor of communication, is the newspaper's adviser.

"The entire Rocket staff has demonstrated an incredible dedication to making The Rocket and The Online Rocket website creative and effective news providers. The Keystone Awards indicate that journalism professionals in Pennsylvania recognize and acknowledge their hard work," Zeltner said.

"Congratulations to the students, the entire Rocket staff, and to Dr. Zeltner, for your dedication and leadership. The Rocket remains one of the outstanding college newspapers in the state and clearly the best in PASSHE," said Thomas Flynn, professor of communication and chair of the SRU communication department.

Slippery Rock University is Pennsylvania's premier public residential university. Slippery Rock University provides students with a comprehensive learning experience that intentionally combines academic instruction with enhanced educational and learning opportunities that make a positive difference in their lives.