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April 9, 2012
CONTACT: K.E. Schwab

SRU’s student newspaper earns 17 journalism awards

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – The Rocket, Slippery Rock University’s weekly student newspaper, won 12 Society of Collegiate Journalists awards, three Keystone awards for outstanding journalism from the Pennsylvania Newspaper Association and two top awards from the American Scholastic Press Association.

The 2012 awards, all presented to SRU communication majors, were announced over the weekend.

The ASPA awards included:

·         First place with special merit, the ASPA’s highest award, for earning 970 points out of 1,000, and

·         A special category award for outstanding sports coverage for The Rocket’s 2011-12 special section covering the men's and women's basketball preview.

Keystones, which are available to every student newspaper published at a four-year higher education institution in Pennsylvania, went to:  

·         Alexis Kovski from Slippery Rock and Alex Mowrey from Pittsburgh, who earned first place honors for their photo story “Rock Around The World”;

·         Courtney Nickle from Butler, who earned second place for her “Driving” layout and design of the newspaper’s editorial page;

·         Liana Pittman from Newburg, who earned second place in the cartoon/graphic illustration category for her “Our View” illustrations.

Awards from the Society of Collegiate Journalists went to:

·         Andy Treese from East Springfield, who earned first place in the feature page design and content and in the features (excluding sports) category;

·         Kovski, who earned first place and second place in the photo essay category;

·         Nickle, who earned first place in the breaking or hard news category and a third place in the front page design and content category;

·         Tim Durr from Beaver Falls, who earned first place in the sports page design and content category and third place in the sports features category;

·         Will Deshong from Falls Creek, who earned second place in the breaking or hard news category;

·         Mowrey, who earned honorable mention in the sports photography category; and

·         The Rocket newspaper took third place in the companion newspaper website overall excellence category for its online edition and earned an honor mention in the newspaper overall excellence (weekly or less) category.

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

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.