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April 11, 2014
CONTACT: K.E. Schwab

SRU's student newspaper earns 27 Society for Collegiate Journalism awards

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - The Rocket, Slippery Rock University's weekly student newspaper, has scored 27 honors from the Society for Collegiate Journalists as part of the society's annual contest recognizing excellence in collegiate journalism for 2014.

The newspaper, operated as a student organization on campus, captured eight first-place awards overall. The paper earned honorable mention in the Newspaper Overall Excellence Category and in the Companion Newspaper Website Overall Excellence Category for its entry.

Alex Mowrey, a communication major from San Diego, Calif., who serves as the newspaper's photo editor, won four of the newspaper's eight first-place honors, and six other awards.

He took top honors in the News Photography Category for "Head coach comforts"; in the Feature Photography Category for "Thompson Square" concert coverage; in the Graphic Illustration Category for his "Pizza" illustration; and in the Multimedia Sports Story Category for "Men's soccer vs. Millersville" coverage.

Mowrey earned second-place honors for his "Homecoming 2013"; third place for his "Men's soccer vs. Millersville"; and honorable mention for his "SRU loses to Pitt," all in the Photo Sideshow Category. He took third place in the Feature Photography Category for his "Rocky races with passion coverage" and third in the Photo Essay Category for his "Legends of The Rock" photos and in the Photo Slideshow Category for "Rock Soccer vs. Millersville" photo; and an honorable mention in the Sports Photography Category for "Brennan consoles junior midfielder" photo.

A first-place award in the Editorial Page Design Category went to Catie Clark, a communication major from Brookville, for "Spring Registration." Kristin Karam, a journalism major from Butler, earned a first-lace in the Sports Features Category for "NFL players shine light on LGBT issues in athletics." Karleigh Santry, a communication major from Girard, earned a first-place in the Advertising Portfolio Category; and Jonathan Janasik, an English major from Mechanicsburg who is the newspaper's news editor, earned a first-place for "Slippery Rock landlord's death splits town, borough council" in the News Stories Category.

Second place awards went to Rebecca Dietrich, a communication major from Pittsburgh, for "Lost in Stereo," in the Photo Essay Category; and in the Editorial Cartoons Category for "Restroom."

Third place awards were presented to:

•Rebecca Marcucci, a communication major from West Middlesex, for "Charged, convicted, innocent" in the Features Category;

•Kevin Squires, a biology major from West Mifflin, for "SRU Budget" in the Multi-Story Journalism Category;

•Janasik for "Audit finds discrepancies" in the Breaking or Hard News Category, and "Spaghetti Kat" in the Cartoon Strips and Panels Category;

•Madeline Williams, a communication major from West Middlesex, for her "Getting Ripped" coverage in the Sports Features Category;

•Alyssa Cirincione, a communication major from New Kensington, and Williams, for their "Steo Donnelly interview in the Multimedia Sports Story Category;

•Santry, for "Spring Registration" in the Editorial Cartoons Category; and

•Deitrich for "Legends of the Rock" in the Photo Essay Category.

An honorable mention was given to Dietrich for "Seasons of giving bring joy," in the Feature Photography Category.

"To win 27 Society for Collegiate Journalists Awards in one year is outstanding," said Mark Zeltner, associate professor of communication and the newspaper's adviser. "Our staff has put in long hours and hard work. It has clearly paid off with both the experience and the awards. It is clear that journalism is alive and well at SRU."

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.