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April 12, 2013
CONTACT: K.E. Schwab

Rocket earns Mark of Excellence awards

HARRISBURG, Pa. -The Rocket, Slippery Rock University's weekly student newspaper, has earned four, first place Region 4 Mark of Excellence Awards, including Best All-Around Non-Dailey Student Newspaper. Alex Mowrey, a communication major from Pittsburgh, earned three first-place awards for his photography. The MOE awards, presented by the Society of Professional Journalists, honors the best of collegiate journalism.

The Rocket competed in the "medium-size" category in the regional honors.

Mowrey's first-place awards were for:

Breaking News Photography, for "A Son Remembered";

Feature Photography, for "Country Must Be Country Wide; and

Sports Photography, "The Catch."

SPJ's Region 4 comprises Michigan, Ohio, West Virginia and parts of western Pennsylvania, including Pittsburgh.

First-place winners will move on to the national MOE competition among category winners from the 12 SPJ regions.

National winners will be notified in the late spring and will be recognized at the Excellence in Journalism 2013 conference in Southern California, Aug. 24-26.

"The Society of Professional Journalists is one of the most prestigious organizations in journalism, and The Rocket's recognition by them is indicative of the hard work done by both last year and this year's staff. The exciting thing is that all first-place winners within the region will be automatically entered into SPJ's national contest," said Mark Zeltner, associate professor of communication and adviser to the student newspaper.

Professionals with at least three years of journalism experience judge the entries.

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.