Independent student newspaper serving SRU recognized with quartet of awards


Slippery Rock University's award=winning student newspaper The Rocket

April 8, 2016

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - The Rocket, the independent, student newspaper serving Slippery Rock University, has captured four Region 4 "Mark of Excellence" from the Society of Professional Journalists.

The MOE Awards honor the best of collegiate journalism from a calendar year. Award divisions are based on student enrollment, which includes both graduate and undergraduate enrollment: large schools have at least 10,000 students and small schools have 9,999 or fewer students.

The Rocket won three awards for photography and one for its website.

SPJ's Region 4 is comprised of Western Pennsylvania, Michigan, Ohio and West Virginia.

First-place winners will move on to the national MOE competition among category winners from the 12 SPJ regions with national winners announced notified in late spring.

Awards were presented to The Rocket in the following categories:

  • Breaking news photography (Small); Winner: "LGBT issues addressed on campus," by Rebecca Dietrich.
  • Feature photography (Small); Finalist: "UPB welcomes back students," by Rebecca Dietrich.
  • Sports photography (Small); Finalist: "Women's soccer climbs PSAC standings with win," by Kendall Scott.
  • Best affiliated website (Large or small); Finalist: The Online Rocket.

Professionals with at least three years of journalism experience served as judges.

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