The Rocket captures 23 SCJ awards

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April 18, 2016

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - The Rocket, the independent, student newspaper serving Slippery Rock University, has captured first place in overall newspaper excellence (for publications published weekly or less) from the Society for Collegiate Journalists.

The Rocket also earned third-place honors for its companion website, www.theonlinerocket.com.

The awards are part of SCJ's 2015-16 annual contest recognizing excellence in collegiate journalism.

In addition to the two newspaper awards, Rocket staffers won 21 awards for individual excellence, including:

  • News photo: First place, "LGBT issues addressed on campus" by Rebecca Dietrich;
  • Feature photo: Second place, "UPB welcomes back students," by Rebecca Dietrich;
  • Sports photo: First place, "Strong first half ensures round one win for Rock football," by Kendall Scott;
  • Editorial cartoon: Third place, "Uber gives students more options," by Kendall Scott;
  • Graphic illustration: Second place, "Slippery Rock ranks as 11th safest college town," by Karleigh Santry;
  • Individual multi-media sports story: First place, "Rock hosts 2015 Professional Disc Golf Championship," by Cody Nespor;
  • Individual multi-media sports story: Second place: "New women's soccer coach focuses on team morale," by Emily Brown;
  • Photo slideshow: First place, "PDGA Pro Worlds Disc Golf Championship," by Rebecca Dietrich;
  • Photo slideshow: Second place, "Day of the Dead," by Rebecca Dietrich;
  • News stories: First place, "Four men, including two SRU football players, in police custody," by Ryan Barlow and Haley Barnes;
  • Staff editorials: Honorable mention, "Representing heritage should never inspire hate," by Rocket staff;
  • Breaking or hard news: Third place, "Four men, including two SRU football players, in police custody," by Ryan Barlow and Haley Barnes;
  • Features: Third place, "SRU's longest serving professor decides to retire after 63 and a half years of teaching," by Amber Cannon;
  • Front page design: First place, "Basketball Special Section" by Karleigh Santry;
  • Editorial page design: Second place, edition of August 28, 2015 by Janelle Wilson;
  • Editorial page design: Third place, edition of March 20, 2015 by Kevin Squires;
  • Sports page design: First place, "Basketball Special Section," by Karleigh Santry;
  • Feature page design: First place, "Basketball Special Section," by Karleigh Santry;
  • Feature page design: Second place, "Orientation Issue," by Karleigh Santry and Alex Mowrey;
  • Photo essay: Second place, "Basketball Special Section" by Karleigh Santry and Haley Barnes;
  • Photo essay: Honorable mention, "The Road to Home" by Rebecca Dietrich.

The Society for Collegiate Journalists is the nation's oldest organization designed solely to serve college media leaders. SCJ has more than 100 active chapters in the U.S., serving 1,200 members.

MEDIA CONTACT: Robb King | 724.738.2199 | robert.king@sru.edu