The Rocket wins several PNA Keystone Media Awards
March 2, 2021
The Rocket, the student-run newspaper at Slippery Rock University, earned several awards in the 2021 Pennsylvania NewsMedia Association Student Keystone Media Awards. The awards recognize high school and college journalism that provides relevance, integrity and initiative in serving readers. The Rocket staff earned awards in the following categories for Division II, which is four-year colleges and universities with enrollment less than 10,000:
- First place, Ongoing News Coverage, “COVID-19: PASSHE Coverage,” by Hannah Shumsky, a senior secondary education-English major from Conway; Nina Cipriani, a sophomore communication major from Altoona; Joe Wells, a senior communication major from Slippery Rock; Aaron Marrie, a senior communication major from Sharpsville; Hope Hoehler, a senior communication major from Allison Park; and Karl Ludwig, a senior sport management major from Wexford.
- First place, Sports Story, “The desire to Wynn: A promise worth keeping,” by Ludwig.
- First place, Layout and Design, “A milestone for many of SRU’s own,” by Cipriani, Shumsky, Wells and Keegan Beard, a 2020 graduate with a degree in communication.
- Second place, Photo Story, “President Donald Trump visits Butler County,” by Beard.
- Second place, Podcast, “Rock Talk,” by Samantha Amato, a 2020 graduate with a degree in communication, and Joshua Peters, a junior communication major from Sewickley.
- Honorable mention, Cartoon/Graphic Illustration, “PASSHE tops 2,000 COVID-19 cases interactive graphic; A milestone for many of SRU’s own infographic; COVID-19 cases per PASSHE school graphic,” by Marrie, Beard and Hannah Slope, a junior communication major from Somerset.
- Honorable mention, Personality Profile, “Faith and Family: One step, one day at a time,” by Ludwig.