College newspaper staffers win Keystone Media Awards

The Collegian, Grove City College’s student-run newspaper, captured three 2023 Student Keystone Media Awards from the Pennsylvania NewsMedia Association.

Photographer Will Hearn, a freshman from Nampa, Idaho, captured first place for his feature photo “Bird in Front of Sun,” which ran in the Sept. 16, 2022 edition of the paper. It was part of a photospread showcasing the work and talents of student photographers.

Will Hearn

The paper’s coverage of last year’s critical race theory saga took second place in the Ongoing News Coverage category. Four staffers shared the award: Editor-in-Chief David Zimmermann, a senior from Greenville, S.C.; News Editor Ayden Gutierrez, a junior from Morrisdale, Pa.; Entertainment Editor Nick Grasso, a senior from Rochester, N.Y.; and Staff Writer Isaac Willour, a junior from Aliquippa, Pa.

Willour also won a second-place award for his columns, which appear nearly every week in The Collegian.

Isaac Willour

“During my tenure, I have seen some amazing articles and photos produced by my colleagues and peers. William Hearn, Isaac Willour, and all those who were involved in last year's award-winning news reporting deserve recognition for their talent and hard work. I couldn't be prouder of this amazing staff and couldn't ask for a better way to go out with a bang in my last semester here,” said Zimmermann, who has led the paper since 2021.

“It’s great to have the work of these talented and hardworking student journalists recognized by the state’s leading news media organization,” Collegian Adviser Nick Hildebrand said. “The newspaper’s staff does incredible work, week in and week out, to bring the news to the Grove City College community. These awards validate that effort for everyone on the staff.”

The Student Keystone Media Awards contest recognizes student journalism that provides relevance, integrity, and initiative in serving readers. The Collegian competes in Division II against other schools with less than 10,000 students.

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College newspaper staffers win Keystone Media Awards

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