Collegian, student journalists win Keystone Press awards

Six staff members and contributors to The Collegian, the student newspaper of Grove City College, won four 2020 Student Keystone Press Awards from the Pennsylvania NewsMedia Association.

The awards recognize excellence in collegiate journalism and cover work completed in 2019.

The Collegian’s current Editor-in-Chief Grace Tarr ’20 shared a second place award for layout and design with her immediate predecessor James Sutherland ’19, who led the newspaper in 2018 and 2019. Their winning entry “On the hunt” previewed the Wolverine football team’s 2019 season. It was published on Sept. 6.

Staff Writer Erin McLaughlin ’20 took second place in general news for her story “Students object to the text,” which was published in the Sept. 27 edition. The story covered a campus controversy over a textbook used in a required western civilization course.

Perspectives Editor Joshua Tatum ’20 earned a second place award for columns with three entries from fall 2019: “The why, not the how,” “The art of not giving a rip” and “#!@%&$: Profanity is complicated.”

Contributing photographers Ivy Nowakowski ’20 and Mikayla Gainor ’23 shared an honorable mention prize for photo story for “Just Dance,” a gallery of photos from the 2019 Orchesis dance show that was published Nov. 15.

“The awards reflect the dedication of the entire staff and the direction of former Editor-in-Chief James Sutherland during the 2019 academic year,” Tarr said. "The Collegian is a place for students to get hands-on journalism experience and to have that opportunity recognized on a state level is very rewarding.”

“The student journalists on the staff of The Collegian do amazing work every week. It’s gratifying to see their talent and effort recognized again by the Pennsylvania NewsMedia Association,” Nick Hildebrand, the newspaper’s adviser, said. “Their dedication to the craft of newspapering and ethical journalism is an inspiration.”

This marks the third year in a row that The Collegian was recognized by the PNA with Student Keystone Press Awards. The Collegian competed against dozens of other Pennsylvania scholastic newspapers in the contest’s division II, which includes colleges and universities that enroll fewer than 10,000 students.

The Collegian is student-run newspaper published weekly during the academic year by Grove City College. The Collegian nameplate dates back to 1891, when the College published a periodical journal reprinting lectures and speeches by College officials. The student newspaper bearing The Collegian name began weekly publication in 1914.

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Collegian, student journalists win Keystone Press awards

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