The Collegian, the student newspaper of Grove City College, claimed five Student Keystone Media Awards for news coverage, photography, and opinion writing.
The awards are presented by the Pennsylvania NewsMedia Association to recognize student journalism that “provides relevance, integrity, and initiative in serving readers.”
The newspaper staff’s months-long reporting on the impact of COVID-19 on Grove City College during 2021 earned an honorable mention award for ongoing coverage. Over the course of a year, The Collegian staff provided readers with wide-ranging reporting, features, and commentary about life on campus during the pandemic’s second year.
Senior Matt Schoonover’s photos took first place and honorable mention awards in the sports photo category. Schoonover, who served as the newspaper’s photo chief until January, also won a second-place award for feature photo.
Sophomore Isaac Willour, a Collegian staff writer and regular columnist, took the second-place award for his work on the newspaper’s Perspectives pages.
"I’m so proud of this amazing staff I get to work with each week. Matt, Isaac, and everyone else who contributed to The Collegian last year put their all into every issue. The recognition of their work is well-deserved, and I’m looking forward to the content we publish for the rest of 2022,” Editor-in-Chief David Zimmermann said.
“The Collegian’s staff earned these awards. The student journalists who devote their time and talents to the newspaper provide an invaluable service to the Grove City College community and this recognition is testimony to the quality of their work,” newspaper adviser Nick Hildebrand, senior editor of Marketing and Communications, said.
“It’s great to see the staff recognized for their amazing work over the course of the pandemic, which impacted almost every facet of campus life. The Collegian had a big story to tell and did a fantastic job telling it across every section of the newspaper, from news to sports,” Hildebrand said. “It’s also great to see individual efforts rewarded and Matt’s great photos and Isaac’s pointed columns deserve accolades.”
The Collegian is published by Grove City College on a weekly basis throughout the academic year. It is produced and managed by students, including Zimmermann, Managing Editor Caleb West, News Editor Ayden Gutierrez, Community Editor Noel Elvin, Perspectives Editor Clark Mummau, Sports Editor Emily Rupczewski, Photo Chief Grace David, Design Chief Chris Murphy, and Copy Chief Joanna Thorpe.
Read The Collegian online at issuu.com/grovecitycollege.