Public-service reporting for Indiana, Pa.

 June 11, 2013

The HawkEye  began as a civic- and community-journalism project of students in the Journalism Department at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. It continues as undergraduates report and write public-service investigative stories focused on their campus, community and county.

This watchdog journalism is called The Civic Project. The project is rooted in the curriculum of the News Reporting classes taught by IUP journalism professor David O. Loomis Ph.D.

The HawkEye’s first Civic Project stories were published online in mid-July 2008. Additional stories are published each semester. Earlier stories have been published in local print media since 2004.

Other civic collaborations have included reporting projects in partnership with The Indiana Gazette, the League of Women Voters of Indiana County and the IUP student newspaper The Penn. Civic Project stories have won top awards from the Pennsylvania NewsMedia Association for public-service/enterprise reporting by college students, most recently in February 2014.

The HawkEye invites citizens to submit opinions,  reports, features, photos, videos, audio and other interactive multimedia for possible publication. For more information, contact the editor, David Loomis, at doloomis@iup.edu, or the webmaster, Ms. Lee Vest, at lcvest@iup.edu.

Thanks to IUP English professor Kenneth W. Sherwood, Ph.D., for visioning and technical consulting and to history professor Caleb Finegan, Ph.D., founding director of the IUP Center for Civic Engagement and Student Leadership, for financial support. We thank Brian M. Petersen, formerly of the IUP IT Services office, for technical advice and assistance. And we thank Andrew Hesner for technical advice and assistance in The HawkEye’s June 2013 conversion to new web-publishing software.

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