The HawkEye online newspaper has notched another award for its reporting, the Pennsylvania NewsMedia Association announced late last month.
Journalism student Cody Benjamin, a junior from Lititz, Pa., won honorable mention for sports reporting. His Dec. 18 story reported favoritism, financial contributions and family connections in IUP’s NCAA Division II football program. Benjamin contacted more than 40 sources for the story, including nearly two dozen current and former players, seven university administrators, four coaches and seven other sources, to verify allegations made by the program’s players.
Readership statistics show that the story is the most-read in The HawkEye’s history.