Reporters for The HawkEye continue winning ways

Journalism students Rachel Jones, left; Caitlin Birch, center, and Angela Lupinetti display awards received April 2 in Hershey from the Pennsylvania NewsMedia Association. Photo by Becky Jones.

Journalism students Rachel Jones, left; Caitlin Birch, center, and Angela Lupinetti display awards received April 2 in Hershey from the Pennsylvania NewsMedia Association. Photo by Becky Jones.

Indiana University of Pennsylvania journalism students Rachel H. Jones, Caitlin E. Birch and Angela E. Lupinetti were honored at the annual Pennsylvania NewsMedia Association Collegiate Keystone Awards luncheon on April 2 in Hershey.

Their series of Civic Project stories on strained town-gown relations in Indiana, Pa., were published Dec. 28, 2013, in The HawkEye.

The press association awarded them second-place collegiate Keystone Awards in the Public Service/Enterprise category.

Journalism professor David Loomis, Ph.D., editor of The HawkEye, praised the students’ investigative work for his News Reporting class and noted that the contest included Temple and Penn State universities, two of the state’s largest institutions.

“Our winners faced some pretty stiff competition,” Loomis said. “But the quality of their reporting and the multimedia presentation seemed to impress the Keystone jury.”

Loomis said this year’s winners continued a string of awards for stories published in The HawkEye. Five times Civic Project stories have been submitted to the Keystone competition, and five times they have won either first- or second-place honors.

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