The HawkEye began as a civic- and community-journalism project of students in the Journalism Department at Indiana University of Pennsylvania.
These undergraduates report and write public-service investigative stories focused on their campus, their community and their county. This series of stories is called The Civic Project. The stories are 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 2016.
The latest award continues a string of honors dating to 2005 that have flowed from the statewide press association to the digital online newspaper and the IUP journalism program. Seven times student investigative stories published by The HawkEye have been submitted to the Keystone competition. Seven times they have won awards.
The HawkEye invites citizens to submit opinions, reports, features, photos, videos, audio and other interactive multimedia to The HawkEye for possible publication. For more information, contact the editor, David Loomis, Ph.D., at firstname.lastname@example.org, or the Webmaster, Ms. Lee Vest at email@example.com.
Since August 2016, The HawkEye has received sustaining external funding from The Falcon Fund, a nonprofit philanthropic group within The Pittsburgh Foundation. The Falcon Fund supports entrepreneurial aspiration, technological innovation, public higher education, public-service enterprise journalism and community-focused civic engagement.
Thanks to IUP English professor Kenneth W. Sherwood for visioning and technical consulting and to history professor Caleb Finegan, founding director of the IUP Center for Civic Engagement and Student Leadership, for financial support. We also thank Brian M. Petersen, formerly of the IUP IT Services office, for technical advice and assistance. We thank Andrew J. Hesner for technical advice and assistance in The HawkEye’s June 2013 conversion to new web-publishing software.