The Pitt News wins Student Keystone Awards

By Harrison Kaminsky / News Editor

The Pennsylvania NewsMedia Association awarded The Pitt News for four pieces in separate categories from 2014 on Wednesday. 

The Association’s 2015 Student Keystone Awards contest recognized “high school and college journalism that provides relevance, integrity and initiative in serving readers,” according to its website. The Pitt News competed in the Division 1 bracket of the contest, which included four-year colleges and universities with enrollment of 10,000 or more. In addition to Pitt, judges awarded pieces from Penn State, Temple University, Indiana University of Pennsylvania and West Chester University of Pennsylvania. Entries had to have been published between Jan. 1, 2014 and Dec. 31, 2014 to be eligible for competition. The Pitt News won second place and three honorable mentions, each in separate categories.

The Association will honor winners at the Student Keystone Press Awards Luncheon on April 1 at the Hershey Lodge and Convention Center in Hershey, Pa., according to its website. 

In the General News category, Abbey Reighard, Danielle Fox, Mahita Gajanan, Natalie Daher and Megan Trimble won an honorable mention for their collaborative piece “3 months, 3 Student Government Board members down.” The story was published in The Pitt News on March 26, 2014. Daher currently serves as editor-in-chief, Fox serves as managing editor and Reighard serves as assistant news editor. Gajanan currently works as an intern at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and Trimble, managing editor at the time of the piece’s publication, graduated from Pitt last spring.

In the Sports Story category, Jasper Wilson, a senior staff writer, won second place for his piece titled “Pitt student continues quest at 2014 Paralympics.” The piece was published in The Pitt News on March 5, 2014.

In the Editorial category, The Pitt News’ editorial staff won honorable mention for an editorial titled “Bill Cosby’s allegations reflect reality of rape culture.” The piece was published in The Pitt News on Nov. 24, 2014.

In the Layout and Design category, Bobby Mizia, Cynthia Cheng and Danielle Hu won honorable mention for The Pitt News Sex Edition 2014.