Cal U student journalists receive regional honors

  Enjoying a moment at the annual Society of Professional Journalists Region 4 conference are (from left) Jeff Helsel, multimedia journalism director, S.A.I.; students Daniel Brock, Zachary Filtz, Lauren Griffith, Jose Negron, Lauren Griffith and Mari Boyle; and Dr. Anthony Carlisle, SPJ chapter adviser and a faculty member in the English Department.


Enjoying a moment at the annual Society of Professional Journalists Region 4 conference are (from left) Jeff Helsel, multimedia journalism director, S.A.I.; students Daniel Brock, Zachary Filtz, Lauren Griffith, Jose Negron, Lauren Griffith and Mari Boyle; and Dr. Anthony Carlisle, SPJ chapter adviser and a faculty member in the English Department.

Five pieces produced for the Cal Times, the student newspaper at California University of Pennsylvania, received Mark of Excellence Awards for student journalism April 2 at the annual Society of Professional Journalists Region 4 Conference, held at the University of Cincinnati.

The awards recognize the best in college journalism at schools in Michigan, Ohio, West Virginia and western Pennsylvania. The more than 400 print, broadcast and online entries in this year’s regional competition were published in 2015.

First-place honors for in-depth reporting went to winter 2015 graduate Stetson Provance (Connellsville, Pa.) and senior Lauren Griffith (Erie, Pa.), who published separate stories for a series, “Does Cal U Discriminate?”

Sophomore Matt Palichat (Cranberry, Pa.) earned a first-place award for his photo illustration, “Cal U Twirlers Incorporate Gymnastics and Dance into Their Performances.”

Senior Janene Dunbar (Gibsonia, Pa.) also won first place for her photo illustration, “Cal U Homecoming 2015 Preview Cover.”

In addition, senior Connor Marshman (Pittsburgh, Pa.) was a finalist for his photo illustration, “The Cal Times Ugly Sweater Christmas.”

The first-place entries in Region 4 will advance to the national SPJ competition at the Excellence in Journalism Conference Sept. 18-20 in New Orleans.