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School of Communication part-time professors, alumni and a graduate student earned top honors at the Press Club of Western Pennsylvania's 49th annual Golden Quill Awards on May 13. Award winners and finalists included:


  • Andrew Conte, part-time professor, enterprise/investigative series; business/technology/consumer series; and the club's Ray Sprigle Memorial Award: Daily Newspapers and Wire Services for "$hadow Economy," written with Lou Kilzer and Jim Wilhelm, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.
  • Jasmine Goldband, journalism and mass communication alumna, health/science/environment series, for her photography in "Journey for Recovery," with reporter Adam Smeltz, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.
  • Kristina Serafini, photojournalism alumna, community engagement news/online, "Community Engagement Through the Use of Social Media," co-written with Bobby Cherry, Sewickley Herald.
  • Matt Stroud, journalism and mass communication graduate student, enterprise/investigative article and the club's Ray Sprigle Memorial Award: Non-Daily Newspapers for "Shaken Faith," Pittsburgh City Paper.
  • Glenn Syska, business/technology/consumer story, "Reclaiming Ground Zero," with Mike Lee and Paul Ruggieri, WQED-TV.


Also receiving recognition was Nancy Jones, Ph.D. - retired educator and former chair of the journalism department at Point Park - honored with the Service to Journalism Award.

The Golden Quill competition recognizes professional excellence in journalism in Western Pennsylvania.

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