Point Park Professors, Student and Alumni Honored at Golden Quill Awards Wednesday, June 5, 2013
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.
- Gina Catanzarite, part-time professor, health/science/environment story, "The Race to Save Pennsylvania's Bats," with alumnus Glenn Syska and David Cohen; public affairs/community service story, "Pittsburgh 360: Hunger Episode," with Natalie Berry and Pierina Morelli, WQED-TV.
- Maria Kakay, part-time professor, education story, "Roboclass: Reconnecting a Homebound Student," with David Cohen and Frank Caloiero, WQED-TV.
- Andy McNeil, M.A. in journalism and mass communication alumnus, enterprise/investigative article for "California University Finances Under Investigation," co-written with Scott Beveridge, Washington Observer-Reporter.
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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