April 22, 2015 – The Campus, the student newspaper at Allegheny College, has won a first-place Mark of Excellence Award from the Society of Professional Journalists in Region 1, which includes Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Vermont. Sam Stephenson, co-editor-in-chief of The Campus, and photo editor Meghan Hayman won the award in the category of breaking news.
Mark of Excellence Awards honor the best of collegiate journalism from a calendar year. First-place winners move on to the national competition among category winners from the 12 regions of the Society of Professional Journalists.
Earlier this year The Campus won two first-place awards and three honorable mentions in the four-year college category from the Pennsylvania Newspaper Association, including a first-place award for Stephenson and Hayman in the category of general news.
Allegheny created a Journalism in the Public Interest (JPI) minor in 2013 that helps to prepare students for two paths into the “news”: into the profession of journalism, and into the lifelong habit of navigating the news, as readers and watchers, in a nuanced, civically responsible way.
Visiting Professor of Journalism in the Public Interest Cheryl Hatch serves as faculty adviser to The Campus.