The Slate, Shippensburg University’s student-run newspaper, earned a spot in the first-place category of the American Scholastic Press Association’s 2020 Scholastic Newspaper Awards. The award category included schools with enrollments of 2501+.

The American Scholastic Press Association (ASPA) is a national community of student journalists and advisers working to enhance professional development, set global standards and ethical practices, and enhance the value of journalism. The organization annually honors outstanding member accomplishments in a variety of categories through the awards program.

As the designation underscores, Ship’s award-winning publication provides a meaningful experience for students and prepares them for their future careers in journalism. 

“[The Slate] allows our students to graduate with the work experience that is expected in the workforce,” noted Hannah Pollock, editor-in-chief of The Slate and senior communication/journalism major.

In addition to ASPA’s first-place designation, members of The Slate staff were also recognized by the Student Keystone Press Awards. The awards recognize high school and college journalism in Pennsylvania that provides “relevance, integrity, and initiative in serving readers”.

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Photo by Carmine Scicchitano -Student Keystone Press Award Honorable Mention

Carmine Scicchitano, multimedia director of The Slate and sophomore, was awarded an honorable mention by the 2020 Student Keystone Press Awards in the sports photograph category. His winning action shot captured a competitive swim meet between Shippensburg University and Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Scicchitano is a communication/journalism major and graduate of the PA Cyber Charter School. 

Pollock, a Solanco High School graduate, also received an honorable mention in the feature photograph category for her photograph of Old Main Fountain last August.

“The Slate staff is grateful for the recognition of their work as the student-run, volunteer, independent newspaper on Shippensburg University’s campus. We strive to keep the campus informed and pursue stories that impact our community,” emphasized Pollock.

Be sure to pick up a copy of The Slate or check it out online.