Civic Project Stories Win Another Keystone Award for the “HawkEye”

Posted on 2/27/2014 8:33:20 AM

The HawkEye online newspaper  has won an award for its public-service reporting, the Pennsylvania News Media Association announced February 19, 2014.

Three Journalism Department students—Caitlin Birch, Rachel Jones, and Angela Lupinetti—were cited for a multimedia package of stories on rowdy fall 2013 Indiana University of Pennsylvania Homecoming celebrations. The stories, tagged “Town-gown relations wearing thin,” took second place in the association’s Public Service/Enterprise Package category. 

Editor David Loomis, an IUP Journalism professor, praised the students’ reporting.

“Their stories added a lot of depth to earlier, spot-news, conflict-focused stories,” Loomis said. “Their reporting provided a lot of balance with perspectives of all the stakeholders in town: residents, students, town officials, gown officials. And the multimedia presentation added a lot of value, too.”

The stories appeared December 28 as part of the Civic Project, a decade-long, community-focused, watchdog-journalism initiative rooted in News Reporting classes taught by Loomis.

The latest award continues a string of honors from the press association to the digital paper. Five times, student investigative stories have been submitted to the Keystone Award competition; five times, they have won first or second place.

A banquet to honor winners is scheduled for the Student Keystone Press Awards Luncheon on April 2 at the Hershey Lodge and Convention Center. For more information, contact Loomis at