Civic Project Story Wins Another Keystone Award for the HawkEye

Posted on 2/26/2016 8:41:05 AM
Andrew Milliken

The HawkEye online newspaper has won another award for its public-service investigative reporting, the Pennsylvania News Media Association announced Feb. 24.

Andrew Milliken, a 2015 graduate of the Indiana University of Pennsylvania departments of Music and of Journalism and Public Relations, received second-place honors from the association for his May 13 story “Bipolar and a baccalaureate.” The story reported on mentally ill IUP theater major Kaitlyn McGilvray, who struggled with her diagnosis and her schoolwork as she worked toward her graduation in spring 2015.

McGilvray is one of a rapidly growing number of U.S. college students who have been diagnosed with mental conditions ranging from anxiety to depression to bipolar disorder, Milliken reported.

Readership statistics show that Milliken’s story was the sixth most-viewed in 2015 for the HawkEye.

Editor David Loomis, an IUP journalism professor, praised the work of Milliken, who served as an officer in the campus chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists.

“Andrew’s story package is a thorough, timely and well-written look at mental-health issues and solutions on college campuses here and elsewhere,” Loomis said. “This is an excellent example of story-telling, investigative journalism and public-service reporting.”

Milliken’s reporting competed against work produced at some of the state’s top universities, including Temple University, the University of Pittsburgh, and Penn State.

“Andrew and the HawkEye were punching above their weight,” Loomis said.

Milliken’s story was published 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 dating to 2005 that have flowed from the statewide press association to the digital online newspaper and the IUP journalism program. Seven times student investigative stories published by the HawkEye have been submitted to the Keystone competition. Seven times they have won awards.

Milliken, of McClellandtown, Pa., and other 2016 winners are scheduled to be honored at the Student Keystone Press Awards Luncheon at the Hershey Lodge and Convention Center on April 6.

For more information, e-mail Loomis at doloomis@iup.edu, or contact the Department of Journalism and Public Relations.