Students Win Top Awards at National Contest

Published on Fri, May 12, 2017

Seated (left to right): Kyle Clouse, Shohola, Pa.; Anne Zukowski, Wantage, N.J.; Haley O’Brien, Scranton, Pa.; and Rachel Looker, Blandon, Pa. Standing (left to right): Katlynn Whitaker, Apalachin, N.Y.; Bethany Wade, Bear, Del.; Jessica Bonacci, Dickson City, Pa.; and Alex Weidner, East Greenville, Pa.

The University’s Chapter of the Society for Collegiate Journalists (SCJ) took home fifteen awards and six honorable mentions in the national contest for the students’ work at The Wood Word, Marywood University’s student-run newspaper, and TV-Marywood, the campus television station.

The nine first place awards included: Online News Website Overall Excellence for the student-run online news organization,, as well as Companion Broadcast Website Overall Excellence for TV-Marywood’s YouTube page. The Wood Word’s editorial board placed first for its editorial titled “Our Opinion,” and TV-Marywood placed first in the Television News Show Overall Excellence for its Live Election 2016 coverage on November 8.

Students also picked up individual awards for work produced at The Wood Word, TV-Marywood, and 91.7 VMFM. First place winners include: Alex Weidner, junior, East Greenville, Pa.; Connor Moffitt, class of 2016, Scranton, Pa.; Katlynn Whitaker, senior, Apalachin, N.Y.; Bethany Wade, sophomore, Bear, Del; and Jessica Bonacci, sophomore, Dickson City, Pa. Second place winners include: Kyle Clouse, senior, Shohola, Pa.; and John Ferraro, senior, Dickson City, Pa. Third place winners include: Kyle Clouse; Rachel Looker, senior, Blandon, Pa.; Alex Weidner; Jessica Bonacci; John Ferraro; Haley O’Brien, senior, Scranton, Pa.; Anne Zukowski, junior, Wantage, N.J.; and Katlynn Whitaker.

The Society for Collegiate Journalists is a National Society of Collegiate Mass Communications. It is the nation’s oldest organization designed solely to serve college media leaders. Today, SCJ has approximately 100 active chapters nationwide and more than 1,200 members.

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