Klein College continued its record of excellence in the Student Keystone Press Awards, winning the most awards compared to other schools in their league this year. The Temple News received 13 awards and honorable mentions for news coverage, layout and graphic illustration, and photography. Philadelphia Neighborhoods took home two awards, one for a sports story and the other for its overall website.
"It truly attests to the work we're able to do at Temple," said Gillian McGoldrick, assistant news editor for the Temple News.
McGoldrick won first place for her story "Students Shaken After Mob Attacks," and received honorable mention for a story on Peter Liacouras that she co-wrote with News Editor Julie Christie and Editor-in-Chief Joe Brandt. Features Editor Emily Scott also took home an award for her story "Educating People about Second Amendment Rights in North Philly, Beyond."
One of the Temple News entries that received recognition for its collaborative long-form project "100 Miles of Unpaved Road." The piece is a compilation of interviews, video stories and photos that provide in-depth accounts of sexual assault victims on Temple's campus, and the ways that the university handles reports of sexual violence.
"I think good journalism serves a purpose," said Paige Gross, managing editor of the Temple News. "We recognize that that's one of our main reasons for being the Temple News, to educate students. Anyone who has any sort of tie to what Temple is doing needs to know what's happening at the university, how it affects them, and what might change in their lives because of it."
The Temple News does a thorough job at covering events and installments on Temple's campus as well as happenings in the city as they relate to campus life and the Temple community as a whole.
"I think that the students at the Temple News especially, develop a cohort of people who really work together," said George Miller, Temple journalism professor and director of Philadelphia Neighborhoods. "They take the ideas that we preach in our classes and apply them to real-life journalism that goes into the newspaper and serves not just the university community but really the city and larger Temple community."
The student-run newspaper also garnered honors for its outstanding graphic design work.
"Over the past two years, I've seen our design department really step up," said Finnian Saylor, Temple News Design Editor. "We were really thinking about which pieces represent that evolution of our design, and how we continue to improve every day. Each week, I am so pleased with the product that we turn out."
Members of the design team who were recognized for their work include Brianna Spause for her photo of the Temple-Penn State football game, HoJun Yu for his men's soccer photo, and Courtney Redmon for her work on the August 30 sports section front.
Philadelphia Neighborhoods also gleaned attention from Keystone judges. Maggie Andresen won second place for her story "Grays Ferry: Gym Stands to Box Out Violence," which gives readers an inside look at Mike Rafferty's gym Grays Ferry Boxing and Fitness Club. The gym serves as a space for disempowered youth to engage with each other productively instead of becoming involved in violence.
"After several attempts at trying to create a different project with a different scope, covering a completely different organization, I was lucky to stumble upon Mike Rafferty's gym," Andresen said. "He was very open to me coming in and spending some time with the young men who work there."
Unlike the Temple News, Philadelphia Neighborhoods focuses on what happens off campus, in the different areas of the city.
"It's a different experience for the students," Miller said. "Many of them go out there and they're amazed by what they find."