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Merciad staffer takes first place in PA press awards

Monday, March 13, 2017

Jeanette Fournier, staff writer for the Merciad, the student newspaper of Mercyhurst University, has won first-place honors in this year’s Student Keystone Press Awards.

Fournier, a junior music performance major, won top prize in the “Review” category of Division II, which recognizes outstanding journalism at four-year colleges and universities with enrollment under 10,000. Fournier’s winning entry was an arts and entertainment review of adjunct professor Robin Hasenpflug’s cello concert.

The contest recognizes student journalism that provides “relevance, integrity and initiative in serving readers,” according to the Pennsylvania NewsMedia Association (PNA), which sponsors the annual awards.

“It's important to note that in this contest, Mercyhurst was up against some much larger schools,” said Merciad advisor Kristin Bowers. “The division is pretty broad, encompassing all schools with enrollment under 10,000. I think this is a real achievement for the staff.”

To see the complete list of winners, visit the PNA website.