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Two University students take home annual journalism awards

Posted by Samantha McClintock on Fri, Apr 12, 2013 @ 14:04 PM

Kyle Oland, a junior public relations major from Westminster, Md., and Nick Farrell, a junior sports broadcasting major from Lower Burrell, Pa., took home the second and third place prizes, respectively, this spring at the annual Gertrude Gordon Contest conducted by the Women's Press Club of Pittsburgh. The awards will be presented at the Club’s annual dinner Saturday, April 20 at the Rivers Club in Pittsburgh, Pa.

On March 22, Oland and Farrell were given two hours to compose their feature stories after interviewing the chosen speaker of the contest. The stories were based on the information they gathered during the session. The entries were then blind-judged by a panel of three local journalists.

“I got this award because of my education at Waynesburg,” said Farrell. “The Department of Communication provides all of its students with so much information about journalism and many ways to apply what we learn in the classroom. These awards are only one of the many goals that Kyle and I hope to realize during our studies and after we graduate.”

The Gertrude Gordon Contest is held every spring at Point Park University and is open to full-time undergraduate sophomore, junior and senior college students who are either Western Pennsylvania residents or have attended a Western Pennsylvania college or university. This is the third consecutive year a Waynesburg University student has placed in the contest.

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