This Just In! Gannon Knight Newspaper Wins Award

Posted: July 27, 2017

The Gannon Knight, Gannon University's student newspaper, won a first-place award in the American Scholastic Press Association's annual newspaper competition.

In giving the award, the Association called the Knight, "an excellent school newspaper, which shows the creativity and journalistic knowledge of your editors, reporters, writers, photographers, layout/graphics designers and advisor [sic]."

The judges awarded The Knight 930 points out of a possible 1,000 based on six criteria: content coverage; page design; general plan; art, advertising, illustrations; editing; and creativity.

Especially singled out for praise were content coverage, which received 320 out of a potential 330 points; editing, which received 120 out of a possible 125 points; and general plan, which received a perfect score of 200.

Frank Garland, assistant professor of English and journalism and adviser to the newspaper, said, "I thought our editorial and perspective pages were really strong this year, one of the strongest groups we've had in years. We had a small staff this year with only one assistant editor, and that put extra work on the section editors and editor-in-chief, but they took their work seriously and put out a quality product."

The ASPA's annual review and contest for scholastic newspapers, yearbooks and magazines compares student publications at colleges, universities and high schools around the nation.