Misericordia University student photojournalist Samantha Allen of New Milford has been recognized by the Pennsylvania NewsMedia Association (PNA) in the category of sports photography for a picture that was published in The Highlander student newspaper. The under-the-basket action shot was taken during a Cougars women's basketball game, and earned her a Student Keystone Press Awards Honorable Mention.
The award will be presented to Allen at an awards luncheon in Hershey in March. The annual PNA contest recognizes high school and college/university journalism that provides relevance, integrity and initiative in serving readers. Misericordia University competes in Division II of the Keystone Press Awards that recognizes four-year colleges and universities with enrollment under 10,000.
The photo captured a tangle of players' hands fighting for a loose ball during a game against Lebanon Valley at the Anderson Sports and Health Center on Nov. 15, 2017. Student Annette Riztko, a speech-language pathology major from Coaldale, serves as The Highlander's editor-in-chief. Melissa Sgroi, Ed.D., chair of the Department of Mass Communications and Design, is the faculty advisor.
Allen, the daughter of Christopher and Jennifer Allen, is pursuing a double major in communications and English, with a minor in history. She is scheduled to graduate in December 2018. Allen says she had some interest in photography since high school, and discovered a renewed interest at Misericordia University while taking a class with James May, adjunct professor of photography, who is in his 11th year of teaching at the university.
The Highlander student newspaper can be accessed online at www.highlandernews.net. For more information about the Misericordia University Department of Mass Communications and Design, please call (570) 674-6400 or log on to www.misericordia.edu/com.
Misericordia University student photographer Samantha Allen of New Milford, Pa., seated, holds the issue of The Highlander student newspaper featuring the basketball photo that earned her a Student Keystone Press Award in sports photography. Allen is flanked by Annette Ritzko, Coaldale, Pa., editor-in chief of The Highlander student newspaper, left, and James May, adjunct professor of photography, Department of Mass Communications and Design.
Misericordia University photojournalist student Samantha Allen of New Milford, Pa., captured this winning image during a women's basketball game between the Cougars and visiting Lebanon Valley at the Anderson Sports and Health Center.