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Former Online Intern Excels in Sports Reporting

By Blaine Grisak
Online Reporter Project

Haley Sawyer was a former intern with the online reporter project and has moved on to do great things. A recent graduate of Robert Morris University, she has interned with the Pittsburgh Penguins and Sporting News.

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Waynesburg student wins scholarship for dedication to ethical reporting

Jennifer Schouppe, junior at Waynesburg University and reporter for the college newspaper, Yellow Jacket, accepted the 2015 Teresa Spatara Memorial Scholarship on Saturday, during the Pennsylvania Women’s Press Association Awards Luncheon.

Jennifer Schouppe gives her acceptance speech to the Pennsylvania Women's Press Association. Screen shot of video shot by Liz Allen.
Jennifer Schouppe gives her acceptance speech to the Pennsylvania Women’s Press Association. Screen shot of video shot by Liz Allen.

This academic scholarship of $1,500 is only offered to students who plan to pursue a career in print journalism and it honors Spatara, who worked for the The Herald in Sharon, Mercer County, before her death in 2013.

According to the Waynesburg University website, Schouppe was awarded the scholarship based on her dedication to ethical reporting and quality writing.

Schouppe spoke about journalism and her career plans.

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Words of wisdom from open records guru Terry Mutchler

Terry Mutchler, the former chief of Pennsylvania’s open records office, says freedom of information laws have the power to effect major change — but only if journalists know how to use them.

Speaking at the PAPME awards banquet Friday night, Mutchler said there is a direct relationship between lack of transparecny and government corruption, especially in Pennsylvania and Illinois, where she previously covered state government.

Afterward, she told young journalists that relying on open records laws can promote the public good as well further their own careers.

Interview by Gabriella Santoliquito. Video by Stephanie Kulikowski.