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Many Talents Earn Colonial National "Student Journalist of the Year Award"

Monday, February 29, 2016

Pittsburgh, Pa. -- Leah Fleischel ’15 has won the Art Barlow Student Journalist of the Year Award from the Society of Collegiate Journalists, marking the second year in a row that the award went to an RMU student.


Fleischel, who graduated in December, is a native from Shoemakersville, PA, but focused her college search in Pittsburgh because her parents grew up here and she’s always loved the city. She picked RMU because of the opportunities it offered for her to get experience in broadcast and digital journalism, as well as print. 

“RMU opened so many doors for me,” says Fleischel, social media account manager at Webpage FX in Harrisburg. “Going to a smaller school really allowed me to dive into student media and do as much as possible, which means I learned as much as possible about every job in a newsroom.”

Fleischel majored in applied journalism and was a member of the University’s Honors Program. Serving as the editor-in-chief of the RMU Sentry Media, copy editor, news editor, social media editor, anchor and reporter, as well as the producer of two shows for RMU-TV, Fleischel managed to graduate in just seven semesters.

“Above the concrete skills, taking on so many different roles really taught me responsibility and showed me what it felt like to watch your hard work translate directly into something that you’re proud of,” Fleischel says.

With Nick Buzzelli ’15 accepting this award the previous year, Carrie Moniot, student media/news media advisor says, “The fact that, for the second year in a row, an RMU student received this national recognition is a testament to our university, our professors, our students, our journalism program and our student media.” Currently, Buzzelli is pursuing his love for journalism as a graduate assistant at Kent State University while studying to earn his master’s in journalism with a concentration in reporting and editing.


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