CPC alum picks up student journalism award

Won first place in statewide contest

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By Michael Lear-Olimpi

Knightly News Co-Adviser and Blog Editor


HARRISBURG – Recent Central Penn corporate communications alum Dylan Bowman received his first-place plaque Wednesday for best sports photo in the 2023 Pennsylvania NewsMedia Association’s Keystone Media Awards – Students – at the WITF Public Media Center.

Bowman, who finished his Central Penn program in December, won for the photo “The Knights welcome home Steven Armstrong after his mammoth grand slam in Game 1,” which appeared in an April 24, 2022, story in The Knightly News: “Dreams do come true as Knights sweep doubleheader at FNB Field.”

Bowman, right, accepts his award from Pennsylvania NewsMedia Association President Brad Simpson.
Photo by Michael Lear-Olimpi

He won in the contest’s Division II, for Pennsylvania colleges and universities with fewer than 10,000 students.

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Photo by Michael Lear-Olimpi

“I would like to thank Central Penn College, and particularly professors Michael Lear-Olimpi and Paul Miller, for giving me the opportunity for helping me build my journalism skills and photography skills,” Bowman said. “It’s been a wonderful journey.”

Bowman was president of The Knightly News Media Club, and reviewed movies presented at the CPC Film Series. In February, he presented “1917” to a large audience in the Capital Blue Cross Theatre. Before the screening, Bowman provided insights into the movie’s background and its cinematography, the latter a particular interest of his.

About 100 people — student award-winners, high school and college faculty publication advisers, friends and family — from across the state attended the presentation. Some students and publication advisers who couldn’t make it to the ceremony provided short video greetings and thanks.

WITF personnel gave tours of the public-media outlet’s facilities and had journalists on hand for students to ask questions about the field. A light lunch was served before the awards ceremony.

Bowman is an independent videographer and photographer. He owns and operates the production company Fellowship Studios, in Halifax. He will present his movie “Vintage” on campus in the summer. The Knightly News will publish a preview article on that. Here is a trailer for the movie.

Bowman is active with Central Penn media as the Knightly News and sports programs’ photographer.

The winning photo:

Baseball players welcoming a runner home
Photo by Dylan Bowman

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