Knightly News scores a 1st place in state student journalism contest

A sports photo is the fifth journalism honor for The News in four years

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By Michael Lear-Olimpi

Knightly News Co-Adviser

SUMMERDALE – Recent corporate communications graduate Dylan Bowman captured a first-place honor in the sports-photo category of the Pennsylvania NewsMedia Association’s 2023 Keystone Media Awards for students.

The photo, “The Knights welcome home Steven Armstrong after his mammoth grand slam in Game 1,” appeared in an April 24, 2022, story in The Knightly News: “Dreams do come true as Knights sweep doubleheader at FNB Field.”

The win in the PNA contest was in the category for four-year colleges and universities with enrollment of fewer than 10,000 students.

“It really was a shock to have one of my photos place in such a large, state-wide competition,” Bowman said in an email to The Knightly News. “I’m honored that I was able to be a part of the Knightly News Media Club, take awesome photos of all the events and sports I was involved in, and being able to receive an award for some of my work.”

Paul Miller, co-adviser of The Knightly News and who participates in and mentors students who produce Central Penn sportscasts, said: “This award verifies what the Central Penn College community, especially those who follow the athletic coverage of The Knightly News, already knows.  Dylan is one of the best sports photographers in the region. The way that he captured the pure joy of the Knights in that one photo illustrates his artistic nature for his craft. Congratulations to Dylan for his continued work with Central Penn athletics!”

The winning photo:

Bowman, who served as president of The Knightly News Media Club @ Central Penn College and finished his studies in December, continues his Central Penn ties as The Knightly News photographer for Knights home games.

A photographer and filmmaker, Bowman presented “1917” on Feb. 10 for the CPC Film Series, providing an overview before the showing of the movie and the cinematic techniques used in it.

He owns and operates the production company Fellowship Studios. 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.

Last year, three Knightly News entries in the PNA contest – a series on diversity among Central Penn employees, a business story and a podcast series – won honorable-mention distinction.

In 2020, The News won honorable mention for a movie review.

Lear-Olimpi, assistant professor of communications at Central Penn, is also The Knightly News editor.

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