Merciad editor wins journalism award

After submitting three articles to the 2016 Student Keystone Press Awards contest, sponsored by the Pennsylvania News Media Association, senior English and Communication major Ryan Kushner won second place in the editorial category.

Kushner will be honored at a luncheon on April 6 this year, during the America East Media Business and Technology Conference at The Hershey Lodge and Convention Center. The lunch is free, which is the primary reason Kushner is considering attending the event.

Kushner has been a reporter for The Merciad since his sophomore year, working as a Features editor in his junior year. He currently serves as the newspaper’s Opinion editor.

Kushner submitted editorials that included articles critiquing Mercyhurst’s “Live on a bus, tuition’s on us” campaign, arguing for the renaming of Garvey Park, and a critique of the large, concrete arch on the side entrance of the Audrey Hirt Academic Center.