The news site of Robert Morris University

The Sentry

About Us

RMU Sentry Media is the award-winning independent, student-run converged media outlet for Robert Morris University.  It adheres to the Journalism Education Association’s Scholastic Press Rights policy promoting student press freedom and editorial independence through a “hands-off” approach, allowing students to control content decisions without prior review or censorship. 

Located in the Academic Media Center, Room 100 Patrick Henry, RMU Sentry Media serves the Robert Morris University and Moon Township communities by seeking truth through fair and accurate reporting while welcoming diversity and providing a forum for free and responsible expression of student opinion.

Participation in RMU Sentry Media is open to all registered RMU students. Whether you are interested in reporting, photography, videography, advertising and/or design, the RMU Sentry Media staff could use your talent! Interested students should visit the “Join RMU Sentry Media” tab.

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Know of an event or person that deserves coverage from our team? Then send us an email at [email protected], call us at (412) 397-6223 or contact the appropriate staff member below.

RMU Sentry Media Editorial Staff 2017-2018

Zach Laufer -Digital Content Director-[email protected]u

Cassidy Soboslay – Social Media Manager-

Delaney Hassell – Ast. Social Media Manager – [email protected]

Brittany Mayer – News Manager – [email protected]

Malyk Johnson-Ast. News Manager

Sam Anthony- Sports Manager – [email protected]

Ian Kist-Ast. Sports Manager

Maura Linehan- Arts and Entertainment Manager – [email protected]

Sean Koepfinger – Ast. Arts and Entertainment Manager – [email protected]

Katey Ladika – Chief Photographer – [email protected]

Mike Evans-Ast. Photographer

Tori Flick- Chief Graphic Designer – [email protected]

Gage McCall-Ast. Graphic Designer

Avin Patel – Technology Manager – [email protected]

Nick Milliron- RMU TV Program Manager –

Malyk Johnson- Radio Program Manager –

RMU Sentry Media Awards

2017:

Mid-Atlantic Emmy Awards

COLLEGE/UNIVERSITY STUDENT PRODUCTION – SPORTS- LIVE EVENT
Colonial Sports Network: RMU Men’s Basketball Vs. Bryant”– Robert Morris University
Dylan McKenna, Producer
Dakota Lamb, Director
Vince Russo, Play by Play Announcer
Dontae Pearson, Color Commentary
Sam Anthony, Sideline Reporter
Zach Laufer, Technical Director
Morgan Torchia, Replay
Alec Balenciaga, Graphic Designer
Tori Flick, Graphics Operator
Nick Milliron, Close Follow

SCJ Awards

Online News Website Overall Excellence: Second Place, RMU Sentry Media

Television News Show Overall Excellence:  Honorable Mention, RMU-TV, “RMU Live, October 24, 2016”

Photo Slideshow:  Third Place, Matt Merlino, “Pittsburgh Penguins Stanley Cup Victory Parade”

Continuing Coverage:  First Place, Brittany Mayer, “SCJ 2016 Presidential election night coverage”

Continuing Coverage:  Honorable Mention, Delaney Hassell, “President Howard begins writing ‘next chapter’ at RMU”

Graphic Illustrations:  First Place, Matt Merlino, “Defense Fuels Shutout Win”

Graphic Illustrations:  Honorable Mention, Tori Flick, “Dining Services:  What students need to know”

Cartoon Strips and Panels: Third Place, Tori Flick, “RMU winter struggles #11:  ice sucks”

Cartoon Strips and Panels:  Honorable Mention, Tori Flick, “RMU winter struggles #18:  the stairs”

News Photography:  Honorable Mention, Katey Ladika, “Michalle Obama visits Pitt”

Feature Photography:  Second Place, Katey Ladika, “Inauguration of Dr. Christopher B. Howard”

Pittsburgh Black Media Federation, Robert L. Vann Media Awards (student contest)

Online Spot News:  Brittany Mayer, reporter; Morgan Torchia, videographer; Katey Ladika, photographer–“Christopher Howard Inaugurated as RMU’s 8th President”

Multimedia:  Brittany Mayer, reporter; Morgan Torchia, videographer; Katey Ladika, photographer–“Christsopher Howard Inaugurated as RMU’s 8th President”

TV Spot News:  Hannah Smith, reporter; Matt Merlino, videographer–“President Howard Inauguration”

College Media Association, Apple Award: “Best TV Newscast”

Student Keystone Press Awards, Pennsylvania News Media Association:  Matt Merlino, Second Place; Cartoon/Graphic Illustration; RMU Sports Infographics

Broadcast Education Association

Nicholas Milliron,  “Award of Excellence,” (BEA) 2017 Student Video Competition: Studio (multi-camera or live-to-tape) for the “SCJ 2016 Election Night Coverage”

2016:

College Media Association Fall Film Festival Award
First place; long-form documentary:  “Hail to RMU,”
College Media Association Pinnacle Awards
Best Online Infographic; Third Place; RMU Sentry Media
Best Arts and Entertainment Story; Honorable Mention; RMU Sentry Media
Mid-Atlantic Emmy College/University Production Awards of Excellence
College/University Talent:
Eddie Sheehy Demo Reel, Eddie Sheehy, On-Air Talent
 
College/University Sports-Live Event:
RMU Men’s Hocket vs. Army West Point Game 2
Dylan McKenna, Producer
Nick Milliron, Director 
Vince Russo, Play-by-play Announcer
Kristen Kudla, Color Commentary
Adelyn Berdine, Sideline Reporter
Alec Balenciaga, Graphic Design
SCJ AWARDS:
ZACH LAUFER
First Place: Sports News (2015-16)
Third Place: Sports Features (2015-16)
MATT MERLINO
First Place: Graphic Illustrations (2015-16)
First Place: Editorial Cartoon (2015-16)
First Place: Television News Package (2015-16)
TORI FLICK
Third Place: Cartoon (2015-16)
HANNAH SMITH
First Place: Television News Package (2015-16)
Third Place: Television Feature Package (2015-16)
Honorable Mention: Breaking or Hard News (2015-16)
DELANEY HASSELL
Honorable Mention: Breaking or Hard News (2015-16)
Honorable Mention: Continuing Coverage (2015-16)
AUDREY GARDNER

Third Place: Sports News (2015-16)

ANTHONY DESIMONE
Honorable Mention: Breaking or Hard News (2015-16)
VINCE RUSSO
Honorable Mention: Breaking or Hard News (2015-16)
SENTRY MEDIA
Second Place: Television News Show Overall Excellence
Third Place: Online News Website Overall Excellence
Honorable Mention: Internet Radio and Broadcast Overall Excellence

College Media Association Apple Award:  Second Place, Best Tweet, “Homecoming Police Blotter”

Communicator Award of Distinction for Student Online Video: “Hail to RMU,” Alec Balenciaga, Haley Sawyer, Nick Million, Matt Devito, Ben Cole

College Media Association Film Festival:  Second Place, Long Form Documentary, Alec Balenciaga “Hail to RMU”

Bronze Telly Award for Student Online Video: “Hail to RMU,” Alec Balenciaga, Haley Sawyer, Nick Milliron, Matt Devito, Ben Cole

Keystone Student Press Awards:  Matt Merlino, First Place, Cartoon/Graphic Illustration; “RMU Sports Infographic”

Keystone Student Press Awards:  Paul Wintruba, First Place, Feature Photo; “Chasing a Dream:  The Antwan Eddie Story”

2015:

Society for Collegiate Journalists, Student Journalist of the Year:  Leah Fleischel

College Media Association Pinnacle Awards:  Winner, Best Radio Sportscast, “Three Rivers Classic”

College Media Association Pinnacle Awards:  Winner, Best Portrait, Paul Wintruba

Nominee, Mid-Atlantic EMMY Awards: College/University Production Awards, Public Affairs/Community Service, “RMU Multimedia Election Coverage”

Communicator Awards, Silver Award of Distinction, Film/Video-Student, “SCJ Election Coverage”

Communicator Awards, Silver Award of Distinction, Programs/News-Student, “Trending Now: Cheap Eats”

SCJ awards, First Place, Online News Website Overall Excellence:  RMU Sentry Media

SCJ awards, First Place, Online Broadcast Overall Excellence:  RMU Radio

SCJ awards, Second Place, Television Overall Excellence:  “RMU Live”

SCJ awards:  Nick Buzzelli, First Place, Features, “Relatability factor looks to propel Wolf to Harrisburg”

SCJ awards:  Nick Buzzelli, Second Place, Photo Slideshow, “Sal Buscaglia on RMU’s NCAA Tournament loss to Notre Dame”

SCJ awards:  Hannah Smith, Second Place, Multi-Story Journalism, “Dell’Omo not yet finished at RMU”

SCJ awards:  Kyle Gorcey, Second Place, Feature Photography, “Banaszak Wins First Career Game”

SCJ awards:  Kyle Gorcey, Second Place, Sports Photography, “Banaszak Wins First Career Game”

“RMU Live,” Best TV Newscast, College Media Association/David L. Adams Apple Awards

Student Keystone Press Award, 4-year college division:  Paul Wintruba, Second Place, Feature Photo, “Welcome Weekend”

Student Keystone Press Award, 4-year college division:  Kyle Gorcey, Honorable Mention, Sports Photo, “RMU pounds Dukes for first home win of season”

2014:
Communicator Awards, Silver Award of Distinction, Film/Video-Student, “The Power of Mo”

Communicator Awards, Silver Award of Distinction, Programs/News-Student, “Colonial SportsCenter,” January 23, 2014

Student Keystone Press Award, 4-year college division:  Kyle Gorcey, Second Place, Sports Photo, “RMU trounces Tigers in season opener”

Society for Collegiate Journalists, Student Journalist of the Year:  Nick Buzzelli

2013:
Student Keystone Press Award, 4-year college division:  Tayler Wentz, Honorable Mention, Layout and Design, “Freshman 101” from Issue 1

Communicator Award of Distinction, Student Programs/News category:  SCJ, RMU-TV and RMU Sentry Media’s presidential election coverage

College Media Association Apple Awards: Honorable Mention, “The Power of Mo”

2012:
Associated Collegiate Press
Best of Show Award
RMU Sentry Media, Website Enrollment Level 1

College Media Association Pinnacle Awards
Best TV Sportscast, Finalist , Colonial SportsCenter (11/17/11)

18th Annual Communicator Awards
Programs/News—Student
Colonial SportsCenter (11/17/11)

Society for Collegiate Journalists Contest
Sports News
Alyssa Benson, Third Place

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