By Kellie Dietrich
The Minstrel’s online editor, Allison McCausland, won second place in the review category of the 2017 Student Keystone Press Awards. Her article, “Emerging Choreographers Concert illuminates dance department” appeared in year 51, issue seven of The Minstrel published on Nov. 17, 2016. The article reviewed the dance pieces created by student choreographers.
The Minstrel editors entered eight of the staff’s top articles from 2016 in the contest’s Division II category, which is for four-year colleges and universities with enrollment under 10,000.
“Honestly, I was kind of shocked—in a good way— given that I didn’t even know my piece was submitted or that this contest existed,” said McCausland who is a sophomore history major and TV/film minor.
McCausland joined The Minstrel her freshman year and served as a staff writer for a year and a half. At the beginning of this semester, she was promoted to online editor to manage The Minstrel’s website desalesminstrel.org and social media accounts.
“I’m grateful that the contest recognized and appreciated the way I wrote about such an amazing concert; my only regret is that they didn’t get to come see the concert for themselves since I apparently sold it so well,” said McCausland.
“It’s nice that a place like DeSales has such great writing programs to help develop various rhetoric skills in different fields like that of journalism and communication,” she added.
The majority of articles McCausland writes for The Minstrel are reviews that include dance, theater and movies. She also often writes “Valley Voyage” articles to highlight restaurants to try in and around the Lehigh Valley.
“I think its always important for people to have some fun and beauty in their lives, and writing reviews helps them pinpoint what they want to do or where they want to go, and in some cases, opens a whole new world to things they didn’t even know they could enjoy,” said McCausland.
Her favorite subject to review is film and theater because she admires how much effort and heart that the cast and crew pour into the productions.
“I used to do theater in high school and I help out with films in the TV/film department, so I know how hard people work to pull off their pieces,” said McCausland. “Plus it pays to have background experience in the things you judge, and I have a lot of respect for the people who review for a living and actually spend some time in the areas they review.”
Winners of the 2017 Student Keystone Press Awards will be honored at the America East Media Business and Technology Conference on Wednesday, April 12 in Hershey, Pa.