The Loquitur is Cabrini University’s award-winning college newspaper. This student-produced news outlet is a vehicle for public expression and curiosity for students, staff, faculty, alumni, parents, and many others outside Cabrini University.
The Loquitur is a safe space for education and varying perspectives for the Cabrini community. We strive to deliver an opportunity for all members of the university to inquire, question, exchange ideas, and hold us accountable. Content, via multimedia expressions (video, audio, visuals and text), may reflect all areas of student interest, including topics about which there is dissent or controversy. The Loquitur upholds the First Amendment guarantee of free speech accorded to the news media and citizens of this country.
Founded in 1959, The Loquitur has continued to garner both print and online readers. Our mission is to provide students and the Cabrini community with news and information that affects and enriches their lives and offers them a chance to voice their opinions in an environment where those voices are heard and respected.
THE LOQUITUR 2022-2023 Editorial Staff
Writing Managing Editor
Visuals Managing Editor
Jacob Pegan, John Rader, Victoria Giordano
Jillian Smith and Wendy Rosenfield
The Cabrini College Communication Department students produce a variety of award-winning student media.
Cabrini Communication Major Awards 2008-2018:
- College Media Association Pinnacle Award 2017 to Angelina Miller and Hope Daluisio for First Place for Best Multimedia Breaking News Story.
- Gold Davey Award: to the social justice website created by the 2016-17 Communication Department senior honors convergence class. The winning fixforaddiction.com site is titled – Fix For Addiction: Exploring Solutions for Addiction and Substance Abuse. Congratulations and kudos go to these Cabrini University alums who worked on the site: Keith Brown, Jessica Ferrarelli, Jaclyn Labes, Brianna Morrell, Katie Muska, Jill Nawoyski, Moira Prior, Emily Rowan, Casey Semenza, Allie Stein and Drew Vernon. It won in the Websites – Activism category.
- The SPJ Mark of Excellence regional judges have selected Emily Rowan as a finalist in the Photo Illustration (Small) 1-9,999 Students category this year’s Region 1 Mark of Excellence Awards!
- College Media Association Pinnacle Award to 2016-17 Loquitur Media. Second Place News Media award for college under 10,000 enrollment.
- Philly Ad Club $5,000 scholarship to Cecelia Heckman
- Best Multimedia Feature Website 2012 to Senior Honors Convergence students for YouthVoicesRise.com , awarded by the College Media Association
- The Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC) Small Program Interest Group awarded Cathy Yungmann first prize in the Scholarship of Application Competition for her submission of the course and resulting site as “A Prototype for Global Student Journalism: Covering Conflict Without Going There.” This competition revolves around the best ideas linking academic interests and skills to a broader audience.
- The Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC) Teaching Committee has recognized the inventive integration of technology-based pedagogy involved in the creation of the web site/eBook in the Communication Department capstone The Arab Awakening: A View from the Inside.
- 2013 Communicator Award of Distinction in the Student Website category given by the International Academy of Visual Arts http://www.communicatorawards.com/awards/
- Philly Ad Club. $2,500 Scholarship to Brandon Desiderio 2013
- Philly Ad Club. $2,500 Scholarship to Laura Hancq 2012
- Kelsey Kastrava for 3 articles on Sudan independence. 2011 Chandler Award for Student Writer of the Year in Religion
- Philly Ad Club. 2nd Place $5,000 Scholarship to Danielle Alio
- Philly Ad Club. 2nd Place $2,500 Scholarship to Arielle Friscia
- The 2011 Gold Circle Awards for Newspapers Elizabeth Krupka and Alyssa Mentzer. In-depth news/feature story: “War, rape fueled by our phones, computers.” This story originated with a visit by two CRS representatives from the Congo in summer 2010. Alyssa and Liz did extensive reporting with rape counselors in the Congo, New York Times reporters, and other participants in the passing of the Dodd-Frank Bill, which regulates the use of conflict minerals in American technology devices, like smart phones. 2nd place.
- Kelsey Kastrava. Personality Profile. “Young refugees ‘lost’ and found in local woman’s home.” This story profiles a local woman who took in and raised several “Lost Boys of Sudan.” 3rd place.
- Kelsey Kastrava. Editorial writing, especially for “Homeless deserve more than just a casual glance.” 2nd Certificate of Merit.
- Best of Festival King Foundation Award, Broadcast Education Association Festival of Media Arts, Two Year/Small Colleges - ”Road of Insecurity: The Global Food Crisis,” Gillian Davis, Caitlin Friel, and Mallory Terrence. This documentary also won these awards: Finalist, College Broadcasters, Inc. Awards, Best Radio Documentary; Winner, 2009 Silver Davey Award; Winner, Philadelphia College Air Awards, Best Radio Documentary;
- Winner, Philadelphia College Air Awards, Best Public Affairs Anchor(s) or Host(s) - ”We Need To Talk,” Danielle Alio, Arielle Friscia, Noelle Westfall, and Rob Stoop
- Winner, two Silver Davey Awards in 2011 for best documentary – “The United World of Sports,” Danielle Alio and Arielle Friscia.
- Winner, Philadelphia College Air Awards, Best Public Service Announcement for The March of Dimes - ”Listen,” Joseph Cahill
- UWire named Megan Pellegrino as one of “the 100 best student journalists” in the US.
- “Our Hands Are Not Tied,” the audio documentary produced by students in SEM 300 in cooperation with WYBF, continues to win national and regional awards:
- Communicator Award of Excellence in two professional (not scholastic) categories: Public Affairs & Social Issues. Jillian Smith, Kara Schneider, Megan Pellegrino
- College Broadcasters Inc. National Production Competition: Finalist.
- Society of Professional Journalists: 3rd Place
- Philadelphia Air Awards: 1st Place: Grayce Turnbach’s Editorial, “An Economy in Crisis: A College Student’s Perspective”; nominated in 4 other categories.
- Society of Professional Journalists: 2nd place: Grayce Turnbach’s Editorial.
- Communicator Award of Excellence: Promotions category: “4 Hours Later,” Angela Savasta, Gillian Davis, Caitlin Friel.
- Collegiate Keystone Press Award Honorable Mention to Megan Pellegrino & Kara Schneider for the Loquitur Web site.
- Video students and professor produced a video on Peacebuilding in Gaza, which was used as part of two Global Solidarity Network sessions on peacebuilding. Fall 2008. Seen by 600 students at 5 universities.
- Philly Ad Club 2009 “Philly’s Future” Scholarship Winners to Loquitur editors Meghan Smith and Mallory Terrence.
- Collegiate Keystone Press Award Honorable Mention to Jillian Smith for Loquitur article, “Side-By-Side with Africa”
- 2008 Meghan Hurley and Amanda Finnegan. The Egan Award for Journalistic Excellence recognizes journalists who demonstrate excellence in reporting on humanitarian and social justice issues. The awards are judged by an independent, expert panel from the secular media that is knowledgeable on issues pertaining to the developing world. Category: Series from a Publication with Regional/Local Circulation. The 2008 winners will be awarded a trophy and a trip to the Middle East to witness the work of Catholic Relief Services.
- 2007 Associated Collegiate Press Pacemaker award, considered the Pulitzer Prize for college journalism, to the Loquitur in the category of Best Non-daily College and University Newspaper in the country. Loquitur was one of 18 selected. Amanda Finnegan ’08, editor in chief:
- Amanda Finnegan ’08, Loquitur editor: 2008 Collegiate Keystone Press Award for Best College and University Editorials in 2007 in Pennsylvania, First Place, awarded by the Pennsylvania Newspaper Association.
- Melissa Steven ’07, project manager: 3rd place for the convergence project on war, 2008 Collegiate Keystone Press Award, Newspaper Web site category, awarded by the Pennsylvania Newspaper Association.
- 2008 Communication Honor Society National Chapter of the Year, to Cabrini College Society for Collegiate Journalists chapter, Amanda Finnegan ’08, president, presented by the Society for Collegiate Journalists, the national honor society for students in mass communication.
- 2008 First Place News Series, to Loquitur editors Meghan Hurley ’07, Elizabeth Brachelli ’07 & Katherine Brachelli ’07, Elizabeth Lavin ’09, Jamie Hufnagle ’09, and Ashley Cook ’09 , for stories Localizing Global Human Rights Issues, presented by the national honor society for students in mass communication, the Society for Collegiate Journalists.
- 2008 First Place for Best Personal Opinion, to Loquitur editor Kaitlin Barr ’08, presented by the national honor society for students in mass communication, the Society for Collegiate Journalists.
- 2008 First Place for Best Broadcast Sport Video, to Jessica Hagerty ’09, Nicole Duggan ’09, George Post ’09, and Matthew McKinney ’08, presented by the national honor society for students in mass communication, the Society for Collegiate Journalists.
- 2008 Second Place for Best Photography, to Loquitur editor Grayce Turnbach ’09, presented by the national honor society for students in mass communication, the Society for Collegiate Journalists.
- 2007 Second Place for Overall Excellence in newspapers to Loquitur, presented by the national honor society for students in mass communication, the Society for Collegiate Journalists, Amanda Finnegan ’08, editor.
- 2008 Third Place for Best Television Feature, to Elizabeth Lavin ’09, Jon Barnett ’08, Jane Chieco ’09, and Patrick McGowan ’09, presented by the national honor society for students in mass communication, the Society for Collegiate Journalists.
- 2008 Honorable Mention for Best Front Page Layout, to Loquitur editors Katherine Brachelli ’07 and Brittany Liberatore ’08, presented by the national honor society for students in mass communication, the Society for Collegiate Journalists.
- 2007 Honorable Mention for Best Front Page Layout, to Loquitur editors Katherine Brachelli ’07 and Brittany Liberatore ’08, presented by the national honor society for students in mass communication, the Society for Collegiate Journalists.
- 2008 Honorable Mention for Best Feature Story, to Loquitur editor Megan Pellegrino ’09, presented by the national honor society for students in mass communication, the Society for Collegiate Journalists.
- Megan Pellegrino ’09 won Best Radio News Editorial, 2007 Philadelphia College Air Awards, for her “9/11 Remembrance,” and was nominated for Best Promo.
- Janene Gibbons ’09 and Marcella DiSandro ’09 won Best Documentary, 2007 Philadelphia College Air Awards, for “Bombs in My Head.”
- Jillian Smith ’09 was 1 of 4 finalists in the nation for her “Quiet Promo” in the Collegiate Broadcasters Incorporated Production Awards 2007
- Broadcast Pioneers of Philadelphia awarded a Communication scholarship to Kelly Moorehead ’09 for the 2007-2008 academic year.
- Broadcast Pioneers of Philadelphia awarded a Communication scholarship to Megan Pellegrino ’09 for the 2008-20089 academic year.
- Philadelphia Advertising Club awarded a Communication scholarship to Amanda Finnegan ’08 for the 2007-2008 school year.
- UWire names Amanda Finnegan as one of “the 100 best student journalists” in the US.