LaSalle University's Vincent Vella Honored with 2011 Flamminio Scholarship
The Pennsylvania Associated Press Managing Editors honored LaSalle University student Vincent Vella of Kresgeville with the 2011 Ralph Flamminio Memorial Scholarship award.
The $3,000 scholarship honors the former editor of the Allentown Morning Call and Coatesville Record and salutes an exemplary Pennsylvania college student who best displays the ideals of Ralph Flamminio, passionate about journalism and the first amendment, and a champion for a better informed citizenry.
Vella has written news and features stories for the La Salle Collegian, Lehighton Times News and the Philadelphia Inquirer. He has served in different editor positions, including as the Editor-In-Chief at his college newspaper.
One editing decision Vinny made early in 2011 at La Salle attracted national attention. It greatly and dramatically exemplified his passion for keeping the public informed.
As editor of the Collegian, Vinny lobbied university officials for permission to publish an exclusive story on a La Salle professor’s off-campus event that featured exotic dancers. After a delay allowed the story to be broken by another newspaper, the Catholic university conceded and allowed Vinny to publish the story written by students Luke Harold and Justin Walters with the caveat that it appear below the fold.
The April 14 edition of the Collegian carried the story. Only the small print words “See below the fold” appeared on the top half of the broadsheet newspaper. Vinny and the staff of the Collegian had proven their point.
“You need to stand up for yourself every once in a while,” Vinny told the Philadelphia Inquirer. “You can't let authorities intimidate you.
Vinny holds a 3.99 grade-point-average at La Salle where he serves as editor of the university's literary magazine. He is also a member of the communication department's student advisory board and helps tutor at La Sall's writing center.
Said John H. Kennedy, assistant professor at La Salle: “I don’t need to tell you about the upheaval we are experiencing in journalism. As a result, some young people are disillusioned about the profession. Yet Vinny is one of those talented and committed people we need as leaders to ensure robust newspaper journalism survives and thrives.”
Temple's Morgan Zalot Honored with 2010 Flamminio Scholarship
The Pennsylvania Associated Press Managing Editors announced Friday, May 14, 2010, that Morgan Zalot of Temple University is the 2010 recipient of the Ralph Flamminio Memorial Scholarship award.
The award honoring the former editor of the Allentown Morning Call and Coatesville Record salutes an exemplary Pennsylvania college student who best displays the ideals of Ralph Flamminio, passionate about journalism and the first amendment, and a champion for a better informed citizenry.
Zalot, a junior from Philadelphia, will receive a $3,000 scholarship from the state APME. She was chosen from among 55 candidates for her portfolio of crime and enterprise work at The Temple News and internship work at the Philadelphia Daily News.
Zalot, daughter of Mary Hanson-Zalot and John Zalot, will receive the award May 14 at the annual APME state awards ceremony at the Harrisburg Hilton.
Zalot is currently the news editor for the Temple student newspaper. She is also working as a multi-media reporter for NEastPhilly.com and PhiladelphiaNeighborhoods.com.
Said George Miller, assistant professor of Journalim at Temple: “Ms. Zalot has been a leader among her peers at Temple News. She works with reporters to craft better stories, she deals with editors to make the paper better, and she helps create an atmosphere of professionalism. She clearly explains the importance of journalism, and the great deal of responsibilities that journalists carry.”