HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Penn State University student Brittany Horn was awarded the 2013 Ralph Flamminio Memorial Scholarship at the Pennsylvania Associated Press Managing Editors’ annual meeting Friday.
The award honoring the former editor of The Morning Call of Allentown 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.
Horn, a junior who was earlier this year named editor-in-chief of The Daily Collegian, will receive a $3,000 scholarship.
She was chosen from among 22 candidates for her portfolio of work with The Daily Collegian as well as The Patriot-News and the Lancaster Sunday News.
Horn, daughter of Lisa and Gerry Horn of Strasburg, received the award May 17 at the annual APME state awards ceremony at the Harrisburg Hilton in Harrisburg.
Horn started an internship May 13 at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Also, she won second place this spring in the 53rd annual William Randolph Hearst Foundation Journalism Awards Program, in which students from 106 undergraduate journalism programs at colleges and universities across the nation are eligible to participate.
In her three years at Penn State, where she is majoring in print journalism, Horn has worked for The Daily Collegian as a performing arts reporter, “greeks” reporter, cops reporter, campus editor and assistant news editor before taking the newspaper’s top spot.
She also covered the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal and the ouster of former coach Joe Paterno and then-university president Graham Spanier.
Last summer, she helped The Patriot-News in its coverage of Sandusky’s trial.
Jim Rodenbush, a member of The Daily Collegian’s professional staff, said Horn has become a “trusted voice” in the newsroom.
“I can’t say enough good things about Brittany — about her talents, sharp journalism instincts, professionalism and outstanding work ethic,” he said.
She heads into her senior year with a 3.8 grade-point average. A member of the Schreyer Honors College, Horn is pursing minors in psychology and English.