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Allison Hageman, Georgetown University graduate, named Galvan Outstanding Graduate in Journalism recipient


Lou Harry, SPJ Manager of Publications and Awards, 317-920-4786, lharry@spj.org
Zoë Berg, SPJ Communications Specialist, 317-920-4785, zberg@spj.org

INDIANAPOLIS – The Society of Professional Journalists has named Allison Hageman as a second winner of the Julie Galvan Outstanding Graduate in Journalism Award. The judging panel for the Galvan award was so impressed with Hageman’s work, commitment to ethical journalism and contributions to her SPJ chapter that it was decided to recognize her, in addition to Sara Stanley, who was announced as a winner of the award earlier this month.

This award honors journalism graduates who have excelled in their class based on character, service to the community, scholarship, proficiency in practical journalism and contribution to their SPJ chapter.

Hageman graduated from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., in May with a Master of Professional Studies degree in journalism. She most recently served as vice president of the SPJ chapter at Georgetown. Her capstone project on how climate change proportionately impacts minority communities and low-income people, told through the phenomena of flooding in D.C., was recently published in Washington City Paper.

“Allison Hageman is the embodiment of Georgetown journalism, a true leader in the classroom and the community who works to better herself and those around her,” wrote Carole Feldman, interim faculty director for journalism, and Gina Garcia, assistant dean at Georgetown’s School of Continuing Studies and adviser of Georgetown’s SPJ Chapter. “Through her work with SPJ, Allison played an integral part in keeping the Georgetown journalism community together during the height of the pandemic when we and other universities were operating remotely.”

Hageman is considered the holder of the chapter’s institutional knowledge, given how immersed she has been in its activities. Hageman was a student representative at SPJ’s 2021 virtual conference and wrote for the SPJ News site. In addition, her determination spoke volumes even in the midst of significant personal loss in 2020 – an occurrence, Feldman and Garcia wrote, that shaped her determination to give back during her time as a student.

Hageman was recently hired by WRC-TV, the NBC owned station in Washington, D.C., as a digital journalist, and her byline has appeared in DCist, Delaware Today, Out & About and Capitol Standard. She was also recognized by Georgetown as the recipient of the Tropaia award because of her work in and out of the classroom.

Hageman will be recognized at the Student Summit & Awards Program at MediaFest22, SPJ’s annual convention, in Washington, D.C., on Oct. 28.

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