Abbey Zelko

  • Harrisburg US-PA
Abbey Zelko


In my Publications class at IUP, we spent the semester creating a magazine for the journalism department called The Lede.  I wrote a story called "Journalism Jobs:  The Good, the Bad and the Unusual" about IUP journalism alumni who now have unusual jobs such as a religious sister, a cooking school owner and a restaurant owner.  Although these might not seem like jobs for journalists, all three said that they use their journalism skills in their jobs today.

In addition to writing and designing the pages for my story in both the print and web version, I also worked as the Art Director.  I designed artwork for others in the class to use for their stories in both the print and web version.  As part of my job, I also designed the cover page for the print version.

View The Lede


2nd place Collegiate Keystone Press Award for public service/enterprise reporting

The HawkEye

The Trials of Hot Dog John

Pennsylvania Women's Press Association Scholarship 2013

--A $1500 scholarship given to a junior, senior or graduate student on the basis of proven journalistic  ability, dedication to a newspaper career and general merit.

Writing Samples




Adobe Photoshop

Adobe Dreamweaver

Adobe Indesign

AP Style

Layout and Design



Work History

Work History
Mar 2013 - Present


The Indiana Gazette
Aug 2012 - Present

Roving Reporter

Eberly College of Business and Information Technology

I write news and feature stories, take photos and post the stories and photos on the Indiana University of Pennsylvania website.


Aug 2010 - Present

Bachelor of Arts

Indiana University of Pennsylvania

Robert E. Cook Honors College

Spanish minor, Communications Media minor

I have taken a variety of journalism courses including News Reporting, Sports Journalism, Personality Profile Writing, Public Relations Writing, Media Convergence, Layout and Design and Publications.  



David Loomis

I have known Dr. Loomis since fall 2011 as an advisor, professor and editor of the HawkEye.  He worked with me on my investigative civic project story that won a 2nd place Collegiate Keystone Press Award for public service/enterprise reporting.

The Trials of Hot Dog John

Randy Jesick

I have known Dr. Jesick since fall 2010 as a mentor and professor.  He has helped me improve my writing in his Writing for the Print Media, Public Relations and Sports Journalism classes.