KUWS Recieves Regional honors

KUWS-FM and its staff have recently received sev­eral Eric Sevareid awards from the North­west Broad­cast News Asso­ci­a­tion. The awards are named for the renowned mid-century CBS cor­re­spon­dent and are spon­sored annu­ally by the NBCA. These awards are given to stu­dents through a vote of a panel of judges. The jour­nal­ism stu­dents and KUWS-FM were hon­ored this month April 12 & 13 at an annual six-state jour­nal­ism con­fer­ence in Minneapolis.

Lucy Roberts, Monte Stew­art, Blake Melin, Kris­ten Vake, Joe Gigliotti, Jes­sica Hamil­ton, Glen Moberg and Rich Kre­mer were each hon­ored for their indi­vid­ual sto­ries as well some col­lab­o­ra­tion such as the ones done between Blake Melin and Jes­sica Hamil­ton on their sto­ries to this year’s recent flood recov­ery. Each of these stu­dents has a dif­fer­ent approach to their sto­ries and brought a dif­fer­ent per­spec­tive and learn­ing expe­ri­ence away from their work done at the sta­tion. Joe Giglotti, a senior at KUWS wrote a story enti­tled Inde­pen­dent book­stores hold­ing their own and it related to the con­test between e-books being sold online ver­sus phys­i­cal copies being sold in book­store. “Mr. Simon­son just said that would be a fun story to do.” He dis­cov­ered that book­stores are hold­ing their own when com­pete­ing with the e-book mar­ket despite its rise in pop­u­lar­ity. Another Stu­dent involved with KUWS but not quite at the end of her aca­d­e­mic career is Jes­sica Hamil­ton. Some of the awards she received from the NBCA were related to her flood cov­er­age in coor­di­na­tion with fel­low KUWS reporter Blake Melin. “It’s a pretty good feel­ing espe­cially after work­ing here for almost a year. I feel accom­plished.” She felt her per­sonal com­fort zone being pushed with another piece enti­tled Vet­eran tends to comrade’s ashes. This piece was cen­tered on a vet­eran rais­ing money to give his fel­low vet­er­ans whose ashes had been unclaimed at nurs­ing homes, proper bur­ial. She found her­self talk­ing to a funeral direc­tor and face to face with the prob­lem itself on a shelf con­tain­ing unclaimed ashes ready for burial.

Not only did the stu­dent reporters receive awards for merit but UWS instruc­tor and Wis­con­sin Pub­lic Radio Reporter Mike Simon­son received a National Head­lin­ers Award for the doc­u­men­tary enti­tled For­ever Ace:  The Richard Bong Story. This doc­u­men­tary was pro­duced in coor­di­na­tion with a fel­low Wis­con­sin Pub­lic Radio reporter, the Late Jim Packard. The National Head­liner Awards pro­gram is a long stand­ing con­test rec­og­niz­ing jour­nal­is­tic merit in the com­mu­ni­ca­tions indus­try. Simon­son feels there are cer­tain traits effec­tive jour­nal­ists need to have any kind of suc­cess in their careers. “You have to have a fire in the belly, you have to have at least aver­age intel­li­gence, you have to have curios­ity and you have to be doing it for the right rea­sons.” He added that the wrong rea­sons were things like ego and fame as those were ideas that could be eas­ily squashed and went on to explain that jour­nal­ism has a larger respon­si­bil­ity to the gen­eral public.

The awards are part of the annual Mid­west Jour­nal­ism Con­fer­ence, which fea­tures train­ing ses­sions and draws more than three hun­dred work­ing jour­nal­ists and jour­nal­ism stu­dents from Min­nesota, Wis­con­sin, North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa and Nebraska. The panel of judges for the awards is made up of jour­nal­ists and edu­ca­tors from out­side the six-state area to insure impartiality.

KUWS is a sta­tion on cam­pus that prides itself on the pos­i­tive val­ues of jour­nal­ism now they have some addi­tional acco­lades to reflect that empha­sis on integrity and focus that shows their staff and stu­dents rep­re­sent those spe­cific values.

 

 

 

(Here are the awards given by cat­e­gory. what can we do to orga­nize them on a page?)

 

Audio
Stu­dent Mar­ket Radio
Award of Merit
KUWS/Wisconsin Pub­lic Radio
– “Singing Valen­tines for hon­eys”-Lucy Roberts
First Place
KUWS/Wisconsin Pub­lic Radio
– “Radio tower:
Thar she blows”-Monte Stew­art

Broad­cast Writ­ing
Stu­dent Mar­ket Radio
Award of Merit
KUWS/Wisconsin Pub­lic Radio
– “Fos­ter Grand­par­ents hon­ored”-Blake Melin
First Place
KUWS/Wisconsin Pub­lic Radio
– “Gildi Project to help senior depres­sion”-Kris­ten Vake

Large Mar­ket Radio
Award of Mer­it­First Place
Wis­con­sin Pub­lic Radio
– “Glen Moberg”–Glen Moberg

Gen­eral Report­ing
Stu­dent Mar­ket Radio
Award of Merit
KUWS/Wisconsin Pub­lic Radio
– “His­toric flood after­math”-Blake Melin
KUWS/Wisconsin Pub­lic Radio
– “Inde­pen­dent book­stores hold­ing their own”-Joe Gigliotti
First Place
KUWS/Wisconsin Pub­lic Radio
– “Speak Out Against Domes­tic Vio­lence”-Lucy Roberts

Hard Fea­ture
Stu­dent Mar­ket Radio
Award of Merit
KUWS/Wisconsin Pub­lic Radio
– “Speak out against domes­tic vio­lence”-Lucy Roberts
KUWS/Wisconsin Pub­lic Radio -
“Inter­sec­tion of race and sex­ual dis­crim­i­na­tion”-Monte Stew­art

Series
Stu­dent Mar­ket Radio
Award of Merit
KUWS/Wisconsin Pub­lic Radio
– “Vet­eran tends to comrade’s ashes”-Jes­sica Hamilton

First Place
KUWS/Wisconsin Pub­lic Radio
– “Cen­tury flood and recov­ery”-Blake Melin, Jes­sica Hamilton

Inves­tiga­tive
Stu­dent Mar­ket Radio
First Place
KUWS/Wisconsin Pub­lic Radio
– “His­toric flood recov­ery”-Blake Melin, Jes­sica Hamilton

News­cast

First Place
KUWS/Wisconsin Pub­lic Radio
– “News at 9 Flood broad­cast”-Jes­sica Hamilton

Spot News
Stu­dent Mar­ket Radio
First Place
KUWS/Wisconsin Pub­lic Radio
– “Flood of the Cen­tury”-Blake Melin
Large Mar­ket Radio

Award of Merit

Wis­con­sin Pub­lic Radio “Gal­loway res­ig­na­tion shifts Sen­ate bal­ance of
power”-Glen Moberg
First Place
Min­nesota Pub­lic Radio
– “North­east­ern Min­nesota floods”

Talk/Public Affairs
Small Mar­ket Radio

First Place
WHWC — “The West Side: 93rd Assem­bly Forum”-Rich Kre­mer

Soft Fea­ture
Stu­dent Mar­ket Radio
First Place
KUWS/Wisconsin Pub­lic Radio
– “Fos­ter grand­par­ents get their due“
Blake Melin

 

Images cour­tesy of Nathaniel Han­ni­nan and Nate Hanninan
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