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

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