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Release: June 20, 2000
UI senior named one of nation's top 10 journalism students
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- University of Iowa senior Alissa Swango has been selected
as one of the top 10 journalism students in the country. Swango, a Bloomington,
Ill., native who is majoring in journalism and art, won a $10,000 scholarship
in the Scripps Howard Foundation's second annual "Top Ten" scholarship
program for college journalists.
Swango was one of 10 journalism students from across the United States to
receive the scholarship, a one-time award covering a full academic year.
This year's winners were selected from among 44 nominees, based on academic
achievement and a demonstrated interest in a career in journalism. They also
were required to submit a personal essay emphasizing long-term goals. A special
scholarship committee of the foundation, made up of industry professionals
and foundation trustees, selected the winners.
During her junior year, Swango was president of the UI's award-winning chapter
of the Society of Professional Journalists. She currently serves on the board
of directors of Student Publications, Inc., is a member of the UI lecture
committee, and works as news director for KRUI, the UI's student-run radio
station, where she previously was a reporter and news anchor. Swango has also
worked as graphics editor of The Daily Iowan, as a writing intern in UI Health-Science
Relations, and as a graphic design assistant at University Photo Service.
This summer she is attending a journalism program at Georgetown University
and working as a graphics research intern at USAToday.com.
"Alissa is a terrific student, and she has done a great job as president
of the School's chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists,"
said John Soloski, director of the UI School of Journalism and Mass Communication.
"She is very deserving of this honor."
The Scripps Howard Foundation is the corporate foundation of The E.W. Scripps
Company. The foundation's stated mission is to advance the cause of a free
press through support of excellence in journalism, quality journalism education
and professional development.