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University of Iowa News Release

May 10, 2004

WSUI Program Wins Journalism Award

At the Iowa Associated Press annual 2003 broadcast journalism awards ceremony April 30 in Ames, WSUI's "Week's End" program received the second place in the documentary category for its Nov. 23 edition.

The program, which airs at 3:30 p.m. Sundays on University of Iowa's public radio station WSUI, is a 30-minute local news magazine that includes recorded and produced interviews, stories and essays.

The production team includes host Gayane Torosyan and UI student producers, reporters and writers: Dianna Stirpe of Iowa City (Non-fiction Writing); Cody Nelson of Mediapolis (Journalism and Communication Studies); Paul Flahive of Omaha, Neb. (Journalism and Political Science); Ben Schmidt of Iowa City (Communication Studies/Film); Rebecca Shier (Non-fiction Writing) and Jody Caldwell of Georgetown, Ky. (Writers Workshop).

"Our purpose is to bring quality local news programming to our audience on weekends, collaborate with a variety of non-partisan community groups and organizations, especially university departments such as journalism and mass communication, and appeal to a wider audience that would hopefully include younger listeners," Torosyan said.

The WSUI team won the Associated Press award for the Nov. 23 broadcast of "Week's End," which featured an interview with a woman from T'bilisi in the Republic of Georgia on the day the country's former leader Edward Shevardnadze was ousted. The show also included UI political science professor Jeannie Sowers talking about America's role in regime change in the Middle East; conservative columnist Linda Chavez; an update on the closed Meskwaki Casino in Tama; KSUI Producer Nancy Hagen interviewing Richard Kogan on Tchaikovski's life and creativity; and an essay by student Liah Williams, who took Jeff Porter's Radio Essay class in the Department of English.

"This award means that we have accomplished our goal of giving our students real-life experience in journalism and radio production," Torosyan added.

For more information see The award-winning Nov. 23 show is available in Real Audio on the website.

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