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Feb. 18, 2008

At A Glance

Daily Iowan wins first-place award for Web site

The Iowa Newspaper Association awarded The Daily Iowan first place in the "Best Web site/Daily" category at an awards ceremony Feb. 8, which pitted the campus daily against professional newspapers around the state of Iowa. University of Iowa students design and develop content for the site, which can be viewed at

The DI also won two second-place awards in editorial (Best Sports Story to former DI writer Tyson Wirth, and Best Series to former DI writers Mason Kerns and Margaret Poe), and one second-place finish in advertising (Best Promotion of a Newspaper). DI sports writer Eric Mandel won a third-place award for his personality profile of a UI softball player.

For more information, contact DI Publisher Bill Casey, 319-335-5788

UI student wins first place in Hearst sportswriting competition

Nick Compton, a UI student from Strawberry Point, Iowa, won first place for sportswriting in the 48th annual William Randolph Hearst Foundation's Journalism Awards Program. Compton, a junior studying journalism and political science, will receive a $2,000 scholarship for his story "Running to the Future," published in The Daily Iowan on Nov. 13, 2007. The UI School of Journalism and Mass Communication will receive a matching grant. Compton competed against 83 students from 49 accredited undergraduate journalism programs nationwide. He is the son of John and Jane Compton.

For more information, contact Jan C. Watten, 415-908-4560,

Tippie students to prepare taxes for free as part of program beginning Feb. 24

UI students in the Tippie College of Business are offering free tax assistance to qualified Johnson County taxpayers as part of the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program. People who earned less than $40,000 in 2007 can have their tax returns completed and electronically filed for free by Tippie students and other volunteers who have received special tax preparation training. Tippie volunteers will provide tax preparation services at the Iowa City Public Library from 5:45 to 8:45 p.m. on Wednesdays and 1 to 4 p.m. Sundays Feb. 24 to April 13, excluding the week of March 17 for spring break. No appointment is necessary. For more information call the United Way toll-free at 211 or 1-866-469-2211, or visit the Johnson County Web site at


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