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June 2, 2008

UWIRE names four UI students/graduates top 100 collegiate journalists

Four University of Iowa journalism students or recent graduates -- Jason Brummond, Jay Knoll, Dean Treftz and Anna Wiegenstein -- were selected for the inaugural UWIRE 100, representing an elite crop of aspiring media professionals.

UWIRE is a free membership organization for college student media. The UI students were selected from a pool of more than 500 nominations from 132 schools. UWIRE conducted a three-month national search for students who excelled in their journalistic medium, demonstrated a commitment to the field of journalism, and showed potential to help revolutionize the industry.

Ben French, vice president and general manager of UWIRE, called the UWIRE 100 "hard workers, big thinkers and gifted storytellers."

Brummond, a native of Iowa City, graduated from the UI in May 2008 with degrees in journalism and business. He is the son of Chuck and Maggie Brummond and a 2003 graduate of Iowa City High School. He worked for five years at The Daily Iowan, first as a sports reporter and sports editor, and finally as editor-in-chief during the 2007-08 school year. Brummond interned with covering the Minnesota Twins in summer 2006. His future plans are to work for a media company and return to school in the near future for an MBA.

Knoll, a native of Iowa Falls, is a journalism and mass communication major planning to graduate in fall 2008. He's a 2001 graduate of AGWSR High in Ackley, Iowa, and his parents are Darren Knoll of Maxwell, Iowa, and Denise Knoll of St. Peter, Minn. Knoll currently serves as news director of Daily Iowan TV. His past work experience includes working as news director at KLMJ Radio in Hampton, Iowa, and the first-ever "convergence journalist" at Times-Citizen Communications in Iowa Falls. In that role, he served as news director for KIFG Radio and a news reporter for the Times-Citizen.

Treftz, a native of Falcon Heights, Minn., and a 2004 graduate of Roseville Area High School, plans to graduate from the UI in May 2009 with a bachelor's degree in economics and journalism. He covered politics for The Daily Iowan before being accepted to the Washington Center for Politics and Journalism and working as an intern at the Washington, D.C. bureau of the Wall Street Journal. Treftz also interned as a researcher with the Almanac of American Politics. He's now a metro editor at The Daily Iowan.

Wiegenstein, a native of Quincy, Ill., is a UI senior majoring in journalism and cinema. Her parents are Steve Wiegenstein and Sharon Buzzard. As a Daily Iowan Scholarship recipient, Wiegenstein has spent her college career working on the Arts and Culture section of the paper. This summer and fall she'll be editor of the section. Wiegenstein plans to pursue a career as an arts writer.

Founded in 1994, UWIRE is operated by CBS College Sports Network. Its Student Media Affiliate Program allows more than 800 student media outlets to share content and facilitate inter-school collaboration through a wire service that generates more than 500 news, opinion, sports and entertainment stories daily. The full UWIRE 100 list is available at

The School of Journalism and Mass Communication is part of the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

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