May 7, 2009
University of Iowa students win Iowa Broadcast News Association awards
Daily Iowan TV, a daily, 15-minute newscast produced by University of Iowa students, took home 16 awards in the student market television bracket at the Iowa Broadcast News Association Convention in Ames on Saturday, May 2.
DITV won eight first-place awards, including several individual awards and a group award for best sports coverage. Other honors included a sweep of the flood/tornado feature category; second place in political coverage, best newscast and overall excellence; and third place in the farm/agribusiness and excellence in writing categories.
"This is another great display of the quality of work by the fantastic young television journalists who edit, report, produce and present the newscast five nights a week," said DITV Coach Charles Munro, an instructor in the UI School of Journalism, part of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. "It's nice to see them earning recognition from the professionals who judged their work."
Munro added that it's particularly heartening to see the students sweep the flood coverage category since that very flooding prevented them from working out of their own studio. "We are now doubly grateful that the university found temporary studio space for the students during those difficult weeks at the start of the school year," he said.
NOTE TO EDITORS: students are listed alphabetically by state and hometown.
CHAMPAIGN: Alicia Corso, a UI senior from Champaign, Ill., won first place for best news feature for her story "Big Ass Turkey Leg." She also won second place in flood/tornado coverage for her piece "UI Library." Corso is majoring in theater arts and journalism.
GENEVA: Jillian Petrus, a UI junior from Geneva, Ill., won first place for best political coverage for her story "Youth Voter Turnout." She also won third place in flood/tornado coverage for her story "Business." Petrus is majoring in journalism and pre-law.
IOWA FALLS: Jay Knoll, a UI December graduate from Iowa Falls, Iowa, won third place for excellence in writing. Knoll earned a bachelor's degree in journalism and mass communication and communication studies.
MARENGO: Nick Doehrmann, a December UI graduate from Marengo, Iowa, won first place for best flood/tornado feature for his story "Parkersburg Football." Doehrmann earned a bachelor's degree in journalism and health and sports studies.
SPIRIT LAKE: Forrest B. Saunders, a UI senior from Spirit Lake, Iowa, won first place for best spot news for his story "Iowa City Plane Crash." He also won third place in farm and agriculture for his story "Organic Foods." Saunders is majoring in political science and journalism.
BLOOMINGTON: Erica Patterson, a UI senior from Bloomington, Minn., won first place for best in-depth series for her piece "Salvia." Patterson is majoring in journalism.
SOMERS: Joe Augustine, a UI senior from Somers, Wis., won first place for excellence in writing for his story "Dance Marathon." Augustine is majoring in journalism.
WAUNAKEE: Megan Cabalka, a UI senior from Waunakee, Wis. won first place for best general reporting for her story "Chess Game Murder." Cabalka is majoring in journalism and health and sports studies.
STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500
MEDIA CONTACTS: Nicole Riehl, University News Services, 319-384-0070, email@example.com