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| UW-Eau Claire Students Receive
Mark of Excellence Awards
MAILED: May 4, 2000
Four University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire students recently were named Mark of Excellence winners in the Society of Professional Journalists Region 6 competition.
Sophomore Marissa Kramer, Waukesha, and junior Erin Tibbits, Washburn, placed first in the radio spot news category for their story titled "Veterans Day Ceremony." The story provided coverage of a Veterans Day celebration at an Eau Claire middle school.
"The 'Veteran's Day Ceremony' story was done under deadline pressure," said Henry Lippold, professor of communication and journalism. "To create a memorable story under such time constraints was excellent."
Junior Christiana Oliveira, Brazil, and Kramer won first place in the radio feature category for their story titled "Jubilee 2000," which covered an Eau Claire rally promoting debt relief to poor countries.
"The students made good use of natural sound in addition to good reporting," Lippold said of the "Jubilee 2000" story.
Both radio stories aired on WUEC-FM.
Senior Jaime Bartz, Shawano, took second place in the television sports reporting category with her story titled "Silvermine Hill Ski Jumping Tournament," which aired on the university's "Update News" program on Public Access Community Television.
"Ms. Bartz caught some dramatic footage and made a good story that held (the viewers') attention throughout," Lippold said.
The awards were presented April 14 at the Region 6 convention in Minneapolis. Region 6 is comprised of professional and campus SPJ chapters in Wisconsin, Minnesota, North and South Dakota.
First-place winners in the 12 SPJ regions will advance to the national competition. National Mark of Excellence winners will be honored at the SPJ national convention in Columbus, Ohio, in October.
Janice B. Wisner
UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
Updated: May 4, 2000