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Communication and journalism students win state broadcasting awards

RELEASED: March 11, 2010

EAU CLAIRE — A number of University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire students received 2010 Student Awards for Excellence from the Wisconsin Broadcasters Association.

UW-Eau Claire placed first in the public affairs and talk radio show category for "Culture Talk," a program focused on how culture influences the way in which people communicate verbally and nonverbally. Student producers recognized for "Culture Talk" were Joseph Tierney, Shawano; Nessa Severson, New Glarus, now a UW-Eau Claire graduate; Pierce Koch, Green Bay; and Anne Moser, Hudson, now a UW-Eau Claire graduate. Dr. Judy Sims, professor of communication and journalism, serves as faculty adviser.

The winning episode, transcribed by Chelsea Jacobson, Sartell, Minn., featured an interview with two local Hmong-American women: Dr. Kaying Xiong-Vue and Sophia Vuelo. The broadcast is available online.

UW-Eau Claire also took first in the television newscast category for its show "Update News." Student staff members recognized for the show were Brent Brevak, Ashland; Michelle Clemens, St. Paul, Minn.; Netra Gillard, Burnsville, Minn.; Kara Karlin, Reedsburg; Lucy Lee, Eau Claire; Megan Lowry, Burnsville, Minn., now a UW-Eau Claire graduate; Dustin Luecke, Onalaska; Ali Meerkins-Weiler, Mound, Minn.; Amanda Miller, Menasha; Alyssa Ogletree, Madison; Alex Otte, Mosinee; Vanessa Tait, Lakeland, Minn.; Matt Troge, Black Earth; and Jenny You, Cottage Grove, Minn. Jack Kapfer, associate professor of communication and journalism, serves as faculty adviser.

Jenny You also placed second in the television news story category for the story "Kindness."

Since 1951 the WBA has been the only trade association which supports, promotes and represents all radio and television broadcasters in Wisconsin. Ninety percent of all radio and television stations in Wisconsin are WBA members.

For additional information, contact Dr. Judy Sims at 715-836-3267 or Jack Kapfer at 715-836-2300. For more information about the awards, call WBA at 608-255-2600 or visit their Web site.

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