April 25, 1997
Broadcast Students Capture Awards
Three UW-River Falls broadcast journalism majors were recognized for their outstanding work on "10/19 Community News," a weekly news broadcast produced by broadcast journalism majors. The broadcast runs on cable systems in River Falls, Hudson, and North Hudson.
The students received awards from the Northwest Broadcast News Association, which represents news organizations from Nebraska, Iowa, the Dakotas, Minnesota and Wisconsin. The NBNA sponsors an annual news awards competition for professionals and students.
"Any university or college in the region can enter. We sent in three stories and all three received awards," said Professor Robert J. Snyder, faculty advisor for "10/19 News." "Not everyone wins."
Paul Jurgensen, a junior from Ellsworth, won first place for Best Video in the Student Competition for his story "Bike Safety Patrol." This story was about the University's public safety office's new bike patrol.
"It was nice to receive the award," Jurgensen said. "It's nice for my resume."
Adam Knutson, a senior from New Richmond, won first place for General Reporting in the Student Competition for his story "Media Play Closes." This story examined the impact of the closing of a major retailer.
Kristin Webb, a senior from Rochester, Minn., won an Award of Merit for Sports Reporting for her story "Molly Comes Home." This was a profile of Minnesota Twins designated hitter Paul Molitor.
Students involved with "10/19 Community News" are enrolled in a news production class at UW-RF. Students find their own stories while Snyder provides weekly critiques and feedback on stories.
The students received their plaques during the NBNA's annual awards banquet April 12 at the Regal Minneapolis Hotel. The guest speaker was Barbara Carlson. News directors and professionals from throughout the six-state region were at the banquet.
"The banquet is quite a showcase event," Snyder said. "These awards recognize the quality of work done in the journalism department. We are very pleased that others working in the industry recognize the outstanding quality of our students' work."