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Electronic media students receive Iowa Broadcast News Association Awards

May 11, 2003

Chris Martin, associate professor, communication studies, (319) 273-2788
Vicki Grimes, University Marketing and Public Relations, (319) 273-2761

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Two University of Northern Iowa students in the electronic media division of the Department of Communication Studies recently won six stateside awards at the Iowa Broadcast News Association convention in Des Moines.

Brian Jansen, a senior from Davenport received second place in the News Photography (student) category for dramatic storm footage titled 'Chasing Iowa Thunderstorms.' His work was originally broadcast in April 2002 on the Northern Iowa Report, a show produced by students in a video production/practicum course.

Eric Braley, a senior from Cedar Falls received four awards. Braley received first place in the Feature (student) category for a story titled 'Street Sweeper,' and second place in General Reporting (student) for 'Move to the Right,' both created for Cedar Falls Community Television. Braley and the staff of Panther Sports Talk won third place for Best Sportcast (student) for Panther Sports Talk, broadcast on UNI-TV. Braley also received an honorable mention for Student Market Radio, Sports Play-by-Play, a compilation of work aired on UNI's KGRK radio.

The UNI weekly news program, The Northern Iowa Report received second place in Best Newscast (student), for a program first aired in February 2002. The program was produced an anchored by Braley and Sarah Underhill, an alumnae from Legrand. Other students who worked on the program included: Jansen, Nick Glew, an alumni from Cedar Falls; Jared Breedon, an alumni from Kellogg; Justin Wise, a senior from West Des Moines; Kim Blythe an alumnae from Des Moines; Trevor Schumacher, an alumni from Cedar Falls; Michael Rueber, an alumni from Arlington; Nate Schmitt, an alumni from Farley; Leslie Prieto, an alumnae from San Antonio, Texas; Matt Barker, a senior from Hazleton; and Carrie Grady, an alumnae from Cedar Falls.

Winners in the student category of the IBNA awards compete with entries from colleges and universities across the state of Iowa.