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April 21, 2006
Contact: Dick Nelson, KUJH general manager, (785) 864-0601.

Student staff members of KUJH-TV take home 18 broadcasting awards

LAWRENCE — Staff members of KUJH-TV, the University of Kansas student television news operation, recently received 18 awards, including seven first-place honors, from the Kansas Association of Broadcasters and the Society of Professional Journalists.

The Kansas Association of Broadcasters annually honors high school and college students’ work in radio and television. The awards were presented April 12 at the association’s Student Seminar in Topeka. KU won two first-place awards, three second places and three honorable mentions.

First-place winners were:
— Adam Sechrist, Overland Park junior; and Steve Zawilinski, Allen, Texas, sophomore, for complete newscast Oct. 7, 2005, on the Boardwalk Apartments fire in Lawrence.
— Marshanna Hester, Boonville, Mo., fall 2005 graduate; Amanda Hollis, Garden City senior; Lindsey Hale, Topeka senior; and Sechrist for hard news package on the Boardwalk Apartments fire.

The Society of Professional Journalists Region 7 Mark of Excellence Awards honor the best work in print, radio, television and online college journalism. KU students received five first places, two second places and three third places in the region that includes Kansas, Nebraska, Iowa and Missouri.

First-place regional winners were:
— Tom Hipp, Overland Park, spring 2005 graduate, for sports reporting, “Final preparations for Kansas Relays” (tv.ku.edu/stories/3172).
— Natasha Trelfa, Elizabeth, Colo., fall 2005 graduate, for breaking news, “Arrest made in deadly apartment fire” (tv.ku.edu/stories/6582).
— KUJH-TV News online staff, for online news at tv.ku.edu.
— Jimmy Chavez III, San Antonio, Texas, senior; Tracy Perlman, St. Paul, Minn., junior; and Tim Veach, Herndon, Va., senior, for online sports reporting, “Arrowhead game may sack local business” (tv.ku.edu/stories/4780).
— Denise Spidle, Hesston, former KU student, for online in-depth reporting, “Cheerleading becoming a risky business” (tv.ku.edu/stories/9221).

KUJH and its Web site provide students with hands-on professionally supervised work experiences. Student-produced news airs on KUJH at 5:30, 7:30, 9:30 and 11:30 p.m. Monday through Friday while KU classes are in session during the fall and spring semesters.

To view select KUJH stories and learn more about the station and the student staff, visit the Web site and its award-winning online news presentation at tv.ku.edu.

Dick Nelson is general manager and news coordinator for KUJH. Staci Wolfe, Lawrence master’s degree student, is KUJH multimedia coordinator.

Student recipients for Kansas Association of Broadcasters and Society of Professional Journalists awards are listed below by name, hometown, major/degree and student status, parent name (if available), high school and award or role. Unless mentioned as an intern award, all are in the undergraduate student award category.

FINNEY COUNTY
From Garden City
Amanda Hollis, senior in journalism and mass communications (news and information emphasis), daughter of Darryl and Karen Lubbers; Garden City Senior High School; KAB first-place team award for hard news package on the Oct. 7, 2005, Boardwalk Apartments fire in Lawrence.

HARVEY COUNTY
From Hesston
Denise Spidle, former KU student in journalism and mass communications (news and information emphasis), daughter of Bruce and Mary Ann Spidle; Hesston High School; SPJ first-place award for online in-depth reporting, “Cheerleading becoming a risky business” (tv.ku.edu/stories/9221).

JOHNSON COUNTY
From Leawood
Karen Abramowitz, spring 2005 graduate with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and mass communications (news and information emphasis) and minor in communication studies, daughter of Jacob and Nilli Abramowitz; Blue Valley North High School; KAB second-place team award for the Feb. 23, 2005, complete newscast.

Samantha Horner, spring 2005 graduate with bachelor’s degrees in political science and journalism and mass communications (news and information emphasis), daughter of Jean Horner; Blue Valley North High School; SPJ third-place award for general news, “Students encounter spring break woes” (tv.ku.edu/stories/2554).

From Overland Park
Tom Hipp, spring 2005 graduate with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and mass communications (news and information emphasis), son of Rod and Kay Hipp; Shawnee Mission South High School; SPJ first-place award for sports reporting, “Final preparations for Kansas Relays” (tv.ku.edu/stories/3172); and KAB second-place complete sports feature award for “University of Kansas Relay Preps.”

Adam Sechrist, junior in journalism and mass communications (news and information emphasis), son of Laura Sechrist; Shawnee Mission South High School; KAB first-place team award for complete newscast October 7, 2005, on the Boardwalk Apartments fire in Lawrence; and KAB first-place team award for hard news package on the Boardwalk Apartments fire.

From Spring Hill
Jamie Zarda, senior in journalism and mass communications (news and information emphasis), daughter of James and Andrea Zarda; Spring Hill High School; SPJ third-place team award for online depth reporting, “Clinic attracts record number of patients” (tv.ku.edu/stories/4882).

LEAVENWORTH COUNTY
From Leavenworth
Kassandra Weber, junior in journalism and mass communications (news and information emphasis), daughter of Constance Smith; Lansing High School; KAB honorable mention team award for the Oct. 11, 2005, complete newscast.

LYON COUNTY
From Emporia
Jesse Newell, senior in journalism and mass communications (news and information emphasis), son of Dennis and Barbara Newell; Emporia Senior High School; SPJ third-place team award for online depth reporting, “Clinic attracts record number of patients” (tv.ku.edu/stories/4882).

SHAWNEE COUNTY
From Topeka
Lindsey Hale, senior in journalism and mass communications (news and information emphasis), daughter of Martin and Patsy Hale; Topeka West High School; KAB first place team award for hard news package on the October 7, 2005, Boardwalk Apartments fire in Lawrence.

Haley Harrison, senior in journalism and mass communications (news and information emphasis), daughter of David and Mellody Harrison; Topeka West High School; KAB second-place hard news package intern award for “University of Kansas graduation rates”; SPJ second-place award for in-depth reporting, “Evolution and faith — a peaceful coexistence?” (tv.ku.edu/stories/8343); and KAB honorable mention team award for hard news package on evolution Nov. 8, 2005.

COLORADO
From Elizabeth (ZIP 80107)
Natasha Trelfa, fall 2005 graduate with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and mass communications (news and information emphasis), daughter of Tim and Genie Trelfa; Cherry Creek High School, Englewood, Colo.; SPJ first-place award for breaking news “Arrest made in deadly apartment fire” (tv.ku.edu/stories/6582); SPJ third-place award for in-depth reporting, “Rehab rather than prison” (tv.ku.edu/stories/8661); and KAB honorable mention team award for hard news package on evolution Nov. 8, 2005.

MINNESOTA
From St. Paul (ZIP 55118)
Tracy Perlman, senior in journalism and mass communications (news and information emphasis), daughter of Charles and Lisa Perlman; Henry Sibley Senior High School, Mendota Heights, Minn.; SPJ first-place award for online sports reporting, “Arrowhead game may sack local business” (tv.ku.edu/stories/4780).

MISSOURI
From Boonville (ZIP 65233)
Marshanna Hester, fall 2005 graduate with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and mass communications (news and information emphasis) and minor in communication studies, daughter of Christy Dawson; Boonville R-1 High School; KAB first-place team award for hard news package on the October 7, 2005, Boardwalk Apartments fire in Lawrence.

From Springfield (ZIP 65803)
Audrey Esther, senior in journalism and mass communications (news and information emphasis), daughter of Buena Esther; Hillcrest High School; SPJ second-place award for general news, “County offering Spanish class to workers” (tv.ku.edu/stories/7224); SPJ third-place team award for online depth reporting, “Clinic attracts record number of patients” (tv.ku.edu/stories/4882); and KAB honorable mention for complete news feature on Spanish class.

TEXAS
From Allen (ZIP 75013)
Steve Zawilinski, sophomore in journalism and mass communications (news and information emphasis), son of Robert and Sandra Zawilinski; Allen High School; KAB first-place team award for complete newscast October 7, 2005, on the Boardwalk Apartments fire in Lawrence; KAB second-place team award for the Feb. 23, 2005, complete newscast; and KAB honorable mention team award for the Oct. 11, 2005, complete newscast.

From Plano (ZIP 75093)
Eric Sorrentino, senior in journalism and mass communications (news and information emphasis), son of Ralph and Debbie Sorrentino; Plano West Senior High School; SPJ third-place team award for online depth reporting, “Clinic attracts record number of patients” (tv.ku.edu/stories/4882).

From San Antonio (ZIP 78214)
Jimmy Chavez III, senior in journalism and mass communications (news and information emphasis), son of Jimmy Chavez; Harlandale Senior High School; first-place SPJ award for online sports reporting, “Arrowhead game may sack local business” (tv.ku.edu/stories/4780).

VIRGINIA
From Herndon (ZIP 20171)
Tim Veach, senior in journalism and mass communications (news and information emphasis), son of Glenn Veach; Fox Chapel Area High School, Pittsburgh, Pa.; third-place SPJ team award for online depth reporting, “Clinic attracts record number of patients” (tv.ku.edu/stories/4882).

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