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April 24, 2009
Contact: Dick Nelson, KUJH, (785) 864-0601.

Journalism students win awards from Kansas Association of Broadcasters

LAWRENCE — Staff members from KUJH-TV, the student-run television station at the University of Kansas, received 11 awards from the Kansas Association of Broadcasters this month.

The association annually honors high school and college students’ work in radio and television. This year, awards were presented April 6 at the association’s Student Seminar in Topeka. They recognized work done during the 2008 academic year by current KU students or recent graduates. In addition to seven first-place awards, KUJH won one second-place honor and three honorable mentions.

First-place winners and Web links to specific news stories are listed below:

— Christopher Brott of Kiel, Germany, who earned a master’s degree in fall 2008, for his enterprise news package, “Point 2 for the T.”

— Kendra Hall, a senior from Paola, for her hard news package, “Baker Wetlands.”

— Alex Dufek, a junior from Green Bay, Wis., for his work on the entertainment program Jayhawk Sports Talk Thursday.

— Justin O’Neal of West Des Moines, Iowa, who earned a bachelor’s degree in summer 2008, for his work on Jayhawk Sports Talk Thursday.

— Greg Shippy, a junior from Overland Park, for his work on Jayhawk Sports Talk Thursday.

— Nate Sito of Rocklin, Calif., who earned a bachelor’s degree in 2008, for his work on Jayhawk Sports Talk Thursday.

— Kyle West, a junior from Ellsworth junior, for his work on Jayhawk Sports Talk Thursday.

Other winners:

— West earned second place for his TV sportscast that aired Sept. 22, 2008.

— Courtney Condron, a senior from Leawood, honorable mention for her enterprise news package, “Medical Records."

— John DeVore of Coffeyville, who earned a bachelor’s degree in fall 2008, honorable mention for his work as producer of the Dec. 9, 2008, newscast.

— Paige Hendrick, a senior from Leawood, honorable mention for her work as director of the Dec. 9, 2008, newscast.

KUJH airs newscasts produced by students at 5:30, 7:30, 9:30 and 11:30 p.m. weekdays while KU classes are in session during the fall and spring semesters. The students serve as reporters, photographers, producers and anchors. The station and its Web site provide students with hands-on, professionally supervised work experience. KUJH covers news of general interest at KU as well as in Lawrence and Douglas County. The station broadcasts on Channel 31 on Sunflower Broadband in Lawrence, Tonganoxie, Eudora, Basehor and Piper.

Jayhawk Sports Talk, a student-produced sports program, airs live five nights a week. The half-hour program highlights athletics at KU and looks at issues related to collegiate athletics. In addition, students from KU’s atmospheric science program provide a daily weather segment.

Dick Nelson is general manager and news coordinator for KUJH. Terry Bryant, lecturer in journalism and media lab manager, oversees work on the Jayhawk Sports Talk shows.

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 presentations at https://tv.ku.edu.

Winners are listed below by hometown, major/degree, parents’ name, high school or previous school attended and award.

ELLSWORTH COUNTY
From Ellsworth 67439
Kyle W. West, junior in marketing, son of Randy and Kristi West; Ellsworth High School; first-place team award for undergraduate TV entertainment sports talk program and second place for undergraduate TV sportscast.

JOHNSON COUNTY
From Leawood 66206
Courtney Condron, senior in news and information with a business minor, daughter of Robert and Ellen Condron; Shawnee Mission East High School, Prairie Village; honorable mention for undergraduate TV enterprise news package.

From Leawood 66209
Paige Hendrick, senior in news and information, daughter of Bradley and Ginger Hendrick; Blue Valley North High School, Overland Park; honorable mention team award for undergraduate TV complete newscast.

From Overland Park 66212
Greg Shippy, junior in pre-journalism, son of Merrill Pickert; Shawnee Mission West High School; first-place team award for undergraduate TV entertainment sports talk program.

MIAMI COUNTY
From Paola 66071
Kendra Hall, senior in news and information and strategic communication with a communication studies minor, daughter of Charles and Kathy Hall; Paola High School; first place for undergraduate hard news package.

MONTGOMERY COUNTY
From Coffeyville 67337
John DeVore, bachelor’s degree in news and information from KU, fall 2008; son of Allen and Janie Gillis; Field Kindley Memorial High School; honorable mention team award for undergraduate TV complete newscast.

CALIFORNIA
From Rocklin 95765
Nate Sito, bachelor’s degree in strategic communication from KU, fall 2008; son of Kenneth and Gerriann Sito; Rocklin High School; first-place team award for undergraduate TV entertainment sports talk program.

IOWA
From West Des Moines 50265
Justin O’Neal, bachelor’s degree in news and information from KU, summer 2008; son of Doug and Cathleen O’Neal; Valley High School; first-place team award for undergraduate TV entertainment sports talk program.

WISCONSIN
From Green Bay 54313
Alex Dufek, junior in news and information and strategic communication, son of Craig and Amy Dufek; Notre Dame Academy; first-place team award for undergraduate TV entertainment sports talk program.

GERMANY
From Kiel
Christopher Brott, master’s degree in journalism from KU, fall 2008; first place for graduate enterprise news package.

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