KU News Release

April 26, 2011
Contact: Tom Johnson, KJHK, 785-864-2422

Students win awards for excellence in broadcast journalism

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LAWRENCE — University of Kansas students won two first-place Mark of Excellence awards for exceptional reporting in broadcast journalism at the Society of Professional Journalists Region 7 Conference. Another student won third place for radio reporting.

All three award winners’ pieces aired on KJHK 90.7 FM, the student-run radio station at KU. The conference was held April 9 in Overland Park.

“This is a fantastic accolade for KJHK students to have received, and it speaks volumes about the quality and dedication that each of these students devote to outstanding broadcast journalism,” said Tom Johnson, KJHK’s general manager and program adviser. “These three students, along with many other KJHK staff members, go out every week and produce great radio through self-direction and independent innovation. It’s quite an honor for their work to be recognized by SPJ.”

The winners are:

First place, radio feature, four-year college or university: Caitlin Doornbos, “Unorthodox Piercings”

First place, radio reporting, four-year college or university: Krista Jobst, “The Zombie Walk”

Third place, radio reporting, four-year college or university: Alex Tretbar, “KU Quidditch Club”

Brennan and Jobst will go to the society’s national conference this fall in New Orleans, where their work will be considered for national Mark of Excellence awards. National award winners will be featured on the official website of the Society of Professional Journalists.

Since 1975, KJHK students have produced award-winning music, news, sports and talk programming for the KU and Lawrence communities. The station is administered through the Union Programs Office and KU Memorial Unions.

KJHK students who received awards at the conference are listed below by hometown, level in school, major, parents’ names and high school.

From Tonganoxie 66086
Krista Jobst, freshman in African and African-American studies; Vivian and James Jobst; Tonganoxie High School.

From Hutchinson 67502
Caitlin Doornbos, sophomore in journalism; Shannon and Jerry Stuckert; Hutchinson High School.

From Wichita 67206
Alex Tretbar, junior in journalism; Brenda Tretbar and James Tretbar; Wichita High School East.

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