NewsNetNebraska and CoJMC broadcast students shine in journalism competitions


By NewsNetNebraska staff

NewsNetNebraska student staffers have had an award-winning Spring.

The Northwest Broadcast News Association honored NewsNetNebraska this month with its Eric Sevareid Award for best “small market” website.

Each year, NBNA honors the best journalism from the previous year’s efforts in its six-state region of Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin. Students in the College of Journalism and Mass Communications at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln are responsible for creating broadcast, print and photographic content for the NewsNetNebraska website.

Several other CoJMC students won radio and television honors from the NBNA. (See the complete winner’s list below)

NewsNetNebraska staffer Stephanie Smolek displays the AP award NewsNetNebraska received for it’s website.

NewsNetNebraska also won third place in the non-commercial radio category in the 2012 Associated Press Great Plains Broadcast News Contest.

This year, the NBNA organization honored radio and television stations with nearly 300 awards, given at its annual awards banquet on March 31st in the Twin Cities.

NBNA and AP News winners from left to right: CoJMC lecturer Michelle Hassler, Michael Sholes, Jake Sorenson, Emily Younger, Stephanie Smolek, Emily Nohr, Associate Professor Barney McCoy. Photo: Marilyn Hahn

Northwest Broadcast News Association 2012 Awardees
Best use of Audio
First Place
KRNU Radio – UNL – “Occupy Lincoln- What’s the message?”  Emily Younger
General Reporting
Award of Merit

KRNU Radio – UNL – “Keystone Pipeline Stresses Sand Hills Families”  Emily Nohr

Hard Feature
Award of Merit

KRNU Radio – UNL – “Latino Growth in Lincoln, Nebraska” Emily Younger
First Place
KRNU Radio – UNL – “Postal Cuts and what they mean for Lincoln, Nebraska” Michael Sholes

First Place

KRNU Radio – UNL – “30 Years After the Skywalks Came Down” Associate Professor Barney McCoy

First Place

KRNU Radio – UNL – “NewsNetNebraska” Stephanie Smolek,  Alexis See Tho
Soft Feature
Award of Merit
KRNU Radio – UNL – “Bike Paths are Big in Lincoln” Jake Sorensen
First Place
KRNU Radio – UNL – “Johnny Carson’s Nebraska legacy” Michael Sholes

Student TV category:
Soft Feature
First Place

University of Nebraska – Lincoln Student Market TV – “78-Year-Old Yoga Instructor/Dancer,” Paige Dimakos
Spot News
First Place

University of Nebraska – Lincoln Student Market TV – “Flooding on Highway 2”  Cole Miller

Associated Press Great Plains 3rd place award.