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The William Allen White School of Journalism & Mass Communications at the University of Kansas
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Student Spotlight

Student Spotlight


Jayhawk Journalists bring home national and regional awards and spread out across the globe for internship

ACES

ACES

Four students placed in the top 20 of the Hearst Journalism Awards Program. Hank Cavagnaro and Emma Hogg finished 15th and 16th, respectively, in the Television I category of the Hearst Journalism Awards Program. Cavagnaro and Hogg graduated in 2016. Sophomore and University Daily Kansan editor Lara Korte placed 16th in the news features category. Korte also was a finalist in this year's Region 7 Mark of Excellence Awards. The winners were announced and all finalists honored at the Society of Professional Journalists' Region 7 Spring Conference on May 5-6 at Kansas State University. Mark of Excellence regional winners go on to compete in the nationwide SPJ student content. Conner Mitchell, who will be Kansan editor in Fall 2017, tied for 18th place in the enterprise competition.

Ceci Fyock and Emily Derrick won an American Advertising Federation-Kansas City Chapter (AAF-KC) gold student ADDY award for a radio ad (for Centrum Silver) that they created in JOUR 560 Message Development in Spring 2016.

Ceci Fyock and Emily Derrick won an American Advertising Federation-Kansas City Chapter (AAF-KC) gold student ADDY award for a radio ad (for Centrum Silver) that they created in JOUR 560 Message Development in Spring 2016.

Johanna Hecht, a senior studying news and information, has received the KU Campanile Award, which was established by the Class of 2000 and is presented to a graduating senior by the Board of Class Officers in conjunction with the University Awards. The award honors a student's engagement in the classroom and involvement outside of the classroom. Hecht is already working full time for KSNT in Topeka producing multiple shows.

J-School student Courtland Triplett was selected as a winner of KU's Phi Beta Kappa First-Year Book Award. The award recognizes three excellent first-year KU students.

J-School student Garrett Farlow received a fellowship with the U.S. Department of Defense to study Russian and foreign policy in Narva, Estonia, for seven weeks this summer.


Graduate Students

J-School graduate students were recognized April 3-7 during Graduate Student Appreciation Week, and the following students won awards: (from left) Matt Tidwell, Monique Luisi, Keri Meinking and Roseann Pluretti with Associate Dean Scott Reinardy. Not pictured: Husain Ebrahim

J-School graduate students were recognized April 3-7 during Graduate Student Appreciation Week, and the following students won awards: (from left) Matt Tidwell, Monique Luisi, Keri Meinking and Roseann Pluretti with Associate Dean Scott Reinardy. Not pictured: Husain Ebrahim

Graduate student Alberto Araujo was part of a team of journalists that won a Pulitzer Prize for the Panama Papers investigation. A consortium of more than 300 journalists conducted a yearlong investigation that exposed the hidden infrastructure and global scale of offshore tax havens. While working in Ecuador last year, Araujo wrote an article about the Chinese company CWE that was building a hydroelectric plant there and was accused of tax evasion. He also wrote about corruption in the biggest state oil company in Ecuador.

Jammie Johnson (left), graduate advisor and administrative assistant for Graduate Studies, was awarded the university's Outstanding Graduate Support Staff Award on April 20.

Ph.D. candidate Roseann Pluretti (on right) was awarded a $5,000 Summer Research Scholarship. The Office of Graduate Studies awarded only 23 Summer Research Scholarships this year.


Student Media Organization Awards

Fourteen J-School students attended the Kansas Association of Broadcasters Student Seminar on April 4 and picked up their broadcast awards. Pictured are: (Back row) Griffin Hughes, Nick Couzin, Alex McLoon, Alden German, Shane Martin, Carson Vickroy and Jacob Asherman. (Front row) Alana Flinn, Madison Coker, Devan Burris and Chris Bacon. Not pictured: Associate Professor Max Utsler, Marissa Khalil and Libby McEnulty.

Fourteen J-School students attended the Kansas Association of Broadcasters Student Seminar on April 4 and picked up their broadcast awards. Pictured are: (Back row) Griffin Hughes, Nick Couzin, Alex McLoon, Alden German, Shane Martin, Carson Vickroy and Jacob Asherman. (Front row) Alana Flinn, Madison Coker, Devan Burris and Chris Bacon. Not pictured: Associate Professor Max Utsler, Marissa Khalil and Libby McEnulty.

University of Kansas students were named winners in more than a dozen categories from the 2017 Kansas Association of Broadcasters (KAB) Awards. Entries included work from Spring 2016 and Fall 2016, so some of the winners have already graduated.  Awards were presented during the KAB Convention on April 4.

Television awards

Station Promotion Announcement

  • 1st: Griffin Hughes, The Playmakers Promo

Complete Live Newscast

  • 1st: Madison Coker, Alana Flinn, Jacob Asherman, Nick Couzin, KUJH News 12/7/16
  • 2nd: Kayla Schartz, Aungelina Dahm, Travis Calvin, KUJH News 3/4/16 

Station Website

  • 1st:  Alex McLoon, Alana Flinn, KUJH-TV

Hard News Package

  • 1st: Emma Hogg, Homicide House Fire

Enterprise News Package

  • 1st: Hank Cavagnaro, Bike Safety
  • 2nd: Marissa Khalil, Housing Debt

Complete News Feature

  • 1st: Emma Hogg, Bob Brings Joy

Complete Sports Feature

  • 2nd: Nicole Feyh, The Cole Hayden Story

Sportscast

  • 2nd:  Alex McLoon, KUJH Sports 2/29/16 

Sports Play-by-Play

  • HM: Griffin Hughes, Shep Jones, Dallas Milligan, Fulton Caster, KUJH High School Showcase

Radio Awards

Enterprise News Package

  • 1st Place: Sam Davis, Pressure
  • 2nd Place: Jordan Winter, Lucid Dreaming
  • HM: Flammy Huo, Being Mortal

Complete News Feature

  • 1st: Flammy Huo, Body Worlds
  • 2nd: Chad Onianwa, Media Literacy with Joseph Erba

Sports Play by Play

  • 2nd: Derek Johnson, Nick Lewis, Kansas vs. West Virginia: Big 12 Tournament

Station Website

  • 2nd: Mason Kilpatrick, Erick Oduniyi, Cody Boston, Doug Bybee, KJHK Staff, KJHK.org

University Daily Kansan

The University Daily Kansan won 12 awards in the annual Kansas Collegiate Media contest. Winners were announced April 10. The Kansan was the gold medalist for four-year public university newspapers and the gold medalist for online overall. The staff also won a second place for its special section A Day in the Life.

Individual awards went to:

  • Lara Korte, first place in multimedia storytelling for her story “Does protesting work?”
  • Jon Griffin, first place for ad design
  • Ryan Wright, first place in feature writing for “Police killing of black student in 1970 reflects today’s racial climate”
  • Roxy Townsend and design staff, first place in page design for the Nov. 9, 2016, issue
  • Maddy Mikinski, first place in headline writing for “Kansas topography myth falls flat”
  • Christian Hardy, second place in sports features for “From Kenya to Kansas, Sharon Lokedi keeps running”
  • Miranda Davis, Kelly Cordingley, Cassidy Ritter and Vicky Diaz-Camacho, second place in news writing for “I did not feel safe”
  • Roxy Townsend and Lara Korte, third place in infographics for “Path to the Polls”
  • Candice Tarver and staff (Matt Clough web producer) honorable mention in multimedia storytelling for “50 things you didn’t know about Lawrence”