NewsNet sweeps Rocky Mountain journalism competition

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BYU NewsNet placed first for the best overall Web page and took third place for best in television among large four-year colleges in the intermountain west.

The Rocky Mountain Collegiate Media Association handed out awards for its annual competition this spring.

“The reason we continue to win awards is because we have excellent content,” NewsNet Web Director Michael Buhrley said. “It’s the students that are writing stories, gathering video and producing sound bites.”

The Web page integrates the news operations of The Daily Universe, KBYU-TV, KBYU-FM and CCN-TV.

For over seven years BYU has published news online and has consolidated news sources since the fall of 1997.

The RMCMA competition includes colleges from fourteen states including Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Kansas, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, Nevada, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Texas, Utah and Wyoming.

“They try to spread around the awards,” Editorial Director Darla White said. “It’s unusual to see one school sweep.”

The RMCMA has given NewsNet several other awards as well. The winners and their categories are:

First place: critical review, Shawn Hammond; sports feature, Drew Packham; editorial cartooning, Ben Sowards; radio feature performance, Ryan Rauzan; radio news performance, Ryan Rauzan.

Second place: photo story, Michael Brandy.

Third place: sports column, Beth Palmer; single/two-page spread, Christine Rappleye; single/two-page spread, Ali Anderson; single/two-page spread Beth Palmer.

Honorable mention: Best in Radio, BYU NewsNet; news writing, Miki Meek; sports writing, Beth Palmer; investigative, Miki Meek; sports photo, Michael Brandy.

In the television category NewsNet also walked away with a number of awards.

First Place: sports production – broadcast, Chad Lawson; news cast performance, Lenny Gray, Amie Amezcua, Charles Romeril, Ken Walker.

Second Place: Newscast Production, Melinda Semadeni, Geoff Howard, Carrie Walker.

Third Place: News Production, Deric Nance.

Honorable Mention: Feature Performance, Ryan Rauzon; Feature Production, Lenny Gray, Carrie Walker.

NewsNet has a history of winning. For the second year in a row, it was recognized as the best college Web site in the country by Editor and Publisher magazine. Then in April NewsNet placed first in all general categories entered in the Region 9 Society of Professional Journalists competition.

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