Truman Broadcasters Win Awards at MBEA Convention

KTRM, News 36/TruNews and other Truman broadcast students won several state awards at Missouri Broadcast Educators Association Conference. Professionals from the Missouri Broadcasters Association the students’ work in radio and television production categories ranging from news and sports to music video and radio aircheck to script writing. Truman student broadcasters competed against universities throughout the state including schools with stations in the top 100 markets in the nation.


-         The Vote ’04 News Team won the top award for both Radio News (for coverage of the November local, state and national elections) and for Television News  (for coverage of the Iowa caucuses and Missouri primaries). Members of the Vote ’04 Team for the winning entries are Christina Collison, Samantha Fidler, Laura Hordesky, Jeff Hutchinson, MaryAnn MacCombie, Matt Marble, Mandy McGinley, Whitney McPheron, Sam Murphey, Sarah Olinger, Corey Owens, Emily Rackers, Dominick Scalise, Dan Sem, Mandy Sheets, Chris Waller, John Weeks, and Kim Zamastil.

-         Corey Owens and Diane Poelker won the top award for Radio Station Promo.

-         Amanda McGinley won the top honor for Audio Sports.

-         John Weeks won the top honor for Audio Documentary.

-         The KTRM news team also received recognition in Radio News for the coverage of the October plane crash. That news team included Christina Collison, Amanda McGinley, Brian Schmittgens, Phillip Smith, and Chris Waller.

-         Chris Waller’s radio newscript was recognized in News/Documentary Script.

-         Jonathan Thacker received recognition in Radio News.


The professional Missouri Broadcasters Association will also recognize the winners of the top awards at their conference in June.


Six students (Brian Gaffney, Jill Kasparie, Kelly Kasparie, Jason MacDonald, April Owens and Karen Schwartztrauber) represented Truman at the conference, which included several panels on student media operations and professional development sessions led by media professionals in all areas of broadcast from throughout the state. Elizabeth Clark, adviser of news 36/TruNews is the immediate past president of the Missouri Broadcast Educators Association, and serves on the committee for the group’s annual research conference.


-Courtesy: Truman Today