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Last modified: Monday, May 4, 2009

Indiana University’s WFIU, WTIU news departments honored with 21 SPJ awards

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 4, 2009

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Indiana University's public radio and TV stations, WFIU and WTIU, were recently honored with 21 awards from The Indiana Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists.

The awards, which included 11 first-place wins, were presented April 24 at the society's 30th Annual Awards Banquet at the Indianapolis Marriott North Hotel.

WFIU Assistant News Director Daniel Robison and News Director Stan Jastrzebski combined to sweep all three places in the Best Radio Writing category and were named co-winners of the Best Radio Use of Sound competition.

Robison and WFIU reporter Arianna Prothero took home the plaques for Best Radio Feature in both the professional and student divisions, while WTIU reporter Kyle Mitchell won the Best Television Feature award in the student division.

WFIU/WTIU News Bureau Chief Ann Shea, along with Jo Throckmorton from Blue Ace Media, took home the plaque for Best Social Justice Reporting.

"I am so incredibly proud of our news team for the work they put in day in and day out, to bring stories to the listeners and viewers of WFIU and WTIU that provoke thought and interest," said Shea. "The SPJ panel recognized the emphasis we put on good writing and good storytelling."

The winning stories may be heard online at http://www.newsmatters.org/wfiuwtiu-news-department-wins-21-spj-awards/.

FIRST PLACE:

Best Radio Writing
"Indebted to Debs," Daniel Robison

Best Radio Use of Sound
"Political Drinks" and "Breaking Bones, Breaking Away," Stan Jastrzebski and Daniel Robison (co-winners)

Best Radio Feature
"Remembering Evan Farrell," Daniel Robison

Best Radio Spot News
"June Flooding," WFIU News Team

Best Radio Election Night Coverage
"Election Night 2008," WFIU News Team

Best Coverage of Children's Issues
"Undercover Planned Parenthood Videos," Stan Jastrzebski

Best Student News Feature
"Home Buyer Beware," Arianna Prothero

Best Social Justice Reporting
"Hard Life," Ann Shea and Jo Throckmorton

Best Student Television Feature
"Youth Vote," Kyle Mitchell

Best Television Election Night Coverage
"IU Election Night," Dave Leno and Chad Stum

SECOND PLACE:

Best Radio Coverage of Minority Issues
"Homeless GLBT Youth," Cliff Gagliardo

Best Radio Feature
"Slinging Doughnuts for the Boys," Adam Schwartz

Best Radio Documentary
"Denver Smith, 25 Years Later," Daniel Robison

Best Radio Writing
"Mark Kruzan, Poet Mayor," Stan Jastrzebski

Best Radio Continuing Coverage
"Men's Basketball Sanctions," Stan Jastrzebski and Daniel Robison

Best Radio Coverage of Government
"Property Tax Challenges," Stan Jastrzebski

Best Television Sports Reporting
"Vintage Baseball at West Baden," Ann Shea and Jason Pear

THIRD PLACE:

Best Television Coverage of Minority Issues
"Indiana Legends: George Taliaferro," Rob Anderson

Best Radio Writing
"Breaking Bones, Breaking Away," Daniel Robison

Best Radio Continuing Coverage
"June Flooding," WFIU News Team