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Public Affairs Reporting graduates win national awards

August 30, 2005

SPRINGFIELD – Eight graduates and the director of the Public Affairs Reporting program at the University of Illinois at Springfield won honors in the 2004-2005 Excellence in State Government Coverage awards program sponsored by Capitolbeat, the national Association of Capitol Reporters and Editors. Winners were announced August 19 at the association’s annual conference, held in Seattle. The awards honor the best Statehouse reporting by print, TV, radio, wire, and online journalists in the country.

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“PAR grads won a total of 13 awards, including five first places,” said PAR Director Charles Wheeler. “I can’t tell you how proud I was sitting at a table with reporters from all over the country and being able to say, ‘Oh, yeah, that’s one of ours’ as the winners’ names were called.”                                   

PAR graduates receiving awards were:

Sean Crawford (‘97), Public Radio WUIS/WIPA, second place, Single Report category in Radio

Pat Guinane (‘03), Illinois Issues magazine, first places in Single Report and In-depth Reporting and second place in Columns/Commentary/Analysis category in Magazines

Jenny Lee (‘04), Small Newspaper Group, second place for In-depth Reporting, Daily Newspapers under 75,000 Circulation

Ray Long (‘81), Chicago Tribune, second place for Beat Reporting, Daily Newspapers over 75,000 Circulation

Mary Massingale (‘01), Copley Illinois Newspapers, first places in Beat Reporting and Single Report categories, Daily Newspapers under 75,000 Circulation

John O'Connor (‘86), Associated Press, first place for In-depth Reporting and second place in Beat Reporting, Wire Service

Scott Reeder (‘88), Small Newspaper Group, second place for In-depth Reporting, Daily Newspapers under 75,000 Circulation

Stephanie Sievers (‘96), Small Newspaper Group, second and third places for In-depth Reporting, Daily Newspapers under 75,000 Circulation

Wheeler also won top honors in Magazine Column/Commentary/Analysis for his monthly column “Ends and Means” that appears in Illinois Issues.

The Public Affairs Reporting program at UIS is a one-year master’s degree program focusing on coverage of state government news.  In addition to academic work, students serve six-month internships with newspaper, magazine, radio, television, wire service, or audio news service bureaus in the Statehouse pressroom in Springfield.

For more information, contact Wheeler at 206-7494 or go to the Capitolbeat website at www.capitolbeat.org/.

 

 

    The University of Illinois at Springfield, one of three U of I campuses, is a small, public liberal arts university that offers 42 degree programs – 21 bachelor’s, 20 master’s, and the Doctorate of Public Administration. UIS has a special mission in public affairs and service and is known for extraordinary internships, a wireless campus, extensive online offerings, and a commitment to teaching.
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