School celebrates student international and regional awards

Three J-school students have won 2014 awards from the international Broadcast Education Association (BEA) Festival of Media Arts in the news category.

J-school grad Jessica Murri (2012) won first place in radio feature reporting with her piece titled, “Taxidermy Bootcamp.” Seniors Max Barnum and Dustin Askim won third place with their television feature reporting piece called the “PEAS Farm.”

Murri’s audio story, “Taxidermy Bootcamp,” was created from a “critters” theme that professor Jule Banville assigned in the J-School’s advanced audio class.  The piece focuses on a taxidermy class stuffing a pheasant. Murri mentions that the teacher of the class didn’t want the “media to come in and see [them] as hicks.” So, through radio, she says she was able to portray them in a different light.

Askim and Barnum are seniors in broadcast at the J-School. Their project, about the educational outreach of an urban teaching farm in Missoula, was an assignment for the class that produces a weekly newsbrief called UM News. “Once every week they had kids from the elementary schools come and they just taught them how to grow their own vegetables,” Barnum said. The PEAS farm educators also teach students how to take care of chickens and pigs.

Also, the School of Journalism learned it has 30 winners in the Northwest Regional Society of Professional Journalists’ Mark of Excellence Awards. The contest honors the best in college journalism in 39 categories in newspapers, magazines, photography, radio, television and online. Journalism school students are nominated in each of those areas and has swept all three places in the radio features category.

Students learned of the nominations in March, meaning they have won first, second or third place in the region. The placement will be formally announced at an awards banquet in Portland, Ore. in May with the first-place regional winners advancing to the national competition.

- posted on 03/12/14 -