UM J-School students and alumni garner recognition during E.B. Craney Awards Banquet

Rather than boasting about receiving the prestigious E.B. Craney Radio Newscast of the Year Award on June 13, University of Montana School of Journalism alumna Melissa Jensen credits her teachers.

“The (journalism) school in my opinion,” Jensen said, “just has such fabulous professors.”

Jensen’s Helena-area radio program, “The Mighty Mo Radio Show Newscast,” was among several J-school alum and student projects recognized during this month’s E.B. Craney Awards Banquet at the Montana Broadcasters Convention in Big Sky. Jensen, who earned a bachelor’s degree in broadcast journalism 1998 and master’s degree in interdisciplinary studies 12 years later, attributes J-school alumni and student success largely to the investment professors place in their students.

“I felt that they wanted me to succeed, and that they really cared about where we ended up,” Jensen said.

Other UM alumni to receive E.B. Craney Awards include Jeanelle Slade, who was named Broadcaster of the Year for her work with the CBS affiliate KTVQ. Dustin Askim of KULR-8 in Billings garnered first place in the Television Spot News category for reporting, “Shooting Outside of Billings Clinic,” which chronicled the events surrounding the January death of a wanted man by U.S. Marshals.

Second place winners include KPAX’s James Rafferty, who earned recognition in the Television Station Promotion category and in the Television News Enterprise reporting slot. Erin Yost, also of KPAX, came in second in the Television Weathercaster of the Year competition.

Montana Journal: 100 and counting,” meanwhile, produced by J-school students Tim Blodgett; Emily Proctor; Don Fisher; Sam Waldorf and Kevin Kenly placed second in the Television Non-Commercial Program of the Year slot. John Twiggs served as faculty advisor on that documentary. 

The Craney Awards constitute only the most recent batch of accolades bestowed upon J-school students and alumni. Earlier this month, recent graduate Madelyn Beck garnered second place in the Hearst Journalism Awards National Championships. On June 6, meanwhile, UM graduate Mackenzie Enich and senior Ed Huberman earned a first-place student award in the 2015 Northwest Regional Emmy Awards for their UM News piece, “University construction jobs stimulate the local economy.”

Posted on June 22, 2015