Loras College TV station earns 11 major awards

NATAS Upper Midwest Emmy® Chapter/Foundation Student Production Award winners left to right: Kelly Kuboushek, Michael Runde, Ben Friedman, Sami Graff and Maggie Wedlake.

DUBUQUE, Iowa – Loras College Media and student-led Loras College Television have earned a combined 11 major awards from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, Society of Professional Journalists and the Midwest Broadcast Journalists Association.

“We couldn’t be prouder of our talented and hardworking students, as they put in countless hours of work outside of class,” said Jill Specht, coordinator of Media Operations. “We’re honored to have our students be recognized by these esteemed regional broadcast journalism organizations and associations.”

Loras media studies students earned three awards in the 2018 NATAS-Upper Midwest Student Production Competition open to all colleges and universities in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota and Iowa, including:

  • Brody Kuhar for Broadcast Feature Videography
  • Jon Quinn, Emilie Dalsing and Andrew Kilburg for Music Video
  • SportsZONE for Sports Program
  • Charlie Grant and Allison Wong for their nomination in Nonfiction
  • LCTV News for the programs nomination in Newscast
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Midwest Broadcast Journalism Association Eric Sevareid Award winners left to right Sami Graff, Maggie Wedlake, Ben Friedman, Kelly Kuboushek and Michael Runde.

In the 2018 MBJA competition, held in Bloomington, Minnesota, the Loras media studies program garnered six awards, including:

  • First place Soft Feature, Kuhar for a “A Ripple Effect – Convivium”
  • Award of Merit (Student Market TV) for Sports Reporting: “Loras Football Breakdown,” Aidan Wojciehowski
  • Award of Merit (Student Market TV) for Documentary: “Dubuque’s Holding,” Wong and Grant
  • Award of Merit (Student Market TV) for Sports Play-by-Play: “Loras Football vs. Coe,” Wojciehowski and Pat Hunt
  • Award of Merit Series (Student Market TV): “Attainable Sustainability Series,” Ben Friedman
  • Award of Merit (Student Market TV) for Photojournalism: “Fincel’s Farm,” Wong and Grant
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Jon Quinn, Andrew Kilburg and Emilie Dalsing, winners of Best Music Video.

The Eric Sevareid awards are named for the North Dakota-born and University of Minnesota-educated journalist best known for his work as a correspondent for CBS Radio and Television. Each year, the MBJA presents awards to the best work done by broadcast news operations and journalists working in small, medium and large markets in our six-state region on radio, television and online.

LCTV earned the 2018 Best All-Around Newscast at the Society of Professional Journalists Region 7 Mark of Excellence Awards for the second consecutive year. Kuhr earned first place in the Broadcast Feature Videography category.

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Brody Kuhar, winner of Broadcast Feature Videography.

First place winners of the SPJ’s awards will compete at the national level among other regional MOE winners from the 12 SPJ regions. National winners will be notified in the following weeks and will be recognized at the Excellence in Journalism conference in Baltimore.

Loras leverages its historic roots as Iowa’s first college, the second oldest Catholic college west of the Mississippi River and one of the nation’s 10 diocesan institutions to deliver challenging, life-changing experiences as part of its residential, Catholic setting. Loras ranks among 450 NCAA Division III athletic programs in Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup standings, 11th out of the Top 100 baccalaureate colleges, according to the 2016 Washington Monthly College Rankings, 13th Best Regional College, according to Midwest U.S. News Best Colleges and is among the 200 Best-Loved Colleges in the nation, according to Forbes Magazine.

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