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27 Members of DePauw Student Media Honored with Statewide Awards

April 22, 2015

Twenty-seven members of DePauw University's student media were presented with awards at two recent ceremonies.  Fifteen staff members of Indiana's oldest college newspaper, The DePauw, were honored with 16 awards -- including eight first place citations -- by the Indiana Collegiate Press Association.  Twelve students were honored for their work by the the Indiana Associated Press Broadcasters Association, with one of the four awards being a first place prize.

The AP awards honor work which aired in 2014. WGRE competes in the local radio category, which includes commercial and non-commercial outlets. The winning entries from DePauw were:

  • First Place/"Best Sports Play-by-Play" - Robert Sherman and Frederick Sprunger.
  • Second Place/"Best Sports Play-by-Play" - Parker Schwartz and Robert Sherman.
  • Second Place/"Best Enterprise Story" - Carrie Perras, Kyle Frohning, Elizabeth St. John and Sarah Burtenshaw.
  • Second Place/"Best Public Affairs Program" - Megan Wagner, Katherine Martin, Juan Berumen, Nicole Taveras and Claire Halffield.

You'll find a complete list of winners here.

One of America's first non-commercial, educational stations, WGRE signed on the air on April 28, 1949 and today broadcasts 24 hours a day when school is in session. Jeffrey M. McCall, professor of communication at DePauw and a 1976 graduate of the University, has served as faculty adviser to the station since 1985.

To listen to WGRE live online, visit the station's Web site.

The Indiana Collegiate Press Association awards also recognize work from 2014. The DePauw student journalist winners were:

  • First Place/"Newspaper, Division III - Best Single Issue" - Staff, December 5, 2014.
  • First Place/"Newspaper, Division III - Best Non-Deadline News Story" - Emily McCarter and Dana Ferguson.
  • First Place/"Newspaper, Division III - Best Staff Editorial" - Leann Burke and Kevin Killeen.
  • First Place/"Newspaper, Division III - Best Sports Column" - Jacob Lynn.
  • First Place & Second Place/"Newspaper, Division III - Best Feature Page" - Nettie Finn.
  • First Place/"Newspaper, Division III - Best Special Section Front Cover" - Nettie Finn.
  • First Place/"Newspaper, Division III - Best Continuous Coverage of a Single Story" - Abby Margulis and Dana Ferguson.
  • First Place/"Online, All Divisions - Best Video" - Erin O'Brien.
  • Second Place/"Newspaper, Division III - Best Continuous Coverage of a Single Story" - Madison Dudley, Leah Williams and Lexy Burton.
  • Second Place/"Newspaper, Division III - Best Special Issue" - Staff, 2014 Back to School Issue.
  • Second Place/"Online, All Divisions - Best Facebook Page" - Leann Burke and C. Thambundit.
  • Third Place/"Newspaper, Division III - Newspaper of the Year" - The DePauw.
  • Third Place/"Newspaper, Division III - Best In-Depth Story" - Brock Turner.
  • Third Place/"Newspaper, Division III - Best Sports News Story" - Austin Candor.
  • Third Place/"Newspaper, Division III - Best Editorial Cartoon" - Tyler Murphy.

ectower duskThe Division III category is composed of colleges with enrollment of fewer than 3,000. The faculty adviser to The DePauw in 2014 was Samuel Autman, assistant professor of English.

Access a complete list of winners here.

Founded in 1852 as Asbury Notes, The DePauw has a rich tradition of being the springboard for the careers of many of America's great journalists. Alumni of the student newspaper include Ben Solomon, video journalist for the New York Times, who is among a team of Times staffers to be honored with the Pulitzer Prize for international journalism;"business journalist of the century" Bernard Kilgore and Kenneth C. Hogate of the Wall Street Journal; James B. Stewart, Pulitzer Prize-winning former front page editor of the Wall Street 1936 Student NewspaperJournal, bestselling author and New York Times columnist; Eugene C. and Eugene S. Pulliam of the Indianapolis Star and Central Newspapers chain; Donald Maxwell, former editor of the Chicago Tribune; Meg Kissinger, award-winning investigative health reporter for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel; Robert Giles, former curator of the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard University and former editor of the Detroit News; Aaron Lucchetti, deputy banking editor at the Wall Street Journal; Andrew Tangel, transportation reporter for the Journal; John McWethy, former ABC News Senior Pentagon Correspondent; and Douglas Frantz, a Pulitzer Prize-winning former investigative journalist and author, currently serving as Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs. The paper is completely independent, and staffed and managed entirely by students. (photo: a member of The DePauw staff at work in 1936)

Visit The DePauw online here.

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