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2009.04.22 > For Immediate Release
contact: Wendy Townley - University Relations
phone: 402.554.2762 - email: wtownley@unomaha.edu

Presidential Election TV Coverage Nabs First-Place Prize

Omaha - A four-hour live broadcast of America’s presidential election and other elections around the country, produced by University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) School of Communication students, received a first-place Eric Sevaried Award from the Northwest Broadcast News Association at the Midwest Journalism Conference, March 27-28 in Bloomington, Minn.

A group of 50 students, faculty and staff produced the Nov. 4 broadcast of “The Omaha News Vote 2008: Election Day.” The broadcast competed with productions by colleges and universities from six states: Wisconsin, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska and Iowa.

“Vote 2008” was honored in the Documentary/Special Programs category.

School of Communication associate professor Chris Allen serves as executive producer of the program. “The Omaha News” is a weekly, half-hour news program produced by students that airs on The Knowledge Network.

“This award is such a tribute to the amount of work by our students for the program,” Allen said. “The students received the recognition not only for their preparation, but for their dedication that night and the ability to tell the story.”

The Northwest Broadcast News Association, the Society of Professional Journalists, the Associated Press, the National Television Academy and the Radio-Television News Directors Association organize the annual conference.

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UNO is celebrating its 100th anniversary. The celebration recognizes the partnership among the City of Omaha, its citizens and UNO to build a vibrant and dynamic community. The centennial theme is “UNO: Central To Our City Since 1908.” This theme acknowledges the past contributions of UNO to the community and sets the stage for great things to come.

UNO, inaugurated in 1968, emerged from the Municipal University of Omaha, established in 1931, which grew out of the University of Omaha founded in 1908. For Centennial information, go to http://www.unomaha.edu/100/.

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