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2010.05.04 > For Immediate Release
contact: Wendy Townley - University Relations
phone: 402.554.2762 - email: wtownley@unomaha.edu

UNO TV, KVNO Radio Honored by Omaha Press Club

Omaha - More than 150 people gathered at the Omaha Press Club (OPC) on April 24 to salute this year’s inductees into the Journalists of Excellence Hall of Fame, and to honor the winners of the 2010 Excellence in Journalism Awards.

UNO Television and KVNO Radio Media Operations Director Dr. Robert Franklin received four top honors, including: Best Photo Essay for “Spring Time of Life: The Street Youth of Addis Ababa;” Best Television Feature Story for “Homeless Street Youth of Addis Ababa;” Best Service to Community for “The Omaha Kids Coalition” community outreach initiative; and Best Commentary for the “Homeless in Nebraska” radio documentary.

Kim Balkovec, UNO Television and KVNO Radio development director, was awarded second place in Public Relations, Best Print Newsletter for KVNO’s “Classical 90.7 Tempo.”

“These awards exemplify the commitment of our faculty and staff to growing our audiences, to maximizing the value of our services through communication technologies and to assuming a national leadership role in public broadcasting," said Dr. Gail F. Baker, dean of the College of Communication, Fine Arts and Media (CFAM). "The educational experiences that students in our communication programs receive are greatly enhanced by opportunities to learn from and work side-by-side with award-winning media professionals."

The OPC has a tradition of encouraging journalistic excellence that goes back to its founding in 1955. Since 1957, the OPC Foundation has awarded scholarships to deserving journalism students. Each year, the OPC recognizes those who have excelled with the Excellence in Journalism Awards and Journalists of Excellence Hall of Fame Awards. The OPC sent this year’s award submissions to be independently judged by members of the Atlanta Press Club (APC).

Of Franklin’s “Spring Time of Life” photo essay, an APC judge remarked that it “graphically captures the challenges and suffering of this group.” With regard to his “Homeless Street Youth “ feature story, the judges remarked that it showed “strong, overall story telling, good usage of natural pauses, strong introduction of story.”

“I am extremely flattered and humbled to receive recognition for these productions. Each production called forth my deepest passion and was a labor of love for me to produce and direct,” Franklin said.

As a facet of their public service missions, CFAM’s media unit, UNO Television and KVNO Radio, on the UNO campus provide unique educational opportunities to students through training and employment in a professional environment. Increasingly, emerging digital technologies form an important component in addressing and educating audiences on the issues facing the local community and the world. More information about the CFAM media unit is available at www.unomaha.edu/cfam/

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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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