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2012.09.19 > For Immediate Release
contact: Shane Pekny - International Studies and Programs
phone: 402.554.2376 - email: spekny@unomaha.edu

Deadline Approaching for International Journalism Award

Omaha - The University of Nebraska at Omaha’s (UNO) International Studies & Programs is accepting applications for the 2012 Andy Award for international journalism through Oct. 15.

Nebraska-based journalists and news organizations may apply to receive funding for proposed international reporting projects. One or more awards totaling $5,000 will help cover the cost of international travel and other project expenses.

Named in honor of former Omaha World-Herald Publisher Harold W. Andersen, the award has recognized Nebraska’s best international reporting since 1987.

For the past 10 years, winners have received monetary awards, thanks to the generosity of Harold and Marian Andersen. Traditionally, the Andy Award highlighted past journalistic accomplishments. This year, for the first time, the award committee seeks proposals for future reporting projects.

“We want to be more forward-looking,” said Thomas Gouttierre, dean of International Studies & Programs at UNO. “At a time when news organizations are facing budgetary constraints, we want to encourage reporters to continue covering global issues of importance to Nebraskans.”

Winners will be announced during International Education Week, Nov. 12 to 16.

The 2011 winner was the Omaha World-Herald’s series “At War at Home: On the Ground in Afghanistan,” originally published in Spring 2011 and maintained as a blog at omaha.com. The award was presented to the newspaper’s leadership and the reporting team behind the Afghanistan project: Reporter Joseph Morton, Photographer Alyssa Schukar, Reporter Matthew Hansen, and Editor Cate Folsom.

Nebraska-based news organizations – print, broadcast, and online – as well as freelance reporters may apply. The application and guidelines are available at world.unomaha.edu or by contacting UNO’s International Studies & Programs, 402.554.2376.

Past winners of the Andy Award for international journalism include:

2011- Joseph Morton, Alyssa Schukar, Matthew Hansen, & Cate Folsom, Omaha World-Herald
2009 - Carol Katzman, The Jewish Press
2008 - KIOS-FM Radio
2005 - Ted Kirk & Gordon Winters, Lincoln Journal Star
2004- Jared Hart & Gary Sadlemyer, KFAB Radio
2003- Joe Duggan, Catherine Huddle, & Ken Blackbird, Lincoln Journal Star
2002 - Gordon Winters, Lincoln Journal Star; Charles Reinken, Omaha World-Herald
2001 - Scott Bauer & Nati Harnik, Associated Press; Stephen Buttry & Kiley Christian Cruse, Omaha World-Herald
2000 - Angela Heywood-Bible & Ted Kirk, Lincoln Journal Star; UNO Television
1999 - David C. Kotok, Omaha World-Herald
1998 - Jeff Carney, Robert Nelson, & Rick Ruggles, Omaha World-Herald
1997 - Charley & Norma Najacht, Custer County Chief; Henry Trysla, South Sioux City Star
1996 - Dewaine & Bobbie Gahan, Oakland Independent & Lyons Mirror-Sun; Jeff Bundy & Jason Gertzen, Omaha World-Herald
1995 - Stephen Kent, The Catholic Voice
1994 - Bill Eddy, Lincoln Journal
1993- Kay Lavene, Kearney Hub
1992 - Bob Reeves, Lincoln Star
1991 - Mary Williams, KMTV Channel 3 Omaha
1990 - Steve Jordan, Omaha World-Herald
1989 - Loretta Carroll, KMTV Channel 3 Omaha
1988 - Ken Campbell, Scottsbluff Star Herald
1987 - Harold W. Andersen, Omaha World-Herald

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