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2012.11.14 > For Immediate Release
contact: Shane Pekny - International Studies and Programs
phone: 402.554.2376 - email: spekny@unomaha.edu

UNO Announces Winner of Andy Award for International Journalism

Omaha - The University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) has announced the latest winner of the Andy Award for international journalism. Named in honor of former Omaha World-Herald Publisher Harold W. Andersen, the annual award funds new international reporting projects proposed by Nebraska-based journalists and news organizations.

This year’s winners are KETV Newswatch 7 reporter Julie Cornell and photojournalist Andrew Ozaki. The pair will follow Dr. Joseph Dumba, an Omaha doctor, as he returns to his native land of Kajo Keji in South Sudan. There, he and his colleagues have been working to improve poor health conditions for the area’s half-million residents.

“This is exactly the kind of project that we are looking to support,” said Thomas Gouttierre, Dean of International Studies & Programs and chair of the Andy Award committee. “There’s much more to South Sudan than just images of war, and this story will go beyond the typical stories of crisis and tragedy to reveal a beautiful people and culture.”

The resulting 30-minute documentary, to be broadcast in spring 2013, will tell the story of how Dumba rose from poverty, found professional success in the United States, and is now giving back to his homeland. Segments from the documentary will also be featured on KETV Newswatch 7’s nightly broadcasts.

The Andy Award has honored Nebraska’s best international reporting since 1987. For the past 11 years, winners have received monetary awards, thanks to the generosity of Harold and Marian Andersen. Traditionally, the award recognized past journalistic accomplishments. This year, for the first time, the award committee sought proposals for future reporting projects as a way to encourage more international journalism. This year’s award is $5,000.

The award announcement comes as UNO and universities around the world celebrate International Education Week 2012. All week, events on UNO’s campus and in the community showcase UNO’s global connections. Events include a photo contest, service learning projects, and an open house Thursday afternoon hosted by international students.

Last year, more than 1,700 international students and scholars from 131 countries studied at UNO. Applications for the 2013 Andy Award can be submitted at any time. The competition is open to Nebraska-based news organizations – print, broadcast, and online – as well as freelance reporters.

The next deadline is Oct. 15, 2013. The application and guidelines are available at http://world.unomaha.edu/andy.php 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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