LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 27, 2015) — The University of Kentucky’s broadcast journalism program had an outstanding showing at the 2015 Kentucky Associated Press Broadcasters Awards ceremony. UK students won an impressive 11 awards overall, including two first place wins.
In the radio category UK students Andrea Richard and Jacqueline Nie won first place for Best News Story. The two also won third place for Best College Radio Reporter as well as third place in Best Public Affairs.
UK's success continued in the college television competition. UK students won eight awards in this category. UK’s Sabirah Rayford won first place in Best Feature Story.
Other UK award winners in the college television competition include:
· Lillie Ruschell, second place, Best College Newscast
· Isabel Rosales, second place, Best College Television Reporter
· Isabel Rosales, second place, Best Public Affairs
· Lyndsey Gough, second place, Best Sports Coverage
· Lindsay Travis and Isabel Rosales, third place, Best College Newscast
· Cameron Griffin, third place, Best News Story
· Isabel Rosales, third place, Best Public Affairs
While the number of awards was impressive, the students viewed them as a direct reflection of their experience studying broadcast journalism at UK.
"When I found out I won the AP award, I felt so accomplished and confidient in myself that I was ready to go out into the world and work in journalism," award winner Jacqueline Nie said. "It was the perfect way to end my last semester at UK. It really helped solidify my confidience in myself as a journalist, not just as a student. It made me feel so excited to move forward with my career."
Founded in 1914, the UK journalism program is accredited by the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications. The broadcast journalism track prepares students for leadership roles in a variety of careers that communicate effectively with a mass audience.