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WIU Broadcasting Students Receive Eight Nominations for Intercollegiate Broadcasting System Awards

January 3, 2018

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MACOMB, IL – Students in the Western Illinois University Department of Broadcasting and Journalism have received eight nominations in the 78th annual Intercollegiate Broadcasting System (IBS) Awards.

The winners will be announced Saturday, March 3 at the IBS international conference in New York (NY).

NEWS3, the department's student-produced news organization, has been nominated for Best College TV Station. The NEWS3 staff also was nominated for Best Use of Twitter and Best Use of YouTube.

WIU students and alumni nominated for awards this year include:

Best TV Newscast: Alumna Emily Manley of Highland, IL, senior broadcasting major Redrick Terry of Rock Island, IL, and alumni Devin Biggs of Lincoln, IL, and Jason Chauvin of Des Plaines for the NEWS3 "Live at 4" newscast on April 20, 2017. Manley, Biggs and Chauvin graduated in 2017.

Best News Report: Alumni Megan Sanchez of Bettendorf, IA, and Ryan Garity of Crystal Lake, IL, for a NEWS3 Special Report: "Jacob's Story." The news report features Jacob Bowen, the first person in his family to get a cochlear implant. Bowen attended WIU to pursue agriculture. Sanchez and Garity graduated in 2017.

Best TV Sports Report:
Danny Frey of Springfield, IL, for his sports segment in NEWS3 "Live at 4" on Oct. 24, 2017. Frey graduated in December 2017.

Best Station Promotion (Video/TV):
Senior broadcasting majors John Benedeck of McHenry, IL, Baylee Brynteson of Woodstock, GA, and junior broadcasting major Emily Kenney of Farmington, IL, are nominated for a promotional series called "Get to Know the NEWS3 Team."

Best Specialty Music Show: Raul Villalobos, IV, of Waukegan, IL, for his show "Reckless at Seven" on WIUS 88.3FM.

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