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WIU Broadcasting and Journalism Students Named Finalists for Intercollegiate Broadcasting System Awards

February 4, 2019

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MACOMB, IL – Western Illinois University Broadcasting and Journalism faculty and students were recently named as finalists for the Intercollegiate Broadcasting System's (IBS) Management and Operations Awards competition.

Broadcasting and Journalism News Director and Instructor Jasmine Crighton has been nominated for a second time in the television category for Best Faculty Adviser. Crighton previously won the award in March 2018 for her work with NEWS3, the department's student-produced newscast.

Also nominated in the television category for Best Student Station Manager is senior broadcasting major Emily Kenney, of Farmington, IL. Kenney has worked on NEWS3 since her freshman year and has served in many roles, including production manager, executive producer, director, technical director and videographer. Kenney has been nominated for three other IBS awards this year.

Senior broadcasting major Zach Stone, of Woodstock, IL, has been nominated in the television category for Best Sports Director for his work with NEWS3. He became sports director in January 2018, and has also worked as a sports anchor for NEWS3. Stone has been nominated for two other IBS awards this year.

Stone said he feels, "very blessed" to be nominated in the competition.

"It feels incredible to see the results of my hard work. Western Illinois University's Department of Broadcasting and Journalism has allowed me to hone my craft in a business where am I now employed," said Stone. "I'm very excited to bring what I've learned in the classroom into a professional newsroom. None of this would have been possible without the everlasting support of my family, friends and the fantastic faculty at WIU. A special thanks to Jasmine Crighton and Dr. William Hoon for giving me the opportunity to chase my dreams."

For the radio category, senior Terrance Black, of South Holland, IL, has been nominated Best Student Station Manager for his work at WIUS, the student-run radio station in the Department of Broadcasting and Journalism. He has worked on WIUS for more than two years, with his primary duties including scheduling programming and coordinating volunteers and staff. Black has been nominated for three other IBS awards this year.

"I am grateful for the recognition from IBS for my work with WIUS," Black said of his nomination. "Leading a group of students and managing station programming is not a simple task. One has to be passionate, encouraging and well-balanced to guide a team to achieve their personal and team goals. Enabling these, among many other great traits, defines the success of a leader. An award like this is motivating and shows I'm working in the right direction."

WIU Department of Broadcasting and Journalism students received 14 nominations in the national competition last month, setting a new record in the department. The winners will be announced Saturday, March 2 at the IBS international conference in New York, NY.

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