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Recent Communication Program graduate awarded Distinguished Thesis Award

The annual Distinguished Dissertation, Thesis and Creative Exhibition Awards will be presented at 10am in the East Asia Room this Friday, May 3rd. This year, the School of Graduate Studies recognizes the contributions of four students. Three awards will be presented on May 3rd, and the fourth award will be presented in the fall at a separate ceremony (due to the recipient’s availability). All are welcome to attend.

Receiving a Distinguished Thesis Award, Eric Netterlund is a recent Master of Arts in Communication graduate of UND who explored the fast changing world of social networking platforms and how fan culture can drive fundraising for non-profit organizations and political campaigns.


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UND’s Studio One adds 12 more awards to its growing trophy case at annual Midwest Journalism Conference

Studio One? More like Studio “Won”.

Student journalists with Studio One, a live television show produced by students and staff at the University of North Dakota Television Center, took home 12 awards recently at the Midwest Journalism Conference (MJC) in Bloomington, Minn.

So far, this year, Studio One broadcast journalists and crew have won 43 awards in North Dakota and throughout a six-state region, according to Suzanne Irwin, Studio One marketing director.

The MJC, which took place April 12-14, included awards from a Society of Professional Journalists region comprising North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota and Wisconsin. Awards also were given by the Northwest Broadcast News Association, with members in North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa, Minnesota, Wisconsin and Nebraska. Both SPJ and the NBNA are key sponsors of the conference.

UND winners for the Society of Professional Journalists Mark of Excellence Awards were:

Television Feature Reporting
First Place: “Stable Days Youth Ranch” by Ali Strand, Leeds, N.D.

Television Sports Reporting
First Place: “Racecar Flagman” by Cory Robertson, Minneapolis

Best All-Around Television Newscast
Third Place: Studio One, UND

UND winners for the Northwest Broadcast News Association Eric Sevareid Awards were:

Hard Feature

Award of Merit – A Refugee’s Story, Dag Amdam, Sandvika, Norway


Award of Merit – Stable Days Youth Ranch, Dag Amdam

Sports Reporting

Award of Merit – Wheelchair Basketball League, Jon Schaeffer, Des Moines, Iowa

Award of Merit – Rock Climbing Wall, Brian Gendreau, Circle Pines, Minn.

First Place – Tate Maris, Cory Robertson


Award of Merit – Studio One Weather

Broadcast Writing

Award of Merit – “Home Art, Clogging”, Anne Hook, Thief River Falls, Minn.

First Place – “River Race, Youth Sports, Rock Climbing”, Brian Gendreau

Soft Feature

First Place – Ramp to Freedom, Cory Robertson

“I love seeing the students get a tangible reward for all their hard work,” said Stephanie Flyger, Studio One news director. “They’re all smart, creative and dedicated, and it paid off. Their stories were up against some great broadcast programs throughout the region so it’s fun to win in these competitive contests.”

While at the conference, Flyger organized trips to a number of places where students connected with UND alumni, including Minnesota Twins’ President Dave St. Peter, Twins employee and former UND softball player Holly Corbin, Julianne “Jules” Kotrba, a senior business partner with Target Corp.; and Twin Cities’ KARE 11 meteorologist Jerrid Sebesta.

Each year, the MJC regularly draws more than 300 working professionals and journalism students for two intense days of seminars, awards programs and networking opportunities. The second-largest regional event of its kind in the country, MJC is widely recognized for providing national-caliber training seminars at a fraction of the price of national conferences, along with prestigious awards programs, all within driving distance from anywhere in our six-state service area.

Studio One, celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, has won more than 650 awards since it began.

Studio One, celebrating its 25th anniversary, is an award-winning news and information program produced by staff and 38 student interns, in conjunction with the UND Television Center. Studio One can also be seen by viewers in Grand Forks, Fargo, Bismarck/Mandan and Minot, N.D.; Minneapolis-St. Paul, Denver, Colorado Springs, Ray, N.D. and Winnipeg.

Studio One has won more than 650 awards since it began.

David L. Dodds, Media Relations/Writer & Editor, 701.777.5529|

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