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Monday, October 11, 2004

UTVS News, which is broadcast by the SCSU campus television station, is one of three university programs from across the nation selected as a semi-finalist for a Mark of Excellence Award from the Society of Professional Journalists.

The National Mark of Excellence Award is given to the college or university station with the best student-produced television news nationwide. The UTVS (University Television Station) Daily Newscast is competing for the honor against the University of Maryland, which has 35,000 students, and Kent State University, which has 31,000 students in its eight-campus system.

"This is quite the honor," says fourth-year student and UTVS general manager Josh Miller, pointing out that nearly every one of the nation's 3,500 colleges and universities has a television news program of some kind. UTVS has won five Mark of Excellence Awards in the past for its news programs.

UTVS, which was founded during the 1977-78 school year, cablecasts local news and other programming to 90,000 people in Central Minnesota 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. The independently-operated station is completely student run, from camera operators to station management, which gives SCSU students the opportunity to learn and participate in all aspects of television production.

Miller, who begins his fourth year at the station this fall, said the UTVS experience is open to every student. Eighty students were on the volunteer staff spring semester, and participation increases every semester. They bring to viewers their own programs (newscasts, movie reviews, a trivia game show, Monday Night Live with KVSC, and home Husky hockey games) as well as cable entertainment, education and arts programming.

Miller said freshmen frequently visit UTVS immediately upon arrival at SCSU, eager to sign on for hands-on experience at the station. "I came here (SCSU) for this," they tell Miller. "Why wait?" SCSU offers the only fully-accredited broadcast journalism program in the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system.

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