UTVS-TV student team picks up national honor

Thursday, October 27, 2005

Student and CameraThree student reporters for the SCSU television station UTVS have won the 2004 National Mark of Excellence First-Place Award for Television Sports Reporting. Brandon Ratcliff, Derrick Silvestri and Ben Dunsmoor received the award from the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) for their weekly sports show, "Husky Mag."

This is the sixth national Mark of Excellence Award landed by reporters for the university's student-run television station.

There were more than 3,000 entries in 45 categories in the competition. Chief engineer Ratcliff and reporter/anchors Silvestri and Dunsmoor will be among the national winners and finalists to be recognized Oct. 17 at the SPJ Convention and National Journalism Conference in Las Vegas.

UTVS, now in its 27th year, cablecasts local news and other programming to 90,000 people in Central Minnesota 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

The UTVS experience is open to every student. Approximately 80 student-volunteers bring to viewers their own programs (newscasts, movie reviews, a trivia game show and all home Husky hockey games) as well as cable entertainment, education and arts programming.

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