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2002 Awards for Excellence in Journalism

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#1. Best Print Coverage of a Spot News Event by An Individual

First Place:
A Chase, A Crash
Susan Lampert Smith
Wisconsin State Journal
Judges Comments: Reporter got to the source and gently reported the story out of her. Nice dramatic lede. Smith could have relied on the official police version, but she got the surviving witness instead. Nice job on the driver’s family too. Good writing is built on good reporting, this story’s got both. The homeowner witness is great too. This is real Edna buchannan police reporting.

Honorable Mention:
Ladysmith Tornado
Lisa Schuetz
Wisconsin State Journal
Judges Comments: Wisconsin certainly experienced disasters this past year. This entry gives us the whole story – the official loss stats, the human side of the devastation and the follow on the clean-up. Good find on the organization from Minnesota.

#2. Best Print Coverage of a Spot News Event by a Group

First Place:
Defendant Shot Dead in Courtroom Melee
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Staff Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Judges Comments: Very well organized in terms of story angles. The lead story is an exceptionally clear narrative – no -nonsense hard news without the flowery stroy-telling lede. Good scramble considering the fact the Sentinel didn’t have a reporter on the scene while the shootings unfolded.

Honorable Mention:
I-43 Fog/Inferno
Greg J. Borowski, Jeff Cole, Peter Maller, Dan Benson, Mike Johnson, Annysa Johnson
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Judges Comments:

#3. Best Print Continuous Reporting on a Single Subject, Series or Selection of Individual Stories

First Place:
Driving Drunk – Again
Mike Hoeft
Green Bay Press-Gazette
Judges Comments:

Honorable Mention:
Chasing the Dream
Pat Schneider, Mike Ivey, Lynn Welch, Judith Davidoff, Anita Weier, Chris Murphy
The Capital Times
Judges Comments:

#4. Feature

First Place:
Safe From The Storm
Kathy Flanigan
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Judges Comments: The writer pulls you into this story and lets you experience life from a totally different perspective. She makes you feel a part of the story.

Honorable Mention:
Arson Detective
Gina Barton
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Judges Comments: A good example of what journalists should do- calling attention in careful detail to likely miscarriages of justice and re-examining stories officials would like to see forgotten.

#5. Short Feature

First Place:
Sometimes Memories and Baseball Can be Best Salve for Sorrow
Crocker Stephenson
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Judges Comments: Writer has an elegant style that places reader on the periphery of the situation. Uses few words, but really sets the scene. Touching.

Honorable Mention:
Blind Alley: Lack of Sight Doesn’t Stop Competitive Bowlers
Tom Alesia
Wisconsin State Journal
Judges Comments: Good subject – well-handled. Nice profiles of talented bowlers. Writer lets their stories amaze. Even blind bowler with lowest average has better average then one of our judges!

#6. Sports

First Place:
Wrestler Fights On; In Wake Of Friends Death
Matt James
LaCrosse Tribune
Judges Comments: A very touching story! Well written, excellent use of quotes.

Honorable Mention:
Running A Reverse
Lori Nickel
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Judges Comments: Nice job! Very good , draws you into a gripping story.

#7. Critical Review of the Arts

First Place (tie):
Art Matters; How the Milwaukee Art Museum Built a Great Building But Lost its Way
Tom Bamberger
Milwaukee Magazine, Inc.
Judges Comments:

First Place (tie):
Kent Williams
The Way We Weren’t; New Urbanism Tries to Rebuild a Past That Never Really Existed
Isthmus
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Honorable Mention:
Crying Time; Far From Heaven Offers a Postmodern Take on 1950s Weepies
Kent Williams
Isthmus
Judges Comments:

#8. Editorial

First Place:
Numbskills on Parade
Tim Kelley
Wisconsin State Journal
Judges Comments:simple language, to the point, convincing

Honorable Mention:
Battering Blanchard
John Nichols
The Capital Times
Judges Comments: Paper does a good job of defending Blanchard and proving to the reader that Blanchard is a scapegoat.

#9. Editorial Cartoon

First Place:
Diversity
Gary Markstein
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
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Honorable Mention:
Boy Governor
Stuart Carlson
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
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#10. Headlines

First Place:
Rolling Stone Gathers Mess
Jim Anderson
Eau Claire Leader-Telegram
Judges Comments:

Honorable Mention:
Richard Pufall
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Judges Comments:

#11. Business Story

First Place (tie):
Alliant Resort Venture
Lee Hawkins Jr.
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Judges Comments:

First Place (tie):
Epic Decision
Marc Eisen
Isthmus
Judges Comments:

Honorable Mention:
The Risk Taker
Mary Van de Kamp Nohl
Milwaukee Magazine, Inc.
Judges Comments:

#12. Background or Analytical Story

First Place:
Us Vs. Them, Them Vs. Us
Kurt Chandler
Milwaukee Magazine, Inc.
Judges Comments:Thorough and balanced, without sparing any sacred cows

Honorable Mention:
An Unholy Alliance
Meg Kissinger
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Judges Comments: Hardhitting , shedding the light of day on years of hypocray and corruption

#13. Magazine Story

First Place:
The Trouble With Jerry
Erik Gunn
Milwaukee Magazine, Inc.
Judges Comments:Well-writen profile of a newsmaker who’s now making his own headlines; loved the photo of him peering out the door.

Honorable Mention:
Soul Of The Dells
Michael Penn
Wisconsin Academy Review
Judges Comments: Nice job of blending past and present; good layout and use of art make this a fascinating story.

#14. Contribution to Community

First Place:
Deadly Game; Chronic Wasting Disease
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Staff
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Judges Comments: Excellent! Stories covered absolutely every angle of this critical issue. Maps, charts, graphics, photos and sidebars – this package had it all!

Honorable Mention:
Election 2002
Tom Giffey, Eric Windholm, Michael Klein
Eau Claire Leader-Telegram
Judges Comments: In a category filled with excellent entries , it was difficult to select winners. However, this package deals with a very important topic-elections- and was a good, thorough piece. Shows a great deal of research and commitment. Well Done.

#15. Investigative

First Place:
Capitol Corruption Investigation
Wisconsin State Journal City Desk
Wisconsin State Journal
Judges Comments:Its hard to argue that this entry doesn’t deserve to win. The rumblings set off by the Wisconsin State Journal’s initial expose in 2001 were nothing compared to the earthquake of 2002, when Madison’s corrupt caucus system crumbled. It’s because of the Wisconsin State journal that newspapers across the state published photos of prominent politicians next to their felony charges. Although this entry depended heavily on work done before the 2002 contest time frame, and most of it consisted of follow-up stories that cannot honestly be defined at “investigative”, the impact cannot be ignored. This was Wisconsin’s watergate.

Honorable Mention:
Unequal Justice
Mary Zahn, Jessica McBride
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Judges Comments: Is $250 a month too much to qualify for a public defender in Wisconsin? That’s what these two reporters found, exposing a hidden and unconstitutional cost of poverty. its hard to forget the people Zahn and McBride found: a man forced to represent himself, even though he didn’t know what “sustained” meant. Another man still wrongly believes the prosecutor was on his side. Another was ordered to pay for his own attorney – with is $9/hour paycheck. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel should be proud for standing up for the unpopular and unconnected. This is what journalism should be.

#16. Personal Service Feature

First Place:
Shouting For Your Supper
Jan Uebelherr, Dennis Getto
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Judges Comments: These two reporters took a fresh topic, examined it like a detective, got out of the office, and gave me a story I would never find in a Google search. Who knew some restaurants get as loud as truck traffic? or that, as we age, it gets harder to suffer through a noisy dinner? The color graphics glowed, the writing was lively all the way to the end, and if left me chuckling. (quietly). They had a lot of fun with this story and so did I.

Honorable Mention:
High School Report Card
Natalie Dorman, Erik Gunn
Milwaukee Magazine, Inc.
Judges Comments: Kudos for exhaustive research and careful reporting. While the story was heavy on figures and the details of regression analysis, I can’t imagine a parent or a student not wanting to read it.

#17. General Columns

First Place:
Mike Nichols
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Judges Comments:

Honorable Mention:
Rick Horowitz
Wisconsin State Journal
Judges Comments:

#18. Sports Columns

First Place:
Matt James
La Crosse Tribune
Judges Comments:

Honorable Mention:
Rick Horowitz
The Rick Horowitz Column
Judges Comments: Humorous, a little off beat and fun to read.

#19. Lifestyle Columns

First Place:
Kelley Bruss
Green Bay Press-Gazette
Judges Comments: Good variety of topics, length is very good- gives writer just enough space to make her point without over doing it.

Honorable Mention:
Polly Drew
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Judges Comments: Very touching personal perspective on the topics; easy to read.

 

 

Print Graphics

#20. Newspaper News Page Design

First Place:
Raising The Roof
Sam Manchester
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Judges Comments: Page creates great sense of special occasion. Good use of a dominant photo. Baseballs are fun touch but could use a little more explanation.

Honorable Mention:
Whom Can We Trust Now?
V. John Pluym
Wisconsin State Journal
Judges Comments: Made the most out of very little for centerpiece, although photos are redundant. Good use of promos. Carrot quiz is a fun touch.

#21. Newspaper Feature Page Design

First Place:
Bottoms Up! Feeling Down?
V. John Pluym, Andrea Zani, Nicole Rogers, John Maniaci
Wisconsin State Journal
Judges Comments: Makes clever use of the medium, combining simple headlines reinforced by the flip of the page. Care was taken to ensure good reproduction and registration.

Honorable Mention:
A Taste Of Terror
Kristin Pelisek, Kevin Eisenhut, Lonnie Turner
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Judges Comments: A dynamic and fun image that i well-lit and well-played on the page.

#22. Magazine Spread Design

First Place:
The Soup Channel
Sharon K. Nelson, Mindy Benham, Kevin J. Miyazaki
Milwaukee Magazine, Inc.
Judges Comments: Nice Use of Color

Honorable Mention:
The Killer Among Us
Sharon K. Nelson, Mindy Benham, Kevin J. Miyazaki
Milwaukee Magazine, Inc.
Judges Comments: Pages were reversed in the entry, bold, nice type design, use of limited color

#23. Magazine Cover Design

First Place:
Big Ideas
Sharon K. Nelson, Mindy Benham, Kevin J. Miyazaki
Milwaukee Magazine, Inc.
Judges Comments: Bold and well organized, feels slick and professional

Honorable Mention:
City Guide
Sharon K. Nelson, Mindy Benham, Kevin Miyazaki
Milwaukee Magazine, Inc.
Judges Comments: Type and illustration, use of color capture a nice retro color

#24. Informational Graphics

First Place:
All Star FanFest; Safer Field Dressing; Striking Truths.
David Arbanas
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Judges Comments: What diverse topics! Artist / illustrator did a fine job depicting information in a way everyone could follow.

Honorable Mention:
Planet Hunting; Year In Review; Iraq Primer
Alfredo Elicierto
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Judges Comments: Nice way to review the year; Iraq Primer was very informative

#25. Illustration

First Place:
Ruth Sykes, Lonnie Turner
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Judges Comments: Very fun and stylized

Honorable Mention:
Theresa Schiffer
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Judges Comments:

 

 

Print Photography

#26. Spot News Photography

First Place:
Fit To Be Tied
Jeffrey Phelps
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Judges Comments: A perfect example of an “instant recognition” photo. It tells the story even without a story.

Honorable Mention:
Rescue Effort
Mark Hertzberg
The Journal Times
Judges Comments: A life or death image that gives the story much greater impact.

#27. General News Photography

First Place:
Officers’ Funeral
Evan Siegle
Green Bay Press-Gazette
Judges Comments: so much emotion in one photo – extraordinary!

Honorable Mention:
Don’t Expel
Steve Apps
Wisconsin State Journal
Judges Comments: Imaginative Framing of One Boy vs. The Bureaucracy

#28. Documentary Photography

First Place:
Rites Of Passage
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Photo Staff
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Judges Comments: I was greatly marred by each and everyone of the photo essays in the “Rites Of Passage” special section. The work was superb in every way, and represents the best of the art of photojournalism.

Honorable Mention:
A Twist Of Fate
Karen Sherlock
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Judges Comments: The moments portrayed in an entry of this caliber were not caught by accident. The amount of care, thought and technical precision needed to complete this photo essay cannot be underestimated.

#29. Feature Photography

First Place:
Gliding And Gleaming
Gregory Shaver
The Journal Times
Judges Comments: There were many outstanding entries, and the decision was difficult. The unusual texture of the ice in the photo and the single spot of color of the person and his reflection portray in a unique way a feeling of icy solitude.

Honorable Mention (tie):
Amish Children Playing
Craig Schreiner
Wisconsin State Journal
Judges Comments: Two honorable mentions, based on your statement that you would defer to the judges’ judgment. Both do a good job of telling a story in a creative and fresh way. (A side note: Whether intended or not, and probably not, each is reminiscent of a well-known artist’s work: 1. Andrew Wyeth for the children and 2. Artist Richard Diebenkorn for the reflection.)

Honorable Mention (tie):
Water Work Of Art
Shane Opatz
Leader Telegram
Judges Comments: Two honorable mentions, based on your statement that you would defer to the judges’ judgment. Both do a good job of telling a story in a creative and fresh way. (A side note: Whether intended or not, and probably not, each is reminiscent of a well-known artist’s work: 1. Andrew Wyeth for the children and 2. Artist Richard Diebenkorn for the reflection.)

#30. Sports Photography

First Place:
Toy Bath
Steve Kinderman
Eau Claire Leader-Telegram
Judges Comments: Excellent moment, as well as news value.

Honorable Mention:
Strike 3 Swinging
John Maniaci
Wisconsin State Journal
Judges Comments: Good action and news value.

#31. Picture Story or Series Photography

First Place:
Shelter From The Storm
Erwin Gebhard
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Judges Comments: Good Individual moments. The set of pictures powerfully captures the Nursery

Honorable Mention:
Who We Are
Kevin J. Miyazaki
Milwaukee Magazine, Inc.
Judges Comments: Novel approach to a story on the census- well done portraits

#32. Editorial Photography

First Place:
Ode To Opulence
Kevin C. Eisenhut
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Judges Comments: Nice combination of photograph and type – very elegant

Honorable Mention:
White On White
Kevin Miyazaki
Milwaukee Magazine, Inc.
Judges Comments: Nice use of the new museum building to accent the clothes

 

 

Radio Categories

#33. Spot News

First Place:
The I-43 Pileup
Harold Mester, Noelle Piper, Melanie Scott, Tea Klopp and E.J. Becker
News/Talk 1130 WISN
Judges Comments: Complete coverage, engaging reporting, detailed live presence

Honorable Mention:
I-43 Inferno
John Jagler, Jon Belmont, Velia Alvarez, Charlie Sykes, Tom Carr, Dan Shelley
WTMJ-AM
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#34. Continuing Reporting

First Place:
Clergy Abuse
WUWM Newsroom Staff
WUWM-FM Milwaukee Public Radio
Judges Comments:Reports make judicious use of audio with powerful comments from church members. Writing relevant for such a sensitive topic.

Honorable Mention:
Where in the Hell Were the Parents?
WTMJ News Staff
WTMJ-AM
Judges Comments:

#35. Documentary or Series

First Place:
Search For Ethics
Marge Pitrof, Bob Bach, Ann-Elise Henzl, Marti Mikkelson, Dan Sprehe, Anna Panoka
WUWM-FM Milwaukee Public Radio
Judges Comments: Kudos for taking up this important issue-ethics- and for for turning the microphone on the media’s handling or lack of scrutiny. Some unexpected elements -very nice- from funeral director students to pondering Nixon’s pardon.

Honorable Mention:
Black Female Perspectives On Milwaukee
Adam Friedrich, Robyn Cherry
WUWM-FM Milwaukee Public Radio
Judges Comments: Offers a range of opinion and insight. Wish host would have been more involved making it a discussion and conversational.

#36. Best Feature

First Place:
Body Of Work: Taste And Smell
Anna Panoka
WUWM-FM Milwaukee Public Radio
Judges Comments: Lip-smacking chocolate, sizzling olive oil and wine- slurping: A sound -rich story. Smooth transitions. Insightful, unpredictable sound -bytes. Well paced. Left the judges drooling for more.

Honorable Mention:
Miss Slinger Speedway
Judy Steffes
WBKV Radio
Judges Comments: While the judges questioned the “promotional” nature of this, they found the sound bytes unique and irresistible, thanks for the laughs.

#37. Sports Report

First Place:
Office Pools
Bill Martens
WUWM -FM Milwaukee Public Radio
Judges Comments: Excellent selection of sound-bytes. Explores a topic usually not addressed. Analogy equating office pools to going one-mile over the speed limit gave it perspective.

Honorable Mention:
Crazy About Curling
Mary Jo Wagner
Wisconsin Public Radio
Judges Comments: Provided a concise explanation of the sport

#38. Contributing to Community Welfare

First Place:
Shared Family Care
Marti Mikkelson
WUWM-FM Milwaukee Public Radio
Judges Comments: The report takes us there and allows participants in this innovative program to share their thoughts and feelings. Very effective and informative.

Honorable Mention:
Street Beat
Anna Panoka
WUWM-FM Milwaukee Public Radio
Judges Comments: Good use of audio, informative piece

#39. Writing

First Place:
Pet Care
Benson Gardner
Wisconsin Public Radio
Judges Comments: The Finest example of clear, descriptive yet crisp writing. The judges were compelled to put it at the top of the writing category. Conversational and informative but not preachy. Wow!

Honorable Mention:
Tiny Gowns
Melba Lara
Wisconsin Public Radio
Judges Comments: A “Delicate” Handling of a a sad issue without being maudlin. Precise writing and visual description. Words well chosen.

#40. Use of Audio

First Place:
Fit To Be Tied
John Jagler
WTMJ-AM
Judges Comments: Sound tells the story , Emotional and engaging

Honorable Mention:
Hunting Season
Dan Sprehe
WUWM-FM Milwaukee Public Radio

 

 

Television Categories

#41. Breaking News

First Place:
I-43 Fiery Crash
WTMJ-TV Staff
WTMJ-TV WLUK-TV
Judges Comments: Viewers got a true sense of the depth of this tragedy and its immediacy! Broad coverage from the air, on the ground and back in the studio. Well Done!

Honorable Mention:
Hobart Officers Killed
Fox 11 News Team
WLUK-TV
Judges Comments: Well told story. Great use of on the scene accounts form eyewitnesses.

#42. Same Day Coverage of Hard News

First Place:
Milwaukee County Officers Resign
WISN TV 12 News Team
WISN-TV 12
Judges Comments: Thorough and comprehensive coverage of a complex chain of events.

Honorable Mention:
Fatal Van Crash
WTMJ Staff
WTMJ-TV
Judges Comments: Great follow through coverage of this story. Proper use of aerials and sensitive live shots.

#43. Multi-day Coverage of Ongoing

First Place:
Chronic Wasting Disease
Joel DeSpain, Don Cady
WISC-TV
Judges Comments: Good TV journalism. Advanced the story well. Made a complex story easy to understand. Well shot and edited.

Honorable Mention:
Ladysmith Tornado
Patrick Paolantonio, Bob Vermiglio
WISN-TV 12
Judges Comments: Good story selection and personalized storytelling. Strong writing to video.

#44. Live Reporting

First Place:
Ted Perry
WITI-Fox 6
Judges Comments:

Honorable Mention:
WTMJ Runaway Blimp
John Mercure WTMJ-TV
Judges Comments:

#45. Best Mini-Series

First Place:
Semper Fi
Valerie Lego
WGBA-TV
Judges Comments: Great Story. Well shot. Would have liked to have known more about first recruit though!

Honorable Mention:
Finding The Right One
Susan MacDonald, Bob Palmer, Tammy Elliot, Kevin Johnson
WISN-TV 12
Judges Comments: Story and video matched well. Great graphics. Built up suspense. you should be doing a dating show!

#46. Background/ Investigative

First Place:
Kids On The Loose
Bob Segall, Anne Frank Brown, Ernesto Santiago, Dave Michuda
WITI-Fox 6
Judges Comments: Very interesting. Absolutely shocking. Well written. Held my attention. Good video. Great neighborhood lady sound.

Honorable Mention:
Inside Juvenile Detention
Mike Anderson, Cary Edwards
WISN-TV 12
Judges Comments: Good analogy. Well written. Made me feel sorry for the kids. Good topic.

#47. Best Investigative Report or series

First Place:
The Pain Doctor
Bob Segall, Diane Carbonara
WITI-Fox 6
Judges Comments:

Honorable Mention:
Doyle and the Bingo Party
WTMJ-TV
Staff WTMJ-TV
Judges Comments:

#48. Community Welfare

First Place:
Sounding The Alarm
Susan MacDonald, Tammy Elliot, Kent Wainscott, Cary Edwards, John Lazarevic, Norm Hunnicut
WISN-TV 12
Judges Comments: Great set-up. Gives families a reason to watch. Truly frightening story. First segment was strongest. Good use of video and graphics.

Honorable Mention:
Missing Sex Offenders
Scott Friedman, Ray Lapine, Paul Balistreri
WTMJ-TV
Judges Comments: I like the concept. Good Video. Relevant to a wide range of people. Reporter was aggressive.

#49. Personal Service

First Place:
John Pagan’s Story
Katrina Cravy, Lisa Schiller, Jason Cutter
WITI-Fox 6
Judges Comments:This was a touching story that truly got results.

Honorable Mention:
Is it Sex?
Richard Ransom, Susanne Barthel, Dave Michuda
WITI-Fox 6
Judges Comments: Well-presented, shocking in some ways, but informative.

#50. Television Writing

First Place:
Inside Juvenile Detention: Mob Beating Suspects
Mike Anderson
WISN-TV 12
Judges Comments: Thoughtful, tells a story – good use of natural sound, good writing to pictures, comes to a conclusion, but also lets viewer come to his or her own conclusion. Masterfull

Honorary Mention:
Bingo Lady
Steve Russell, Nate Garot
WGBA-TV
Judges Comments: Writer did a good job of juxtaposing sound bites with copy.

#51. Feature

First Place:
Foot Notes
Art Hackett, Wendy Woodard
Wisconsin Public Television
Judges Comments:

Honorable Mention:
Ten Chimneys
Susan MacDonald, John Kenney, Tammy Elliott
WISN-TV 12
Judges Comments:

#52. Sports within Newscast

First Place:
Boys of Summer
Jason De Rusha, John Kenney
WISN-TV 12
Judges Comments: Well-shot, well-edited, heartwarming, funny & optimistic

Honorable Mention:
Alan Kindler Cup
Ted Perry, Keith Donovan, Ernesto Santiago, Matt Close
WITI-Fox 6
Judges Comments: Inspirational story about coach who never quits.

#53. Sports Outside of Newscast

First Place:
Golden Moment
Brian Graham, Dave Michuda, Tom Pipines, Tim VanVooren, Michael Leach
WITI-Fox 6
Judges Comments: Excellent

Honorable Mention:
Packer Zone! The House That Green Bay Built
Mark Rantola, Joel Bernell, Valerie Lego, Ted Stefaniak, Bob Healey, Steve Russell
WGBA NBC
Judges Comments: Very Good

#54. Documentary

First Place:
Sounding the Alarm
Susan MacDonald, Todd Andreasen, John Lazarevic, Cary Edwards, Tammy Elliot, Kent Wainscott
WISN-TV 12
Judges Comments: This was the first one we looked at in this category and we knew it had to be the winner – showed enterprise, was well-conceived, well-shot, well-researched, and informative

Honorable Mention:
MTG: Race
Don Hoffman, Kimberly Schwandt, Erik West
Milwaukee Public Schools
Judges Comments: Teens! Take an unimportant subject – very current and socially aware.

#55. Planned Coverage

First Place:
Installation of Archbishop Dolan
WISN-TV 12 News Team
WISN-TV 12
Judges Comments: Well-planned, executed and edited. Showed so many aspects of the event.

Honorable Mention:
Street Stress
Don Hoffman, Kimberly Schwandt, Erik West, Shannon Luckey
Milwaukee Public Schools – Making the Grade
Judges Comments: Wonderful editing, great transitions, great graphics. Nicely done. I liked that you let the kids do most of the talking.

#56. Public Affairs

First Place:
MTG: Smoking
Don Hoffman, Kimberly Schwandt, Erik West, Shannon Lucky
Milwaukee Public Schools – Making the Grade
Judges Comments: Excellent topic. Appropriate for audience. Has creditability! Kept my interest.

Honorable Mention:
In Search Of Young America
WISN-TV 12 News Team
WISN-TV 12
Judges Comments: Great touch with Jenny’s. Good timely topic.

#57. Commentary

First Place:
Jokers Wild
Rick Horowitz
WMVS-TV Milwaukee Public TV
Judges Comments: The idea of using the cards was great, very unique. Got lost in the message because it was a little long.

Honorable Mention:
Recipe For Murder
Rick Horowitz WMVS-TV
Milwaukee Public TV
Judges Comments:

 

 

Television Photography

#58. Best Spot News Photography

First Place:
Wautoma Floods
Wayne Ritter, Mike Moon, Peter Griggs
WGBA-TV
Judges Comments: Simple, concise, and the story was told with video

Honorable Mention:
I-43 Firery Crash
Mark Was
WTMJ-TV
Judges Comments: While the pictures are horrifying, more than just chopper shots would have been better.

#59. General News Photography

First Place:
Lunch Counter Closing
Mike Vandersnick
WGBA-TV
Judges Comments: Common story. Shot well, especially the interviews. Creative. nice ending shot and the wall showed, visually, the influence of the counter. Who was the oldest?

Honorable Mention:
Volunteer Firefighters
WGBA-TV
Judges Comments: Wanted to be drawn in by initial firefighter who responded to an incident with daughter. Good clean video. Liked digital effects. Trinitron shot plain.

#60. Documentary Photography

First Place:
Wild Places
Frank Bell, Chuck France
Wisconsin Public Television
Judges Comments: Stunning pics! Looks like it was shot on movie film. Crisp, clear and colorful. Look out National Geographic!

Honorable Mention:
Sounding The Alarm
John Lazarevic, Cary Edwards WISN-TV 12
Judges Comments: Great shot composition. Nice use of natural sound.

#61. Best Feature Photography

First Place:
Driving In The Dark
Andy Konkle
WITI-Fox 6
Judges Comments: Really nice story, with the surprise revealed 9not at the beginning) a hit into the piece

Honorable Mention:
Wisconsin Waterfall Capitol
Nate Garot
WGBA-TV
Judges Comments: A very feature, I learned something about my home state.

#62. Best Sports Photography

First Place:
Winter Biathlete
Nate Garot
WGBA-TV
Judges Comments: Good videography and natural sound, but I thought you “buried” the hook. The army reserve twist could have come closer to the commitment setup.

Honorable Mention:
Devil’s Lake Climbing
John Kenney
WISN-TV 12
Judges Comments: Great photography and natural sound but natural sound over powered some sound bites.

 

 

Web Journalism

#63. Use of Web Technology by a newspaper/magazine

First Place:
Packer Insider
Mike Davis, Brett Longin, Rick Klauer, Matt Stanton, Jason Erdahl
Journal Interactive
Judges Comments: Clean design, easy navigation and great content (even in the off season) make this a good site. The trivia section was fun and the photo gallery had great shots. How about video?

Honorable Mention:
Mayorathon
Jason Joyce, Melanie Conklin
Isthmus
Judges Comments: An innovative way to cover a mayor campaign. A good site to begin to engage the candidates and issues. I would have liked to see more depth and a little better use of web technology. Nice clean design and very easy to use.

 

 

College Newspaper

#99.01 Best News Story

First Place:
Election 2000: A New Look
Chris Barncard, Kevin Orland, Missy Jenco
The Marquette Tribune
Judges Comments: Excellent ability to follow up on a story that required solid research.

Honorable Mention:
Times Of Change
Michael Timm, Jason Fischer
Ripon College Days
Judges Comments: Thoughtful piece, well constructed.

#99.02 Best Feature Story

First Place:
Bias Accusations Typical Headache For College Media
Adam S. Kirby, Libby Fry
The Marquette Tribune
Judges Comments: Interesting topic, probed thoroughly. Well written.

Honorable Mention:
Getting To Know Your University Telemarketer
Stacy Tornio
The Leader (UW-Milwaukee)
Judges Comments: Nicely Done!

#99.03 Best Sports Story

First Place:
Conference Showdown
John Casper. Jr.
The Marquette Tribune
Judges Comments: A thorough, comprehensive preview of an upcoming basketball showdown between Marquette and #4 ranked Cincinnati. Excellent sources, outstanding game analysis. It’s evident the reporter did homework and knows the game.

Honorable Mention:
Men’s Soccer Team Units, Rebuilds
Mike Sumnicht
Ripon College Days
Judges Comments: A nice analysis of a disappointing season for the men’s soccer team. Well sourced, nicely written.

#99.04 Best Critical Review of the Arts

First Place:
The Devil’s Backbone
Ryan Erke
The Leader (UW-Milwaukee)
Judges Comments: Nicely written, analytical without being overly esoteric. The writer’s knowledge of this genre of film is quite apparent.

Honorable Mention:
Crossroads
Lauren Burke
The Leader (UW-Milwaukee)
Judges Comments:

 

 

College Radio

#99.05 Best News Story

First Place:
Reaction to the Mansion
Jason Fischer, Justin Cleveland
WRPN-FM
Judges Comments: Excellent Coverage of an important community issue

Honorable Mention:
Otto’s Liquors
Britt Bellinger
UWM PantherCast
Judges Comments:

#99.06 Best Feature Story

First Place:
Curious George
Kelli Modica
UWM PantherCast
Judges Comments: Nice story idea, wonderfully descriptive writing

 

 

College Television

#99.07 Best News Story

First Place:
When The Dust Settles
Mick Trevey, Matt Wessel
Marquette University TV
Judges Comments:

Honorable Mention:
Building A New Kind Of University
Amy Beckman, Bill Martens, Nalee Yang, and the UWM PantherVision Team
UWM PantherVision
Judges Comments:

#99.08 Best Feature Story

First Place:
Anna’s Story
Gary Dornbach, Glenn Maloney
UWM PantherVision
Judges Comments:

#99.09 Best Sports Story

First Place:
Tucker Triumphs
Jillian McGinnis, Suzanne Crisanti
UWM PantherVision
Judges Comments: Nice use of nat. sound. Interviews well shot. Clever and effective standup. A Nice Piece.

Honorable Mention:
Marquette Basketball Returners
Marquette University TV
Adam Madson
Judges Comments:

#99.10 Best Television News Photojournalism

First Place:
Campus Construction
Matt Wessel
Marquette University TV
Judges Comments: Nice, informative story. Dynamite beginning to the story – well thought out. Keep up the good work!

Honorable Mention:
Bowling
Katie Gessert, Nick Herman UWM PantherVision
Judges Comments: Solid Story, Nice use of steady visuals and well framed interviews. Keep up the good work!

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