Denise Yoder, a senior mass communication student from Goshen, Ind., and a marketing consultant for WQME-FM radio at Anderson University was among the five winners of the Scripps Howard Foundation "Most Valuable Staffer" broadcast competition. The competition was open to students who work at U.S. college broadcast stations. The five winners each will receive a $5,000 scholarship. Winners also will receive an all expenses paid trip to New Orleans for an awards presentation in late October during the national College Media Advisers convention, co-sponsored by the Associated Collegiate Press and College Media Advisers. The broadcast stations where the students work will each receive a matching $5,000 grant.
"I am delighted that Denise was selected as one of only five to win the Scripps-Howard award," said Don Boggs, general manager of WQME and AU Professor of Communications. "She has been an excellent student and a tremendous asset to WQME. She truly deserves this national recognition."
The competition was open to any member of student-operated college radio or television stations licensed for broadcast by the Federal Communications Commission or available campus- or community-wide via a closed circuit system. Nominees had to be enrolled as full-time students in the college or university. They were not required to be journalism or communications majors.
"Scripps Howard Foundation is proud to recognize the accomplishments of these fine college broadcast staffers," said Judith G. Clabes, president and CEO of the foundation. "Each exemplifies the dedication and talent needed to meet the unique challenges of working at campus radio and television stations."
Other student winners represent the University of Iowa at Iowa City; the State University of New York at New Paltz; Emory University in Atlanta; and the University of Hawaii at Manoa. The Scripps Howard Foundation in cooperation with College Media Advisers sponsored the competition.
Chris Carroll, president of College Media Advisers and director of student media at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, said, "This competition has provided a great opportunity for these deserving college students who might not otherwise have been so well rewarded for their hard work. Their college broadcast stations also are happy beneficiaries thanks to the matching grants."
The competition was judged by Gary Hawke, University of Kansas; John Lansing, senior vice president of The E. W. Scripps Company’s broadcast television station group; and Clyde Gray, news anchor, WCPO-TV, Cincinnati.
College Media Advisers, with more than 700 members, coast to coast, represents the people who advise the nation’s collegiate newspapers, yearbooks, magazines and electronic media.
Dedicated to excellence in journalism, the Scripps Howard Foundation is a leader in industry efforts in journalism education, scholarships, internships, literacy, minority recruitment/development and First Amendment causes.
Anderson University is a private, Christian, liberal arts institution of approximately 2,400 undergraduate and graduate students. Established in 1917 by the Church of God, the university offers more than 60 undergraduate majors and graduate programs of study in business, education and theology.