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WOUB-TV students win Associated Press Broadcasters Awards

ATHENS, Ohio (June 2, 2005) -- WOUB-TV students took home three statewide awards Sunday, May 22, at the 2005 Ohio Associated Press Broadcasters Awards in Columbus. WOUB News students competed against full-time, professional broadcasters from other news operations in the Small Market Category including Parkersburg, W.Va., and Steubenville, Lima and Zanesville, Ohio. WOUB swept the Small Market Best Feature Reporting category with first and second place and also took home first place in the Best Photographer category.

First place awards for Best Feature Reporting in a small market were given to Mark Bruce, reporter, senior broadcast journalism major from Granville, Ohio, and Larry Shields, photographer, junior video production major from Cincinnati, Ohio. The first place award was given for Best Feature Reporting for "What A Jumper," the story of a world champion jump-roper from Washington County.

Second place awards were given to Kim Bedford, reporter, senior broadcast journalism major from Alliance, Ohio, and Larry Shields, photographer, for "RNC Playhouse Project," the story of the Ohio Delegation volunteering in Queens, N.Y. at the 2004 Republican National Convention in New York City. Shields was also awarded first place in the best photographer in the small market category for a composite of photographs and edited stories that aired in 2004.

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Media Contact: WOUB Public Information Coordinator Kelly Martin, (740) 593-4944 or kelly_martin@woub.pbs.org

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