Foundation sponsoring search for 'Most Valuable' college broadcaster

Fri, February 11, 2000 by Vickie Martin

CINCINNATI – Scripps Howard Foundation, in partnership with College Media Advisers Inc., is sponsoring its first competition to identify the “Most Valuable Staffer” of U.S. college broadcast stations.Five winners will be selected, each receiving a $5,000 scholarship. Winners also will receive an all expenses paid trip to Washington, D.C., for an awards presentation Nov. 11 during the National College Media 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.“Our intention in initiating this competition is to recognize the unsung accomplishments of students who make campus broadcast stations tick,” said Judith G. Clabes, president and CEO of the Scripps Howard Foundation. “Whether they’re on-air personalities, or working behind the scenes, we know there are student broadcasters out there who are worthy of this award.”Chris Carroll, president of College Media Advisers and media adviser at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, said, “This competition is patterned after a similar award created last year for college newspaper staffers. The interest and excitement generated by that awards competition made it clear to the Scripps Howard Foundation and College Media Advisers that a similar program was needed for student broadcast journalists.”Winners will be chosen by a three-judge panel, including a representative from College Media Advisers, the foundation and a professional at-large.The competition is 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.The nominee must be a full-time freshman, sophomore or junior in good standing. Nominees do not have to be journalism or communications majors. Winners must be enrolled in an undergraduate program in the fall of 2000, when the award will be made.Entries must be postmarked by May 19. Winners will be announced by Sept. 1.The nomination package should include a resume; a portfolio tape consisting of at least three examples of the student’s work; a letter from the applicant explaining his/her philosophy of what a student operated station should be and how his or her contribution has helped the station; a 500-word essay discussing a current industry issue of the student’s choice; a transcript of college course work; and station documentation.The station documentation, not to exceed 10 pages, should include the station philosophy or mission statement; explanation of station hierarchy; summary of the station’s program offerings; description of the station’s technical facilities; an accounting of service to the academic department or student media, college or university and the greater community.Mail complete nomination packet to: Most Valuable Staffer – BroadcastScripps Howard FoundationP.O.Box 5380Cincinnati, Ohio 45201-5380College 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.