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May  12, 2011

WVIK News recognized for excellence in reporting

WVIK, Augustana Public Radio at 90.3 FM, was recently honored by the Iowa Broadcast News Association (IBNA) for excellence in reporting in 2010. WVIK was awarded first and second place in the “Best Feature” category and first place in the “Best Use of Actuality.”

News Director Herb Trix won Best Feature for “Daytrotter,” a story focused on a Rock Island-based online music site by that name. News Editor Michelle O’Neill received first place for Best Use of Actuality for “Guitar Lessons,” which features a guitar class at Thurgood Marshall Learning Center, and second place in the Best Feature category for “Deere Art Collection.” Operations Manager Dave Garner provided production assistance for all of the stories.

 “WVIK holds to the belief that broadcasting can still be an art form as well as a business,” said Kai Swanson, interim general manager of WVIK. “In addition to being among our community’s most experienced journalists, Herb Trix and Michelle O’Neill are practitioners of that peculiar art form known as radio. I am grateful that the IBNA has recognized their good work.”

IBNA is a non-profit corporation of radio, television, public relations and other professionals from Iowa and surrounding states that work together to improve electronic media news for our stations and the public.

Keri Rursch
Director of Public Relations
(309) 794-7721
kerirursch@augustana.edu