Western Illinois University’s student-run broadcast news and sports media, as well as the radio station, have been named as finalists for the annual Intercollegiate Broadcasting System (IBS) Media Awards, to be held in March.

NEWS3 staffers, The Dog WIUS-88.3 FM, and Broadcast Journalism’s sports broadcasters were nominated for a number of categories, including Best College TV Station, Best College Radio Station, Best Sports Pre-Game/Post-Game Show, Best Women’s Basketball Play-By-Play, Best Spot News, Best Use of YouTube, Best Video Sports Report and Best Use of Graphics.

Individual WIU student nominees include Devin Brooks, a senior broadcasting major, from St. Louis, MO; Jenna Skarlupka, a senior broadcasting and journalism major, from Freeport, IL; RJ Larson, a senior broadcasting and journalism major, from Burlington, WI; David Koier, a senior broadcasting major, from Menomonee Falls, WI; and Will Beesing, a senior broadcasting and journalism major, from Byron, IL.

“Our students work extremely hard to comprehensively cover the news on campus, and in the community, and the nominations for the awards are a testament to that dedication,” said Instructor Jessica M. Martin. “I am very proud of all of the students and look forward to the conference and the awards ceremony with the students.”

Sports Broadcasting Director Quintin Parker said he wants to keep the award-winning tradition going.

“We are very excited that our students’ hard work is being recognized on a national stage and creating a chance for them to continue to build their portfolios for professional endeavors,” said Parker. “It’s been an emotional year for everyone and they’ve overcome so much in their pursuit to continue our department’s success. We’re very pleased and excited for all of them.”

The 81st annual IBS Media Awards will be held during this year’s IBS Conference, which is scheduled virtually for March 2-6. The conference consists of broadcasting workshops and guest speakers. The conference will conclude with the awards ceremony.

NEWS3 is the student-run television station and WIUS-88.3 FM is the student-operated radio station at WIU. Both are located within the University’s Department of Broadcasting and Journalism.

For more information, visit wiu.edu/cofac/bcj.

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