Lebanon native Ashley Shores, a senior at the University of Tennessee at Martin and staff member at the university's student-run WUTM 90.3 FM "The Hawk," recently won the top award for "Best Newscast" at the recent Intercollegiate Broadcasting System Conference held in New York City.
In all, WUTM received 25 separate awards during the conference, including a Platinum Award, the highest peer-reviewed distinction given to college radio stations by the Intercollegiate Broadcasting System. WUTM has received the award for seven consecutive years.
"I'm elated that our broadcasting students have yet again won so many national awards at (the Intercollegiate Broadcasting System awards). I don't take that for granted, but I'm not surprised. I see each day the hard work and commitment to excellence of our talented radio and TV students and their advisers," said Dr. Robert Nanney, chair of the UT Martin Department of Communications.
The awards came on the heels of WUTM's success at the Southeast Journalism Conference where the station was named "Best College Radio Station in the South" for the third straight year and received first place in the "Best College Audio News (Podcast)" category for the second consecutive year. UT Martin students also won "best of" awards in the radio hard news, radio news feature, television hard news, opinion/editorial, special event reporting and college website categories.