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UCO Student Honored Nationally for Outstanding Coverage of COVID-19

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May 21, 2020

Media Contact: Sarah Ward, Communications and Marketing Coordinator, UCO University Communications, 405-974-2106, sward24@uco.edu 

UCO Student Honored Nationally for Outstanding Coverage of COVID-19

University of Central Oklahoma senior Amanda Siew, a professional media major from Petaling Jaya, Malaysia, received national recognition for her coverage on the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Five major organizations – The Society of Professional Journalists, the Associated Collegiate Press, the Society for News Design, College Broadcasters, Inc. and the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education – joined forces to recognize college journalists, like Siew, for their outstanding coverage of the pandemic. Siew was honored alongside students from Yale University and Northwestern University.

Siew was recognized for the documentation of her experience traveling home to Malaysia amid the pandemic. She documented her experience flying internationally, as well as her mandatory 14-day quarantine period once she landed in Malaysia. 

While in isolation, Siew wrote, edited and shot a video, which offered an inside view into her hotel room and her confined daily life. In addition to the video Siew posted via Facebook, she used a Twitter thread to document each step of the quarantine process.

“There are so many talented journalists in the States and I never thought that, as an international student who is somewhat new to this field, I would be able to match up to them. I’m so grateful that I can represent UCentral, UCO and Malaysia with all this. I hope I made everyone proud,” Siew said.

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Cutline: University of Central Oklahoma senior Amanda Siew, a professional media major from Petaling Jaya, Malaysia, received recognition for her coverage on the COVID-19 pandemic. Siew was honored for the documentation of her experience traveling home to Malaysia amid the pandemic. Pictured, Siew working at UCentral media prior to the COVID-19 pandemic.