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UCO ProMedia Students Honored with Regional Journalism Awards

Headshot of Amanda Siew wearing headphones

May 19, 2021

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

UCO ProMedia Students Honored with Regional Journalism Awards

The Tulsa Press Club and Benevolent Association recently honored University of Central Oklahoma professional media students at the annual Great Plains Journalism Awards during a virtual award ceremony, May 7. 

The regional contest honors newspaper, web, television and magazine journalists for outstanding stories, photography and design. The eight-state competition includes Oklahoma, Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Iowa, North Dakota and South Dakota. 

Amanda Siew, a professional media spring 2021 graduate from Selangor, Malaysia, received the Student Broadcaster of the Year award for her work with UCentral News. 

"The stereotype of a good broadcast talent is someone who wants to be in front of the camera. However, truly good broadcast journalists just want to tell stories with whatever tools they have available," said Desiree Hill, Ph.D., assistant professor of mass communication at Central and adviser for UCentral News.

"Amanda distinguished herself this year by telling the story of the pandemic, despite a government-mandated quarantine in Malaysia. Due to time zone differences, she worked overnight throughout the fall semester to produce UCentral News two days a week. Even though she doesn't seek the spotlight, her exemplary work finds its way there."

In addition to Siew's win, Central students Ashley Jones, a senior professional media major from Oklahoma City; Jay Mayes, a spring 2020 professional media graduate from Vian, Oklahoma; and Mikala Novitsky, a fall 2020 professional media graduate from Midwest City, Oklahoma, were honored as finalists for the Best University Newscast award. 

The regional competition included more than 600 entries, with winners and finalists named in 73 professional and student categories.

For more information about Central, visit www.uco.edu.

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Cutline: Amanda Siew, a professional media spring 2021 graduate from Selangor, Malaysia, received the Student Broadcaster of the Year award for her work with UCentral News at the annual Great Plains Journalism Awards. The regional contest honors newspaper, web, television and magazine journalists for outstanding stories, photography and design.