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Lowell Thomas was a great surprise,” Davenport said. “I got this e-mail
from the UK out of the blue (thought it was spam and almost deleted
it). Turns out ISLANDS magazine submitted a story I wrote and
photographed about South Georgia Island in the Antarctic called
Davenport’s article received a silver
award in the environmental tourism category of the Society of American Travel Writers‘ Journalism Competition. This year SATW received 1,490
entries in 27 categories, a record high for the competition.
His article about the rebound of an island near Antarctica that once
served as a sort of seal and whale slaughterhouse received high praise
from judges, who called it “an entertaining and inspiring read about
“It truly was one of my favorite stories to write and photograph,” he
said. “I thought, ‘Wow! Here’s a place that turned the tables on
This is the first award Davenport has won and it’s helped him land a
few new assignments, including work with Sunset magazine. Although he
loves international assignments, Davenport is happy to stick closer to
home with his wife and 1-year-old daughter.
Call for Nominations for New Distinguished Alumni Award
Help us honor one fabulous SJMC alum by submitting your nominations for the new Distinguished Alumni Award. This annual award will recognize alumni for extraordinary achievement (especially in the communication professions) or for ongoing support for the School, or for both.
Send your nominations to Bylines@Colorado.edu before Jan. 15 with “Distinguished Alumni” in the subject line, and tell us in 2-3 sentences why you think your nominee deserves this recognition. The award is funded by Doug and Mary Ann Looney (pictured above). Doug is a 1963 graduate of the School. The recipient will be honored at the spring commencement ceremony.
Campus Media Updates
NewsTeam on the Air
Boulder’s only television newscast, NewsTeam Boulder has been offering packages to the Online Student Television Network, a Web-based service that pays the School $200 for every package it accepts for its daily program. Thus far NewsTeam has sold six packages, over the last sixweeks.
Radio 1190 Raises $50,000
The student-run radio station, Radio 1190, met its goal of “5,000″ watts during a fall campaign, which encouraged listeners to “buy” a watt at $10 apiece (6 watts gets you a t-shirt). Interested in helping out? Call 303-735-ROCK.
Campus Press Scoops Again
They did it again! Those tireless reporters at Campus Press broke the story of a diesel fuel spill that flowed into Boulder Creek at 5 p.m. Nov. 14. A few weeks earlier they were first to report about the early morning Gold Run fire, posting the news at 4 a.m., Oct. 26. CBS in Denver later called and asked permission to use the photos.
Voices from the Podium
“The public is as frustrated with the coverage of the Iraq war as the journalists are with their limited ability to get out and tell the story.”
-John McWethy, former international correspondent for defense department, on the October panel: “Surviving the Assignment: 21st Century War Reporting and the Age of Blackwater.”
“To methe saints are the ones that dedicate their lives to finding the truth.”
-Kevin Corke, who gave the fourth annual Jack E. Holden lecture Nov. 6 entitled, “Saints, Scoundrels and Scribes: Covering the 2008 Presidential Campaign.”
Pay it Forward
Adam Cole (’03) , Don Poe (’96),Roger Lipker (MA ’74), with microphone, Emily Narvaes Wilmsen (’90) and Jim Sheeler (MA ’07) were among more than a dozen professionals who shared career advice with journalism students at the Media Mixer in October. You toocan help by sharing your experiences in the trenches:
contact for other SJMC graduates looking for jobs in your area of the country or field of work. Our Career Network has hundreds of alumni contacts. Adding your name is an easy way to give back to the School by sharing your expertise with other SJMC alums.
Patti Dennis, Vice President/News Director at Denver’s Channel 9, and Jeff Steinhour, Managing Partner and Director of Content Management at Crispin Porter + Bogusky, joined the SJMC Advisory Board.
Ad Students Shine at the Dairy Show
Senior advertising students show off their creative work from 6 to 8 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 11, at the Dairy Center for the Arts, 2590 Walnut St., Boulder. Last spring, CU advertising students took home more honors than competitors from any other university at the NewYork One Club’s annual One Show student competition.
Donning the Mortar Board
Patti Dennis, Vice President/News Director at Denver’s Channel 9, will deliver the graduation speech at the
2 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 20 in Macky Auditorium, when 81 undergraduates, six master’s students and three PhD students become newly minted journalism graduates.
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