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UW Staff Members Honored for Communications Excellence

January 25, 2016
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UWyo Magazine was judged the top publication at last weekend’s Wyoming Press Association's annual associates' group communications contest. Judges said of UW’s flagship publication: “80 pages of quality stories, ads, photos and layout. Well written statement to describe publication. Am sure UW grads look forward to getting this in their mailboxes.” (UW Photo)

University of Wyoming communications and marketing specialists received eight awards during the Jan. 21-23 Wyoming Press Association's (WPA) annual associates' group communications contest.

Winners were announced at the WPA's annual winter meeting in Casper. The convention attracts Wyoming's newspaper professionals and the WPA's associate members for two days of workshops, seminars and speakers.

Approximately 200 WPA and associate members attended the convention, which culminated with the awards banquet where the top newspapers in three divisions (daily, Casper Star-Tribune; large weekly, Powell Tribune; and small weekly, Lovell Chronicle) were named. Individual award winners also were announced in several categories.

UW staff members won three first-place awards in the associates' contest, one second place, one third place and three honorable mentions. This year’s contest drew a high number of entries from communications specialists from around the state.

Associate members, including those from UW, attended three workshops last Friday, which included presenters from the UW College of Agriculture and Natural Resources and UW Institutional Communications.

UW Extension Communications and Technology Manager Tana Stith and Tanya Engle, graphic artist, presented an InDesign workshop, and Extension videographer David Keto led a video-making workshop for associate members. UW Institutional Communications Specialist Milton Ontiveroz presented a workshop on how media relations personnel can put together a plan for media visits.

Listed are UW communications specialists with their individual awards, contest categories in which they won and titles of their entries:

-- Jim Kearns, Institutional Communications specialist, honorable mention news release, “Evanston Train Wreck Inspired Renowned Surgeon Brent Eastman”; and honorable mention news feature, “UW Election Survey Results.”

-- Micaela Myers, Institutional Marketing editor, first place publications, UWyo Magazine; first place magazine writing, “Groundbreaking Research.”

-- Milton Ontiveroz, Institutional Communications specialist, second place news feature, “Casper Student Wins $30K Entrepreneur Competition”; and third place three features on one topic, “Wyoming Teachers Take Part in STEM Guitar-Building Workshop.”

-- Ron Podell, Institutional Communications specialist, first place news release, “UW’s Prather Receives NSF CAREER Award.”

-- Tana Stith and Steve Miller, UW Extension, honorable mention publications, Barnyards and Backyards.

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