By: Joe Strupp
UWIRE, a free membership organization for college student media, is looking for the top 100 college journalists for its UWIRE 100 honors program, organizers announced.
The group is seeking nominations through its www.uwire.com/100 Web site.
In a release announcing the competition, organizers stated: “The UWIRE 100 will be selected from a pool of applicants nominated by colleagues, advisers, professors, internship coordinators and career counselors.”
Nominations may be submitted on UWIRE.com through April 11. UWIRE, operated by CBS College Sports Network, is calling for the nomination of college students “who have excelled in a particular medium and have the potential to help revolutionize their field. UWIRE will evaluate each candidate based on demonstrated excellence in a field of collegiate journalism – with an emphasis on work completed in the 2007-2008 school year – and the quality and quantity of the student’s nominations.”
“Recognizing and honoring top student talent is central to UWIRE’s mission,” said Ben French, UWIRE General Manager. “The UWIRE 100 will serve as a showcase for the most talented individuals in the student media world. Bloggers and multimedia editors will be honored alongside copy chiefs and investigative reporters, as we capture the best young minds in this converging media environment.”
The UWIRE 100 will “have a proven commitment to a career in journalism, a dedication to the highest ethical standards and a superior potential to excel in their field,” the release stated. The full list of finalists will be announced on May 19.
Founded in 1994, UWIRE “is a community-driven service devoted to the needs of student journalists?UWIRE identifies and promotes the brightest collegiate content creators and delivers their work to a larger audience. UWIRE’s Student Media Affiliate Program allows more than 800 student media outlets to share content and facilitate inter-school collaboration through an entirely student powered wire service that generates more than 500 stories a day, including news, opinion, sports, and entertainment coverage.”