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Columbia Students Win Emmy

A student production of the Journalism Department at Columbia College Chicago took top honors in the student news feature category at the 2010 Chicago/Midwest Emmy Awards. View the winning piece here.

Broadcast journalism student Cristina Aguirre and two film and video students collaborated to produce the winning video story about a youth program that aims to prevent violence in Chicago.

Aguirre and film and video students Chris Ramirez and Vaughn Potter wrote and produced the feature entitled “Youth Programs Aim to Combat Chicago Violence.” Aquirre is a senior broadcast journalism student who works as the multi-media reporter for the Columbia Chronicle newspaper.

The awards were announced Nov. 6 in ceremonies at the Park West in Chicago.

“This is quite an honor,” Aquirre said after the awards presentation at the Park West on Saturday night.

“This award affirms the dedication and hard work of Columbia College students,” said Dr. Lillian Williams, Director of the Broadcast Journalism concentration. “It also underscores the commitment of our faculty and staff, who work diligently to help students to succeed.”

Journalism student work was nominated in two other categories. A Metro Minutes television newscast, as well as individual news and sports feature stories, were also finalists for student awards, selected from among college and university entrants from the Midwest.

Metro Minutes is a weekly television news program that is produced, anchored and reported by Columbia College Chicago journalism students. It airs on Frequency TV, a student-run television station. One of its shows was nominated in the student newscast category. Anchors for that show were Niema Dancy and Alejandra Silva; the reporters were Morgan Moore, Elizabeth Czupta, Jeremie Rosley, Margarita Williams, Luz Garcia and Kalin Franks. Kellie Bartoli, Marty Kasper, Morgan Moore and Steven Schucker were the show's producers.

Besides the winning story about violence, another Columbia journalism project also competed in the news feature category. That video story, entitled “Culinary Cuisine,”  was written and produced by Heidi Stallings, who received her master's degree in journalism from Columbia in May and now works for Oprah.com. Steven Schucker’s sports production, an interview with Jill Carlson, was also nominated for a student award.