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Mount Union College Student Wins Best of Show by the Society of Professional Journalists

September 22, 2004

Laura Vesco, WRMU 91.1 FM program director, received the 2004 Ohio Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) Award in the 'Best Public Affairs Program in a Small Market' category.

Laura Vesco

Competing against 500 professional journalists in Ohio, Vesco's entry was among the four Best of Show Awards in the Radio division. The Best of Show awards are the highest awards in the SPJ competition.

Vesco, a Mount Union College senior from Uniontown, is honored to receive this award while still a college student.

'I appreciate being able to compete against professional journalists,' said Vesco. 'I am ready to be in the professional atmosphere and compete against other broadcasters.'

Vesco interviewed the eight candidates running for Alliance City Council At-large. The discussion panel aired on WRMU in the fall of 2003. Vesco produced the discussion panel as part of her mass media honors program.

'Being a journalist is natural to me and not out of the ordinary,' Vesco said. 'I feel fortunate to have mentors to give me confidence to pursue this career.'

The SPJ judges' commented on Vesco's work, calling it, 'An hour-long roundtable discussion with all eight candidates running for Alliance City Council that provides a terrific public service for listeners, especially for those who don't read newspapers.'
The SPJ competition 'awards prizes to those journalists who fulfill what is at the heart of the SPJ mission: defense of the First Amendment, resistance against censorship, advocacy of open access to public records and meetings, media self-criticism and service by journalists to the less fortunate in their community.'

The Ohio SPJ Columbus, Cleveland and Cincinnati Chapters awards luncheon was held on Saturday, September 18 in Cleveland.

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