Media studies students at FHSU bring home three firsts in TV new, PR contest

Four Fort Hays State University students have been recognized by the Kansas Association of Broadcasters for their work on KFHS-TV, the student television station in Heather Hall on the Fort Hays campus. The honors include three first-place awards in the annual College Television News and Public Affairs Contest, one second-place award for a regularly-scheduled sportscast on KFHS, and one honorable mention for hard news reporting.

The KAB contest, which was judged out-of-state, awarded first place to FHSU student Skyler Butler, Great Bend special student, for his 30-second public service announcement against battery and abuse; first place to students Brandon Billinger, Ulysses special student, and Justin Weigel, Hays junior, for their coverage last year of the sentencing of Robert Land, the person convicted in the murder of an FHSU student.

Billinger also won a first-place award for a news feature completed during his internship last summer at a PBS television station in Charleston, Ill., WEIU. Cole Reif, Great Bend senior, was awarded second place for his live broadcast during the 5 p.m. news on KFHS last semester. Reif and Butler also won Honorable Mention for their coverage of FHSU Veterans Day ceremonies.

The awards were presented at a banquet last month in Wichita. All the FHSU winners are media studies students in the Department of Information Networking and Telecommunications.

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