At the most recent awards gala put on by the Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA), the winner in the Large Market Television / Ongoing Coverage category was the University of Wisconsin
at Madison-Milwaukee. The school’s weekly newscast PantherVision, a partnership with Milwaukee Area Technical College, won for its examination School Shooter Safety.
Milwaukee Sentinel Journal TV-film critic Duane Dudek caught up with Mark Zoromski, the teacher most responsible for all this. He is, understandably, very proud:
“Everybody I talked to at RTDNA said this is probably unprecedented,” Zoromski said. “No one heard of a class-based student television news organization winning a Murrow Award…”
“The kids in my reporting class walk in never having done a television news story in their lives,” he added. “They go through four weeks of boot camp” on how to shoot film, record sound and edit. And they watch “examples of exceptional broadcast journalism.”
Zoromski worked as a news producer at WITI-TV from 1983 to 1996. As he told Dudek, some of the exceptional broadcast journalism he shows his students includes the work of former WITI reporter Boyd Huppert. Huppert, now with KARE-TV in Minneapolis, this year won his eleventh and twelfth Edward R. Murrow Awards.
PantherVision reaches 300,000 cable households in southeastern Wisconsin and another 180,000 digital-on-demand cable subscribers from the Illinois border to upper Michigan.
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