UF CJC Students Win Multiple Honors in the 2018 Florida AP Broadcasters Competition
University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications student journalists were recently recognized at the 2018 Florida Associated Press Broadcasters Conference in Orlando. The annual Florida AP Broadcasters Competition is divided into professional and college categories.
In the professional competition, students’ entries are judged alongside professional broadcasters. The 2018 professional contest received 597 entries from 37 broadcast organizations.
Radio professional competition winners include:
Feature: Cultural/Historical: First Place, Grace King, “Cuban Ballet Shoes”
General Assignment Long Format: Second Place, Luke Sullivan, “When the Lights Go Out and Stay Out”
Investigative: Second Place, Breaking News Editor Ethan Magoc, “Find Out Florida: Why Do Schools Still Collect Social Security Numbers?”
Public Affairs: First Place, Multimedia News Manager Ryan Vasquez, “After Irma: What’s Next for Florida?”
Weather Reporting: First Place, WUFT-FM Staff, “Irma Aftermath”
Continuing Coverage: First Place, WUFT-FM Staff, “Richard Spencer Rally”
Sports Feature: Second Place, Caitie Switalski, “A Cuban Woman Who Wants to Box”
Reporter: First Place, Alexa Lorenzo
Reporter: Second Place, Grace King
In the college division, students compete with their peers from other colleges and universities. Five colleges submitted 48 entries for the 2018 awards.
Radio College Competition winners were:
Feature Hard News Long Format: First Place, Morgan Rynor, “Helping Puerto Rico”
Feature Hard News Long Format: Second Place, David Jones, “Continuing Flooding Coverage”
Feature Light News Short Format: First Place, Luke Sullivan, “Hawthorne High Problems”
Feature Light News Long Format: First Place, Luke Sullivan, “Blueberry Farms Damaged by Irma”
Use of Sound: First Place, Dolores Hinckley, “Memorial Day 2017”
Sports News: First Place, Amanda Cheney, “O-Dome Security”
Newscast: First Place, Grace King and Delores Hinckley, WUFT-FM News
Television College Competition winners were:
Feature Hard News Short Format: First Place, Sara Girard, “After the Fire”
Feature Light News Short Format: First Place, Alexa Lorenzo, “The Practice Before the Parade”
Feature Light News Long Format: First Place, Alexa Lorenzo, “Painting with a Purpose”
Breaking News Video: First Place, Alexa Lorenzo, “Gators Drown Out Richard Spencer”
Breaking News Video: Second Place, Daniela Hurtado, “Hope for Cuba: Miami Reacts to Castro’s Death”
Sports News: Second Place, Darwin Patterson, “Little Golfer, Big Dreams”
Photo Essay: First Place, Sara Girard, “Balancing Life on Skates”
Newscast: First Place, Rachel Trent, WUFT News: First at Five
The Associated Press, a not-for-profit news cooperative representing 1,400 newspapers and 5,000 broadcast stations in the United States, sponsors the annual Florida competition.