Students from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln College of Journalism and Mass Communications were recognized with scholarships and competitive awards at the recent Nebraska Broadcasters Association convention in Omaha.
KRNU was awarded two student awards. Associate Professor and KRNU General Manager Rick Alloway accepted the Student Public Service Announcement award on behalf of student producer Clarissa Meneses, and Tommy Rezac accepted his award for Sports Play-by-Play. The awards were presented at the Pinnacle Awards Banquet.
Alloway said “We are honored to have our students’ audio production acknowledged by the broadcasters at their annual event. This recognition is another indicator of the quality of our students’ work. We are very proud of them.”
The Pinnacle Awards is the Broadcasters Association’s annual competition among both commercial and student broadcasting stations. Several hundred entries were submitted for this year’s competition, with awards presented at the closing banquet of the Association’s convention.
The previous evening, CoJMC students Joy Carey, Alyssa Ranard, Benjamin A. Schoenkin and Danielle Wilkerson were recognized for having been awarded the Marty Riemenschneider scholarships at the Hall of Fame banquet.
Each year the Nebraska Broadcasters Association awards scholarships to students from the College of Journalism and Mass Communications based upon certain criteria. The students must be pursuing a major in broadcasting, have earned at least 60 credit hours and be recommended by the scholarship committee of the College.
These scholarships were renamed for Marty Riemenschneider last year. Riemenschneider was also inducted in to the Nebraska Broadcasters Association Hall of Fame at the convention this year.
Marty Riemenschneider served as president and executive director of the Nebraska Broadcasters Association from 2002 until 2014 when he became president emeritus. Under his leadership, the organization grew substantially and offered an ever-increasing number of member benefits. He was one of the founding organizers of the Nebraska Amber Alert program and served on the State Emergency Communications Committee.