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UT Today newscast places first in state AP competition

Three Journalism and Electronic Media students placed first in a state broadcast competition.

Chelsea Jensen Koerten (’13), Brooke Fraser (’12) and Kristyn Royster (’12) received highest honors in the college division of the 2013 Tennessee AP Broadcasters Awards for Best TV Newscast.

Koerten, Fraser and Royster produced the winning 30-minute newscast last spring for UT Today, taught by Dr. Sam Swan. It aired on WBIR-TV on May 13, 2012.

“This was a group effort of about 30 students,” says Royster. “It took a lot of collaborating with reporters, anchors and crew to make this happen.”

Fraser says winning the award is a bonus to an already rewarding experience.

“This was a great project for all of us and one I repeatedly got asked about last semester as I was interviewing for jobs,” says Fraser, who works for NBC in New York. “Many employers found it very impressive and a great opportunity to prepare for the real world.”