Media Contact:Alicia Battinelli
202 Hofstra Hall
Send an E-mail
Date: May 12, 2009
Radio Hofstra University Wins Society of Professional Journalists Award
Hofstra University, Hempstead, NY – For the first time in its 50 year history, WRHU, Radio Hofstra University has won a Society of Professional Journalists’ (SPJ) Mark of Excellence Award.
Each year, the Society of Professional Journalists, the nation’s oldest and largest journalism group, presents the Mark of Excellence Awards honoring the best in student journalism. The awards offer 39 categories for print, radio, television and online collegiate journalism. Regional award winners will be honored at the SPJ Conference this spring, and will move on to the national competition. Winners on the national level will be announced at the 2009 SPJ Convention & National Journalism Conference in Indianapolis, IN this August.
The WRHU news department, Long Island’s oldest and largest, placed first in the Region 1 category and received the title of best overall radio newscast for its news program, Newsline.
“This award is so special because no one reporter gained recognition, but rather it was a collaborative effort from every staff member, ranging from our managers to our newest reporters,” says WRHU News Director Samantha Manning, a junior at Hofstra. “The award represents our progress, our success, and our thorough understanding of broadcast journalism.”
WRHU is Long Island’s oldest non-commercial radio station, broadcasting 24 hours a day, seven days a week on 88.7FM and online at www.wrhu.org. With a staff of more than 175 members, and a program schedule that includes 42 varying formats, the award-winning radio station prides itself on pre-professional broadcast training and development. WRHU is an integral part of Hofstra’s School of Communication.
Hofstra University is a dynamic private institution where students can choose from about 150 undergraduate and more than 160 graduate programs in liberal arts and sciences, business; engineering; communication; education, health and human services; and honors studies, as well as a School of Law. With a student-faculty ratio of 14-to-1, our professors teach small classes averaging 22 students that emphasize interaction, critical thinking and analysis. Hofstra offers a faculty whose highest priority is teaching excellence. The University also provides excellent facilities with state-of-the-art technology, extensive library resources and internship programs that match students’ interests and abilities with appropriate companies and organizations. The Hofstra community is driven, dynamic and energetic, helping students find and focus their strengths to prepare them for a successful future.