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JTC Student and Faculty Award Winners Announced

CSU faculty and students involved in journalism and research related endeavors continue to shine in national competitions, earning awards and honors along the way.

JTC faculty member Kirk Hallahan, seen in the center, in the picture to the right, is the 2007 winner of the Pathfinder Award from The Institute of Public Relations.  The award was presented at the organization’s annual lecture and fundraising dinner at the Yale Club in New York City.  Hallahan received a $2,000 cash prize for the award, which recognizes research and scholarly writings related to the applications of new technology in public relations.

Hallahan’s award came at about the same time that Rocky Mountain Collegian visual editor Aaron Montoya, an art major, earned a national first place award for best news photo from the Associated Collegiate Press.  Montoya’s winning photo captured the embrace of two local residents celebrating the life of CSU psychology major Adrienne Morgan, who was killed in a drunk driving accident.  Montoya’s award-winning photo is seen here.
A complete story on Montoya’s award can be found: It’s not uncommon for Rocky Mountain Collegian staff members like Montoya, as well as other members of the Student Media staff, to earn awards for their work.  Former Collegian editor Brandon Lowrey is another recent winner.  Lowrey earned a certificate of merit for feature writing this fall from the William Randolph Hearst Foundation. Lowrey’s entry competed against 128 students from 72 journalism programs in arguably the most prestigious and competitive reporting competition for college journalists.

Overall, during the past decade, JTC students and others from the university who work at the Rocky Mountain Collegian, Campus Television, KCSU-FM and College Avenue magazine have earned hundreds of regional and national awards for reporting, editing, writing, photography, on-air talent and production.