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Graduating Seniors Among America’s Top 100 Student Journalists

A pair of LSU student journalists have been ranked among the top 100 student journalists in the nation according to UWIRE.

Kyle Whitfield and Amy Brittain, both graduating seniors in the Manship School of Mass Communication, were announced as part of UWIRE’s list earlier this month.

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Amy Brittain

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Kyle Whitfield

UWIRE, a free membership organization for college student media, announced today the second annual UWIRE 100, which honors the nation’s top collegiate journalists. The UWIRE 100 were selected from more than 825 nominations – representing students from more than 135 schools – submitted by professionals, students and educators. A UWIRE panel evaluated each candidate based on demonstrated excellence in the field of collegiate journalism.

Both Whitfield and Brittain have been working for LSU’s student newspaper, The Daily Reveille, since their freshman years, with Whitfield serving as editor of the paper during the 2008-2009 school year. The duo was also honored by the Manship School as the top male and female graduates of 2009.

A full list of the UWIRE 100 is now available at www.UWIRE100.com.

“This is a remarkable group of journalists,” said Joe Weasel, CEO of UWIRE. “Each has made a significant impact on the field already – they are talented, hard workers and gifted storytellers. Each was nominated by their peers and advisers, who recognized their potential to shape the ever-changing media industry in the coming years.”

The announcement of the UWIRE 100 is the culmination of a three-month national search for the country’s top 100 collegiate journalists. The selected students have excelled in one or more mediums, have a proven commitment to the journalism field and have the potential to help revolutionize their industry. The UWIRE 100 students hail from 69 different institutions, ranging from small liberal arts colleges to large state universities.

UWIRE is operated by Palestra.net, an online network of student multimedia reporters on more than 100 college campuses. In addition to distributing more than 2,500 articles to campus media member outlets each week, the site enables young media talent to interact, share user-generated content and deliver their work to a national audience through UWIRE’s Syndication Service, which reaches a variety of national content partners, including CBS News, FOX News, Yahoo! and LexisNexis. UWIRE.com features the first online career networking community dedicated exclusively to college journalists and aspiring media professionals.

Brittain, a native of Shreveport, was also honored in the fall of 2008 as one of the Scripps-Howard Company’s top 10 student reporters. After graduation, she will travel to San Diego to cover Major League Baseball’s San Diego Padres for www.mlb.com, in an internship awarded by the Association for Women in Sports Media. In August, she will move to New York City to begin graduate school at Columbia University.

Whitfield, originally from Metairie, will travel to Charlotte for a six-month internship with the Sporting News in the fantasy sports online division.

Billy Gomila | Editor | Office of Communications & University Relations
May 2009