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UM Radio Students Win Big in National Competition

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Ruth Eddy and Christopher Allen, seniors in the Department of Radio-TV at the University of Montana, recently were named among the top five winners in the nation for the radio category of the prestigious Hearst Journalism Awards.

Funded by the William Randolph Hearst Foundation, the contest provides cash awards in several media categories to the top five students and their colleges.

Eddy, who placed third, and Allen, who placed fifth, also received an automatic berth to the final competition, where more prize money will be awarded. In June 2014, they will receive an expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C, where they will have to quickly create radio stories for consideration.

Eddy, originally of Oak Park, Ill., is the news director for KBGA 89.9, UM's student-run station. Allen, who is from Missoula, is a reporter there. They both file for the weekly radio magazine show Eddy helped create last year, "Word of Mouth." The stories they entered for the Hearst competition aired on that show. They can all be heard at UM Journalism's SoundCloud stream,

Last year, Jessica Murri placed first nationally in the Hearst radio competition. She went on to place second overall at the finals in San Francisco and was awarded $4,000. Her story about predictions gone wrong and how those affect kite-surfing also won best news coverage and an additional $1,000. That story is online at

Another recent grad, Samuel Wilson, also competed at the finals in San Francisco and brought home gold. Wilson won the multimedia category with his story about the "real" San Francisco. He filmed and told the story of a tour guide, on the bus and at home. He was awarded $5,000 and the Hearst medal. His story is online at

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