The 2018 Korva Coleman Excellence Awards presentation was held in the KJZZ newsroom in Tempe on April 6. Winners were recognized for their work in three areas of digital media: Audio, Video and Multimedia Production. Winners were selected for the award from among 74 of the most competitive entries to date by high school and college journalists from across the country.
Winners received a crystal Korva Coleman award and a $1000 scholarship. Korva presented the awards herself and delivered a heartfelt message of congratulations.
This year's exceptional winners are:
Audio Production: Jessie Nguyen, "I'm so trans, like the transest you can get"
Jessie Nguyen is a 17-year-old student from Garfield High School in Seattle, Washington. Her audio piece for KUOW's RadioActive Youth Media Intro to Journalism Workshop focuses on her friend Graham and what he went through to become who he is today.
Video Production: Lillian Donahue, "Trade drives rise of middle class in Central Mexico"
20-year-old Lillian Donahue is a student at the Cronkite School of Journalism at ASU. Her video takes a closer look at the rise of the middle class in Mexico.
Multimedia Production: Ronnie Reyes, "Bringing it to Them: Nutrition for Long Island's Food Deserts"
Ronny Reyes explores the work of hunger-relief organizations that deliver direct aid to Long Island's growing food deserts for his senior project at SUNY Stony Brook.