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Source: Ginger Loggins, 785-532-0525,
Note to editor: Brent Pinkall is a graduate of Great Bend High School. John Kurtz is a graduate of Blue Valley West High School.
News release prepared by: Beth Bohn, 785-532-2535,

Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2011


MANHATTAN -- Five Kansas State University journalism and mass communications students are being recognized for their on-air talents at the Broadcast Education Association's 2011 Festival of Media Arts.

The festival is an international exhibition of award-winning faculty and student works chosen in audio, documentary, interactive multimedia, two-year/small colleges, news, scriptwriting, sports and video competitions. This year's festival is April 11 in Las Vegas. The event -- sponsored by the Charles and Lucille King Family Foundation, Avid and Sony -- is part of the annual Broadcast Educators Association's annual convention.

K-State students earning honors from the festival include: Lucas Wempe, senior in electronic journalism, Lawrence; Brent Pinkall, December 2010 bachelor's graduate in electronic journalism, Manhattan; John Kurtz, senior in electronic journalism, Overland Park; Emily McIntosh, senior in electronic journalism, Pratt; and Paul Harris, senior in digital journalism-electronic, Indianapolis, Ind.

Wempe, Kurtz and Harris earned honorable mention in the specialty audio program category for "3ManWeave," which aired on K-State's student radio station, The Wildcat 91.9.

Pinkall received honorable mention in the television feature news reporting category for his story on Mark Haub's junk food diet. Haub is an associate professor of human nutrition at K-State. The story aired on "Manhattan Matters," a student-produced news program on K-State TV.

McIntosh tied for third place in the air personality category for her K-State student radio program, "Hot Donna on The Wildcat 91.9."