Cameron University student reporter earns Mark of Excellence awards

Cameron University student Mitch Watson, a student news reporter at KCCU, Cameron’s public radio station, recently earned four regional Mark of Excellence Awards from the Society of Professional Journalists. Watson, a junior from Garden City, Kan., earned the awards for entries submitted in the four-year university category in the two-state region of Oklahoma and Texas. His entries were judged alongside entries submitted by students from Oklahoma State University, The University of Texas, and The University of Oklahoma. 

In the Radio Feature category, Watson’s entry “National Principals Month” earned first place. He also won the second place award in that category with “Cameron ROTC.”

In the Radio News Reporting category, his report on “Lawton Downtown Renovation” earned first place, and his entry “Ice Storm Costs Lawton” earned second place.

The two first place entries will now be submitted into the National Mark of Excellence Awards competition. Watson’s stories will be judged with first place winners from 12 regions across the country.

“My time at KCCU has introduced me to the world of professional radio reporting,” says Watson. “I benefit both from my great education at Cameron as well as the extensive opportunities and experience at KCCU. I am very proud of these awards. They help demonstrate what a quality education and professional experience can accomplish.”

KCCU is a non-commercial educational station licensed to Cameron University in Lawton. The KCCU network includes radio stations in Ardmore, Altus, Chickasha, Clinton, Lawton, Woodward, and Wichita Falls, Texas.

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April 21, 2011
PR#11-092