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The Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism received eight awards from the Milwaukee Press Club’s annual Awards for Excellence in Wisconsin Journalism, which were announced today.

This represents the Center’s best showing ever. It received four awards in 2012 and five in 2011.

The announcement of whether each award is gold, silver or bronze will come at the awards dinner on May 17.

University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Journalism and Mass Communication students, working as paid Center interns or in classroom collaborations with the Center’s staff, played critical roles in many of the award-winning projects. The awards were earned in competition with professional news organizations across Wisconsin.

The newest awards recognize stories reported by journalism students in two classroom collaborations with UW-Madison journalism professor Deborah Blum, interactive graphics and photographs produced by students, and reporting, editing and multimedia work by staff members Bill Lueders and Kate Golden; and current or former interns Amy Karon, Kate Prengaman, Lukas Keapproth and five additional journalism students.

Golden and Prengaman swept all three awards in the “Best Innovative Feature” category.


Best Multi-Story Coverage of a Single Feature Topic or Event

Amy Karon
Kate Prengaman
Jenny Peek
Anna Bukowski
Gayle Cottrill
Monica Hickey
Gaps persist in campus mental health services

Best Investigative Story or Series

Bennet Goldstein
Bill Lueders
Chris Murphy
Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism
The Capital Times Staff
Service Stigma: Disabled or not, veterans face job challenges
The Capital Times

Best Public Service Feature Story

Bill Lueders
Green schemes make activists see red

Best Innovative Feature

Kate Golden
The Walker Calendar Files

Kate Golden

Kate Prengaman
Rural Slide

Best Photo Essay or Series

Lukas Keapproth
Rural Slide

Best News Photograph

Lukas Keapproth
Walker Recall Kiss

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