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The Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism and UW-Madison School of Journalism and Mass Communication played major roles in a project named a finalist in the Investigative Reporters and Editors awards, which were announced today.

The investigation of campus mental health services was conducted by the Investigative Journalism Education Consortium, involving journalism students and faculty at Midwestern universities.

The project was named a finalist in the Student category.

The Center’s project, Gaps persist in campus mental health services, produced in collaboration with a reporting class taught by Professor Deborah Blum, also is receiving a Milwaukee Press Club award, as recently announced. Numerous news organizations around the state have published the project.

Reporting was led by Amy Karon, a former UW-Madison graduate student and Center intern who now runs a medical writing firm. Other students assisting in the project included Kate Prengaman (who now works as a Center intern), Jenny Peek, Anna Bukowski, Gayle Cottrill and Monica Hickey.

Last year, IRE recognized another project from the Center and journalism school as an award finalist. That project, also led by Karon and involving several other students, examined misleading nutritional claims by the Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board.

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