Shannon Brys Earns Associated Press Award

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ALLIANCE, OH (06/10/2011)(readMedia)-- Shannon Brys, a senior communication major of Concord Township, OH, received first place in the Ohio Associated Press Broadcasters annual contest for best feature reporting in small market radio in Ohio. Shannon was the news director last year for WRMU 91.1 FM, Mount Union's student-run radio station, and is currently the program director. The award was presented to Brys on Sunday, June 5 in Columbus.

Her feature story entitled Take Back the Night focused on Tom Santoro's speech during the Take Back the Night event on campus, a program developed to raise awareness of domestic violence and sexual assault. Santoro, a father whose 18-year-old daughter was murdered by her ex-boyfriend, has turned his pain into a mission to end dating violence and has shared his daughter's story by encouraging others to speak out against domestic violence and sexual assault.

By earning this award, Brys made history. She is the first student at Mount Union to earn a first place Associated Press (AP) award and the first student at Mount Union to win two AP professional awards. Last year, she received second place honors for best documentary for her story entitled Global Education. Mount Union students working at WRMU have now received six professional broadcast journalism awards. Broadcasters from Illinois judged this year's Ohio AP contest entries.

Jessica Eggan, a 2008 graduate of Mount Union and former program director for WRMU, was also recognized by AP. Eggan, who works for WJER-AM in Dover, OH, was named best reporter.

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