JAMS Students bring home dozens of awards in 2024

It’s been a busy semester, with UWM JAMS students bringing home dozens of journalism awards over the last few months. These award-winning stories were reported and produced in our classes, and they were published on our Media Milwaukee website.

The Milwaukee Press Club announced Gold, Silver, and Bronze winners at the Gridiron Awards event for Excellence in Wisconsin Journalism. JAMS students networked with local professionals and won a total of 25 collegiate awards in print, video, audio and online categories, more than any other university.

Students’ 2023 stories covered the fishing industry in Massachusetts, Wisconsin-centered topics like the Lac du Flambeau tribal barricades, Milwaukee communities, local heroes, and stories that highlighted diverse cultures through in-depth reporting. The Massachusetts and Lac du Flambeau reporting were made possible through a grant from the Milwaukee Press Club Endowment, and we’re pleased to announce we were awarded another $5,000 grant for Spring 2025!

In the regional Society of Professional Journalists Mark of Excellence contest, JAMS students won six awards. Winners and finalists are among the best in SPJ Region 6, which covers Wisconsin, Minnesota, North and South Dakota.

Students were also honored by the Wisconsin Broadcasters Association for two documentaries produced in JAMS during 2023.

In the Midwest Broadcast Journalists Association Eric Sevareid Awards, which draws entries from the conference’s entire six-state region of Minnesota, Wisconsin, the Dakotas, Iowa and Nebraska, students won two documentary awards.

JAMS students also won five awards from the Wisconsin Newspaper Association, and they were recognized at a luncheon in Madison.

Here are links to a few of our students’ award-winning entries:

Congratulations to all JAMS Students!