Rowan Radio earns awards from the Society of Professional Journalists

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The Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) has named two Rowan Radio 89.7 WGLS-FM productions finalists in their Region 1 Mark of Excellence Awards.

The Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) has named two Rowan Radio 89.7 WGLS-FM productions finalists in their Region 1 Mark of Excellence Awards.

"Fading Farms and Saving Grace: Preserving the Garden State," a documentary on the current state - and possible future - of New Jersey agriculture, placed second in the In-Depth Radio Reporting category. Meanwhile, "The Rowan Report," a news magazine airing weekly on Tuesday evenings, placed second in the Best Radio Newscast category.

"Fading Farms and Saving Grace" was co-produced by Brian Kanady, a senior journalism major from Upper Pittsgrove, and Julia Giacoboni, a junior radio/television/film (RTF) major from Cedarville. The documentary also received a 2008 bronze Summit Creative Award from the Summit International Awards, which includes thousands of submissions from 25 countries. Earlier this year, the segment won a first-place award from the Broadcast Education Association (BEA).

"The Rowan Report" staff includes host Stephen Maiorana, a senior RTF major from Sewell; Colin Weir, a senior RTF major from Toms River; Ashley Smith, a senior RTF major from Pennsville; and Nicole Chiaravalloti of Pine Hill, who earned her journalism degree from Rowan in 2007.

"The Rowan Report," which focuses on news in South Jersey, has won many honors in the past, including first-place awards in the 2005 and 2007 Philadelphia AIR awards and a 2005 Region 1 SPJ award for Best Radio Newscast.

According to their website, the SPJ is the nation's most broad-based journalism organization, composed of nearly 10,000 members.

The SPJ is divided into 12 regions. Rowan competes in Region 1, consisting of all colleges in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island, Vermont, Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

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