UIndy Broadcasters and Student Newspaper receive honors. CAC fights infections.


Broadcast news: UIndy dominates awards

UIndy radio and television students won a number of awards this spring.

The Indiana Professional Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists presented 11 awards in its college television competition, and UIndy students came away with eight of the 11. (DePauw, Ball State, and Indiana University took home the others.)

Awards included Best Feature Reporting, Videography, News Reporting, and Sports Reporting.

One of only two UIndy entries in the college Society of Professional Journalists radio competition was that of Crystal Mills (photo), which earned first place for Best Radio Newscast.

In the Indiana Association of School Broadcasters annual competition, UIndy students received awards in the categories of Radio Air Personality, Radio News Report, Radio Copywriting, Radio Imaging, Television News Anchor, Television News Package, Music Video, Corporate Video.

Drew Pastorek was awarded an honorable mention in the Air Personality category in the Broadcast Education Association’s National Festival of Media Arts—the third consecutive year that a University of Indianapolis student has earned an award in this category.

Kathryn Reinhardt won one of six $2,000 college scholarships awarded by the Indiana Broadcasters Association.

Students’ Reflector earns Newspaper Pacemaker honors

UIndy’s student newspaper, the Reflector, has won a nationwide Newspaper Pacemaker award. This competition requires submission
of a set of five issues of the newspaper published during specified periods throughout the academic year.

Winners were announced in October at the National College Media Convention.

The Reflector also won a first-place award for Best of Show at the Associated Collegiate Press/CMA National College Media Convention.

The Reflector and Reflector Online won 21 journalism awards in Division III of the Indiana Collegiate Press Association competition.

The Reflector awards, which were presented during the ICPA annual convention in April, included a second-place showing in the News-paper of the Year category.

The Reflector staff also came away with first-place honors for both Best Single Issue and Best Special Issue.

The Indiana Professional Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) also presented six state-level newspaper and Web site journalism awards to the Reflector students in the Best in Indiana Journalism competition.

The honors follow two regional (Indiana, Illinois, and Kentucky) SPJ Mark of Excellence awards and 21 state-level Indiana Collegiate Press Association awards, as well as three national-level Associated Collegiate Press awards this year.

And because one of the two SPJ regional awards won a first place, that work has been sent on to compete at the SPJ national level this summer.

Center for Aging leads charge against health care infections

After leading a successful statewide initiative to reduce pressure ulcers in healthcare settings, UIndy’s Center for Aging & Community has been contracted by the Indiana State Department of Health to oversee a similar effort against another preventable health scourge.

The new Indiana Healthcare Associated Infection Initiative targets common infections that occur in medical settings, such as those that arise from catheter use or as side effects of antibiotic use.

The CAC will lead a consortium composed of service agencies and advocacy groups in providing training and educational materials to help healthcare staffers reduce the frequency and severity of such infections, which occur in five percent of all acute care admissions nationwide.

Each year in the United States, these preventable illnesses are linked to 99,000 deaths and $30 billion in excess healthcare costs.

The 15-month Indiana program will begin in July and is expected to include at least 80 hospitals, nursing homes, and home health agencies. CAC’s involvement will continue through December 2011 under the $433,834 state contract.

The initiative is modeled after the Indiana Pressure Ulcer Prevention Initiative, which CAC also is overseeing under a state contract.

The first round of the pressure ulcer initiative involved more than 160 hospitals, long-term care centers, and home healthcare providers. It decreased the incidence of pressure ulcers (commonly known as bedsores) by 30 percent in participating facilities.

A second round of that initiative is now under way, with approximately 80 healthcare providers participating.