First Amendment Days: Awards presentation

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Date/Time:Friday, 13 Apr 2018 at 9:00 am
Location:169 Hamilton Hall
Channel:Greenlee School of Journalism and Communication
Categories:Meetings, receptions Student activities
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Greenlee School and Kappa Tau Alpha Diversity and Inclusion Awards Presentation: Ally Karsyn, Siouxland Public Media; and Emily Blobaum, Iowa State Daily, will be honored for excellence in journalism and promotion of a just and inclusive society through ethical storytelling that broadens people's understanding of diverse lives and communities. Planned as part of the First Amendment Days celebration. Registration (free) required.

Emily Blobaum is a senior in journalism and mass communication at Iowa State University. She is also the managing editor of content and a photojournalist at the Iowa State Daily. She has a passion for multimedia documentary journalism but also enjoys taking photos of athletic events and writing features about students from diverse backgrounds.

Blobaum has interned at Iowa Public Television as a production assistant and the Herald Publishing Company as a photographer. She was raised in Des Moines, Iowa, and enjoys traveling and spending time outdoors.

Ally Karsyn is the founder, producer and host of Ode, a live storytelling series where community members tell true stories on stage to promote positive impact through empathy. Each event is recorded for broadcast on Siouxland Public Media, the NPR affiliate in Sioux City, Iowa, where she is the arts producer and afternoon announcer. She received the 2017 Images & Voices of Hope Restorative Narrative Fellowship for her work on the storytelling series. Ode also won Current's 2017 Local That Works contest.

Karsyn is a former features reporter and columnist for the Sioux City Journal. She received the 2016 Genevieve Mauck Stoufer Outstanding Young Iowa Journalists Award and the 2016 Jay P. Wagner Prize for Young Journalists from the Iowa Newspaper Association.

Established in 2017, the Greenlee School and Kappa Tau Alpha Diversity & Inclusion Awards are presented annually to recognize a professional journalist and a Greenlee student.

First Amendment Days
Now in its 16th year, First Amendment Days celebrates the five freedoms protected by the First Amendment: religion, speech, press, assembly and petition. It's organized by Greenlee's First Amendment Committee, which is made up of members of the Greenlee School of Journalism and Communication, Iowa State Daily Media Group and the Leo Mores Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists.

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