UWIRE, a free membership organization for college student media, announced today the inaugural UWIRE 100, which honors the nation's top collegiate journalists. The UWIRE 100 were selected from more than 500 nominations submitted by students and educators at 132 schools. A UWIRE panel evaluated each candidate based on demonstrated excellence in a field of collegiate journalism.
"This is journalism at its most pure," said Ben French, VP and General Manager of UWIRE. "The 100 best student journalists in the country - hard workers, big thinkers and gifted storytellers - nominated by their peers and advisers for their potential to shape the media industry in the years ahead."
The announcement of the UWIRE 100 is the culmination of a three month national search for the country's top 100 collegiate journalists. The selected students have excelled in a particular journalism medium, have a proven commitment to the journalism field and have the potential to help revolutionize their industry.
The UWIRE 100 students hail from 66 different schools, ranging from small liberal arts colleges such as Cabrini, Loras and Hamilton to large state universities. Among the schools represented by multiple members of the UWIRE 100 are the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill (five), Penn State University (four), the University of Iowa (four), the University of Florida (three), Syracuse University (three), Indiana University (three) and the University of Texas-Austin (three).
UWIRE is operated by CBS College Sports Network, a CBS Company. UWIRE recently re-launched UWIRE.com, which now features the first online career networking community dedicated exclusively to college journalists and aspiring media professionals. The site enables young media talent to interact, share user-generated content and deliver their work to a national audience through UWIRE's Syndication Service, which distributes more than 2,500 news articles each week to a variety of national content partners, including CBS News, New York Times, Billboard and U.S. News & World Report.