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Radio-TV-Film students at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh continue to augment their classroom education through professional internships and are winning accolades for their student productions.

RTF student Ryo Hata just returned from an intensive April internship with the Canadian film production company Strata Studios, which was filming segments in Tokyo for their production called “100 Yen: The Japanese Arcade Experience.” Hata worked as a production assistant on the film and even helped with translation on location. Hata is creator/writer/director of the Titan TV series “My Gangster” and also appears as an actor in this student production.

RTF student Marie Watkins is leaving this month for an internship with the TLC cable channel in Los Angeles. This will be her second California internship; she interned as a production assistant on the ABC-TV program “Wipeout!” in January. Watkins is an Honors Program Graduate and is the budget manager for the International Film Series at UWO.

RTF student Kevin Smith is also heading west for the summer. He will be a production intern with ESPN at their Los Angeles TV facility adjacent to the Staples Center. Smith has served as Sports Director for Titan TV this past year and recently produced new graphics for Titan TV to reflect the operation’s recent move to Channel 57 in the Time-Warner lineup.

The most recent award won by an RTF student went to WRST Sports Director B.J. DeGroot. The Milwaukee Press Club honored DeGroot with the First Place award in the collegiate category for best sports story. The segment was called “The Road to San Antonio” and chronicled the season of the UWO men’s soccer team, which made it the NCAA Final Four. This is the second consecutive year WRST has won a first place award in this statewide competition.

Students in RTF have won 27 major national and regional awards this school year and have participated in over 30 professional internships.

Randall Davidson, Radio TV Film, submitted this announcement. Faculty, staff and students are encouraged to contribute calendar items, campus announcements and other good news to UW Oshkosh Today.

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