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A student-produced documentary that aired over WRST-FM has been honored with an award from the New York International Radio Festival. The organization had its awards ceremony in New York City on June 19.

The segment, called “Creating a Peer Group,” was produced by radio TV film senior Tricia Slottke for the Advanced Radio Production class. It told the story of how she fashioned a support group completely from people she met online, and included comments from some of the people in this network. It told of the counterintuitive nature of this undertaking and shared with listeners the overwhelmingly positive experiences of the participants.

Slottke was honored with a finalist certificate in the category for best student documentary. Hers was the only U.S. entry in this category and one of only two American student productions honored in all categories. There were only seven student awards in the entire competition, which saw entries from 32 countries.

Slottke’s segment had previously won an award of merit for best soft feature from the six-state Midwest Broadcast Journalists Association.

This is the second honor for WRST from this competition. In 2013, WRST took the bronze award in this same category for a long form report on homelessness in Chicago. It was also produced for the Advanced Radio Production course.  Since 2010, student productions from this course have won 48 state, regional, national and international honors.

WRST can be heard in the Oshkosh area at 90.3 on the FM dial and worldwide at www.wrst.org.

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