The front page of MilwaukeeNNS.org. The website won an Edward R. Murrow award in 2012, their second year in operation.
It's a bit crazy to think that a successful, award-winning, and highly funded news organization runs out of my communication building. 

However, the Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service, which operates from the fourth floor of Johnston Hall, home to the Diederich College of Communication, received an Edward R. Murrow award in 2012, and was awarded copius grant money as a result. According to the NNS website, the Murrow award is awarded to those who "demonstrate the spirit of excellence that Edward R. Murrow made a standard for the broadcast news profession."

This is a great story that we read and watched during editor-in-chief Sharon McGowan's presentation in 1550 last Wednesday. It tells the story of a group of young mothers banding together to create fun activities for kids in their communities. 

The award specifically came in the Online News Operation - Non-Broadcast Affiliated Website category. That sounds very complicated and specific, but it still amounts to some serious national recognition for a sort of fledgling organization associated with Marquette.

Oh, and did I mention I get to write for it? That's my favorite part of this whole thing. MNNS is a legit, award-winning news organization, and I get to produce a multimedia story for them. 

I admittedly know almost nothing about the local Milwaukee community outside of sports. Unfortunately, my general radius of life my first year and a month at Marquette has confined me mostly to campus. This opportunity with MNNS is great because I'll have a chance to expand my knowledge and step out of my comfort zone. I'll also get to produce a piece of quality reporting. I'll have a wonderful opportunity to learn and progress in my chosen profession because of my opportunity with them. I can't wait to get started.

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    Patrick Leary is a Seattlite studying journalism at Marquette University in Milwaukee. He writes the volleyball beat for the Marquette Tribune and loves the Seattle Mariners.


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