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Teddy Gelman, Brandon Holveck, Ahmed Qadri

​Winners in the Delaware Press Association's 2018 contest: From left, Teddy Gelman and Brandon Holveck won first place in sports writing for their in-depth look at the UD volleyball team. They and Ahmed Qadri also won awards for their sports podcasts. Photo/Delaware Press Association.

​Name a category in the Delaware Press Association's 2018 Communications Contest, and odds are that UD student journalists were honored in it.

And one team of writers - Teddy Gelman and Brandon Holveck - took not only first place in sports writing for "Psychological warfare": Over 14-year career, fired volleyball coaches "operated on a platform of fear," but also first place in the national contest, run by the National Federation of Press Women.

The story appeared in the May 2, 2017, edition of The Review, the independent student newspaper at UD.

The judges praised the in-depth look at complaints about two coaches in the volleyball program as "very thorough and well researched."

"The reporters performed due diligence in repeated attempts to contact the fired coaches, and used many former players' quotes and anecdotes to show how the students were terrorized," the judges said. "The reporters did an outstanding job getting so many former players to talk on the record about a difficult situation, typically the biggest challenge for any investigative piece. The fact that some of those voices stood up for the beleaguered coaches brought a sense of balance that helped shape the piece. Overall, this was a terrific, fearless article. The reporters should be proud of their work."

Holveck: "Stories, like these, are all around us''
The winning story on Review website.

Gelman, a senior majoring in Communication and minoring in Journalism and Spanish, said he was "honored" that their work at The Review and WVUD (91.3) was recognized.

"It’s been a privilege to serve as sports editor for The Review and sports director for WVUD and work with my friends to produce content that truly matters in our community,"  he shared in an email. "I’m grateful for all the support and guidance UD Communication and Journalism faculty have provided me throughout my undergraduate years, and I’m fortunate to have built such strong relationships with faculty and students, who, just like I, understand the power of journalism and take immense pride in their work."

Holveck, a junior majoring in Communication with minors in Journalism and English, wrote that he was "very proud of the impact our work, as student journalists, has had, although I recognize it wouldn't have been possible without the courageous voices of the former players who shared their stories. Stories, like these, are all around us and the recognition we have received inspires me to find the next one."

Gelman and Holveck also won first place in podcasts for a show on Blue Hen Sports Cage, a sports talk radio show on WVUD. The judges said that their entry, Delaware Football Roundup (March 22, 2018), was a "great job of chatting knowledgeably about the game, but with a nice casual feel."

Gelman, Holveck and Ahmed Qadri, a senior majoring in Sports Management,  also won an Honorable Mention for The Birdgade, MLB Division Series, Delaware vs. W&M (Oct. 12, 2017). The judges praised the show's ability to "explain everything well" with a "nice conversational style." Qadri said teamwork was essential, along with a bit of bravery. "To be recognized by various organizations and peers comes from one trait: to be fearless," he said in an email. "We have tasted failure and success, and it has made us better men entering our new endeavors.“

Award winner Dr. Lydia Timmins, with DPA president Mitch Topal.

​Award winner Dr. Lydia Timmins, with Delaware Press Association president Mitch Topal. Photo/Delaware Press Association.

Holveck, who next year will be The Review's executive editor, said the DPA's recognition was "a testament to what Teddy and Ahmed have done in reshaping the sports department and positioning WVUD among the leaders in coverage of Delaware athletics."

Two awards were given to stories on Campus Voices, a collaboration between WVUD and UD Information Technologies. The show is hosted by Richard Gordon, manager of UD’s IT Communication Group, and produced by students.

GMOs: Going beyond the polarizing rhetoric with Dr. McKay Jenkins won third place for an interview on radio or TV, with the award going to Gordon and Rich Campbell.

Discussing Free Speech with Dr. Jenny Lambe received an Honorable Mention for an interview on radio or TV, with the award going to Gordon, Allison Delaney, Samantha O'Donnell, Nicole Parr and Ryan Thornton.

Videos produced by Dr. Lydia Timmins' News Documentary class (COMM426, Spring 2017) won three awards.

The Deed” won second place in special programming for TV, with the award going to Timmins, Russel Kogan, Mallory Metzner, Jamie Rubin and Fatima Sal.

Now We Run” won third place in special programming for TV, with the award going to Timmins, Kristina Biddle, Phyllis Spencer and Kathia Cubas.

"imMEDIAte" received an Honorable Mention in special programming for TV, with the award going to Timmins, Devany Burke, Lexi Guenard, Tommy McClellan and Emily Reed.

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​More than a dozen UD students were winners in the Delaware Press Association's annual Communications Contest. Two students went on to win nationally.

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