Student’s pandemic story wins broadcasting award

Posted March 6, 2021

A long-form audio story by a UW-River Falls student about attending college under pandemic restrictions has won a first-place award from the Wisconsin Broadcasters Association (WBA).

Ryan Huling, a staff member of the Student Voice campus newspaper, won first place for long form production (non-news) in the 2020 WBA Student Awards for Excellence. Huling is a double major in broad area English education and in stage and screen arts. His hometown is Farmington, Minnesota.

Huling’s 24-minute production, “The Spread and Stipulations,” examined how students at various colleges were experiencing the pandemic in November 2020. The story is available online at

Winners of the annual contest were announced Saturday, March 6, during the WBA’s Student Seminar, which this year was held online. The WBA is a trade association that represents radio and television stations around the state.