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Former Free Press editor Matt Negrin’s journalism wins national recognition

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For Matt Negrin, those sleepless nights surviving on coffee and Campco food while finishing stories for deadline have paid off.

The former editor-in-chief of the Daily Free Press has been selected as one of the UWIRE 100 Media Professionals in college journalism. The winners were selected from 825 nominated. Negrin (COM’09) was nominated by Jenna Nierstedt (COM’10).

“This is a remarkable group of journalists,” says Joe Weasel, CEO of UWIRE. “Each has made a significant impact on the field already. They are talented hard workers and gifted storytellers.”

“I don’t know how many people are aware of the competition,” says Negrin. “I don’t think it is necessarily a measure of success. I know plenty of great journalists who never made it on there. That still doesn’t take away from how surprised and honored I was when I found out.”

Articles written by Negrin and submitted to the competition included a story from the Daily Free Press about controversy swirling around John J. Schulz, former dean of the College of Communication, and a piece published in the Boston Globe about Barack Obama during the primary campaign season.

“I guess it can help and I can put it on my resume,” Negrin says. “But clips and experience — if I get a job it’ll be because of that.”

Founded in 1994, UWIRE’S goal is to identify and promote young journalists, and deliver their work to a larger audience. One avenue is through a wire service that generates more than 500 stories a day written by students.

 

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