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Monday, October 30, 2006

"Of all the unhappy trends I have witnessed -- conservative swings on television networks, dwindling newspaper circulation, the jailing of reporters and "spin" -- nothing is more troubling to me than the obsequious press during the run-up to the invasion of Iraq. They lapped up everything the Pentagon and White House could dish out--no questions asked."

--Helen Thomas, "dean" of the White House press corps, 2006

2006 JCOM grad's video to be broadcast internationally

August 19, 2006 | Coreena Payne, a 2006 graduate of the journalism and communication department at Utah State University, has had a five-minute video accepted for international broadcast by the Christophers, a religious organization.

Payne's video, "Attitude is Everything," won honorable mention in a contest sponsored by the syndicated series Christopher Closeup. Contestants were urged to create short, inspirational messages for broadcast.

The video profiles Matt Maw, a USU graduate student and former gymnast who broke his back and suffered paralysis while doing a triple back flip.

Payne's video shows how Maw excelled in a tumbling career at Weber State University, how the accident happened, and how he constantly overcomes his challenges with a positive attitude.

Payne lives in the Salt Lake Valley. She produced the video for an advanced documentary class.

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