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Broadcast Student Awarded First Place for Freedom of Speech PSA

WASHINGTON (July 20, 2011)  – Saraya Wintersmith, a Howard broadcast journalism senior in the School of Communications, won first place in a national public service announcement competition. 

More than 100 communications students from across the country competed in the Freedom of Speech PSA contest, presented jointly each year by the National Association of Broadcasters Education Foundation and the Broadcast Education Association. The contest is also supported by the McCormick Foundation. The competition sought the best 30-second spot to creatively address the theme, What freedom of speech means to me

Wintersmith will receive a $3,000 scholarship and be recognized at the Society of Professional Journalists’ annual conference on Sept. 26 in New Orleans.  Wintersmith’s PSA will be distributed to radio stations across the country for broadcast during National Freedom of Speech Week, October 17 – 23.

“Wintersmith is a very deserving student who used her creative abilities to capture What Freedom of Speech’ means to her,” said Reginald Miles, assistant professor in the department of Radio, Television and Film and Wintersmith’s faculty sponsor. “I am very proud of this accomplishment. This is the second time Howard University has received this award in the last three years.”

Wintersmith is a member of Ubiquity Incorporated, an Afro-centric social organization. She also serves as an HU Chapel assistant.  She contributes articles to The Hilltop and to The District Chronicles.

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About The School of Communications
The Howard University School of Communications has produced many outstanding professionals in communications including: Michelle Miller, correspondent, CBS News; Keisha N. Brown, senior vice president & general manager, LAGRANT Foundation; Shirley M. Carswell, Deputy Managing Editor for The Washington Post; Depelsha McGruder-Thomas, senior vice president, Business Operations & Strategy, MTV Networks; Genelle Niblack, vice president, Clear Channel Radio Sales; Constance Cannon Frazier, Chief Operating Officer, American Advertising Federation (AAF); Fredricka Whitfield, CNN news anchor; Isabel Wilkerson, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist formerly at The New York Times; and Lesli Foster, news anchor at WUSA, Channel 9. For more information on the SOC, call 202-806-7690, or visit the website at

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Howard University is a private, research university that is comprised of 12 schools and colleges. Founded in 1867, students pursue studies in more than 120 areas leading to undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. Since 1998, the University has produced two Rhodes Scholars, two Truman Scholar, a Marshall Scholar, 19 Fulbright Scholars and 10 Pickering Fellows. Howard also produces more on campus African-American Ph.D. recipients than any other university in the United States. For more information on Howard University, call 202-238-2330, or visit the University’s Web site at

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