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University of Iowa News Release

June 29, 2004

UI Junior Lauren Smiley Named A Top Ten College Journalist

Lauren Smiley, a senior in the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, has been selected as one of the top 10 journalism students in the country. Smiley was one of 10 journalism students from across the United States to receive a $10,000 scholarship in the Scripps Howard Foundation's annual "Top Ten" scholarship program for college journalists.

Top Ten scholarship winners were nominated by their universities and are selected based on academic achievement and a demonstrated interest in a career in journalism. This is the second year in a row that a UI student has been named a "Top Ten" college journalist.

A journalism and Spanish major from Marion, Smiley is a recipient of the UI Presidential Scholarship, a four-year tuition scholarship given to 50 of the top incoming freshmen each year. A former staff writer for The Daily Iowan, she interned at the Des Moines Register in summer 2003 and is currently an intern at the Boston Globe.

She won first place for feature writing in the 2003-04 William Randolph Hearst Foundation journalism awards program for college journalists. Her article, "Isaac Mizrahi at the fair," published in The Des Moines Register on Aug. 12, 2003, described the visit of fashion designer Isaac Mizrahi to the Iowa State Fair, and the "makeovers" he did for several Iowa women. Her first place win qualified her for the foundation's National Writing Championship, held June 2-6 in San Francisco, where she placed second overall, winning a $4,000 award, and received another $1,000 when the Isaac Mizrahi story was judged Article of the Year.

"For the second year in a row, the School of Journalism and Mass Communication has one of the Scripps Top Ten Student Journalists in the country, who helped the School earn a Top 10 finish in the Hearst Intercollegiate Writing Competition," said Pam Creedon, director of the UI journalism school. "But this year's Scripps Scholar has garnered more accolades than any student in recent memory. Lauren also earned second place in the overall Hearst competition and her story won "Story of the Year." Lauren is truly one of the most outstanding journalism students in our 80 year history."

This spring, Smiley was inducted into the UI's Leslie G. Moeller Chapter of Kappa Tau Alpha, the national society honoring scholarship in journalism. She also was awarded the $3,000 Harry S. Bunker Memorial Scholarship, in the UI School of Journalism and Mass Communication Fourth Estate Awards competition.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

CONTACTS: Media: Mary Geraghty Kenyon, 319-384-0011, mary-kenyon@uiowa.edu. Scripps Howard Foundation: Judy Clabes, 513-977-3048, clabes@scripps.com