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Mills College Students Win Documentary Awards From American Women in Radio and Television
Oakland, CA–March 17, 2008. Mills College students in Public Radio Reporting have won two Gracie awards for outstanding series and outstanding documentary for their radio series, "The Dropout Dilemma."
Presented by the Foundation of American Women in Radio & Television, the Gracie Awards recognize exemplary electronic media programming for, by, and about women.
The radio series featured eight reports on the alarming dropout rate in Oakland public schools. Originally broadcast on KALW 91.7 FM radio throughout the week of June 4, 2007, the special series was coordinated by Holly Kernan, Mills College lecturer and KALW news director. Mills students Carmen Aiken, Hallee Berg, Thea Chroman, Sandhya Dirks, Sarah Gonzalez, Jackie Kennedy, Melissa McDonough, and Shira Zucker reported, wrote, and produced the series.
Public reaction to "The Dropout Dilemma" was passionate. Radio listeners called and e-mailed KALW radio, asked how they could help the profiled high school students, and sent donations to support the students' graduation costs.
The radio series examined issues such as the small schools movement, stresses that cause students to drop out of school, the impact of vocational education, and the federal No Child Left Behind Act. Schools featured in the documentary were: Oakland Aviation School, Emiliano Zapata Street Academy, the Castlemont Community of Small Schools, Oakland High School, Skyline High School, Elmhurst Middle School, and the Fremont Federation of Small Schools.
Nestled in the foothills of Oakland, California, Mills College is a nationally renowned, independent liberal arts college offering a dynamic progressive education that fosters leadership, social responsibility, and creativity to approximately 900 undergraduate women and 500 graduate women and men. Since 2000, applications to Mills College have more than doubled. The College ranks as one of the top colleges in the West by U.S. News & World Report and one of the Best 366 Colleges by the Princeton Review. Visit us at www.mills.edu.