Winners Selected in First J-FIG iLife Challenge

Columbia, Mo. (Nov. 19, 2004) — The multimedia project of “Dozing in the Strangest Places” won best of show at the Journalism-Freshmen Interest Group (J-FIG) iLife Challenge awards ceremony held Nov. 17 at the University of Missouri-Columbia.

Mike Hall, BJ ’04, announced the winning team of Mark Buhrmester, Michael Chesney and Scott Parsons and presented each with an Apple iPod. Hall was the national winner of ESPN’s reality series, “Dream Job,” this past spring and is serving his one-year contract as a SportsCenter anchor.

iLife Challenge Winners
Mike Hall (second from left), national winner of ESPN’s reality series “Dream Job,” presents Apple iPods to J-FIG iLife Challenge overall winners Mark Buhrmester, Scott Parsons and Michael Chesney.

A total of 77 teams representing approximately 250 freshmen students participated in the Challenge, designed to help students learn digital technologies in a creative way. Each entry needed to present a completed story in less than five minutes and use the iLife suite of software tools from Apple. The Challenge was sponsored by the Missouri School of Journalism, Apple Computer and TigerTech. Category winners also received prizes.

“The Missouri Method is one of offering hands-on experience,” said Brian Brooks, associate dean of undergraduate studies. “Our freshmen students are learning valuable production skills that will be essential to their future roles as journalists.”

Entertainers from Comedy Wars hosted the event. Vin Capone, BJ ’93, now an Apple executive who specializes in digital media, welcomed guests using video conference from his California office.

The FIG is available through MU Residential Life. It a learning community involving about 20 students who live together in the same residence hall and take three classes together.

Dozing in the Oddest Places
Best in Show: “Dozing in the Oddest Places”

J-FIG iLife Challenge Overall Winners

  • Category: Student Experience
    Mark Buhrmester, Michael Chesney and Scott Parsons

Category Winners

  • Advertising
    Lydia DeWitt, Megan Giunta, Amanda Pope and Elizabeth Studnicka
  • Entertainment (Non-Music)
    Elizabeth Lameyer and Kimber Oneal
  • Feature/News
    Megan Kinkade, Adam Milton and Angie Spencer
  • Humorous/Weird I
    Jeremy Goldmeier and Bob McMahon
  • Humorous/Weird II
    Kevin Garnett, Greg Pietras and Sarah Smart
  • Music
    Joey Chambers, Max Householder, Sean Sposito and Brittany Stalker
  • Peer Advisors
    Julia Luscher and Ben Kennedy
  • Political
    Andrew Asbury, Andy Paschen and John Rost
  • Sports
    Erica Bennett, Eric Evelhoch, Julius Kerschinske and Christopher Rebeck
  • Student Experience
    Mark Buhrmester, Michael Chesney and Scot

Updated: April 1, 2020

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