2013 Iron Journalist is Crowned

Ten Simpson College multimedia journalism majors competed Wednesday afternoon for the title of Iron Journalist. Students in Dr. Brian Steffen‘s Multimedia Journalism senior seminar were assigned a project in which they became entrepreneurs and developed their own business based on their passions and interests. Topics ranged from the Des Moines music scene, Indianola news and happenings, and world travel tips, among others.

Indy Bar Buzz, a news source for all bar activities in Indianola, Iowa,the project of senior Tyler Utzka, received top honors when Tyler was crowned Iron Journalist at the competition. Utzka did not win without a fight though, coming in one point behind was senior Grant Rodgers and Indy Tower, a news provider for all of Warren County. Junior Amanda Hintgen rounded out the top three with Des Moines Music Scene, a business providing updates on the concerts and music happenings at seven premier locations in Des Moines, Iowa.

Utzka impressed the judges with his professional coasters that he used to market his business in all Indianola bars. Judges were seen using the coasters throughout the competition for their waters. “It is definitely something people will be interested in and the interaction with the Flicker page makes it very social,” Emily Schletter, ’10, Des Moines Register reporter and judge said.

“I like that you are thinking forward (towards expansion of the business),” says Marco Santana, entrepreneurship and technology reporter for the Des Moines Register and judge.

Tune back next year for Simpson College’s next set of Iron Journalists.

For more information on multimedia journalism, contact one of our professors.

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