What an honor, and a humbling experience, to find that a group of my Student Niner Media alumni family chose to create a leadership award in my name. I am so moved. This is a great way to recognize new Niner Media members who excel as editors and managers.
Even after all these years, we find ways to reconnect and share a laugh. I know we will all have our own "media family." - Wayne Maikranz
Wayne Maikranz has guided and directed the Student Niner Media Department since 1986, and it has grown exponentially. This award given in his honor will benefit current UNC Charlotte students who work in a student media leadership or editorial position.
Wayne has influenced, taught, inspired and encouraged students for over three decades. When he first arrived, columns of type were printed and manually affixed on the page with melted wax. He shepherded that fledgling program into digital production and through the New Media sea-change that moved journalism online. From points to pixels, Wayne was the keystone of a student media program that has been and continues to be nationally-recognized for excellence.
The Wayne Maikranz Student Media Leadership Award will provide a scholarship to at least one student media member each year. Please join us in helping to honor the genuine bonds Wayne has forged with students, the careers he helped launch, and and his dedication to UNC Charlotte.
Wayne was surprised by alumni from the student media program on February 19 as they announced their lead donations to support this award in his name( from left: Alumnus Brent Sparks. Wayne Maikranz, alumni Melissa (Manware) Treadaway, Joe Posnanski, Tracey Burnette, and Mike Burnette).