Two Pittsburg State University students have won a national award for their documentary about a huge chicken farm just a mile from the entrance to Missouri park.
Tyler Swezey and Anthony Monteleone's film, 'Everyone Lives Downstream," garnered a first-place award from Collegiate Broadcasters Inc. The organization recognizes student achievement in media.
The film is about a group of anglers and neighbors of Roaring River State Park in Cassville, Mo. They have filed a legal challenge against a concentrated animal feeding operation, or CAFO, that houses about 66,000 chickens.
Swezey and Monteleone plan to do a follow-up film next semester that will zero in on the statewide impact of CAFOs in Missouri.
Swezey -- of Drexel, Mo. -- has fond memories of the park, where he spent his childhood fishing and enjoying the outdoors with friends.