Pittsburg State Students Win National Award

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

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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.

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