SGT Eric Shadowens, US Army, Vicenza, Italy

Congratulations to Eric Shadowens, the latest recipient of the SPOTLIGHT award.

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As the world's attention is turning to the military, many media organizations are sending crews to embed with U.S. and international troops. They'll be living with the forces on the ground, in the air, and out at sea. But everyday, whether in peace or at war, military journalists are constantly documenting the actions of US troops.

Our latest SPOTLIGHT award winner is SGT Eric Shadowens, a Broadcast Journalist with the U.S. Army American Forces Network South.

In this story, U.S. troops are training their Italian counterparts to fight in urban combat. Creative use of nat sound and nice sequenced action, turn what could be a generic story about troop training into an engaging look into life as a soldier.

Congratulations to Eric... and may our support and thoughts be with our troops...

UPDATE: Eric was recently named the Department of the Army and Department of Defense Broadcast / Journalist of the year for 2003. You can check out his submission, as well as other military journalists work on:

From Eric...


We just recently started making our stories internet ready. Your site was the first place I wanted to send my first movie file. I shot it with our field Camera (Cannon XL1) which I hate might I add. We normally use Ikegami Edit Cams. I shot, wrote, voiced and edited this piece. I am truly a one man band. It stinks sometimes. But, the cool thing was, I got to fire most the weapons including a 60mm mortar.

Anyway, I hope you like it. Let me know what you think. I love feedback!

SGT Eric Shadowens
U.S. Army
American Forces Network South

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