Broadcast Education Association Honors JMC Students

Advanced Producing Class Wins Second Place Nationally for 'Kent Connects'

Students and alumni from Kent State’s School of Journalism and Mass Communication (JMC) earned national recognition from the Broadcast Education Association’s Festival of Media Arts. The organization announced its 2016 student news competition winners on Feb. 18, 2016, honoring JMC students with second place for “Kent Connects” in the news magazine category and individual honorable mentions.

Second Place for Best News Magazine – ‘Kent Connects’

“Kent Connects,” which shares character-driven stories from the community, airs on TV2, Kent State’s student-run television broadcast each spring and is produced by the Advanced Television News Producing course. John Butte, lecturer and coordinator of career services, teaches the class and said he is proud of the students’ work.

“This group of students worked very hard and produced some interesting stories,” Butte said. “It’s great to see the Broadcast Education Association recognizing their work.”

The second-place submission, produced in spring 2015, included extended features on women’s basketball coach Danielle O’Banion who fought cancer during the 2014-15 season, the abandoned Geauga Lake amusement park, Kent State police department training and more. Most of the students involved have graduated and have begun broadcast journalism careers in large markets, including Pittsburgh, Cleveland and Columbus.

Watch the “Kent Connects” submission.

Honorable Mentions

The Festival of Media Arts also honored two JMC students in individual categories. Senior journalism major Ian Klein earned an honorable mention in the weathercaster category, and junior journalism major Tyler Carey earned an honorable mention in the sports anchor category. Klein is news director for TV2, and Carey is a sports anchor and producer.

Watch Klein’s submission – Honorable mention for weathercaster

Watch Carey’s submission – Honorable mention for sports anchor

About the Festival of Media Arts

The Broadcast Education Association’s Festival of Media Arts is a competitive festival open to BEA individual faculty and student members (any full-time undergraduate student attending a BEA institutional members receives free membership). Last year the Festival received more than 1350 total entries in 15 competitions. Separate competitions for faculty and students cover the range from dramatic narratives, through non-fiction documentary and news to the frontiers of interactive multimedia.

Prizes will be awarded during BEA’s annual convention and Festival of Media Arts, April 17-20 in Las Vegas.

POSTED: Tuesday, February 23, 2016 - 2:28pm
UPDATED: Monday, March 7, 2016 - 4:48pm