JMC Students Receive Top Honors in BEA Video Competition

JMC students received top honors in the 2015 Broadcast Education Association’s (BEA) Student Video Competition. As part of the BEA Festival of Media Arts, the competition recognizes students nationally for excellence in broadcast and electronic media.

JMC alumni Tyler Pina, ‘14, Matt Petrunak, ‘14, Kirsten Charlton, ‘14 and Devan Ofcar, ’14 received first place in the music video category for “Freaky Love-Captain Kidd.” The music video, produced by Kent State University Independent Films (KSUIF), received a bronze award in 2014 at the 35th Annual Telly Awards.

Associate Lecturer Traci E. Williams and Associate Professor Dave Smeltzer served as advisers for KSUIF on “Freaky Love.”

In the studio (multi-camera or live-to-tape) category, senior electronic media production majors Jeremy Herbert and Sarah Vulpio tied with another team in third place for the show, The Agenda.

As producers for TV2, Herbert and Vulpio oversee the The Agenda, make decisions and approve the segments that will air. The Agenda began in 2010 as a take-off of The Daily Show or The Colbert Report. 

Herbert said that when the show began there was very little video content and the majority of segments were live.

“Since then it's turned into more of a fifty-fifty live versus video show and taken on an identity of its own,” Herbert said.  “It's more like SNL's Weekend Update with sketches.”

Herbert said the cast and crew work hard every week from Monday to Thursday to put together a half-hour show.

“It's tremendously gratifying to get some recognition for that hard work,” Herbert said. “We really have the hardest-working cast and crew around and I'm pleased as punch that they got rewarded for it.”

About BEA: The Broadcast Education Association (BEA) is the premiere international academic media organization, driving insights, excellence in media production, and career advancement for educators, students, and professionals. There are currently more than 2,500 individual and institutional members worldwide. Visit for more information.

Photo Caption: Image from "Freaky Love-Captain Kid" music video

POSTED: Friday, February 20, 2015 05:28 PM
Updated: Thursday, December 8, 2022 10:49 AM
Taylor Nickel