Students earn first-place finishes at Mid-Atlantic Emmy Awards
Two submissions from Penn State students earned first-place recognition during the recently announced 2020 Mid-Atlantic Emmy Awards.
Both were winners in the competition’s College/University Student Production division. They were:
- Newscast: “Centre County Report: March 6, 2020” — Anna Middleton, producer; Samantha Blackburn, director; Daniel Kocher, technical director; Cameron Gregory, anchor; Luke Lacher, anchor; and Noah Chast, sports anchor.
- Sports: “Stephen Beattie: Penn State Basketball’s ‘Glue Guy’” — Jack Hirsh, reporter, and Brian Shoenfelt, adviser.
“It’s a great honor for our students to have their work recognized,” said Steve Kraycik, an associate teaching professor and director of student television in the Donald P. Bellisario College of Communications. “It’s a testament to our consistent quality — and especially the mindset and talent of our students who were working during a pandemic. I’m proud of our honorees, and all our students.”
Penn State had 10 finalists for awards in the competition.
Several Bellisario College alumni who work at WSPU-TV were part of award-winning productions for WPSU as well. Two WPSU shows — “The Penn State Basketball Story” and “Unrivaled: The Penn State Football Story” — earned awards for Sports Program-PostProduced or Edited.
Alumni credited for working on the programs were: Allen Goldate, senior producer/director; Michael Klein, post-production audio; Sam Newhouse, videographer/editor; Will Price, producer/director; Shane Robinson, videographer/editor; Anya Swanson, producer/director and Matt Stephens, videographer/editor. Current student Justin Donnelly was credited as a videographer/editor as well.