Students earn the most first-place TV, radio awards
Journalism senior Chloe Hill stands by on headset during a final microphone test Monday on the HOMTV set Monday, Feb. 4, 2013, located in the Municipal Complex, 5151 Marsh Road, in Okemos, Mich. Hill was a recipient of the Michigan Association of Broadcasters award for the Michigan Army and National Guard current events section.
Last Friday, MSU radio and television broadcasting students received the most first-place awards at the 2013 Michigan College Broadcast Awards.
Students, some of whom were members of Impact 89FM and Focal Point television, received a total of nine awards from the Michigan Association of Broadcasters, or MAB, with 13 students involved. MSU boasted the most first-place finishes out of the Michigan colleges that participated in the event, according to a press release from the College of Communication Arts and Sciences.
The winners will be honored at the Main Luncheon of the Great Lakes Broadcasting Conference and Expo at the Lansing Center on March 13.
MSU normally brings home a fair share of awards each year, MAB Foundation Executive Vice President Julie Sochay said.
Some of the College Television awards won by students were related to MSU’s Advanced TV News course, said the course’s instructor Bob Gould, Focal Point’s executive producer.
During the course, students report for Focal Point.
Gould encourages his students to enter their class work that airs on Focal Point, he said.
“They don’t like to enter, but when they do they are happy about it,” he said, adding since many students aren’t in his class when submissions are due, he sometimes submits their work.
Journalism senior Chloe Hill submitted work from Gould’s course for the Michigan Army National Guard Current Events Program award and received the top prize.
Hill said she was surprised by her first-place finish because it was her first time applying for any journalism award of this nature.
Hill said she hopes the award will help her reach her goal of producing her own environmental-sustainability television show.
“It’s nice to have that little extra boost to my self confidence toward the end of my college career,” Hill said.
Mechanical engineering junior Eric Schendel also was surprised to win an award from MAB, he said.
Schendel was part of a team that won the first-place Public Service Announcement award in the College Radio sector, and said he felt the achievement was a great start for him at Impact, especially considering last semester was his first semester at the radio.
“It’s definitely been a great way for me to start off my stay at the radio station,” Schendel said.