St. Cloud State Mass Communications students working for Husky Productions and UTVS earned multiple top honors from the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, Midwest Broadcast Journalists Association and the Society of Professional Journalists in April.
SCSU took home a total of 13 awards from the three organizations. Each of the named honorees were supported by a full crew of students who worked on each of the shows and productions, and while the awards honor producers, directors and talent, the work of all students on the crew contributed to the honors.
“It’s gratifying seeing how all the long hours our students put into these videos and broadcasts pay off by being recognized,” said UTVS TV Studio Manager, UTVS Advisor and Adjunct Professor Derrick Silvestri.
National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Upper Midwest Foundation Awards
Multiple students earned Student Production Awards from the National National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Upper Midwest Foundation for their work in sports and news reporting, producing and editing on April 2 at the Midwest Journalism Conference in Minneapolis.
SCSU earned recognition in the Magazine Program category for work on The Culture, specifically episode two of season seven. Husky Productions as a whole won in the Live Sporting Event/Game category for its production of “St. Cloud State vs. University of North Dakota.” Anna Behning earned recognition in the Talent: News or Sports category.
The awards encourage students to continue the pursuit of excellence in studying media and journalism and to draw public attention to outstanding cultural, educational, technological, entertainment, news and information achievements by students.
Midwest Broadcast Journalists Association Eric Sevareid Awards
SCSU claimed eight awards from the Midwest Broadcast Journalists Association on April 2 in Minneapolis.
SCSU earned first place in the Newscast category for the UTVS News broadcasts, while Kevin Bloemberg won first place in the Weather category for his Sept. 29 broadcast. Nyah Adams and Aiden Farrell also won first place under the Sports Reporting category for coverage of Jeremiah Minkel’s tenure with Huskies Hockey coming to an end last October.
SCSU also earned five Award of Merit awards, receiving honors for:
- Talk/Public Affairs — “The Culture – Season 7, Episode 2”
- Sportscast/Program — “Crunch Time – Season 12, Episode 3”
- Sports Reporting — “SCSU Women’s Hockey: A New Direction”
- Weather — “UTVS Weather Oct. 27, 2022”
- Weather — “UTVS Weather Nov. 1, 2022”
The Eric Sevareid Awards are named for the North Dakota-board and University of Minnesota-educated journalist best know for his work as a correspondent for CBS Radio and Television. Presented each spring, the awards honor the best work done by student and professional journalists working for broadcast news operations in small, medium and large markets in the six-state Midwest region on radio, television and online.
Society of Professional Journalists Mark of Excellence Awards
UTVS and two students earned recognition during the Society of Professional Journalists Mark of Excellence Awards in April.
Nyah Adams and Aiden Farrell won under the Television Sports Reporting category for their work on the Jeremiah Minkels story, while UTVS was awarded the Best All-Around Television Newscast. Anna Behning and Jacob Palm were finalists under the Television Sports Reporting category for “SCSU Volleyball 2022: The Cinderella Story.”
The Society of Professional Journalists, the nation’s most broad-based journalism organization, annually presents the Mark of Excellence Awards honoring the best in student journalism.