UM journalism student projects win five Emmy Awards

The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences has awarded five UM journalism student projects Emmy Awards for excellence in broadcast journalism. The Northwest Chapter held the 51st annual Emmy ceremony at a red-carpet gala at the Hilton Conference Center in Seatac, Wash. on Saturday, June 7. 

A weekly news program, “UM News,” earned an Emmy in the best newscast category. The program, produced by seniors in the Radio-Television Department, airs on ABC/Fox and CBS stations during the fall semester. UM News is produced in the advanced video reporting, photography and directing courses taught by Professor Ray Ekness and RTV Department Chair Ray Fanning. Fanning said, "It's really gratifying to see our student work honored at this prestigious ceremony. We're very proud to know Montana Journalism is producing outstanding young journalists whose work ranks as the best in the region." 

In the general news category, Anna Cole of Canada and Conor Ballantyne of Plains, Mont. got the nod for their story called “Grizzly Personal Safety.” The story, which aired as part of UM News, looked at the steps being taken on campus to improve safety for students including a program that uses a golf cart to give students rides home at night.

The arts and entertainment Emmy also went to a story produced for UM News. Lauren Robinson of Billings and Nina Sveinson of West Yellowstone earned the award for a feature on a stage play  involving puppets. The story told of the physical challenges faced by actors in the play, “Avenue Q,” using the puppets as their primary means of expression. 

Sveinson won a second Emmy for best student writer. She submitted the writing on two news pieces for judging, including a story on how Grizzly football affects western Montana’s economy and a story about a “Trick or Eat” program that benefits the Missoula Food Bank.

A program produced for MontanaPBS won in the long-form, non-fiction category. “Climate Changing Business” profiled a number of Montana businesses adapting or benefitting due to Montana’s climate changes. Students in adjunct professor John Twiggs’ advanced video storytelling course reported, videotaped, wrote and edited the program which aired in October 2013.

The Emmy Awards honor excellence in television in news, documentary, entertainment and individual achievement. The Northwest Chapter represents television professionals in Montana, Idaho, Oregon, Washington and Alaska.

- posted on 06/09/14 -