R-TV students earn scholarships from Emmy board

Andy Anderson & Ariana Lake Photo: Journalism students Ariana Lake and Andy Anderson

Two juniors in the School of Journalism have won prestigious scholarships from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. Andy Anderson of Helena, Mont. and Ariana Lake of Ennis, Mont. will be awarded $2500 each at the Northwest Regional Emmy Awards ceremony in June.

The Northwest chapter of NATAS received 13 applications from six schools in three states. Anderson and Lake scored highly enough in the written portion of the application to advance to an interview with six judges. The judges, all members of the NATAS-Northwest board asked questions like, “How have digital platforms enhanced or detracted from television news?” and “What role does diversity play in television production?”

Anderson caused an outburst of laughter when he told the judges that knowing the proper way to wrap camera cable is one of the top skills necessary to succeed in the TV business. His professor and adviser Ray Ekness says Anderson works hard, has a great attitude and brings professionalism to his work in the classroom. Freelance producer and judge Sara Givens says Anderson has a great grasp on the fundamentals and a bright future in the television industry. She complimented him on his interest in social media and innovation.

Judge Aniela Humphries of Alaska says Lake showed a great deal of depth in her interview with the judges, focusing on storytelling and the power of connecting with individuals. Professor Denise Dowling says Lake has shown that devotion to storytelling in the advanced video reporting class she’s taking this semester.

NATAS Northwest has awarded nearly 90 scholarships worth almost $150,000 since its scholarship program was established in 1985. The UM students will receive the awards at the Emmy ceremony on June 6 in SeaTac, Wash.

- posted on 03/25/15 -