A West Virginia University P.I. Reed School of Journalism faculty- and student-produced documentary chronicling the lives of five cancer patients has won an Award of Excellence in the documentary category of the 2004 Broadcast Education Association (BEA) Festival of Media Arts.

The BEA is a professional association for professors, industry professionals and graduate students interested in teaching and research related to electronic media and multimedia enterprises. There are currently more than 1,400 individual and institutional members.

The association conducts the festival each year to showcase the creative works of full-time faculty.

Associate Professor Maryanne Reed, also the chair of the SOJ broadcast program, co-produced the film and directed the project, which produced”Cancer Stories: Lessons in Love, Loss and Hope.”The one-hour documentary aired on West Virginia Public Broadcasting stations throughout the state in December 2003.

“It was a privilege to produce this extraordinary student-reported and produced effort,”Reed said.”I consider it an honor to have received this award on behalf of the student reporters and editors and other faculty who poured their dedication and passion into this project.”

A book written by students and edited by Assistant Professor John Temple will be published in fall 2004.