A West Virginia University professor has been nominated for an Emmy for a public service announcement one of his classes helped create that addresses misconceptions about organ donation.
Dr. Keith Weber, an assistant professor in the Department of Communications Studies in the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences, joins a field vying for honors during Thursdays (Oct. 19) Public and Community Emmy Awards at New York Citys Metropolitan Museum of Modern Art.
Redemptionis the name of the spot that was written by students in his Communication Advanced Research Methods class. The spot was nominated in theLocal Public Service Announcementcategory.
The spot looks at concerns and misconceptions of organ donation, he said, from religious beliefs and restrictions to worries over health and disease. The idea, he said, was to help hospitals and other health agencies shore up flagging donor resource rollswhile taking an informative, educational approach over the more serious tone such announcements usually employ.
Redemptionis already renowned in the industry. The spot took the coveted bronze medal in the recent Telly Awards competition, taking top recognition from more than 13,000 entries from the nation and the world. The Telly and Emmy awards are both affiliated with the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.
The spot also earned aGolden Eaglein the Public Service category of the Cine Awards, an internationally acclaimed film and video competition held annually in Washington, D.C.
Weber earned a masters degree and doctorate in education from WVU . He joined the Department in 1998. He has written and co-authored more than 20 articles and publications on communications issues from dating and relationships to stepchildren in blended families.