The Broadcast Education Association has recognized “WVU News” as the best student newscast in the country.

The weekly newscast produced by students of the West Virginia University’s P.I. Reed School of Journalism received two awards at the 2011 BEA Festival of Media Arts competition—first place in the student newscast competition and the BEA “Best of Festival King Foundation Award.”

The 16 student and faculty works chosen to win Best of Festival awards were selected from more than 900 entries in the following competition categories: audio, video, documentary, interactive multimedia, news, scriptwriting, sports and two-year and small colleges.

Journalism Teaching Assistant Professor and Television Journalism Program Chair Gina Martino Dahlia said winning this award is a huge achievement for the television journalism program and the students.

“Everyone sees the polished ‘end’ product – the newscast – but what they don’t see is how much work and team effort is put into a weekly newscast,” said Dahlia. “I’ve had students work on a story all night and still be here when I come in the next morning. That is dedication. My job is to inspire the students, but when I see how hard they all work to make ‘WVU News’ a quality production, they inspire me to be a better teacher.”

The BEA Festival of Media Arts is an international refereed exhibition of faculty creative activities and a national showcase for student works sponsored by the Charles and Lucille King Family Foundation, Avid and Sony.

Best of Festival winners will be honored at the 9th Annual BEA Best of Festival King Foundation Award Ceremony in Las Vegas on Monday, April 11.

During the ceremony, recipients will be recognized with a high-definition screening of their winning project, a cash award of $1,000 from the Charles and Lucille King Family Foundation, and a gift of Media Composer film and video editing software from Avid Technologies.

The ceremony will be held at the Las Vegas Hilton Hotel during the BEA’s annual convention and exhibition.

For a complete list of winner for all of the Festival of Media Arts competition, see:

The BEA award is the third major award “WVU News” has won in recent months. This fall, the newscast won a gold Marcom for Best Broadcast TV Program and a Platinum Ava Award, which recognizes outstanding work by creative audio-visual professionals.

“WVU News” airs statewide on West Virginia Public Television. Episodes are also available on the School of Journalism’s YouTube page.


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