EJA Students Garner National Top 5 Finish
More Recognition for Award Winning Electronic Journalism Program
May 14, 2014
A May 7th, 2013, news broadcast from Lyndon State College’s Electronic Journalism Arts students landed a top 5 finish in the Broadcast Education Association’s 2014 Festival of Media Arts national competition. This years’ awards were presented during BEA’s annual April convention in Las Vegas.
The News7 at 5:30 broadcast produced by Ed Horan ’13 and directed by Sean Siciliano ’13 earned an honorable mention in the BEA Daily Television Newscast category. The BEA Festival of Media Arts is an international refereed exhibition open to any full-time student attending one of 350 BEA institutions. Last year, the Festival received more than 1,250 entries in 15 categories. Horan is now a morning producer at WCTI 12 ABC in New Bern, North Carolina, while Siciliano is a director/photographer at WFFF Fox 44 in Burlington, Vermont.
The May 7th broadcast was also one of a pair of LSC productions nominated for a regional student Emmy® Award by the Boston/New England Chapter of the National Association of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS). Lyndon’s News7 program joined nominees from Emerson College and Boston University in the College/University Newscast category.
Reporter Tyler Dumont ’15 and photographer Timothy Christ ’14’s story called “A Morning like No Other” vied with nominees from Emerson and Quinnipiac University in the General Assignment/Serious News category of the regional competition.
NATAS is a professional service organization dedicated to the advancement of the arts and sciences of television and related media and the promotion of creative leadership for artistic, educational and technical achievements within the television industry, best known for the coveted Emmy® Award. The Student Awards are part of the Boston/New England chapter’s annual regional Emmy competition.
The winning newscast featured a report on a train derailment into the Passumpsic River and a large boulder blocking a lane of Route 5 after it fell from a cliff alongside Lake Willoughby. The newscast is available on the web at the Vermont Center for Community Journalism’s newscast archives – Search spring 2013 semester at http://www.lyndonstate.edu/news7/archives/archive.html
The newscast also occurred during the students’ final sweeps ratings period when community viewers watch, rate and score the stories and the broadcast. A decade’s worth of results from Lyndon’s unique audience-driven student assessment tool may be found at http://188.8.131.52/news7/index.php
A survey conducted late in 2013 by the Radio Television Digital News Association and TVNewsPro magazine ranked Lyndon’s EJA program in the Top 10 of U.S. journalism education programs.