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Student Media Work Continues to Earn National Awards

Posted Nov. 9, 2012

"Best of Show," "TV Station of the Year" and "Multimedia Story of the Year" are just a few of the national awards recently earned by Kent State University's student media organizations.

College Media Association
TV2, Kent State's student-run television station was named the College Media Association Pinnacle Awards' 2012 "TV Station of the Year" at the College Media Advisers' annual fall convention in Chicago, Ill. The station also won the award for "Best TV Sportscast."

In order to be a finalist, TV2, KentWired and KSUBuzz had one of the top three entries in five separate categories of the Pinnacle Awards, out of 18 total categories. was a finalist for "Breaking News on the Web" for its coverage of College Fest last spring and "Best Multimedia Feature Presentation" for its multimedia Web page "Primary 2012." KSUBuzz was also a finalist in the "Best Mobile Apps/Plug-Ins category for its work creating an app for the Kent-Akron football game last fall.

"Student media work continues to improve every semester, and we continue to be aggressive in our pursuit of the best ways to tell stories and deliver news and information to our audience," said Student Media Advisor Sue Zake. "We go head to head in these contests with some of the largest journalism schools in the country and more than hold our own. Our students work incredibly hard and are eager to adopt and develop new technology as it becomes available."

TV2 Advisor John Butte is overwhelmed by all the hard work, dedication and commitment the students put in every week.

"It is quite remarkable to win this award especially knowing that TV2 is managed, staffed and operated top to bottom by students," he said. "It is also extraordinary considering the volume of programming TV2 produces each week. It competed with stations that have greater degrees of professional guidance and supervision."

The College Media Association represents the people who advise the nation's collegiate media newspapers, yearbooks, magazines and electronic media.

Associated Collegiate Press 
The Daily Kent Stater, and The Burr received "Best of Show" awards at the recent convention of the Associated Collegiate Press, the oldest and largest national membership organization for college student journalists. Best of Show honors are awarded only to those attending the annual convention and are judged as the convention takes place. 

"The courting of Cope: Behind the scenes of a $1 million withdrawal" earned third place in the "Multimedia Story of the Year" category.

"This award for the Cope Court coverage means it was selected as the third best college student multimedia story for 2011-2012 in the nation, not just among those who attended the convention," said Mark Goodman, Knight Chair in Scholastic Journalism. "Co-sponsored by The Deadline Club and the New York City chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, the Story of the Year Awards is arguably the most prestigious reporting award for college student media anywhere. It's a big deal."

This year, there were slightly more than 400 entries in the "Best of Show" categories at the Associated Collegiate Press fall convention, with more than 2,500 people in attendance from roughly 370 schools. 

The Burr earned second place in the feature magazine category; took eighth place for best website in its circulation category; and the Daily Kent Stater earned third place in the four-year daily broadsheet category.

"I think there is always going to be a mixture of excitement and nervousness when we put our work on a judgment table like we did in Chicago," said Daily Kent Stater Editor Emily Inverso. "The work we produce is always a representation not only of ourselves, but of our publications, the journalism school and Kent State University. When we handed that work over to professionals, I was so anxious. When we heard the final announcements of all the awards, even those I am not the direct editor of, it was just an overwhelming feeling of pride. We all work so hard to produce the best content we can. To have confirmation that we continue to stand out on a national level was incredible."

College Broadcasters, Inc.
TV2 General Manager Casey Braun and anchor and reporter Rich Pierce accepted seven awards for TV2 at the national convention of the College Broadcasters, Inc., an organization which ensures a commitment to education and the student pursuit of excellence through active involvement in electronic media.

Braun, senior dual-enrolled public relations graduate student and electronic media production major, and Pierce, senior broadcast journalism major, accepted four finalist awards for best sportscast, best comedy, best general entertainment show and best promo and first place honors in best sportscast, best comedy and best general entertainment show. The Agenda was namedBest Comedy and Best General Entertainment Show, and Pierce earned a Best Sportscast award.

"It was an honor to represent TV2 at a national convention, hear how other stations operated and compare ourselves with other stations," Braun said. "Being there amongst all the other schools in the country really showed me how strong our program in JMC is. We sat in a lot of the sessions in Atlanta thinking, 'Wow. We've done all this stuff before.' It's really shows how strong our faculty and curriculum are here."

Braun and Pierce met with TV2 and Kent State alumna Carol Costello of CNN while in Atlanta.

"It was great to talk to Carol," Pierce said. "I recently did a live shot for her show on CNN when President Obama came to Kent, so it was nice to meet her in person. It's always nice to meet a former TV2er who has succeeded on such a big stage."

TV2 has named a Lifetime Achievement Award after Costello to recognize a graduating senior each semester. She has been invited to TV2's winter banquet where the first award will be given out, Braun said.

"It's great to know how connected she still feels to the program and how much love she still has for TV2," he said.

Media Contact: Jennifer Kramer, APR, 330-672-1960,