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December 3, 2018

JMC students are winners at South Central Broadcast Society competition

Submitted by Tom Hallaq and Vern Wirka

Students in the College of Arts and Sciences' A.Q. Miller School of Journalism and Mass Communications were recognized by the South Central Broadcast Society at its annual conference last month in Houston, Texas.

In the audio category for radio, Evan Penner was recognized as a grand prizewinner in the regional broadcasting conference, Oct. 18-20. Penner, a spring 2018 graduate, won for his spot production, "Village Geek," an underwriting spot for the Village Geek, a gaming store in Manhattan.

James Copeland, graduate student in mass communications, received honors as a finalist on two categories. The first for his entry "News Deserts" in the hard news category and the second for his news or sports talent category entry, "James Copeland," a compiled aircheck of some of newscasts, severe weather reports and breaking news coverage. Receiving recognition as semifinalist in the news feature category was Trace Salzbrenner, sophomore in journalism and mass communications, for his entry, "JMC Scholarships," a hard news package about scholarships available to students.

In the video category for television and video production, Penner and Reina Garcia, also a spring 2018 graduate, were recognized as semifinalists for their promotional video entry, "Drama Therapy," that promotes the work of Professor Sally Bailey from the K-State School of Music, Theatre, and Dance and her work with autistic students through drama and theatre.

Recognized as a semifinalist was Channel 8 News' broadcast, "KSUnite," a newscast highlighting the events of the first KSUnite rally on campus. This show was produced by Miya Hodge, a December 2017 graduate.

Finalists for each category are from the top 20 to 30 percent of entries. The South Central Regional Conference and Competition is an association of more than 30 university broadcast programs in the south central region of the U.S. The competition is open to students and coordinated by broadcast programs in Arkansas, Colorado, Kansas, Missouri, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas.

To learn more about the A.Q. Miller School of Journalism and Mass Communications, visit its website.

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