April 25, 2013

Radio-TV students earn broadcasting awards

by Pete Rosenbery

CARBONDALE, Ill. -- Students in Southern Illinois University Carbondale’s Department of Radio, Television, and Digital Media earned several awards in the 2013 Illinois News Broadcasters Association SINBA competition.

Students earned a first, second, and third place in individual awards, and two firsts and a second-place awards for group efforts.  The River Region Evening Edition News earned first place for Outstanding TV Newscast, and Saluki Sportsview earned first place for Outstanding TV Sports Program.  Sunrise Sports earned second-place honors for Radio Sports Program.  In addition, WSIU-FM also earned Best Radio Newscast-Downstate from the Associated Press for its May 2, 2012 newscast.

Jessica Anderson, a senior in Radio, Television, and Digital Media from Dousman, Wis., earned first for TV Sports Reporting and third for TV News Reporting.  Danny Valle, a sophomore in Radio, Television and Digital Media from Chicago, earned second-place honors for Radio Sports Play-by-Play.

The win by River Region Evening Edition News follows the program’s first place honors in the 2012 Illinois Broadcasters Association Student Silver Dome Awards.

“This honor is a huge achievement for more than 110 students who work on the newscast weekly, from the newsroom to the studio to the control room,” said Gregory Todd, River Region Evening Edition news director. 

Students produce more than two hours of television newscasts that air on WSIU-TV channel 8/16. Newscasts air at 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday when school is in session during the fall and spring semesters.

“It provides our students with a level of training that is hard to find at the university level, combining a quality education with a hands-on experience that helps our graduates rise to the top of the resume pile during job searches,” Todd said.

This continued recognition of the students’ newscast excellence wouldn’t be possible without the hard work, skill and talent of the students we attract to SIU’s Radio-TV program year after year,” he said.  “Attracting quality students is a direct result of the high quality education provided by the RTD faculty and the hard work and commitment by the professionals at WSIU Public Broadcasting.”

Todd also points to the contributions of Joey Helleny and Eileen Waldron, senior lecturers in the Department of Radio, Television and Digital Media; Darryl Moses, associate director for Television and Video Services with the SIU Broadcasting Service, and Abby Hargrave, a production specialist with the broadcasting service.