MSU students named finalists in national media awards program

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     STARKVILLE, Miss.—More than two dozen Mississippi State University students are national finalists in the National Broadcasting Society annual media competition for university students. Finalists were announced Tuesday, January 26.


     The National Broadcasting Society is a national organization designed to enhance the development of college and university students and entry-level professionals involved in electronic media by providing exposure to the electronic media industries and assistance in career preparation.


     The finalists represent 16 categories—an increase from last year’s finalists in five categories—and tied with Marshall University for second most finalists in the competition, ahead of numerous notable communication-focused programs across the country.


     The national winners will be selected at the 79th Annual NBS Convention March 12-14 in Indianapolis. An online component will be available for those unable to travel.


     The NBS competition included 43 overall categories including radio, TV or web news, websites, commercials, comedy segments and script, music videos and short films, among others.


     “The Department of Communication has had a major initiative to increase its student excellence in national competitions,” said Terry Likes, head of the Department of Communication. “We are proud that the output of faculty and students is recognized at a national level.”


     Likes said the categories represent student work across a variety of disciplines including journalism, public relations, broadcasting, theatre, communication studies and more, including our academic partners at WMSV-FM, The Reflector and the interdisciplinary film minor.


     Collaborating with the communication department for the competition were students from MSU student organizations including the Lab Rats improvisation comedy group, The Scene student film organization and the Broadcast Education Association Student Media Club.


     “The faculty are working hard to provide students wonderful opportunities to showcase their work,” said Likes.


MSU student winners include:

Category - Story title - Student(s)

Audio News Package - COVID Effects on Livestock - Hannah Vanderberg

Audio News Segment - Bullying - Hannah Vanderberg

Audio News Segment - COVID Job Fears - Kelsey Duncan

Audio Feature Package - COVID Effects on Church - Bronson Woodruff

Audio Feature Segment - Handicapped Pet - Bronson Woodruff

Video News Package - Horse Therapy - Hannah Vanderberg

Web News Article - The Reflector “How to Make Cookie Dough Bites at Home” - Riley Stephens, Dylan Bufkin, Rosalind Hutton, Devin Byrd, and Brandon Grisham

Video News Promo Take - 30 News promo - Kamien Bell

Video Commercial - Hotworx - Amari Collins, Kelsey Duncan, and Jeremy Hinds

Video Comedy Segment - Eryk’s Final Project - Eryk Yunk

Video Comedy Program - Lab Rats “The Sitcom” - Taylor Barr, Cameron Ladner, Keegan Lindsay, and Brandon Grisham

Music Video - Doughboi Pacino “Pray for the City” - Jeremy Hinds

Video Studio or Live Performance Segment - Singer, songwriter, rapper and poet Wesley Thomas performs for The Reflector - Sarah Morgan Johnson

Short Film - Five Minutes - Jeremiah Joswick, Hannah Vandie, Chris LoNigro, Jon Tackett, and Carra Faith Spencer

Comedy Program Script - Lab Rats “Chris has a Gun” - Taylor Barr, Cameron Ladner, and Keegan Lindsey

Website - The Reflector - Brandon Grisham, and The Reflector staff


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