MSU rakes in national broadcasting awards

Contact: Sarah Nicholas

STARKVILLE, Miss.—Mississippi State University students and faculty received top awards for their broadcasting skills at the recent Broadcast Education Association Festival of Media Arts.

MSU Department of Communication logoIn the Audio and Sports faculty division, Terry Likes­­––professor and head of MSU’s Department of Communication––received two Best of Competition awards for his audio documentaries “Sharing a Laugh: The impact of popular culture on the White House Correspondents’ Dinner” and “Cowbell Culture: Small instrument––big impact…the cowbell as a fixture in American music, sports and popular culture.”

In the student Sports competition, communication graduate students Cody Blaszczak, of Pelham, Alabama, and Tanner Marlar, of Corinth, earned an Award of Excellence for play-by-play announcing. Senior geoscience major Dylan Hudler, of Kernersville, North Carolina, won second place for Best TV Weathercast for his submission from “Take 30,” MSU’s student television newscast.

More than 80 colleges and universities were represented in the virtual submission process and a total of 1,885 submissions were reviewed during the juried event.

“BEA’s Festival of Media Arts is a prestigious and highly competitive national collection of faculty creative scholarship and student media work,” Likes said. “This is external validation of high-quality work, allowing students to add a national credential to their portfolio.”

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