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Winners!

WVU Reed College of Media students and faculty are recognized for their work in a variety of areas - journalism, broadcast, PR, advertising, new media and more. In 2020, alone, we took home 18 national and 14 regional awards.

2022

Ohio Valley Emmy Chapter

“WVU News” was awarded an Emmy for the special edition episode “Mental Health in America, a Growing Crisis” in the Student Production Awards presented by the Ohio Valley Emmy Chapter.

PRSA West Virginia Chapter Crystal Awards

  • The Humans of Morgantown campaign won in the “Community Relations Campaign” category
  • The Community Action Poverty Simulation won in both the “Event (7 Days or Less)” and “Research” categories
  • The First Amendment project won honorable mention in the “Public Service Campaign” category

Broadcast Education Association Festival of Media Arts

  • Student Interactive Multimedia and Emerging Technologies Competition Best of Festival: Hunter Bennett, Miguel Arturo Serrano Madrona, Sara Brinsfield and Marianna Strykhar Dobryanska for "Distanced Immersion" with the University of Seville. Faculty Advisor: David Smith
  • Student Interactive Multimedia and Emerging Technologies Competition, Interactive Reality Best of Festival: Hunter Bennett, Miguel Arturo Serrano Madrona, Sara Brinsfield and Marianna Strykhar Dobryanska for "Distanced Immersion" with the University of Seville. Faculty Advisor: David Smith
  • Student Audio Competition, Specialty Program Award of Excellence: Adam Payne for "Acting in Appalachia: West Virginia's Black Actors." Faculty Advisor: Emily Corio
  • Student Audio Competition, Specialty Program Award of Excellence: Connor Taylor for "Behind the Broadcast." Faculty Advisor: Emily Corio
  • Student News Competition, TV Long Feature 3rd Place: Kiersten Lindkvist for "What the Anti-Trans Lawsuit Could Mean For Athletes in Appalachia." For 100 Days in Appalachia
  • Student News Competition, TV Long Feature Award of Excellence: Claire O'Neil for "Morgantown Businesses Adjust to Reopening as Restrictions Ease" Faculty Advisor: Gina Martino Dahlia
  • Student News Competition, TV Anchor Category 1st Place: Gillian Wanosky, WVU News Anchor Faculty Advisor: Gina Martino Dahlia
  • Student News Competition, TV Newscast (3 per week or less) 2nd Place: Kayla Starcher for WVU News Episode 4 Faculty Advisor: Gina Martino Dahlia
  • Student News Competition, TV News Magazine Category Award of Excellence: Kayla Starcher for WVU News Special Edition, "Taking Aim, A Targeted Look at Gun Culture Across America." Faculty Advisor: Gina Martino Dahlia
BEA program rankings based on annual competition results from the past five years:
  • Top Overall Programs: #19
  • Top Audio Programs: #18
  • Top Interactive Multimedia and Emerging Technology Programs: #8
  • Top News Programs: #11
  • Top Sports Programs: #20

Hearst Journalism Awards

  • Duncan Slade placed 14th in the Feature Writing category for “Less money, fewer jobs: After two decades, WV’s ATV trails have fallen far short of initial projections,” published in Mountain State Spotlight in August 2021.
  • Gillian Wanosky placed 14th in the Television Features category for a broadcast story on a local Morgantown typewriter collector, which aired on WVU News in spring 2021.

International Radio & Television Society Foundation Summer Fellowship

  • Tristan Haley was selected as a 2022 IRTS Summer Fellow.

National Student Advertising Competition

  • The WVU Chapter of the American Advertising Federation placed fourth in the District 5 NSAC competition. Student presenters included Jordan Stosic, Max Russell, Nellea Parsons, and David Malecki. Faculty Advisor: Chuck Borghese

Mark of Excellence Awards - Society of Professional Journalists

  • Broadcast Online Sports Videography Finalist: Kierstin Lindkvist
    Title: WVU women's basketball player nominated for prestigious award
  • Television General News Reporting Winner: Alayna Degenhardt
    Title: Asian hate crimes rise across the U.S.
  • Television General News Reporting Finalist: Natalie Bowman
    Title: New law poses domestic violence risks
  • Television General News Reporting Finalist: Claire O'Neil
    Title: West Virginia tackles campus carry debates
  • Television Sports Reporting Winner: Kierstin Lindkvist
    Title: WVU women's basketball player nominated for prestigious award
  • Television Sports Reporting Finalist: Ireland Viscount
    Title: WVU football reopens stadium with eased restrictions
  • Best All-Around Television News Magazine Finalist: WVU News Staff
    Title: WVU News

2021

AEJMC Southeast Colloquium's Creative Contest

  • Jessann Thompson & Hannah Williams. Honorable Mention for Visual Branding & Identity—Environmental (Street flags for BrandJRNY’s Point Pleasant Project). Faculty Advisor: Rita Colistra
  • Brianna Fierro. Honorable Mention for Photography—Journalism Still (Photograph for BrandJRNY’s Pineville Project). Faculty Advisor: David Smith

American Advertising Awards (WV Chapter of American Advertising Federation)

Martin Hall Agency won three ADDY Awards from the West Virginia chapter of the American Advertising Federation for work performed during the Spring and Fall 2020 semesters. Students included SeVohn Hunter, Ana O’Brien. Morgan Zanke, Victoria Price, Yadara Luckett, Ian Ridgeway, Jeffrey Boggess, Skyler Fleisher and Isabella Bevilacqua. Faculty Advisor: Jennifer Harker

  • Gold ADDY Award for the Timber Safe Logging Safety Campaign (cross platform integrated brand identity campaign)
  • Silver ADDY Award for the Timber Safe Recruitment Ads (elements of advertising: art direction ~ Jeffrey Boggess)
  • Silver ADDY Award for the Timber Safe Recruitment Ads (elements of advertising: film, video, sound & cinematography)

Broadcast Education Association Disrupt the News Challenge

  • The WVU News / Morgantown Today team won first place in the 2021 Broadcast Education Association Disrupt the News Challenge for their special edition show, “Far Apart Together.” Producers were Elisa Schwartzmiller and Jensen Mills. Faculty Advisor: Gina Dahlia

Broadcast Education Association Festival of Media Arts

  • Award of Excellence: Kayla Starcher for "To Reach Worshipers During the Coronavirus Pandemic WV Churches get Creative," which aired on West Virginia Public Broadcasting. Faculty Advisor: Emily Corio
  • Award of Excellence: Maxwell Shavers, Kayla Starcher, Gillian Wanosky and Duncan Slade for "Coronavirus closes campus but the podcast continues,." Faculty Advisor: Emily Corio

Davey Awards

  • General-News/News Feature for Online Film & Video, Silver: WVU News Special Edition Newscast, " Taking Aim, a Targeted Look at Gun Culture Across America ." Faculty Advisor: Gina Martino Dahlia

EcoCAR Mobility Challenge Year 3 Awards

  • The WVU EcoCAR team won first place for Communications Overall and Best Communications Presentation in the EcoCAR Mobility Challenge Year 3 Awards. The communications team leader is Ryan Alexander, a 2020 strategic communications graduate and current student in the Data Marketing Communications master’s degree program. Faculty Advisor: Cathy Mezera

Hearst Awards

  • Women Beyond Bars placed seventh in the Hearst Team Multimedia Digital News/Enterprise Story Competition. Students included Patrick Orsagos, Jeffrey McCullough, Hunter Bennett, Molly DeCarli, Camrynn Tanner, Rylee McNemar and Penny De La Cruz. Faculty Advisor: Mary Kay McFarland
  • Kayla Starcher tied for #20 in the Audio category for her podcast, "To Reach Worshipers During the Coronavirus Pandemic WV Churches get Creative," which aired on West Virginia Public Broadcasting. Faculty Advisor: Emily Corio
  • Sara Brinsfield placed 15th in the Multimedia Narrative Storytelling category for “Where You Must Have Cash and You Better Know Your Order: Curtis’ Coney Island.” Faculty Advisor: David Smith

MarCom Awards

  • Video/Audio, TV Broadcast/Cable, Platinum: WVU News Special Edition Newscast, " Taking Aim, a Targeted Look at Gun Culture Across America ." Faculty Advisor: Gina Martino Dahlia

Nicholas Evans Professional Staff Advising Excellence Award

Undergraduate Advising Coordinator Emily Roush was named one of the 2021-21 co-recipients of the Nicholas Evans Professional Staff Advising Excellence Award.

Society of Professional Journalists Mark of Excellence Awards

  • Radio News Reporting Winner: Kayla Starcher for her podcast,“To reach worshippers during the coronavirus pandemic WV churches get creative.” Faculty Advisor: Emily Corio.
  • Television Breaking News Reporting Winner: Taylor Hall for “College Avenue shooting,” produced for WVU News. Faculty Advisor: Gina Martino Dahlia
  • Best Independent Online Student Publication Winner: Women Beyond Bars a collaborative project between journalism and public relations students. Faculty Advisors: Mary Kay McFarland and Geah Pressgrove
  • Online/Digital Feature Videography Winner: Molly DeCarli for “Ariel Hill on the value of being uncomfortable” produced for Women Beyond Bars. Faculty Advisor: Mary Kay McFarland
  • Online/Digital Feature Videography Finalist: Jeff McCullough for “Tanisha Spaulding on normal life” produced for Women Beyond Bars. Faculty Advisor: Mary Kay McFarland
  • Best All-Around Television Newscast Finalist: Elisa Schwartzmiller and Jensen Mills for the WVU News Special Edition “Far apart together.” Faculty Advisor: Gina Martino Dahlia
  • COVID-19: Video Coverage Finalist: Taylor Hall for “Westover residents finding peace in Amazing Grace” produced for the WVU News Special Edition “Far apart together.” Faculty Advisor: Gina Martino Dahlia

Stickell Honors

SeVohn Hunter, a current student in the College of Media’s accelerated Master of Science in Journalism degree program, is one of just 14 students in the nation to be selected as a 2020 Stickell Honors Intern. This prestigious internship places students at top firms in the marketing communications industry throughout the United States.

The Webby Awards

Jeffrey Boggess was named an honoree in the Student Video category of the Webby Awards for “The Rocky Marriage Between Coal and the Opioid Epidemic” produced for 100 Days in Appalachia. The Webby Awards is the leading international award honoring excellence on the Internet. Faculty Advisor: David Smith

2020

American Advertising Awards (WV Chapter of American Advertising Federation)

  • Gold ADDY: Martin Hall Agency “Don’t Box Me In” First Amendment Day Campaign
  • Silver ADDY: Martin Hall Agency ”Don’t Box Me In” cross-platform Campaign
  • Silver ADDY: Martin Hall Agency “Don’t Box Me In” T-shirt design
  • Silver ADDY: Martin Hall Agency MHA logo, watermark, insignia and brand guideline book
Faculty Advisor: Jennifer Harker

AVA Awards

  • Best Newscast, Gold Award: WVU News "Inside Appalachia-A Story of Hope" Faculty Advisor: Gina Martino Dahlia

Broadcast Education Association Festival of Media Arts

  • Interactive Reality, First place: “The Bodice Project" by Kristen Uppercue, Mark Schoenster and Savannah Schaffer. Faculty Advisor: David Smith
  • Television Newscast, First place: WVU News Special Edition “A Mental Health Crisis in America" by Jensen Mills. Faculty Advisor: Gina Martino Dahlia
  • Television Sports Story/Feature Short, Award of Excellence: “West Virginia Roughriders” by Matt Minard. Faculty Advisor: Gina Martino Dahlia

Carnegie-Knight News21 Program

Maxwell Shavers (BSJ, 2020), current Digital Marketing Communications graduate student, was selected for the Carnegie-Knight News21 Program, a nationwide reporting project headquartered at Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication that brings student journalists from around the country together to report and produce in-depth, multimedia projects for major media outlets. Past outlets have included The Washington Post, NBC News and USA Today.

Hearst Journalism Awards

  • Television Feature Award, Fifth Place: Bridge Day by Sarah Poteracki. Faculty Advisor: Gina Martino Dahlia

National Eco Car Mobility Challenge Competition

  • Best Social Media Report: Haleigh Fields
  • Spirit of Communications: Haleigh Fields
Faculty Advisor: Cathy Mezera

MarCom Awards

  • Video/Audio, TV Broadcast/Cable, Gold: WVU News Special Edition Newscast, "Far Apart Together." Faculty Advisor: Gina Martino Dahlia

RTDNA Edward R. Murrow Student Award

  • Excellence in Audio Reporting: “What Happened to Weirton” podcast series by Ella Jennings. Faculty Advisor: Emily Corio

Society of Professional Journalists Mark of Excellence Awards

  • Online In-Depth Reporting, Winner: “Rebuilding Families” by Anna Saab
  • Television, Breaking News, Winner: “Campus Shooting” by Shayla Klein
  • Collaborative Journalism, Finalist: “Generation Opioids”
  • Newspapers, General News, Finalist: “Snow Day” by Daily Athenaeum staff
  • Newspapers, Editorial Writing, Finalist: Douglas Soule, Daily Athemaeum Editor–in-Chief
  • Collaborative Journalism, Winner: “Generation Opioids” by West Virginia University and George Washington University
  • Art/Graphics, Sports Photography, Finalist: “West Virginia vs. Iowa State” by Duncan Slade
  • Television, Feature Reporting, Winner: “Bridge Day” by Sarah Poteracki
  • Television, In-Depth Reporting, Winner: “Inpatient care in the Mountain State" by Sarah Poteracki
  • Television, General News Reporting, Finalist: “Transgender discrimination in the Mountain State” by Daren Hartwell
  • Best Independent Online Student Publication, Winner: “Women Beyond Bars.” Faculty Advisor: Mary Kay McFarland

Telly Awards

  • Best Newscast, Silver Award: WVU News "Gun Control-A Nation Divided." Faculty Advisor: Gina Martino Dahlia
  • Best Newscast, Bronze Award: WVU News "Inside Appalachia - A Story of Hope." Faculty Advisor: Gina Martino Dahlia
  • Online Commercials, Silver Telly: Brand JRNY – Pineville ATV Spot. Faculty Advisor: David Smith
  • Online Commercials, Bronze Telly: Brand JRNY – All Trails Lead to Home Spot. Faculty Advisor: David Smith
  • Immersive and Mixed Reality, Bronze Telly: Bodice Project AR. Faculty Advisor: David Smith
  • Social Video, Bronze Telly: "Permit Loophole Allowing Appalachian Mines to Sit Idle" by Sean McCallister
  • Non-Broadcast General, Social Issues, Bronze Telly: 100 Days in Appalachia “Bienvenido a Pupuseria Emerita” (with editing help from Jeffery Boggess)