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‘WVU News’ wins regional Emmy for best newscast

Students participate in a newscast

“WVU News,” the WVU Reed College of Media’s student-produced television newscast, has been 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.

Judged by a team of experts, the competition recognizes excellence in television journalism by college students.

The special edition episode won in the Best Newscast or Magazine Program category. Chloe Snodgrass was the producer; John Keehan was the assistant producer and director; and Daniel Woods and Ali McDaniel were the main anchors for the episode.

“It is such an honor not only to be nominated for this award, but to win,” Snodgrass said. “It was so much fun being a producer, mainly due to the fact we had such a great team of people. Everyone worked hard and should be proud of their accomplishments and for being part of the WVU Reed College of Media’s winning news team!”

“WVU News” is part of the Advanced Television Reporting and Producing course taught by Assistant Dean of Academic Affairs and Teaching Professor Gina Dahlia, who serves as the program’s executive producer. The newscast airs statewide on West Virginia Public Broadcasting as part of “Campus Connection” on Sundays.

"You become a teacher because it truly is a calling, but to receive this type of validation where the hard work of your student reporters is recognized, makes me feel beyond proud of our show and our students,” Dahlia said.

“WVU News” reporters cover events on the University campus and in the Morgantown community. Students report, write, shoot and edit television news stories for the program. They also serve as on-air anchors, producers, directors and technical crew during newscast tapings at WVU’s professional television studio.

Since 2015, “WVU News” has received more than 100 national, international and regional juried awards. “WVU News” was a national Emmy top-three finalist in 2012 and 2017 and received an Emmy first place national win in 2015.

Past episodes of “WVU News” can be viewed at  mediacollegenewscast.wvu.edu.  

The Ohio Valley Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences was established in 1962 and presents the regional College Emmy Awards in Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio and West Virginia. This year’s winners were announced during a virtual ceremony on Sunday, September 18. You can view the clip featuring “WVU News” at https://vimeo.com/751783226.