Journalism Students Take Home Emmy Awards

Posted on: May 20, 2014

Student-EMMY-wpTwo Journalism students won student Emmy Awards from the Michigan Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. The awards recognize excellence in student-produced television throughout the Michigan region and were presented at the 2014 Annual College Student Production Awards ceremony May 17 at the Detroit Public Television station in Wixom, Mich. MSU had 11 nominations altogether.

The Emmy award recipients and the categories in which they won include:

  • Daniel Hamburg - Newscast category for the Dec. 6, 2013, Focal Point newscast he produced, which included stories on Nelson Mandela's death, MSU fans getting ready for the Rose Bowl, Green Friday shopper discounts in East Lansing, and Pope Francis putting faith back in people across the nation.
  • Greg Monahan - Sports category for his Focal Point piece, "MSU Spartans Win B1G Championship," on MSU's victory over Ohio State in the Big Ten Football Championship Game Dec. 7, 2013, in Indianapolis, Ind.

"These journalism students are amazing. They work hard and give 110 percent in their courses and work, so they may be ready for successful careers," said Lucinda Davenport, Director of the School of Journalism. "It is nice to add these awards to last year's student EMMY winners."

Hamburg also won a Michigan Association of Broadcasters Michigan Student Broadcast Award for the Dec. 6 Focal Point newscast. Focal Point is MSU's student-produced newscast.

"I was very excited to hear that we won an Emmy for Focal Point," said Hamburg, who is now a junior. "I dedicate so much time and energy into our newscast, so to know that it's recognized at this level is very gratifying. It's also very exciting to be able to call myself an Emmy-award winning producer.

"I'm not the only one who deserves my name on that award though. Many other students contributed their time, helping to produce, report and volunteer. I couldn't have done it without the help and support of our dedicated reporters, volunteers and Executive Producer Bob Gould."

Monahan's "MSU Spartans B1G Champions" piece also was a finalist in the Television Sports Photography category in the Society of Professional Journalists' Region 4 Mark of Excellence Awards competition.

Gould, a Broadcast Journalism Instructor who is the faculty adviser for Focal Point and a member of the Board of Governors for the Michigan Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, moderated a panel discussion during the Annual College Student Production Awards ceremony. Gould also helped organize the event as chair of the planning committee.

The College Student Production Awards promote best practices to college and high school students. The awards are intended to be an incentive for the pursuit of excellence in television journalism and focus public attention on outstanding achievements in television produced by college and high school students.

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