Students Receive Top Broadcasting Honors

Posted on: March 25, 2014

MAB AwardsSeveral College of Communication Arts and Sciences students were recognized with statewide awards by the Michigan Association of Broadcasters (MAB) and with scholarships from the Michigan Association of Broadcasters Foundation (MABF) at the Great Lakes Broadcasting Conference and Expo March 12 at the Lansing Center in downtown Lansing.

Three CAS students received the following MABF scholarships:

  • Luke Schwarzweller (Telecommunication, Information Studies and Media), The MAB Foundation and Gary A. Reid Scholarship
  • Mike Kidd (Media and Information), The MAB Foundation and James H. Quello Scholarship
  • Alex Scharg (Journalism), The MAB Foundation and Leicinger/Biederman Scholarship

Also presented during the Great Lakes Broadcasting Conference and Expo were the MAB Michigan Student Broadcast Awards, of which CAS students received eight different awards for their work with Focal Point and Impact Radio 89FM, including first place in the College Television Daily Newscast/Sportscast category.

"We won something in each category we entered, and the newscast won first place for maybe the first time ever," said Broadcast Journalism Instructor Bob Gould, who is the executive producer and faculty adviser of Focal Point, MSU's Emmy award-winning, student-produced newscast.

Focal Point took first place in the College Television Daily Newscast/Sportscast category for its Dec. 6, 2013, newscast, 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.

"The fact that we were recognized for having the best college newscast in the state of Michigan really validates our work, and it's a great feeling knowing that other people recognize that hard work as well," said Daniel Hamburg, a sophomore journalism major who is the producer of the show. "It feels great knowing that the hours of work I put into Focal Point every week have finally paid off."

The MAB is a nonprofit organization representing commercial radio and television broadcast stations in Michigan. Its college student broadcast awards program is open to all Michigan college students and promotes education and advancement in the broadcasting industry. Entries are judged based on excellence.

The following is a complete list of MAB Michigan Student Broadcast Awards won by MSU:

College Television

Daily Newscast/Sportscast
FIRST - Focal Point Newscast (Dec. 6, 2013), Daniel Hamburg (Journalism), Alex Barhorst (Journalism), Greg Monahan (Journalism)

Hard News
HONORABLE MENTION - "Michigan Avenue Corridor," Lauren Underhill (Journalism), Erica Zazo (Journalism)

News Feature
SECOND - "Dave Ellis Wants to be a Millionaire," Molly Cassidy (Journalism)

Current Events Program
SECOND - "MSU ROTC 9/11 Open House Training," Daniel Hamburg (Journalism), Madeline Fetchiet (Journalism)

College Radio

Daily Newscast/News Feature
SECOND - News Feature (Oct. 24, 2013), Mary Hathaway (Journalism), Gabriela Saldivia (Journalism), Sarah Torrico (International Studies in Social Science), Spencer Ray (Journalism)

Talk Show
SECOND - Impact Exposure 2, Abbie Newton (Journalism), Will Mianecki (Comparative Culture and Politics)

HONORABLE MENTION - Impact Exposure 1, Gabriela Saldivia (Journalism), Abbie Newton (Journalism)

Public Service Announcement
SECOND - "Take a Break," Luke Schwarzweller (Telecommunication, Information Studies and Media), Abbie Newton (Journalism), Devin Culham (International Relations), Kyle Pacynski (Telecommunication, Information Studies and Media)

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