NSU students win two Telly Awards for television production work

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The NSU-TV News Service has won two Telly Awards for its television production work. This is the third year in a row students in the Department of New Media, Journalism and Communication Arts have been honored in this competition. NSU has received 11 Tellys in 2020-22.

The “Telly’s” is an international multimedia competition with categories spanning news, graphics, advertising and film. Each category is judged by vetted multimedia industry professionals. Telly Awards are structured like the Emmy’s, in that there are not first, second and third place “winners.” Instead, entrants who earn a required number of judged points and meet standards of excellence are awarded either a Bronze, Silver, or Gold Telly.

“Our students can compete and earn awards shoulder to shoulder with the biggest in the business,” said Assistant Professor of New Media, Journalism and Communication Arts Dr. Nick Taylor. “The work being done through the NSU-TV News Service can stand up to any news station, in any market, anywhere.”

Companies such as Disney, Hulu, and others submit and earn awards for productions.

The award winning stories were “Darkwoods, Halloween Season,” by multimedia journalist Hannah Angell of Natchitoches who received a Silver Telly: Non Broadcast, General, Student and “NSU New Football Coordinators,” Anchor: Daniel Brown (KTBS-TV), Reporter: Brylee Brown of Gonzales (NSU-TV News Service), Camera/Editor: Colin Vedros of Hahnville (NSU-TV News Service) – Bronze Telly: General, Television.

The story by Brown and Vedros was entered in the News and Television genre. News/Television categories are not judged by market size, rather by standards of overall excellence. This means the work was judged at professional multimedia standards. Network stations from Los Angeles, Chicago, and across the U.S., as well as select other countries, all submitted work.

Through a collaboration with KTBS-TV in Shreveport, news stories produced by Northwestern State students are used on air and on the station’s website providing students with valuable journalism experience. Students in several classes work together to produce a newscast which airs on Channel 22 on Suddenlink cable in Natchitoches and is later posted on YouTube.

“Having the opportunity to work with a local news station while I’m still in college has been an extraordinary experience,” said Vedros. “KTBS brought me further into my knowledge of covering sports and other events, and I feel more prepared now to take on real-world challenges in this field.”

For more information on the Telly Awards, go to tellyawards.com.