Dual conventions bring multiple awards to St. Cloud State students

Sunday, July 10, 2011

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Jordan Austin 11, general manager and president of UTVS, looks at the latest equipment in a mobile control truck at the NA B Show in Las Vegas.

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Some of the brightest lights on the Las Vegas strip in April were award-winning St. Cloud State University students.

Nearly 20 St. Cloud State students, faculty and staff traveled to Las Vegas for the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) and Broadcasters Education Association (BEA) conventions. The dual conventions combine the latest technological innovations – the NAB Show has gadgets that would make James Bond jealous – with current practices being taught in higher education.

Husky Productions, the University's student-run broadcast of all home Husky Hockey games, won the BEA Best of Festival, King Foundation Award for video production.

"I'm just glad to be a part of a great crew who was able to take home some hardware," said Josh Akkerman '11, Husky Productions producer.

"To have so many St. Cloud State students represented at the BEA Convention and win awards is an honor and testament to the program," said Jordan Weinand '11. Weinand was general manager of Husky Magazine, the UTVS sports-themed show, which won second place in the studio category of the student competition.

Other St. Cloud State student award winners were: Zack Fisch, second place in television sports anchor, and Nicholas Lenz and Joel Larsen, third place Television Sports Reporting.

For the mass communication students looking to break into the broadcasting industry, winning awards wasn't the only perk of the trip. The thrill of winning in Vegas was found on the NAB Show floor.

"I had the most amazing experience," said Wesley Beskar, who will take the reigns as producer of Husky Productions next year. "I got to see the actual equipment and talk with the actual representatives. I asked questions about technical issues and their products. It was an enormous educational experience."

The NAB Show hosted 90,000 media and entertainment professionals from more than 150 countries.

Learning about the broadcasting industry wasn't limited to conferences and speeches. It came from one-on-one interaction and networking with professionals.

"To get to meet all of the industry professionals, it was a trip that was definitely worthwhile," Fisch said. "We learned a lot about technology and what we can do to better ourselves as broadcasters."

For the St. Cloud State students at the NAB Show, what happened in Vegas will stay with them as they try to break into the broadcast field. And the BEA best in festival award will stay protected in a trophy case at Stewart Hall.

{ Web extra } View the Husky Productions crew in Las Vegas

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