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Two Student Finalists in National College Broadcasters Awards

Recently, two Communications Media students were recognized for films they produced in the Digital Media Institute. Brandon Roudebush and Erika Knox were honored as the first-ever IUP finalists in the College Broadcasters National Awards for television production at the October 30, 2009, National College Media Convention in Austin, Texas.

Brandon Roudebush and Erika Knox display their trophies.

Roudebush, a senior Communications Media major from Kittanning, Pa., was one of four finalists in the Best Special Broadcast category for his Roadtrip IUP production shot in spring 2009. A joint production of the IUP Career Development Center and the Digital Media Institute, the one-hour documentary featured interviews with IUP alumni conducted by current IUP students. Also this year, the film has wona national Hermes Creative Award and an I.V.A.M.P. award.

Erika Knox, from Indiana, Pa., was one of four finalists in the Best Technical Production category for her work on Somewhere Near, an animated children’s show about making healthy choices and having confidence in oneself.

The production was jointly produced by the Indiana Area School District and the Digital Media Institute last fall and spring. Both productions were selected from among 450 finalists and were awarded trophies at the fall convention.

“To have two students win trophies with Digital Media Institute productions on our first-ever submissions is just simply amazing,” said Dr. Erick Lauber, director of the institute. “I told the students ahead of time that we would be going up against the best college media productions in the company and not to expect too high a ranking, so we were all really excited when we found out both had made the top four in their respective categories.”

Content by Zachary John Salopek

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