IUP’s Center for
Media Production and Research (CMPR) was honored with two 2016 Telly Awards; one
for Student Video Production of a TV Program and one for Online Video Sports
Production. A broadcast from the Crimson
Hawks men’s basketball game played on February 17 against the University
of Pittsburgh Johnstown was recognized for both awards.
from CMPR director and Communications Media faculty member Stephanie Keppich, the
live sports production was entirely student-run. “It’s extremely rewarding to
know that all of the hard work and dedication these students and I put into
these broadcasts is being recognized at a national level,” Keppich said. “I am not surprised
because, with my industry experience, I could tell during each broadcast that we
were creating a product that could be compared to any regional sport network
With only help from
Keppich and Broadcast Technician Chris Barber, student crew members coordinate
all aspects of the CMPR’s live production of IUP men’s and women’s basketball
and IUP Crimson Hawks football. With
five cameras, announcers, a courtside reporter, live graphics, and slow motion
replays, the crew works in the fast-paced environment of live sports production.
This year’s CMPR student
crew for IUP Crimson Hawks basketball included Tyresha Barnes, Curtis Brown, Denis Caniz, Jake DeLuca, Amanda
Dunlop, Joshua Hill, Bill Kline, Erik Kormos, Christina Loranger, Miramar
Melendez, Najee Poles, Dustin Ross, Teigan Schrecengost, Samantha Sizer, Ray
Solis, Kwame Stroman, Tyrell Walker, and Coltin Warner.
sports production, the CMPR offers professional experience for students in
production, broadcasting, editing, promotions, photography, and graphics. CMPR crew member
Marimar Melendez knows working with the CMPR will help her reach her
professional goals. “As a student, being part of a live production has taught
me key aspects within my field. I have gained knowledge on the importance of
communication between every aspect of production from directing, audio, to
cameras and everything in between.”
As recipients of
one of this year’s Telly Awards, the CMPR team joins other outstanding local
and regional video and cable television productions. The Telly Awards have been
honoring some of the top media productions in film, video, Web, and cable
commercials for 37 years. Their goal is to “strengthen the visual arts
community by inspiring, promoting, and supporting creativity.” Each year, the Telly Awards receive over
10,000 entries from all over the country.
Judges who are members of the Silver Telly Council evaluate entries. Silver
Council is a membership-based division of the awards and consists of
professionals who have won silver Telly Awards in the past. The judging is based solely on creativity and
quality performance rather than entries directly competing against each other.
Winners are awarded either a silver or bronze statuette that is created by the
same firm that makes the Oscar and Emmy awards.
Department of Communications Media