Communications Media Students Take Home National Award for Live Events

Posted on 7/2/2018 11:58:05 AM

Students in the COMM 360 Digital Sports Production class have been recognized alongside the best in the media industry with a Telly Awards silver prize. The award-winning video submitted to the Telly Awards is a compilation of IUP’s 2017 football game against Cheyney University of Pennsylvania. The Crimson Hawks went on to have a record-breaking football season, and Communications Media students produced a total of seven home games, including two post-season games during fall 2017, all streamed live from Miller Stadium.

Students managing different aspects of Crimson Hawks football live sports production

The 13 students enrolled in the IUP Department of Communications Media course managed every aspect of live sports production for Crimson Hawks football and basketball during the 2017–18 season.  These students managed everything from directing and operating live graphics, to incorporating audio and replay technology, all while switching between five cameras. The class, taught by Communications Media faculty member Stephanie Keppich, allows students the opportunity to get hands-on experience in the unpredictable and ever-changing field of live sports production.

Communications Media Department Chair B. Gail Wilson appreciates the effort this takes. “I am very proud of the success of our sports production,” she said. “Ms. Keppich and her student crew work very hard to put together a production that is of high quality and has a very professional look. We have great support from our technician, Chris Barber, that helps make our productions look as good as what you see on some networks.”

IUP students were awarded for their efforts in the Online/General Live Events category alongside nationally acclaimed media organizations like Lucasfilm’s “Live from the Rogue One Red Carpet” and PGA TOUR Entertainment’s “PGA TOUR live.”

This is the Communications Media Department’s third Telly Award in two years under Keppich’s guidance. In 2016, a student crew was awarded bronze awards for Student Video Production of a TV Program and for Online Video Sports Production.