Dr. Erick Lauber, director of the Digital Media Institute at Indiana University of Pennsylvania and station manager of IUP-TV, was recently notified that two of his television productions were winners in the 2010 Videographer Awards competition.
The Videographer Awards is an international competition designed to recognize excellence in video productions, TV commercials, news programs, and new media. Entries are judged by the Association of Marketing and Communication Professionals, an organization that consists of several thousand marketing, communication, and video professionals.
This year, over 1,800 entries were judged in all categories, and Dr. Lauber’s video, Internet Safety, won top honors in the Educational category. Sharing in the honor was animation student Erica Knox, who assisted with all aspects of the production. The video was made at the request of Dr. Jill Earman, curriculum director of the Indiana Area School District, and is now being used extensively in the district’s kindergarden through third grade classrooms. It features a live-action Dr. Lauber and three animated characters interacting in a cartoon world similar to the popular Blues Clues television program targeting the same age group.
Second-place honors in the On-Air Talent category was garnered by the fourth season of the Teach A Man To Cook television show regularly appearing on IUP-TV (channel 6 in the local Comcast market). Shot, directed, and edited by the students in Dr. Lauber’s Advanced Television class at IUP, the shows feature local male guests teaching Dr. Lauber how to cook various meals. They are shot in the basement kitchen of St. Thomas More University Parish, right next door to the IUP campus.
This is the fourth award for the show, which has won some kind of national video award each of its four seasons. Fourteen students from this year’s class are also sharing credit for the award.