Communication and Design Arts Garners Awards for 2020 Work


Anderson, Ind. — National recognition has been accumulating for video programs produced by students in the Department of Communication and Design Arts at Anderson University.

Most recently, the College Media Association announced that AU news programs had been named finalists in two categories for the annual Pinnacle Awards contest — Best Video Newscast and Best Video Sportscast.

The shows are produced by students in the journalism and cinema and media arts programs at AU. News content is generated by the staff of the student newspaper, the Andersonian, while the production aspects are handled by students in the Black Bird Media Lab.

“We have some very committed and talented students in the department, and it’s nice to see their names end up on award certificates,” said Dr. David Baird, professor and chair of the Department of Communication and Design Arts. “We compete in the same contests and divisions with the nation’s leading public universities, so it’s pretty remarkable that our students have received this level of recognition.”

“The recognition is important for our program as we reach out to prospective students and show them how they can experience success and build valuable skills here at AU,” added Jack Lugar, professor of cinema and media arts. “For our current students, it’s confirmation that they are doing excellent work and that their portfolios will be competitive as they enter the workforce.”

AU student Gillian Lintz, who does the on-camera hosting of the Andersonian newscast, has helped the student newspaper transition from print to video and online journalism. “I think the expansion into broadcast news has been an incredible way to stay current with media formats and learn new skills in the journalism field,” she said. 

The Andersonian’s video programs, as well as of the annual Black Bird Film Festival, are sponsored by the Folgate Agency, an Allstate firm with offices in Anderson and Fortville.

Below is a list of current award nominations.

This year’s finalists in the College Media Association’s Best Video Newscast category are:

  • The Andersonian, Anderson University 
  • Elon News Network, Elon University 
  • 100 Years of Broadcast, Middle Tennessee State University 
  • Arrow-From the Newsroom, Southeast Missouri State University 
  • SGTV, University of South Carolina 

This year’s finalists in the College Media Association’s Best Video Sportscast category are:

  • The Andersonian, Anderson University 
  • The Baylor Lariat, Baylor University 
  • CBU TV, California Baptiste University 
  • The Los Angeles Loyolan, Loyola Marymount University 
  • TUTV-Temple University Television: OwlSports Update, Temple University

Below is a list of previous recognition.

Society of Professional Journalists, Best of Indiana Journalism Contest

Student Television Best Newscast, 2nd place, Andersonian newscast, 2020

Student Television Sports Reporting, 2nd place, “Raven Watch,” 2020

College Media Association, Pinnacle Awards

Best Television Sportscast, finalist, “Raven Watch,” 2018

Best Television Sportscast, 3rd place, “Raven Watch,” 2020

College Media Association, Film Festival

Sports Video, honorable mention, “Raven Watch,” 2019

Sports Video Group, College Sports Media Awards contest

“Raven Watch,” finalist, Outstanding Program Series, 2018

Indiana Collegiate Press Association Awards, 2020

Best Video, 1st place (“Raven Watch”)

Best Video, 2nd place (“Raven Watch”)

Best Podcast, 1st place

Best Podcast, 2nd place

Anderson University is on a mission to educate students for lives of faith and service, offering more than 60 undergraduate majors, 30 three-year degrees, 20 NCAA Division III intercollegiate sports, alongside adult and graduate programs. The private, liberal arts institution is fully accredited and recognized among top colleges for its business, computer science, cybersecurity, dance, engineering, nursing, and teacher education programs. Anderson University was established in 1917 in Anderson, Indiana, by the Church of God.

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