‘Raven Watch’ Receives National Recognition
// By JACEY CRAWFORD ‘22
Recently, Anderson University’s “Raven Watch” sports program was a finalist for the College Media Association awards “Best Video Sportscast.” In this national contest, AU was one of three finalists, standing alongside Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and California State University.
Earlier this year, “Raven Watch” was designated a winner in the annual awards program of the Indiana Collegiate Press Association (ICPA). The show won both first- and second-place awards in the Best Video category. This followed national recognition that the program has received the past two years.
Produced by students in AU’s Department of Communication and Design Arts, “Raven Watch” focuses on the university’s athletic teams. The weekly show is a joint production of the Black Bird Media Lab and the student newspaper, the Andersonian.
“This is amazingly well-produced and narrated,” wrote judges in the ICPA awards program. “This is better than many professional media outlets would be able to create. Nice work from the [on-camera talent].”
“We have some incredibly talented students—16 in all—who work very hard on the show,” said Dr. David Baird, chair of the Department of Communication and Design Arts. “They take full advantage of the opportunities that our faculty, especially Jack Lugar and Kris Rinas, provide for them.”
Due to COVID-19, production of “Raven Watch” had to be suspended this year following spring break, but past episodes are available at andersonian.com. The program’s sponsor is the Folgate Agency, an Allstate firm with offices in Anderson and Fortville.
The ICPA gave more than 20 additional awards to the Andersonian, which took second place in the Division III “newspaper of the year” category. Students were recognized for news and feature stories, editorials, photographs, and podcasts.
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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