OU Nightly Recognized as One of the Best Student Newscasts in the Country

Congrats to the University of Oklahoma Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass Communications, specifically the students and staff who produce OU Nightly, the daily half hour live newscast on campus. As you can see from the release below, OU and OUN received some outstanding honors from the Broadcast Education Association this week.

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Here’s a portion of the OU Release…

Gaylord Students Take a Record Number of Awards
at the National BEA Festival of Media Arts
OU Nightly Recognized as One of the Best Student Newscasts in the Country

The student winners were just announced for the BEA Festival of Media Arts competition. When the honors are given at the April BEA convention in Las Vegas, Gaylord students will bring home 8 national awards. This is the most awards OU has ever won at the national BEA Festival. OU is in the top five schools for the number of student awards.
The festival run by the Broadcast Education Association is the largest student & faculty media competition in the country. There were over 1200 entries by both students in faculty in multiple competitions including audio, documentary, interactive multimedia, news, scriptwriting, sports and video production.
In the News Competition, OU Nightly was recognized as one of the four best daily newscasts in the country. This is the first time the Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass Communication’s newscast has held a top national position in the BEA Festival. OU Nightly was tied for second with the University of Florida. ASU was Best of Festival and St. Cloud State took first. This year BEA broke the newscast competition into two categories: those that only air 1 to 3 days a week, and television newscasts airing 4 or 5 days per week. OU Nightly is seen weeknights during the semester statewide on Cox, regionally on ATT Uverse and on the web.
Television Newscast (airing 4 or 5 days per week)

Best of Festival
NewsWatch Staff
Arizona State University

1st Place
St. Cloud State University

2nd (tie)
OU Nightly
University of Oklahoma

2nd (tie)
WUFT NEWS First at Five
University of Florida

Three OU Nightly on-air talents were honored. Allison Harris won a 2nd Place and Aaryn Cahill Honorable Mention in the Television News Anchor category. This is Allison’s second year being recognized as a top national student news anchor. In Television Weathercaster Jon Haverfield captured a 2nd Place.
OU took two honorable mentions for feature reporting. In Radio Feature Reporting KGOU’s Logan Layden took an Honorable Mention for “Illegal Immigration Debate Breeds Confusion.” In Television Feature Reporting, Chinh Doan received an Honorable Mention for her story, “OU Mom.”
Overall, OU was ranked 4th when it come to the number of student awards won in news.
The Video Competition, OU took two awards for promotional pieces. Josh Shockley, Hannah Foster and Zach Strauss won a 3rd Place award for “This is Our Classroom,” a version of the video shown as the Gaylord Prize. Cameron Masingale and Kourtney Atchley won an honorable mention for their Littering PSA.

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