Four students and two staff from the School of Journalism and Electronic Media will be in Gettysburg, Pa. from Thursday to Sunday to report from the 2013 Medal of Honor Convention.
JEM students Jake Thompson, Taylor Hathorn, Kyle Knell and Jackie DelPilar will document the 2013 convention before the Congressional Medal of Honor Society’s flag is passed to Knoxville for the 2014 convention next September.
Three Journalism and Electronic Media students placed first in a state broadcast competition.
Chelsea Jensen Koerten ('13), Brooke Fraser ('12) and Kristyn Royster ('12) received highest honors in the college division of the 2013 Tennessee AP Broadcasters Awards for Best TV Newscast.
Koerten, Fraser and Royster produced the winning 30-minute newscast last spring for UT Today, taught by Dr. Sam Swan. It aired on WBIR-TV on May 13, 2012.
"This was a group effort of about 30 students," says Royster. "It took a lot of collaborating with reporters, anchors and crew to make this happen."
Fraser says winning the award is a bonus to an already rewarding experience.
"This was a great project for all of us and one I repeatedly got asked about last semester as I was interviewing for jobs," says Fraser, who works for NBC in New York. "Many employers found it very impressive and a great opportunity to prepare for the real world."
Students from the School of Journalism and Electronic Media sat down with Vietnam veteran and Medal of Honor recipient Col. Walter "Joe" Marm to discuss his life and legacy as recipient of America's highest military honor. The interview, conducted by JEM students Taylor Hathorn and Brandon Rupert, is part The Medal of Honor Project at the University of Tennessee.
It has also won first place in the promotional category at the Broadcast Education Association (BEA) Festival of Media Arts.
Gabi Caballero, a JEM senior, and Sara Corkern, a JEM junior, received top honors in the Free Range Video Contest with their documentaries. The videos tied for first place.
Caballero's entry titled "Effervescence: The art of dancing through the mask of a scuba diver" was guided by JEM Associate Professor Bob Legg.
Corkern's "Deweyeyes" profiled two recovering drug addicts who use music to aid in their recovery. The video was originally created in JEM 422 instructed by JEM Lecturer Melanie Faizer.
Placing third in the competition was another JEM 422 project. MC Suhocki and Molly Morgan were awarded for their Instragram-spoof titled "Instafail."
During the screening, the audience voted for the audience favorite documentary. Awards were also given to the top three videos chosen by a committee of student and faculty film and storytelling enthusiasts.
The annual Free Range Video Contest is sponsored by the Studio in the Hodges Library Commons. The contest was open to all UT students, faculty, and staff. Entrants were able to borrow cameras and get technical help in the Studio.
Maka Productions won best original song, best actor, and picture in the 54 FilmFest. Kate Brosmer, Anna Lewis, Keri Tibbals , AJ Hall, and Marvyl Cockrell entered their project for Dr. Legg's Advanced Video Production class.
The weekend-long contest requires teams to draw a genre out of a hat. Teams are then given a prop, a line of dialogue, and an action which must appear in the film. The elements this year were floss, "What they don't know won't hurt them", and the action 'flip'. Maka Productions chose the genre "romance." Additionally, teams are notified of a "curveball" element 24 hours after the start of the contest. The surprise element this year was to introduce a character named Bobby the Mechanic.