Southeast Alumna Wins Emmy Award for Work on ESPN’s ‘College GameDay’


imageCAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., June 4, 2014 – Southeast Missouri State University alumna Starlyn Schwartz of Pensacola, Fla., has earned a coveted and prestigious Emmy Award for her work as associate producer and editor on ESPN’s show “College GameDay.”

Schwartz contributed to the award-winning show by editing its breakdown tapes, which are video in which the analyst reviews play. She was responsible for inserting rings, arrows, text, lights, effects, etc., to help the analyst get his or her point across.

“I love editing. I love telling a story using video, music, graphics and text. The process of creating something that gives an emotion to the audience is always my goal. I also love sports,” Schwartz said.

Although she did not attend the Emmy Awards, presented in May, she’ll receive her statue in the fall, and “lots of pictures will be taken,” she said.

While at Southeast, Schwartz was a member of the Southeast gymnastics team for four years and served as captain during her senior year. She helped lead the team to two NCAA Regional qualifying appearances, finished top 30 in the nation in 2008, and her academic record helped contribute to two consecutive National Academic champion awards.

“My gymnastics experience has not only taught me how to be disciplined and dedicated, but has also made me a more motivated and passionate person,” Schwartz said.

She applies the lessons she learned at Southeast to her work as editor.

“I edit everything, and I mean everything, you see across all ESPN networks – highlights, montages, features, promotional video, etc. At times, it’s stressful because it’s live television and most everything I work on airs within the hour. Sometimes it comes down to minutes and even seconds. But after four years of experience, nothing really seems stressful anymore; it’s the norm. It’s exciting to know that millions of people are watching my work every day. It’s also pretty exciting to see famous actors and athletes in the hallways,” Schwartz said.

As lead editor, she enjoys not “only being able to edit big sporting events, but also knowing my craft enough to teach and help others,” Schwartz said.

She said the most memorable pieces she’s edited so far are Monday night football games, the NBA playoffs and finals, the World Series, the Super Bowl, and the Australian, French and U.S. Open tennis championships.

In addition to her Emmy, she has won three Visionary Awards, an award given by ESPN to its employees.

She is preparing to move to Charlotte, N.C., to work as lead editor of SEC Network, an ESPN-affiliate.

Schwartz graduated with a Bachelor of Science in mass communication, video production option, and a minor in graphic communication technology from Southeast.

“I wanted a job that allowed me to be part of the sports world and also continue editing. ESPN was always my number one choice,” she said.

“My advice to students is whatever you decide to do, even if you change your mind 10 times, never stop trying to be good at it. Find something you’re good at or will become good at and continue to learn and better yourself,” Schwartz said.