Students Win Missouri Broadcast Educators Association Awards


2013_LA_Comm_TV FilmCAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., April 28, 2014 – Southeast Missouri State University Department of Mass Media students received eight awards in five categories in the 2014 Missouri Broadcast Educators Association (MBEA) competition presented April 6-9 in Las Vegas.

In addition, four students received honorable mentions in three categories.

“The recognition that students receive from the MBEA awards is validation to the commitment that our accredited program has to media excellence,” said Dr. Jim Dufek, Southeast professor of mass media. “There are only two accredited programs in the state of Missouri – the University of Missouri and Southeast, and when our students are recognized, it supports the efforts of all the faculty in the Department of Mass Media and the entire University.”

The Missouri Broadcast Educators Association is made-up of public and private college and university media professors from around the state.  The MBEA works with the Missouri Broadcasters Association (MBA) to recognize students at participating institutions for their media work — audio, radio, film, video, graphic arts and animations, Dufek said.

In the “Air Check” category, Kirsten Trambley of Vienna, Ill., won and Alex LeFevre of Anna, Ill., received honorable mention. In the “Audio Commercial” category, J.C. Reeves of Chaffee, Mo., and Steven Amrhein of O’Fallon, Mo., won first place for their piece “Gildden,” and Whitney Law of De Soto, Mo., and Samantha Powers of St. Peters, Mo., earned honorable mention.

“This award is something that sits on top of my resume. I knew that I was ready to tackle commercials when getting my degree, but now I have the confidence and proof that I am capable of producing quality work. I am really proud of the accomplishment that Southeast Missouri State University has presented me. I wasn’t even the one to enter the piece – that was at the hands of the very deserving Department of Mass Media staff,” said Amrhein, who is pursuing a Bachelor of Science in mass communication with an emphasis in advertising and a minor in marketing.

He came up with the idea based on an advertising project he’d already been working on and Reeves wrote the script.

“I was pretty excited to find out I won. I honestly didn’t expect it,” Reeves, who is pursuing a Bachelor of Science in multimedia journalism, said. “It’s something that will look good on my resume if I decide to apply for jobs in broadcast.” After he graduates, he wants to get a job in the journalism industry and move from the area.

In the category of “Script – Dramatic,” Joshua Weston of Poplar Bluff, Mo., won first place for his script “Run Away.” Weston plans to continue to write poetry and fiction after he graduates. He was pleased to win. Not realizing he’d been entered until he heard he had won, Weston said, “There was a moment of ‘oh’ and another of ‘hmm.’ The script went through four or five revisions. Some revisions were made in Fred Jones’ screenwriting class and even more in Daniel Crocker’s creative writing class,” Weston said.

In the “Short Film” category, “Putting Out the Fire with Gasoline” took first place. Noah Canavan of Quincy, Ill., directed the film. Photography and editing was done by Kyle Morr of St. Charles, Mo., with acting by Natalee Damron of St. Peters, Mo., and Jacob Buckenmyer of Cape Girardeau.

In the Special Programs category, the film “MoMom” by director Jenny Martinez of Hillsboro, Mo., won first place, and Hongzhe Dai of China received honorable mention for “Yellowstone.”

“The judges for the MBEA are professionals within the Missouri Broadcasters Association, so their expectations are high, and they demand a quality product,” Dufek said. “We have been fortunate to be recognized for several years in the audio and video categories. It’s always rewarding to see our students recognized for their efforts and especially when it comes from within the state as we are sometimes competing against much bigger programs that have more faculty and more equipment.”