Three WPSU productions honored with Telly Awards

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – Penn State Public Media recently added four awards to its repertoire. "For the Next Watershed, A Conewago Creek Story," "Stay SAFE" and "Clery Act Training" were honored at the 35th annual Telly Awards, which recognizes outstanding regional television and cable programs, and nonbroadcast video and film productions.

"For the Next Watershed, A Conewago Creek Story" received two Bronze Telly Awards, one in the education category and one in the green/eco-friendly category. The video was produced as part of the Conewago Creek Initiative, a partnership of over 30 organizations to increase watershed engagement in south-central Pennsylvania. Penn State Public Media released several videos documenting the work of the Initiative.

Diane Espy was the director and producer of "A Conewago Creek Story." Mark Stitzer was director of photography and Jeff Preston was editor.

“The Telly Awards represent a high level of dedication and creative work that has been contributed by many people,” said Espy. “The recognition in excellence also acknowledges the efforts by the Conewago community as a whole, whose work has been truly meaningful.”

"Stay SAFE" won a Bronze Telly Award in the safety category. The video is part of the "Active Shooter" training program provided to Penn State faculty, staff and students across Pennsylvania. The program offers the most up-to-date tactics on surviving an armed attack and is facilitated through in-person and online training sessions.

“Receiving this award is great recognition for the mission of the program, the training it provides and for Penn State Public Media. I am honored to be a part of such a great cause and helping to educate people on this topic,” said James Espy, director and co-producer.

Kevin Conaway and Claire Gysegem also served as producers on "Active Shooter." Mark Stitzer was director of photography and editor.

"Clery Act Training," a set of educational videos, received a Bronze Telly Award in the Internet/online video training category. The online training, which is required for all Campus Security Authorities (CSA) at Penn State, covers the history of the Clery Act, its requirements, the responsibilities of a CSA and best practices.

“Our goal for these videos was to find a compelling way to tell the story behind the Clery Act and communicate the important role CSAs play in campus safety,” said Lindsey Whissel, director and producer of the training videos.

Joe Mayo served as the videographer and editor alongside Whissel on this project.

The annual Telly Awards receives thousands of entries from all 50 states.

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Last Updated May 28, 2014