WPSU Penn State productions, reporters lauded with industry awards

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Five WPSU Penn State productions and a pair of WPSU-FM reporters were recently lauded with industry awards as a trio of media organizations announced their award recipients.

WPSU Penn State earned a total of 11 Telly and Communicator awards, both of which recognize outstanding video and film productions, while the Pennsylvania Associated Press Broadcasters Association (PAPBA) praised a pair of WPSU-FM reporters for their broadcast journalism efforts.

“The Phosphorous Paradox” (Diane Espy, producer and director; Gabriel Ibias, graphic artist and animator; Mark Stitzer, director of photography) led the station’s impressive haul with six honors. The video earned bronze awards in both the social responsibility, and education and online video categories, and a pair People’s Telly awards, which are voted on by the public, for use of animation (bronze) and online video (silver).

The video, which tells the story of the first element isolated and discovered by modern science, also earned silver Communicator awards for distinction in both the online video animation and online video science categories.

Produced as a training collaboration between WPSU Penn State and the FBI, “We Regret to Inform You” (James Espy, director; Kevin Conaway, producer; Mark Stitzer, director of photography) earned both a bronze Telly and silver People’s Telly in non-broadcast production.

The remaining bronze Telly recipients included producer Claire Gysegem and director of photography and editor Tyler Henderson (“Huck Institute” – educational category); producer Mindy McMahon, director and writer Kristian Berg and editor Coe Cullen (“Connected for Life” – institutional/corporate image); and producer and director Carley Greiner and editor Romeal Hogan (“Military Appreciation” – non-broadcast production – motivational).

On the radio side, the PAPBA recognized Keystone Crossroads reporter Kate Lao Shaffner and news director and producer Emily Reddy. Lao Shaffner, who recently won a Regional Edward R. Murrow Award, earned third place in the enterprise/individual reporting category for “Electric Bill Spikes – Was it Really Just that Cold?” Reddy placed second in features for “A Daughter Lost to Heroin: One Family’s Story.”

To learn more about WPSU Penn State, visit wpsu.org.

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Penn State Outreach and Online Education


Last Updated July 02, 2015