Recent Student Accomplishments – January 2010

*~*~*~ A documentary produced in Diana Nicolae’s Spring ’09 Documentary Production course has been awarded a Cine Golden Eagle.  Because this award is both prestigious (past winners include Ken Burns and Steven Spielberg) and very competitive (over 1000 entries per year), the accomplishment is one that should make us very proud.   The winning documentary is Empty Room.  The film is about a family’s experience of drug addiction and loss.  Three Rowan students were part of the project – producer, Tara Acquesta; director, Patrick McKee; and editor, John Clements.  For more about the CINE awards, please visit http://cine.org/about-cine/about-us/index.php Congratulations to Tara, Patrick, John, Diana, and the entire RTF program!

*~*~*~ Our university paper, The Whit, won the  Online Pacemaker Award.  This is quite an honor, as you can see from the release quoted below.  Read more about the award at: http://www.studentpress.org/acp/winners/opm09.html. This represents yet another example of the fine caliber of work being done by our College of Communication students!

The ACP Release: The 2009 ACP Online Pacemaker contest yielded approximately 45 percent more entries than the previous year, affirming that college publications across the nation are rapidly adapting to the steadily evolving world of media. The 223 total entries were divided into the following categories: Four-Year Daily Newspaper, Four-Year Non-Daily Newspaper, Two-Year Newspaper and Non-newspaper sites, including Broadcast, Yearbook, Magazine and Online-only publications.
The contest was judged by Ellyn Angelotti, Interactivity Editor for the Poynter Institute, a leader in online journalism training and education. Angelotti noted that the top sites displayed excellence in the following areas: Integration of multimedia and user-generated content; Navigability; Breadth of coverage, including in-depth reporting; Custom, clean design; Sound news judgment on the home page.

*~*~*~The staff of Rowan Radio 89.7 WGLS-FM earned two awards from the Philadelphia College AIR (Achievement in Radio) Awards presented by the March of Dimes. E.J. Campbell was recognized for “Rowan Sports Minute” in the category Best College Sports Reporting. The segment focused on the death of Philadelphia Phillies Hall of Fame broadcaster Harry Kalas. He also won first place for Best College Radio Editorial for his report on the Phillies post-season. The students of WGLS have won 19 Philadelphia College AIR Awards since 2002.  Congrats to EJ and the station!