Campus Media Places First in National Competition

Campus Media Places First in National Competition

Campus Media Places First in National Competition

Campus Media Places First in National Competition
The student staff of The Tack.

Buena Vista University student newspaper, The Tack, placed first in the nation for online news website overall excellence in the annual Society for Collegiate Journalists (SCJ) national media contest.

The SCJ national media contest entries are judged by professionals in the industry, and the judge for the online news website overall excellence category was Lamar Salter, Associate Multimedia Editor at TODAY.com/NBC News Digital in New York. In his comments about why he awarded The Tack first place in the category, he noted, "The Tack is in the right mindset for web content and news service, with an excellent website that makes use of awesome multimedia teases and previews."

Shauna McKnight, a senior digital media major from Sioux City and editor of The Tack, received two first place awards, one in the radio feature package category for her broadcast of "Dr. Wind Goodfriend has Moxie" and another in the multistory journalism category for her articles "Students Illegal Downloading Prompts Network Cleanup" and "Copyright Cleanup Begins on Campus" which appeared in The Tack.

"It's really an honor to receive national recognition. I've never entered my work into a national contest before, so winning first place in two categories was definitely a surprise," said McKnight. "Plus, it's a great opportunity for me to show employers that, not only do I have skills in these areas, but that I'm being recognized for the quality of those skills."

Dr. Andrea Frantz, associate professor of digital media at BVU and incoming executive board president of the Society for Collegiate Journalists, chartered BVU's SCJ chapter in the fall of 2012 and believes SCJ recognizes schools that work across multiple platforms.

"Our strong showing at the SCJ contest demonstrates that our students are on the leading edge nationally for digital storytelling," said Frantz. "My BVU digital media colleagues do an incredible job mentoring through the student media outlets The Tack, KBVU, and UCN Studios, and collaboration within the department shows students how to apply basic storytelling principles across visual, digital and interactive mediums."

This is the second year BVU has competed in the SCJ national media contest. The BVU entries that won 2013-14 Society for Collegiate Journalists awards include:

First Place

  • Online News Website Overall Excellence – The Tack
  • Multimedia News Story – "Photography Students Tell Powerful Stories of BVU Family Treatment Court Participants", created for The Tack by Aaron Burns, a senior graphic design and visual communication and digital media major from Essex; Grace Bodey, a senior graphic design and visual communication and digital media major from Storm Lake; and Scott Locati, a digital media major from Omaha, Neb.
  • Photo Slideshow – "Photography Students Capture High School Music Program", created by Chelsey Goetz, a junior digital media major from Lakota and Zachary Schmidt, a junior theatre and digital media major from Northwood
  • Multi-story Journalism – "Students Illegal Downloading Prompts Network Cleanup" and "Copyright Cleanup Begins on Campus", created for The Tack by Shauna McKnight
  • Radio Feature Package – "Dr. Wind Goodfriend has Moxie", created for KBVU by Shauna McKnight

Second Place

  • Multimedia News Story – "Tibetan Monks Visit Campus", created for The Tack by Shauna McKnight
  • Multimedia Feature Story – "Felton Gets Creative with Carving", created for The Tack by Tyson-Jay Domingo, a junior digital media major from Waipahu, Hawaii
  • Radio Feature Package – "Dr. Paula Keeler Retires", created for KBVU by Chelsey Goetz

Third Place

  • Online Broadcast Overall Excellence – KBVU/UCN Studios/The Tack

Honorable Mention

  • Radio Feature Package – "100th Anniversary of Buenafication Day", created by Scott Locati, Anne Reiva, a senior history major from Sioux City and Miranda Klingenberg, a senior media studies major from Armstrong