Feb. 25, 2016

Buena Vista University's student media organizations took home several awards and other honors at the 2016 Iowa College Media Association (ICMA) conference held February in Des Moines.

Overall, students in BVU's campus media organizations – KBVU, the University Cable Network (UCN) and The Tack Online – took home 33 awards in numerous categories, including two overall awards. The ICMA contest is judged solely by professionals in the field, with the New York Press Association judging the 2015 submissions.

"Any state or national competition inspires our students to work hard and produce great work. The ICMA contest regularly challenges our students to think about what they are producing on a broader scale," said Dr. Andrea Frantz, associate professor of digital media. "I think the fact that our students came home with more awards than last year is a testament to their dedication to craft, and we're very proud of them."

In the overall awards, The Tack Online received the Multimedia Organization of the Year Award from the ICMA for the fourth year in a row, and KBVU won the First Amendment Award.

The other award honors that BVU media organizations and students received include:

News Media

Best Multimedia Slideshow

  • First place – The Tack Online, "Campus Trick or Treating Creates Memorable Experiences" (Justice Kempf, a senior digital media, graphic design and visual communication major from Storm Lake)

Best News Story

  • First place – The Tack Online, "BVU Among Those Sold Unusable Travel Vouchers By Omaha Company" (Samantha Hirschman, a junior corporate communication major from Cherokee; Kiley Wellendorf, a junior digital media major from Carroll and Madeleine McCormick, a sophomore digital media major from Huxley)

Best Investigative News Story

  • Honorable mention – The Tack Online, "Breaking Stereotypes" (Courtney Van Haaften, Class of 2015; Skyler Gorsett, a junior digital media major from Sioux City and Hannah Zimmerman, Class of 2015)

Best Profile Story

  • Honorable mention – The Tack Online, "Boston to Attend the London Academy of Theatre and Dramatic Arts" (Madeleine McCormick)

Best Sports Story

  • Honorable Mention – The Tack Online, "Beavers Win Over Warriors in Final Seconds" (Tanner Hoops, a sophomore digital media and communication studies major from Storm Lake)

Best Feature Story

  • Second place – The Tack Online, "Weekend Journeys: Spencer, IA" (Meredith Van Zuiden, a sophomore corporate communication major from Carroll and Brittany Poeppe, a junior digital media, graphic design and visual communication major from Graettinger)
  • Honorable mention – The Tack Online, "Take Notes: Professors Spill on Student Do's and Don'ts" (Deidree Friesen, a sophomore digital media major from Storm Lake)

Best Blog

  • First place – The Tack Online, "Deering's Dorm Décor" (Kylee Deering, a freshman business and biology major from Adel)
  • Third place – The Tack Online, "Lesa's Fitness Blog" (Lesa Turnquist, Class of 2015)
  • Honorable Mention – The Tack Online, "P Geezy Alley" (Paul Gallagher, a junior business education major from Moville)

Best Opinion/Editorial Leadership

  • First place – The Tack Online, "The Tack Online Opinion Section" (staff of The Tack Online)

Best Online Design

  • First place – The Tack Online, "Campus Mourns Loss of 2015 Alum Brett Heitkamp" (Stephanie Steiner, a senior corporate communication major from Clarion)
  • Second place – The Tack Online, "Mary's Fashion Blog: Winter to Spring" (Justice Kempf, and Krystal Schulte, Class of 2015)
  • Third place – The Tack Online, "Kiley's Playlist" (Justice Kempf, Krystal Schulte)
  • Honorable mention – The Tack Online, "Buenafication Day 2015" (Aaron Burns, Class of 2015)

Best Online Edition

  • Honorable mention - The Tack Online

Best Online Video

  • First place – The Tack Online, "Unite Iowa: My Immigration Story" (Juwan Ocegueda, a senior digital media major from Storm Lake)

Best Use of Social Media

  • Third Place – The Tack Online, "The Tack Online – Social Media" (Kiley Wellendorf, a junior digital media major from Carroll; Stephanie Steiner and Emily Leighton, a junior business major from Crescent)

Radio

Radio Feature Package

  • Second place – KBVU, "Nate Ruess, Next Gen Climate, Reverb and Iowa" (Chase Harrison, a music production and technology major from Ankeny; Chelsey Goetz, a senior digital media major from Lakota and Zachary Schmidt, a senior digital media major from Northwood)

Best Sports Program

  • First place – KBVU, "KBVU Sports on the Edge 9/10/2015" (Tanner Hoops)
  • Third place – KBVU, "KBVU Sports on the Edge 9/17/2015" (Tanner Hoops)

Best Sports Broadcast

  • Honorable mention – "BVU Baseball v. Simpson" (Tanner Hoops)

Best Newscast

  • First place – KBVU, "Did You Know News 11/06/2014" (Madeleine McCormick)
  • Second place – KBVU, "Did You Know News 11/20/2014" (Madeleine McCormick)
  • Third place – KBVU, "Did You Know News 12/04/2014" (Madeleine McCormick and Tanner Hoops)

Best News Programming

  • Third place – KBVU, "Special Report: Earthquake in Nepal" (Madeleine McCormick and Scott Locati, Class of 2015)

Best Air Personality

  • First place – KBVU, "K-Pop School with DJ Susie" (Susan Haack, a junior digital media major from Le Mars)

Television

Best Entertainment Storytelling Package

  • Honorable mention – UCN, "Gnarly Charlie's" (Morgan McGrew, a junior corporate communication major from Ankeny; Gibson Berns, a sophomore digital media major from Garnavillo and Chelsea Gubbels, Class of 2015)

Best Variety – Music and Comedy Program

  • Second place – UCN, "'Throwback Triviathon'" 2015" (2015 Advance Digital Video)
  • Honorable mention – UCN, "Randomonium Show Episode 19 Doctor Who and Ekene" (Zachary Schmidt and Chelsey Goetz)

Best Experimental Video

  • Second place – UCN, "I'm So Disney Lyric Video" (Cassie Forsyth, Class of 2015)