MACOMB – Students in the Western Illinois University Department of Broadcasting/Journalism were recently in New York City for the Intercollegiate Broadcasting System’s (IBS) convention to receive their awards for eight categories.
During the 80th convention for IBS, the News Director/Advisor Emily Manley traveled with three students to the Big Apple for workshops and accepted their awards. The department was notified back in February that WIU was nominated for two radio play-by-play categories, two video news reports, the best website, best talk program, sports video play-by-play and best newscast.
Being nominated means the students were in the top five of each category, across the nation. Alumnus Michael Dion and senior Broadcasting and Journalism student Marcellus Angel both won first place for their submissions. Angel, of Rock Island, IL, was nominated for three total awards, but took home first place for his news report, "The Little Things." Angel will graduate in May and plans to use his experience and degree to work on television and film productions for major networks and studios.
Dion was nominated for two radio sports play-by-play categories. He was the winner for his call during the WIU football game against Illinois State. Dion’s other nomination was for a call during the WIU volleyball game. Dion graduated in December and hopes to pursue a job on the radio.
This year’s WIU nominations at the IBS conference include:
• Best Video News Report – Devin Brooks, junior broadcasting major, of St. Louis, MO.
• Best Website – Brooks and Alumna Emily Stieren
• Best Newscast – Brooks and Alumnus Terrance Black and Emily Kenney
• Best Talk Program – Brooks; Angel; Zac Lueder, freshman broadcasting major, of Chicago Heights, IL; Kelly Brown, freshman broadcasting major of Rolla, MO.
• Best Sports Video Play-by-Play – MaKenzie Yearby, senior broadcasting major of Kansas City, MO; Brendan Reidy, junior broadcasting major from Chicago, IL; and Michael Harms, junior broadcasting student of Colorado Springs, CO.
• Best Radio Sports Play-by-Play (other) – Dion
For more about the WIU Department of Broadcasting and Journalism, visit wiu.edu/bcj.