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WIU Broadcasting Students Capture National Awards

September 11, 2017

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MACOMB, IL – Western Illinois University broadcasting students and recent broadcasting graduates were honored Saturday after winning three Student Television Awards in the 2017 National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Mid-America Student Awards competition. The winners received a Crystal Pillar award at the 41st Mid-America EMMY gala in St. Louis, Mo. Saturday, Sept. 9

Broadcasting alumni Emily Manley, of Highland, IL; Megan Sanchez of Bettendorf, IA; and Dan White of La Grange Highlands, IL, won for outstanding newscast, for their work on the student-produced newscast, NEWS3 "Live at 4" from Nov. 17, 2016.  The 30-minute live production contained live reports from Canton, IL, one day after a major gas explosion downtown. Manley worked as the reporter in Canton, Sanchez served as producer and White directed the production.

Manley also won for outstanding general assignment reporting in serious news.

Sanchez won for outstanding general assignment reporting in light news. Additionally, videographer-editors Ryan Garity (2017) of Crystal Lake, IL, and junior broadcasting major Emily Kenney of Farmington, IL, are named in the award.

Broadcasting's News Director Jasmine Crighton was also recognized on stage at the award gala during the student ceremony.

In addition to the three awards for excellence, WIU broadcasting students also received four honorable mentions.

The purpose of the Mid-America Student Awards competition is to recognize outstanding student achievements in television production. Students compete in the Mid-America region which includes television markets primarily in Missouri, Arkansas and Illinois and surrounding DMAs.

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