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Two WIU Broadcasting Students Awarded NATAS Scholarships

July 10, 2018

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MACOMB, IL -- Two Western Illinois University broadcasting students have been awarded scholarships by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS) Mid-America chapter.

Senior broadcasting majors Emily Kenney, of Farmington, IL, and Terrance Black, of Chicago, have been awarded the prestigious Walter Cronkite Scholarship.

Kenney is a broadcasting production major with a minor in music business. She works as the production manager for NEWS3, the student-produced newscast in the WIU Department of Broadcasting and Journalism, and is president of the Students of Illinois News Broadcasters Association, National Broadcasting Society and the Broadcasting Production Club. Last year, Kenney won a Crystal Pillar award from NATAS Mid-America in the general assignment reporting in light news category for her videography and editing work. Her ultimate goal is to become a videographer or editor for Discovery Channel.

Black is studying broadcasting production, with a minor in Spanish. He works as a news anchor and newscast director for NEWS3. He is also vice president of the National Broadcasting Society. Black says his ultimate goal is to become a director. He began directing and producing in high school, obtaining his first film internship in 2015, working on the set of a Spike Lee movie.

Walter Cronkite Scholarships are merit-based and are awarded to qualified high school seniors and college undergraduates in the NATAS Mid-America region pursuing a career in the media industry. Scholarships are awarded to students who demonstrate the potential to join the profession and contribute to its future. Four scholarships were awarded this year to college students in the NATAS Mid-America region, which includes Illinois from Champaign/Urbana, and south to Paducah KY, all of Missouri and Arkansas and Shreveport, LA.

Kenney and Black will be recognized during a ceremony at the 42nd Mid-America Emmy gala in Kansas City, MO, Sept. 22.

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