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CMU student-produced newscast receives top award

Newscast wins National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Michigan Chapter Student Production Award

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Central Michigan University’s News Central 34 recently received one of Michigan’s highest honors for a student-produced newscast.

CMU received a Student Production Award from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Michigan Chapter for its newscast from Nov. 15, 2013. CMU and Michigan State University both received awards in the newscast category, which recognizes outstanding achievement in a regularly scheduled newscast. The awards were presented at a ceremony at Detroit Public Television in Wixom on May 17.

“Winning the top award in the newscast category from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences is a significant honor,” broadcasting faculty and News Central 34 adviser Rick Sykes said. “This award is from the same organization that judges the work of industry professionals, which brings further recognition that our students are doing quality work.” 

News Central 34 newscasts have been entered into the NATAS college or university student production competition in the past but this was the first time CMU was nominated for a Student Production Award. Programs are judged by industry professionals on content, creativity and execution.

“I am so honored to be a part of the newscast that received the Student Production Award,” Rodney Harris, recent CMU graduate and producer at WXYZ-TV in Detroit, said. “CMU's broadcast and cinematic arts program really helped prepare me for my career.”

News Central 34 is a one-hour live nightly newscast serving three Michigan counties. It has the largest news coverage area of any regularly scheduled student-produced live nightly television news broadcast in the state of Michigan. The program offers students the chance to create original content such as a news magazine show, sports programming and episodic television.

“Hands-on learning and experience is the only way to feel prepared for the workplace, and that is exactly what News Central 34 offers,” CMU alumna and former News Central 34 executive producer Makenzie Walter said. “No matter what area you want to get into in the broadcast industry, there is a learning experience waiting for you at News Central.”

The Michigan Association of Broadcasters has named CMU’s Moore Hall Television College Television Station of the Year for an unprecedented 13 consecutive years.

According to its website, NATAS is a professional service organization dedicated to the advancement of the arts and sciences of television and related media and the promotion of creative leadership for artistic, educational and technical achievements within the television industry, best known for the coveted Emmy Award.

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