IWU newscast, TV productions win state awards

Indiana Wesleyan University’s student-produced “Spectrum News” won first place in the annual Indiana Association of School Broadcasters (IASB) College Radio/TV awards. “Spectrum News” was a weekly production of IWU’s television news class in fall 2013.

The newscast placed first, ahead of productions from Goshen College and the University of Indianapolis.

Students wrote, photographed, and edited original news stories from across campus throughout the last half of the semester and delivered the news live in studio once a week.

Overall, ten schools from across the state submitted more than 200 entries for the various IASB awards, including Ball State University, University of Southern Indiana, Huntington, and Taylor universities.

The awards continued for IWU students with a second place, non-news program for “The All-Nighter,” a late-night talk show produced in spring 2013.

IWU also won second place in the newsmagazine category for “Crossroads,” a WIWU-TV production with significant student contributions as segment and show producers.

“We know our students do great work all the time,” said Dr. Randall E. King, professor and director of broadcast media.

“It’s nice when others notice it too and they can see how their work compares with that of their peers,” King said.

The IWU Division of Communication and Theatre has approximately 121 students in five majors: convergent journalism, human communication studies, media communication, strategic communication, and theatre. The IWU student newspaper, The Sojourn, has also won both state and national awards for excellence in student journalism.