Mass comm students recognized in national and regional contests

Five mass communication students at Oklahoma Christian University received top awards in national and regional competitions during the spring semester.

Clinton Corley won an honorable mention award in the video sports news category at the National Broadcasting Society’s Undergraduate Electronic Media Awards. The competition recognizes students for accomplishments in audio, video, film, scriptwriting, web development, as well as academic research and writing. The awards were announced at the NBS Convention in New York City. Corley’s news report was titled “The Lisa Chennoweth Story.” Corley is a senior from Topeka, Kan.

In addition, Lindsay Bingham won first place for narrative film in the Oklahoma Broadcast Educators Association Student Competition in April. OBEA hosts an annual student competition that draws more than 300 entries from public and private colleges across Oklahoma. Bingham’s film was titled “The Grey Room.” In addition, Bingham, a senior from Omaha, Neb., and Kori Hamman, a senior from Edmond, placed second in the television commercial category. Their commercial was titled “iPod GPS.”

Two mass communication students were also recognized for excellence in student public relations work. Leigh Ellen Mitchell, a senior from Garland, Texas, placed second in the PR Publications category of The Zenith Awards. Aaron Askew, a senior from Broken Arrow, placed second in the PR Writing category. The Zenith Awards are the only regional competition in Oklahoma, Texas and Kansas to recognize student work in public relations. There were only eight awards given in four categories in 2009.

“These students achieved a level of excellence in their work that requires serious dedication and focus,” said Larry Jurney, chair of the communication department. “Based on the skills they have developed, we are confident these students will be some of the most prepared and successful in their respective professions.”