The IUP Sports Production was nominated for the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences award.

Seventeen communications media students have exciting news to share with future employers and with the university: a regional award nomination.

The IUP Communications Media department is one of the top programs in the state that provides hands-on experience that prepares students for the job world.

It is no surprise that a group of students is nominated for this award.

The nomination comes from the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS). The Mid-Atlantic Region accounts for Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware.

This is the first time IUP students have been nominated for one of these awards.

IUP was nominated for the College Production Award for live sports broadcasting.

In order to have an opportunity to film the sports games, students must take communication media 360- digital sports production which is taught by Chair of the Communications Media Department Dr. Gail Wilson. The live production nominated is the Coal Bowl where the Crimson Hawks defeated the California University of Pennsylvania Vulcans on Oct. 5.

“The students said, from the start of the semester, they wanted to win production awards,” Wilson said reflecting on the student’s commitment.

“Being nominated for this award is an honor and demonstrates how hard these students worked to reach their goal.” (iup.edu)

Because the class is an in-the-field course, it is unable to be offered this semester due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

While taking this class, students learn typical sports production jobs: audio, camera operators, color commentary, directing, graphics, play-by-play commentary, producing, replay operator, and sideline reporting.

Wilson teaches the course, Chris Barber is the broadcast engineer and communications major Sean Seaman (junior), directed the crew.

IUP-TV has been covering sports production for almost 20 years. At first, the productions were done on by student volunteers but in 2007, the communications media department created a course for students to be formally trained. Now, their productions can be viewed via live stream and the PSAC Network.

Fomer IUP sports production students have been employed with companies such as, ESPN, AT&T SportsNet, and Altoona Curve. Before the jobs offers, the students have interned with teams in the MLB, NFL and NHL.

The Student nominees enrolled the class or who volunteered to work on the production include: Braeden Appleman, Mackenzie Aucker, India Bey, Tristen Borland, Jordan Brasin, Colton Brooks, Tyler Como, Katie Dotts, Jackie Gillis, Elliot Hicks, Johnny LaVan (volunteer), Vania Mason, Josh Nixon, Josh Rupeka, Sean Seaman, Jake Slebodnick (volunteer) and Kaylee Wenderoth.

A crystal pillar is awarded to the school for each winning entry.

The chapter received 71 entries in seven categories for the College Production Awards, of which 33 received nominations. We are very proud of these students. For more information, please check out this link:


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