Two student-produced Neumann University videos have been nominated for 2012 Student Achievement Awards by the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS). The Communication and Media Arts (CMA) senior seminar class at the university created both videos.
"Camden: The Forgotten City" is a finalist in the Public Affairs/Community Service category. The video was produced by Daniel Angelo of New Hope, PA, Amy Cockerill of Thornton, PA, and Casey Jones of Wilmington, DE. The eight-minute piece details the economic plight of Camden, New Jersey, and the efforts of Father Michael Doyle, pastor at Sacred Heart Church, to renew the Waterfront South section of the city.
"Neumann University: Uniquely Personal" is nominated in the General Assignment News category. It was created by Athena Thompson of Philadelphia, PA, Cortney Brooks of Blue Bell, PA, Katie Orr of Moorestown, NJ, Michelle Ferguson of Coatesville, PA, Crystal Bianchi of Drexel Hill, PA, and Megan Scott of Sea Cliff, NY. Featuring interviews with students and faculty members, the video investigates the meaning of the university’s marketing theme to members of the campus community.
There are six categories in the College Production section of the NATAS awards. The fourteen finalists include productions from Drexel University, Kutztown University, Moravian College, Neumann University, Penn State University, Shippensburg University, and Temple University. The mid-Atlantic region covers Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware and far eastern Ohio. NATAS does not release the total number of videos submitted for the awards.
Panels of professional judges rate the entries on content, creativity and execution. Winners will be announced on September 22 at the NATAS Mid-Atlantic Chapter Emmy Awards ceremony, held in Philadelphia.
The CMA senior seminar class was taught by Karen Thomas, a full-time faculty member at Neumann University and a meteorologist at WTXF (FOX 29) in Philadelphia.
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