Loras College media studies students were honored with 14 top regional awards at the Midwest Journalism Conference and the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Upper Midwest Emmy Awards this past weekend in Minneapolis.
Each year, the Midwest Broadcast Journalists Association (MBJA) presents awards to the best work done by broadcast news operations and journalists working in small, medium and large markets, as well as college/university students in the six-state region (Minnesota, Wisconsin, the Dakotas, Iowa and Nebraska) in radio, television and online.
Loras students were awarded the following MBJA Eric Sevareid Awards:
- Best Documentary, Award of Excellence: The Witness – Grace Henrich, Alexis Riesberg
- Best Documentary, Award of Merit: El Principe Azul – Matt Williams, Juan Luna Munoz
- Best Investigative Reporting, Award of Merit: Addressing Campus Safety – Marion Edwards
- Best Sports Play by Play: Loras Football – Hugh Molony, EJ Greenberg, Khiry Montgomery
- Best Talk/Public Affairs: Creator’s Corner – Hope Ehling, Marion Edwards, Alexis Riesberg, Josh Payan, Grace Henrich
The NATAS Upper Midwest Emmy® Chapter/Foundation Student Production Awards was held in conjunction with the MBJA conference. Loras students received nine Crystal Pillars awards and garnered a record 17 nominations – more than any other college or university in the region.
The following students received top honors:
- Best Newscast: LCTV News – Asia Singleton, Hope Ehling, Michael Runde, Ben Friedman
- Best Sportscast: SportsZONE – Nate Kaiser, Morgan Minear, CJ Ponton
- Best Magazine Program: Creator’s Corner – Hope Ehling, Marion Edwards, Alexis Riesberg, Josh Payan, Grace Henrich
- Best Documentary, Long Form: One Stolen Moment – Michael Runde, Ben Friedman, Pat Hunt, Ben Burkholder
- Best Documentary, Short Form: La Violencia Gereralizada – Laura Cifuentes Almanza
- Best Director: Kenosha: The Shooting of Jacob Blake – Jon Quinn
- Best Photography: The Edge – Colton Bachar, Jon Quinn, Michael Runde, Amber Krieg, Kate Kaiser, Asia Singleton, Nora Carr, Ellie Schill, Dana Majercyzk
- Best Music Video: Heaven’s Ranch – Nate Kaiser, Morgan Minear
- Best Arts & Entertainment: Come to the Throne – Morgan Minear, Jon Quinn, Nate Kaiser, Ben Yeiser
The Upper Midwest Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS) is a membership organization dedicated to excellence in television by honoring exceptional work, past and present; providing professional development and outreach; and nurturing the next generation of television professionals.