BOONE—Four audio documentaries by Appalachian State University senior communication/electronic media broadcasting majors have received top honors from the Broadcast Education Association. The students and their work will be recognized at the BEA Festival of Media Arts April 7-10 in Las Vegas.
Senior Jessica E. Paratore received the Best of Festival Award for “Clogging: History of an Appalachian Dance Form.” (http://mediashowcase.appstate.edu/playlists/audio/118)
Christian Taylor received first place in the Educational Program (Documentary) category for “Love Rain Down: The Evolution of Black Gospel Music.” (http://mediashowcase.appstate.edu/playlists/audio/119).
Also winning awards in the Educational Program (Documentary) category are Paul K. Shaver, who received second-place honors for “Unfit To Breed: The Eugenics Program of North Carolina” (http://mediashowcase.appstate.edu/playlists/audio/120) and Grant T. Elder, whose project titled “New World Tradition: The Story of the Appalachian Ballad” received a third place award. (http://mediashowcase.appstate.edu/playlists/audio/121).
The award-winning projects were created in an audio production class taught by Steve Smith, a lecturer in the Department of Communication.
The BEA Festival of Media Arts is an international exhibition of award-wining student works chosen in the following competitions: audio, documentary, interactive multimedia, two-year/small colleges, news, scriptwriting, sports and video.