Kerr and Penrice place third in BEA Festival of Media Arts

Kerr and Penrice place third in BEA Festival of Media Arts

Wednesday, February 15, 2017 - 11:15am
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The Broadcast Education Association Festival of Media Arts is a competitive festival open to BEA faculty and student members.

by Savanah Baker

Senior Mekenzie Kerr and sophomore Zachary Penrice, University of Nebraska–Lincoln College of Journalism and Mass Communications students, both placed third in the Broadcast Education Association Festival of Media Arts.

Kerr, a journalism student, placed in the Student Interactive Multimedia Competition with a project titled “Living with dementia: Nebraska plan may provide support”, while Penrice, a journalism and broadcasting student, placed in the Radio Sports Story/Feature/News Category competition with his project titled “Husker Football Players National Anthem Protest.”

Kerr’s multimedia project was created during her enrollment in JOUR 304, Multimedia Journalism.

She said, “I am over the moon to have placed in the BEA Festival of Media Arts competition. I wasn't anticipating the multimedia project going anywhere outside of my journalism course, so I was flattered it was even entered.”

Penrice’s project was made in BRDC 370, Broadcast News Writing.

He said, “I am thrilled to receive this award. To know that all the time and effort I poured into something paid off is something that is really rewarding.” 

The BEA Festival of Media Arts had more than 1,500 U.S. and international entries in 15 categories. According to their website, The Broadcast Education Association Festival of Media Arts is a competitive festival open to BEA faculty and student members. Competitions are held for faculty and students, and range from dramatic narratives, through non-fiction documentary and news to interactive multimedia.

Kerr said not only is she honored to win the award, but also she’s excited for what the award says about herself and CoJMC.

“(T)his award is quite the honor as it is a display of my passion for older adults, an in-depth learning experience (I came into the class with amateur skills in videography, photography, multimedia, etc.) and the dedication of the CoJMC professors here at UNL who are willing to take the time to help students,” she said. “I am truly honored to have been recognized in the BEA festival.”