Students win SCBS awards

Students win SCBS awards

Thursday, October 12, 2017 - 10:45am
Nate Muhlbach and Jeremy Davis
Nate Muhlbach, left, and Jeremy Davis with their awards at the South Central Broadcasting Society conference in Texas.
News station visit
Jeremy Davis, fourth from left, and Nate Muhlbach visit a news station during the South Central Broadcasting Society conference in Texas.

by Alli Inglebright

Three students from the College of Journalism and Mass Communications won grand prizes at the South Central Broadcasting Society award ceremony last week in Texas. The SCBS is a chapter of the National Broadcasting Society.

Jeremy Davis, junior, won the audio news feature category for his story “UNL Faculty Jazz Feature.” Kellan Heavican and Jack Housenga, seniors, won the audio public affairs show category for their show “In the Huddle.” Bailey Hurley, senior, won the video news feature category for her story “Inmate Talks.”

“Entering this competition helps students see the work of others at other universities, and it confirms just how great and professional the work is from our broadcasting students,” said Professor Laurie Lee, broadcasting professor and adviser for the UNL National Broadcasting Society. “These wins are a nice addition to their growing portfolios.”

Jeremy Davis and fellow CoJMC student Nate Muhlbach attended the awards ceremony and conference at West Texas A&M. During the conference, they toured two commercial television stations and a radio station group. The conference featured keynote speaker Michael Lange, director of the TV shows “Bones, “Criminal Minds” and “X-Files.”

CoJMC students also received nine finalist awards:

  • Jeremy Davis - Audio Radio DJ Talent, “Rebel Radio Show”
  • Kellan Heavican - Audio Informational or Entertainment Shorts, “Bob Diaco Profile”
  • Kellan Heavican, Nate Muhlbach, Jeremy Davis and the UNL NBS News Team - Audio Radio Newscast, “UNL Newscast”
  • Jack Housenga - Video Sports Package, “Michael Rose-Ivey”
  • Nate Muhlbach - Audio Hard News, “Michael Rose-Ivey Kneels”
  • Zach Penrice - Audio Informational or Entertainment Shorts, “Nebraska vs. Maryland – Senior Day”
  • Zach Penrice - Audio Sports Play-by-Play, “Nebraska vs. Creighton”
  • Zach Penrice - Video Hard News/Spot News, “Sex Trafficking in Nebraska,”
  • Star City News team - Video News Program, “2016 Presidential Election Coverage”

“We were thrilled to have so many finalists and to receive the grand prize in several categories that were very competitive,” Lee said.

The SCBS started in 2011 as a cooperative of schools in Arkansas, Kansas, Louisiana, Missouri, Oklahoma, Texas and surrounding states. The society supports a regional competition and conference each year and consists of 26 universities.