BVU students and faculty at the 2018 ICMA conference in Des Moines

BVU students and faculty at the 2018 ICMA conference in Des Moines

Feb. 27, 2018

Buena Vista University's (BVU) student media organizations took home several awards at the 2018 Iowa College Media Association (ICMA) conference held earlier this month in Des Moines.

“It’s always gratifying to have the excellent media work BVU students are doing acknowledged through these kinds of recognitions, but one of the best parts of our ICMA participation is the chance for students to network with Iowa media professionals and other Iowa media students.”

Jamii Claiborne

Overall, students in BVU’s campus media organizations – KBVU, the University Cable Network (UCN) and The Tack Online – received 30 awards in numerous categories and were the proud recipients of the coveted ICMA First Amendment Award. BVU digital media students also took home more sports broadcasting awards than any other university.

“It’s always gratifying to have the excellent media work BVU students are doing acknowledged through these kinds of recognitions, but one of the best parts of our ICMA participation is the chance for students to network with Iowa media professionals and other Iowa media students,” said Jamii Claiborne, associate professor of digital media at BVU. “They come back energized by new ideas and new connections. Plus, they are able to experience a professional conference atmosphere and grow their professional skills.”

The award honors that BVU media organizations and students received include:

News Media

Best Feature Photo

  • First place – The Tack Online, “Homecoming Meltdown” (Emily Kenny, a senior psychology and digital media double major from Schaller)

Best Multimedia Slideshow

  • First place – The Tack Online, “Not a Disability but a Disorder: Autism” (Tiffany Brauckman, Class of 2017; Soulinda Somvong, Class of 2017; and Katelyn Bohaty, a senior theatre and digital media double major from Wahoo, Neb.)
  • Second place – The Tack Online, “A Friendly Face to Fearful Hearts” (Dee Friesen, a senior digital media major from Storm Lake)
  • Third place – The Tack Online, “A Wrestler's Story: Shane Vaughan” (Allyssa Ertz, a junior digital media major from Denison)

Best News Story

  • Second place – The Tack Online, “BVU Football Players and Students Plan to Take a Knee During National Anthem” (Kylee Deering, a senior corporate communications major from Adel)

Best Profile Story

  • Second place – The Tack Online, “Visually Impaired Artist from Texas Comes to BVU to Paint” (Allyssa Ertz and Kylee Deering)

Best Sports Feature

  • Third place – The Tack Online, “BVU Alum and Former Professor Sets American Ironman Record” (Ella Wiebusch, a junior digital media major from Saint Peter, Minn.)

Best Opinion Writing

  • Second place – The Tack Online, “Religion: The Word that Is Never Spoken;” “Anxiety and Depression: The Stories You Don’t Know;” “Climate Change Affects Us All” (Olivia Wieseler, a junior digital media and English double major from Saint Helena, Neb.)
  • Honorable mention – The Tack Online, “Legalizing a Drug that Could Help Millions;” “Independently United;” “Hangry, Man Bun, Friendiversary: Are These Words the Result of a Failing Language?” (Aubrey Anderson, a junior communications studies major from Worthington, Minn.)

Best Review

  • Honorable mention – The Tack Online, “Movie Review: IT Delivers a Clown that Terrifies, Kids that Entertain” (Sarah Nicholson, a senior digital media major from Jefferson)

Best Online Design

  • Honorable mention – The Tack Online, “S.A.V.E. T-shirts on Campus Spark Conversation” (Dee Friesen)

Best Online Edition

  • Third place – The Tack Online, “The Tack” (Dee Friesen; and Madeleine McCormick, a senior digital media major from Huxley)

Best Infographic

  • Honorable mention – The Tack Online, “First Amendment Week Graphic” (Justice Gage, Class of 2016)

Best Online Video

  • Second place – The Tack Online, “Buenafication Day 2017: Goodwill Clean Up” (Olivia Wieseler)
  • Third place – The Tack Online, “Tack Asks: Do You Remember the Beach Boys?” (Morgan McGrew, a digital media major from Ankeny)

Best Use of Social Media

  • Third place – The Tack Online, “The Tack ONLINE - Social Media Sites” (Megan Snyder, a senior strategic public relations major from Lehigh)

Television

Best Newscast

  • Honorable mention – UCN, “BVTV News (10/11/17)” (staff of UCN)

Best News – Public Affairs and Sports Storytelling Package

  • Third place – UCN, “More Than Just a Coach: BVU Women’s Basketball” (Chris Habermann, Class of 2017)

Best Entertaining Storytelling Package

  • Second place – UCN, “The Homecoming Court” (Morgan McGrew)
  • Honorable mention – UCN, “Driving With The Presidents” (staff of UCN)

Best Sportscasting

  • Second Place – UCN, “BVTV Sports Football: BVU vs Central” (Morgan McGrew)

Radio

Best Air Personality

  • Second place – KBVU, “BVU Breakfast Club with Kyle” (Kyle Wiebers, a senior psychology major from Holstein)

Best Promo

  • Honorable mention – KBVU, “Brain Food Promo” (Tyler Brunner, a junior digital media major from Arcadia)

Best PSA

  • Honorable mention – KBVU, “Autism Stereotypes PSA” (Kyle Wiebers)

Best Sports Broadcast

  • First place – KBVU, “BVU v. Central Volleyball” (Tanner Hoops, a senior digital media major from Storm Lake; and Nick Henrichs, a first year digital media major from Omaha, Neb.)
  • Honorable mention – KBVU, “Buena Vista University v. Coe Soccer” (Guy Tannenbaum, a first year digital media major from Las Vegas; and Tanner Hoops)

Best Sports Program

  • Second place – KBVU, “Friday Night Hoops, Bandstra & More” (Andrew Bandstra, a senior digital media major from Des Moines; and Tanner Hoops)

Radio Feature Package

  • Second place – KBVU, “Silenced” (Tyler Brunner and Olivia Wieseler)

Long-form Radio Package

  • Second place – KBVU, “Welcome Home: An exploration of Veteran's Affairs” (Tiffany Brauckman and Katelyn Bohaty)
  • Honorable mention – KBVU, “Fear and Paranoia in America” (Andrew Bandstra; and Cooper Maahs, a junior digital media major from Johnston)

Digital Media at BVU

Digital media students are prepared to become professional multimedia storytellers.