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BEA Announces the 2017 "Best of Festival" King Foundation Awards and BEA Festival of Media Arts Award Winners
[February 13, 2017]

BEA Announces the 2017 "Best of Festival" King Foundation Awards and BEA Festival of Media Arts Award Winners

Seventeen faculty and student works have been chosen to receive the BEA (News - Alert) Best of Festival King Foundation Awards - the top awards given during BEA's Festival of Media Arts, a competitive festival open to BEA faculty and student members.

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Best of Festival winners will be honored at the 15th Annual BEA Best of Festival King Foundation Awards Ceremony in Las Vegas on Monday, April 24, 2017 as part of BEA's annual convention. During the ceremony, recipients will be recognized with a specialized screening of their winning project and a cash award of $1,000 from the Charles and Lucille King Family Foundation. The 2017 Best of Festival winners were selected from a pool of over 1,450 entries, representing over 175 colleges and universities in the following competitions: audio, documentary, interactive multimedia, news, scriptwriting, sports, two-year/small colleges and video.

2017 Best of Festival Winners

Faculty Audio Competition
Don Connelly & Dr. Bruce H. Frazier, Western Carolina University; Blackbeard's Ghost and the Queen Anne's Revenge (Long-Form Production Category)

Student Audio Competition
Tim Ning, Adam Walker, Alex Laney & Alex Cathey, Northwest Missouri State University; Lifted - Audio Replacement (Multimedia Sound Design Category)

Faculty Documentary Competition
Tim Sorel, University of Florida; My Kid is Not Crazy: A search for hope in the face of misdiagnosis (Long Form Video or Film Documentary Category)

Student Documentary Competition
Melina Tupa, UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism; The Search (Long Form Video or Film Documentary Category)

Faculty Interactive Multimedia Competition
Adam Peruta, Syracuse University; Traditions Challenge Mobile App (Entertainment & Emerging Technologies Category)

Student Interactive Multimedia Competition
Katherine Habrel, Marie Orttenburger & Minn Wang, Michigan State University; The New Vinyl (Small Team Category)

Faculty News Competition
Angela Kocherga, Arizona State University; Border Wall (Television Hard News Reporting Category)

Student News Competition
Olivia Richard, Arizona State University; Phoenix Veterans Courts (Radio Feature Reporting Category)

ViewFinder: Blindsided (Television Hard News Category)

Erik Webb, Elizabeth Bilka, Daniel MacLaury & Ashley Bohle, Elon University; Elon Local News Full Broadcast October 31, 2016 (Television Newscast -airing 3 days per week or less)

Faculty Scriptwriting Competition
Imelda O'Reilly, James Madison University; Beneath the Boy's Cry (Feature/TV Hour Category)

Student Scriptwriting Competition
Jessica Cannell, Purdue University Northwest; Humans: Episode 9 (Television Spec Category)

Student Sports Competition
Connor Nichols & Tyler Bradfield, Ball State University; Ball State Sports Link: Dear Teddy (Television Sports Story/Feature Category)

Student 2-Year/Small College Competition
Gabriel Gonzales, Sarah Schroeder, & Oliver Eldridge, Azusa Pacific University; Red Lotus (Narrative Video/Broadcast Production Category)

Faculty Video Competition
Dawn W. Ford (News - Alert), George Fox University; Hidden Beauty: Tokyo (Mixed Video Category)

Student Video Competition
Emily Hamilton, George Fox University; Lucy and the Fly (Animation/Mixed/Experimental)

Adam Konger & Randi Orr, Huntington University; The Julie Amos Story (Promotional Category)

For a complete list of winners for all of the Festival of Media Arts competitions, please visit

About the Broadcast Education Association: The Broadcast Education Association (BEA) is the premiere international academic media organization, driving insights, excellence in media production, and career advancement for educators, students, and professionals. There are currently more than 2,500 individual and institutional members worldwide. Visit for more information.

About the BEA Convention: BEA's annual convention is held in conjunction with NAB Show in Las Vegas every spring. Co-located next door at the Las Vegas Westgate, BEA's annual convention attracts 1,300 educators and students with 200 sessions, events, research panels, technology workshops and an exhibit hall, making BEA NAB Show's largest conference partner. Click here for more information.

About the Festival of Media Arts: The BEA Festival of Media Arts is an international refereed exhibition of faculty creative activities and a national showcase for student work. The Festival provides a venue for exhibition of winning submissions, including recognition of project authors, through showcase and awards sessions held during BEA's annual convention in Las Vegas. The Festival seeks to enhance and extend creative activities, teaching, and professional standards in broadcasting and other forms of electronically mediated communication. Visit for more information.

About NAB Show
NAB Show, held April 22-27, 2017 in Las Vegas, is the world's largest electronic media show covering the creation, management and delivery of content across all platforms. With more than 103,000 attendees from 166 countries and 1,700+ exhibitors, NAB Show is the ultimate marketplace for digital media and entertainment. From creation to consumption, across multiple platforms and countless nationalities, NAB Show is home to the solutions that transcend traditional broadcasting and embrace content delivery to new screens in new ways. For complete details, visit

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