Xavier communications win awards

WVXU, Xavier magazine, University web site and television center all strong competitors | July 3, 2003

The summer is proving to be rewarding for several University departments. WVXU, Xavier magazine, the Xavier web site and the University’s television center all have won awards for various communications material. The list of awards includes: • WVXU won five awards from the Associated Press and the Ohio Society of Professional Journalists. In May, the radio station won in two categories at the Ohio Associated Press broadcaster awards. Ann Thompson won in the spot news category for her story “Covington School Fire.” Mark Heyne’s “Grossology,” a story about an unconventional exhibit at the Cincinnati Museum Center designed to teach children about body processes, won an award for the best use of sound. The station brought home three awards from the Ohio SPJ, including Thompson again taking second place for her coverage of the Covington school fire. Thompson, Heyne and Steve Hirschberg also received a second place award for best criminal justice reporting for their story “Home Owner’s Nightmare.” The story detailed the collapse of the Erpenbeck home-building company in Northern Kentucky, following it through the criminal justice and civil court processes as home owners attempted to recover their losses. The station as a whole won a first-place award for Local Matters in the best public affairs program category. Local Matters, a news magazine program about community issues, has since changed its format. Now known as Local Business Matters, the program explores Cincinnati business issues on Fridays from 12:30 p.m.-1:00 p.m. Last year WVXU did not receive any awards from AP, and received two from SPJ. “There are some years you have more pieces that stand-out,” says Heyne, Morning Edition news anchor. “I think 2002 was more productive, and for some reason the stories caught their [the judges] attention.” Heyne also credits the new 2002 news format, which added five additional weekday newscasts, as a catalyst for a greater quantity of news pieces to consider for competition. For more information on WVXU, visit the station’s web site. • In April, the University’s in-house production studio and television center was also honored with four Telly awards and two aurora awards. The station received two Tellys—one for best use of graphics and one for best corporate image—for “Making a Great Institution Greater,” a program produced for the inauguration of University President Michael Graham, S.J., that provides an overall look at the University’s history. It also won a Telly in the best fundraising production category for its annual fund production of “Fifty Years of Giving.” The fourth Telly was awarded for a three-minute video produced entirely by a former University student, Andrew Armstrong, who shot and produced the video that appeared on the scoreboard during this year’s Muskie Madness basketball event. The station also earned an aurora award for the video “Big Shoulders to Stand On,” which was a profile and tribute to Charlie Gallagher, the namesake of the University’s Gallagher Student Center. The video was produced in honor of the opening of the center, and was honored in the best tribute/recognition commemoration category. “Making a Great Institution Greater” also received an aurora award for best corporate image. “The television center is very much an academic studio,” explains Bob Turner, production manager. “We all teach classes here, students are involved in our productions, and the work we do for clients helps raise money to put into technology for teaching students.” Telly and aurora awards are international award organizations that recognize commercial broadcast and non-broadcast video. The competitions are designed to recognize excellence in the film and video industries. The awards focus on non-national commercials, regional or special interest entertainment, and corporate sponsored film and video. Competitors for both awards come from private and corporate production groups, advertising agencies and TV stations throughout the country. • Xavier magazine earned several awards from the Cincinnati and Ohio chapters of the Society of Professional Journalists. SPJ’s Cincinnati chapter awarded France Griggs Sloat second-place honors for her profile of Xavier graduate and Congressman John Boehner. The article, “Education of a Republican,” appeared in the Winter 2003 issue of Xavier magazine. The magazine staff received first place in the category of education for a series of articles, and won first place in the best web site category for its Xavier magazine web site. Sloat also received second place in the category of short news pieces for her “After the Fall” article. The article, which appeared in the Summer 2002 issue, details the struggles of two Jesuit high schools in Lithuania to recover from 50 years of occupation by the Soviet Union. The Ohio SPJ also awarded Sloat second place in the religious coverage category for “After the Fall.” The University’s main web site was also honored by the Jesuit Advancement Association as the best web site among Jesuit universities. The office of marketing and public relations also received a first-place award from JAA for its mailer created for the University’s annual fund.