Department of Mass Communication Obtains Top Awards at Digital News Association Awards Competition

Posted February 24, 2022, 4:48PM

North Carolina Central University’s (NCCU) Department of Mass Communication students and faculty earned awards on Oct. 30 at the Radio Television Digital News Association of the Carolinas (RTDNAC) Awards Competition.

The Department of Mass Communication’s news show, “Central News” won best student news brief for the news segment, which aired on April 9. During the newscast, students shared news of the university’s new real estate concentration, NCCU’s Student Government Association campaign season and updates to on-campus offerings.

“It is the goal of our department to teach students to create professional-quality content,” department chair Calvin L. Hall said. “And, it is a great teaching tool to have our faculty’s instruction and encouragement of our students supplemented by awards from professional organizations like RTDNAC.”

“Central News,” a live broadcast, provides news updates impacting the campus community. Mass Communication students research, write, edit and produce content for the weekly production.

Students enrolled in the Media Practicum course taught by television studio assistant and lecturer Chavis Carter, are the core production team for “Central News.” Students from the Video Broadcast Announcing and Advanced Video Production courses also take on duties such as video recording, news gathering and producing stories. Students who participated in the award-winning newscast include: Jordan Massey; Devante Wedlock; Victoria Cooper; Seylon Edmundson; Justin Wright; and Markia Daniel.

Recent graduate Kristin Bowman earned best student multimedia report for her podcast Visionless during her time at NCCU.


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