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Communication Alumni Flock to Student Media Festival

Posted May 4, 2011

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Western New England’s Department of Communication hosted its Ninth Annual Student Media Festival on May 5, giving students the opportunity to express their creativity and production skills. Pictured are (L-R) Professional Educator of Communication Brenda Garton, President Anthony S. Caprio, and alumni attendees who earned degrees in communication: Pam McCray ’10, a sports reporter for The Republican newspaper; Ashley Lynch ’10, a producer at Young Broadcasters of America in Natick, MA, Kenneth Mahoney ’10, a news photographer for WGGB abc40 in Springfield, Alicia Mascia, a food service representative at PepsiCo; Bobby Souza ’10, a news photographer for WGGB abc40; and Matt Caron ’10, a new media producer and assistant newscast director for WWLP TV-22 in Springfield. View the photo album/slide show.

The festival, which took place in Sleith 100, consisted of video productions in three categories: television reports, music videos, and television commercials or public service announcements. A panel of judges selected the top three entries in each category, with audience members deciding the winner of the people's choice award in each category. Winning entries in the short film and non-profit video production categories were judged before the festival and the winners were announced at the event.

The winning reports for 2011 Student Media Festival are:

TV News Report  -  Jury Award
First Place:
Rachel Gerbehy “Dance Team”
Second Place:
Caitlin Grimaldi “Shoes”
Third Place:
Kris Stearns “Hockey Profile”

TV News Report  -  People’s Choice Award
First Place:
Alex Wolf “Lacrosse Profile”
Second Place:
Caitlin Grimaldi “Shoes”
Third Place:
Lindsay Morrison “Football Profile”

Music Video  -  Jury Award
First Place:
Joe Federico “When I Get Where I’m Going”
Second Place:
Alex Wolf “Where Is The Love”
Third Place:
Leighann Camarero “The Way You Make Me Feel”

Music Video  -  People’s Choice Award
First Place:
Alex Wolf  “Where Is The Love”
Second Place:
Leighann Camarero  “The Way You Make Me Feel”
Third Place:
Lindsay Morrison  “OmniPeace”

TV Commercial/PSA  -  Jury Award
First Place:
Alex Wolf/Lindsay Morrison “Instant Message”
Second Place:
Brittany Decker “Lexus”
Third Place:
Joe Federico “Jingle”

TV Commercial/PSA  -  People’s Choice Award
First Place:
Alex Wolf/Lindsay Morrison “Instant Message”
Second Place:
Teri Lazzara, Danna Mazzola, Leighann Camarero “Flag Football”
Third Place:
Brittany Decker “Lexus”

Short Film  -  Jury Award
First Place:
Robert Carvalho “Lockout”
Second Place:
Dan Flora “A Sheen Story”
Third Place:
Teri Lazzara “The Pregnancy”

Radio Reporting  -  Jury Award
First Place:
Taryn Sidney “Free Press”
Second Place:
Michael O’Donnell “Asperger's”
Third Place:
Rachel Gerbehy “Cavity”

Special Presentation  -  Outstanding Video Production
Andrew McGrath “Diversity”
Brittany Decker “Haiti”
Nick Palmer “Person”

Non-Profit Video Production  -  Jury Award
First Place:
Chris Morgan, Allison Lombardi, Robert Carvalho “Holiday Express”
Second Place:
Rachel Marlin “Department of Communication”
Third Place:
Alex Lyman “Recovery High School”

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