2010 Broadcast Story of the Year Winners

Contest judging and video hosting courtesy of a partnership with SchoolTube.com and the High School Broadcast Journalism project of RTDNF


Broadcast News

First Place
Staff
Central Intelligence, Central HS, Springfield, Mo.
http://www.schooltube.com/video/819670ab677111031866/Alarming-Air

Judge’s comments: The students picked a very important topic, found strong national data, localized, and made a dry subject very watchable through the use of graphics and other visual means.

Second Place
Austin Robisch, Drue Schnelle
BVTV Student News Team, Blue Valley USD 229, Overland Park, Kan.
http://www.schooltube.com/video/4af3dc5955239486b01b/Abbys-Run-BVTV

Judge’s comments: A charity story can often be dull, but this story came to life through the sensitive interview with the mother and the real human moments involved in telling her story and giving this event some real meaning in the sea of other such events we cover. ┬áThe students went outside the school and did a story that would interest viewers anywhere.

Third Place
Aubrey Stolzenberg
Broward Teen News, BECON, Davie, Fla.
http://www.schooltube.com/video/68fe31ba2e62cef69fd5/Reef-Dogs

Judge’s comments: Though I would have liked to have other sources in the story, the main character was engaging and I applaud the effort to get out of the school, get video on the water, and include lots of natural sound.


Broadcast Feature

First Place
EaglEye Production Staff, Cody Soberski, Sarah Condon, Gina Soukey
EaglEye, Apple Valley Sr. HS, Apple Valley, Minn.
http://www.schooltube.com/video/22724cdfcc615daaa3fe/More-Cowbell-Please

Second Place
Staff
Central Intelligence, Central HS, Springfield, Mo.
http://www.schooltube.com/video/5a13718883addf4a246d/Art-for-All

Third Place
EaglEye Production Staff, Benjamin Perez, Robert Ocharo
EaglEye, Apple Valley Sr. HS, Apple Valley, Minn.
http://www.schooltube.com/video/9bbdb5167d5a4c4949b4/Gentle-Ben

Honorable Mention
Staff
KHTV, Kirkwood HS, Kirkwood, Mo.
http://www.schooltube.com/video/4e1aca20b89e602e596c/Alton-SeriesPart-1

Honorable Mention
Staff
HTV Magazine, Hillcrest HS, Springfield, Mo.
http://www.schooltube.com/video/9810e4a596f6f35a124e/Lost-and-Found


Broadcast Sports

First Place
Jake Torchin
LHS-TV, Ladue Horton Watkins HS, St. Louis, Mo.
http://www.schooltube.com/video/f8cb228af2fb48688b47/Deandre-The-Bull-Latimore

Judge’s comments: Excellent videography, editing and storytelling; efficient narrative and effective use of effects to convey action and proper pacing. This entry trumps the work I’ve seen from many college and small-to-medium market professional operations.

Second Place
Kim Isley, Anthony Shannon
Mustang Morning News, Mira Costa HS, Manhattan Beach, Calif.
http://www.schooltube.com/video/1a661d3d0efe90e5f1f5/Wrestling-Health-Problems

Judge’s comments: The kind of investigative reporting that can make a difference; strong reporting of a problem from official and first-person sources and well-done narrative to bring it all together into an understandable and cogent package.

Third Place
Jennifer Hayes, Sierra Lemay
WCTV-19, Whitney HS, Rocklin, Calif.
http://www.schooltube.com/video/ebe686c4019f814cf6dd/One-Swing-Away

Judge’s comments: A story targeted at the youth sports market, told with honesty and strong interview segments. The extra mile in securing video of a pitcher injured by a fast-moving ball hit off a metal bat. Relevant and delivered in a professional manner.

Honorable Mention
Staff
Central Intelligence, Central HS, Springfield, Mo.
http://www.schooltube.com/video/dbbbc7eca0d598e34f40/No-Pass-No-Play

Judge’s comments: Strong treatment of a subject from a variety of perspectives. I liked the effort and presentation of athletes concerned about the rules changes to humanize the story beyond the recitation of the issue bullet points.

Honorable Mention
Frances Silva, Laura Tamosiunas, Madison Newman
BVTV Student News Team, Blue Valley USD 229, Overland Park, Kan.
http://www.schooltube.com/video/8e697556986a63a1902b/Haley-Yearout-Blue-Valley-West

Judge’s comments: A wonderful human interest story; major drawback which didn’t make this a top-five contender is the decision to bury the lede deep into the piece. The story wasn’t about the performance of a student-athlete, but instead the manner in which the subject went on with her life after tragic circumstances.

Honorable Mention
Jamie Weiss
MHS-1, McKinney HS, McKinney, Texas
http://www.schooltube.com/video/9b2e9529075f6c099ced/Swing-Dancing

Judge’s comments: While lacking traditional reporter/announcer narrative I found the videography and editing treatment, especially the choice of music, well-done. The piece held my attention throughout and captured the essence of the energy and student interest in the subject.