Journalism Students Take Top Honors in Professional Contests

Jacklyn Streng, journalism professor Dr. J. Israel Balderas and Tim DeMoss pose for a photo while on location filming their award-winning documentary, "Four Families in Mafraq." They produced the documentary, which tells the stories of four Syrian refugee families living in Jordan, in conjunction with the intercultural studies department.The University’s journalism department and student newspaper, The Beacon Today, recently won awards from three professional journalism and communications organizations.

The Beacon Today won in the following student divisions of the Florida Society of News Editors’ journalism contest:

Audio — First Place
Sarah Roulette, Alex Pimentel, Michaela Payne
 
Commentary — Second Place
The Beacon Today
 
Video Storytelling — Third Place
Madeline Coggins
“In Florida’s race for governor, Gillum and DeSantis offer opposing tax plans”
 

In the Florida chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists’ Sunshine State Awards, The Beacon Today was a finalist for the following categories:

Best News Website
 

The journalism department received four Communicator Awards, international awards which recognize big ideas in marketing and communications:

Awards of Excellence in film/video student and film/video documentary:
“Four Families in Mafraq”
 

Journalism professor Dr. J Israel Balderas and student directors Tim DeMoss and Sarah Roulette produced the documentary in partnership with the intercultural studies department. The film tells the stories of four Syrian refugee families living in Jordan.

Journalism Professor Dr. J. Israel Balderas interviews Jeanine Pirro in the Warren Library in February in conjunction with the LeMieux Center for Public Policy.Award of Distinction in features-host for podcast:
The Beacon Today — Amber Amortegui
 
Award of Distinction in film/video-education/educational institutions:
The Beacon Today — Israel Balderas
 

Balderas’ interview with Fox News host Jeanine Pirro was recorded at the Warren Library in conjunction with the LeMieux Center for Public Policy’s speaker series.

Photo 1: Jacklyn Streng, journalism professor Dr. J. Israel Balderas and Tim DeMoss pose for a photo while on location filming their award-winning documentary, "Four Families in Mafraq." They produced the documentary, which tells the stories of four Syrian refugee families living in Jordan, in conjunction with the intercultural studies department.

Photo 2: Journalism Professor Dr. J. Israel Balderas interviews Jeanine Pirro in the Warren Library in February in conjunction with the LeMieux Center for Public Policy.