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Senior journalist earns BEA Award of Excellence for podcast program

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Posted on Monday, March 22, 2021

Documentary explores aromanticism

Sydney Roach, a Westminster College multimedia journalism major, earned a Broadcast Education Association (BEA) 2021 Award of Excellence for her senior capstone project that explores what it means to be aromantic.

Roach’s capstone documentary “Aromanticism: Who Needs Romance Anyways?” received the award for the audio competition’s educational program at BEA Festival of Media Arts. Roach’s in-depth podcast examines aromanticism and those individuals who feel little to no romantic attraction towards other people, regardless of gender, and are not driven to the romantic experience.

Roach a senior from Northern Cambria, Pennsylvania, works at Titan Radio, where she is a disc jockey, engineers broadcasts, writes scripts and produces promos. She also serves as the editor-in-chief for The Holcad student newspaper. She is currently an intern with Pittsburgh’s NPR news station WESA-FM.

To listen to Roach’s award-winning piece, click here.

The BEA Festival of Media Arts competition recognizes the best in faculty and student-produced media. This year’s competition featured more than 1,300 entries representing more than 250 colleges and universities in the following competitions: audio, documentary, film and video, interactive multimedia, news, scriptwriting, sports and two-year colleges.

The entire list of winners can be found here.

For more information, contact Brad Weaver, lecturer of broadcast communications at Westminster College, at 724-946-7238 or