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Westminster College students receive broadcasting awards

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Posted on Wednesday, September 26, 2018

NEW WILMINGTON, PA – Three Westminster College student-produced pieces have received recognition from the Broadcast Education Association (BEA) as part of the BEA On-Location 2018 Super-Regional Conference that will be held Oct. 18-20 at the University of Houston.

The following pieces earned BEA On-Location Creative Competition awards that will be presented at the 2018 conference:

“Coaches Cope with Strict NCAA Social Media Rules” by Tyler Helvin earned a Student News Award of Excellence in the news competition category. Helvin’s news video features Jim Dafler, athletic director at Westminster, and Patrick Geiger, men’s head lacrosse coach, and looks at how they use social media in compliance with NCAA rules. See the award-winning piece here:

Helvin, a senior broadcasting and media production major, is a 2015 graduate of Carlisle High School and the son of Michelle Gutshall of Meyerstown, Pa.

“The Theatre Westminster Tin Man Who Needed a Heart” by Ali Srour also earned a Student News Award of Excellence in the news competition category. Srour’s piece tells the story of Jamie Alcroft when he was a sophomore at Westminster in 1969. See the award-winning piece here:

Srour, a sophomore theatre major, is a 2016 graduate of Grove City High School and son of Barbara Srour of Grove City.

“Ghost Witch – Mary Black” by Troy Jackson earned the Student Best of Show Award in the documentary category. Jackson’s production follows a Western Pennsylvania ghost story that claims a 19th century witch still haunts communities around New Castle, Pa. See the award-winning piece here:

Jackson is a 2018 graduate of Westminster and the son of Ricky and Lynne Jackson of Union City, Pa.

For more information, visit or contact Brad Weaver, lecturer of broadcast communication, at 724-946-7238 or