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Westminster alumnus earns Emmy nod for ghost story documentary

Thursday, September 27, 2018

NEW WILMINGTON, PA – Westminster College recent graduate Troy Jackson '18 has earned an Emmy nomination for his student-produced “Ghost Witch – Mary Black,” a documentary investigating the facts and fiction behind a Western Pennsylvania ghost story.

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Westminster College students receive broadcasting awards

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.

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Westminster College student awarded research grant to study cosplay

Friday, September 21, 2018

NEW WILMINGTON, PA – Kayla Ammons, a senior broadcasting major, received an undergraduate research grant from Westminster College’s Drinko Center for Undergraduate Research.

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WQED-TV’s “Filmmakers Corner” to Feature Documentary by Brad Kolesar '18, May 19

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

WQED-TV’s “Filmmakers Corner” will feature a documentary by Westminster College graduate Brad Kolesar ’18 on Saturday, May 19 at 10 p.m. The documentary "Hitting the Redline" shines the spotlight on Pittsburgh’s Vintage Grand Prix. The production was also a labor of love for Kolesar. His father and his grandfather have raced in the event for several years.

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Broadcast & Media Production Curriculum Showcased in Vegas

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Broadcast and Media Production Lecturer Bradley Weaver presented a compilation of assessment generated from project-based learning assignments in his Single-camera Video Production courses at the Broadcast Education Association (BEA) conference in Las Vegas in April. Weaver's presentation "The Story of the Titan Terror Project," outlined the successes of a movie-making assignment. Those assignments were part the Titan Terror Project where his students competed in the campus film competition with the general public and local high school students.

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Senior Broadcast and Digital Communications Major's Documentary to Air on WQED-TV (PBS) in Pgh

Thursday, February 22, 2018

WQED-TV’s “Filmmakers Corner” will feature a documentary by senior broadcast and digital communications major Emiley Westfall ’18 on Saturday, Feb. 24 at 10 p.m. The documentary "Tutu, Pink Shoes, & Baby Blues" tells the story about international adoption based on one local family's experience. The Pittsburgh PBS station program showcases short digital projects by local filmmakers.

“When I got news that my film would be aired, I was ecstatic,” said Westfall. “I've never had anything of mine aired on television other than the WCN 24/7 news that I produce.”

“Tutu, Pink Shoes, and Baby Blues” is a documentary about the Michelson family and their choice to adopt twins from Africa. The mother, Holly Michelson, is the main focus of the film. Westfall captures Michelson’s life as a mother and wife through the adoption process, which she describes as a “call of God.”

The documentary chronicles the Michelson’s transition from a family of three to a family of five through the adoption of twins. As the story unfolds, the Michelsons learn of an opportunity to adopt a second set of twins and begin the process of becoming a family of seven.

Westfall created the film for Westminster’s documentary production course. The course spans two semesters, moving students from the research and concept launches of their documentaries into production and post-production. “Tutu, Pink Shoes, and Baby Blues” premiered in Mueller Theater during the Student Documentary Showcase in November 2017.

“The experience of making this documentary has prepared me to always keep working hard and keep pushing forward,” said Westfall. “You never know where life may take you, but if you put your mind to it, anything can happen. I made this documentary not thinking this would even happen, but in the end my hard work and dedication on this film landed me in a position where it will be aired on television.”

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Students Take 1st Place in Music Video Category at BEA's Festival of Media Arts

Monday, February 19, 2018

With less than a $100 budget to make a high-end music video, two Westminster students and a recent graduate won 1st place in the Music Video Category at the Broadcast Education Association’s (BEA) Festival of Media Arts.

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Senior Managing Producer at ESPN to Shares Insight with Student Leaders

Friday, February 2, 2018

Senior managing producer at ESPN Features Group and Westminster graduate Denny M. Wolfe will be this year's guest speaker at the Student Alumni Association (SAA) annual leadership dinner. Every year, SAA invites student leaders on campus to a dinner with remarks given by an influential alumni. With over 20 years experience working for ESPN, Wolfe will share some tidbits from his personal and professional journey. 

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Senior Broadcasting and Media Production Students Prepare for 2017 Documentary Showcase

Monday, November 6, 2017

After spending two semesters working hard on their capstone projects, seniors Emiley Westfall, Brad Kolesar, Troy Jackson, Charles Borges and Justin Wilson are officially ready to debut their short-format documentaries during the 2017 Westminster College Documentary Showcase. The showcase takes place on Nov. 18 at 1 p.m. in Mueller Theater, located in the McKelvey Campus Center. All are welcome to attend.

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