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SOUTHEASTERN CHANNEL WINS EMMY -- Jason
Shane, left, student producer, and Rick Settoon, Southeastern Channel general
manager, pose with the Emmy Award won by the Southeastern Channel in the
2005 Suncoast Region Emmy Awards gala at Miami Beach. The channel won in
the "Student Program" category for the documentary short "For the Love
of the Game" about former Southeastern baseball coach John Stephenson.
Southeastern was the only university honored with an Emmy from the Suncoast
Region of Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, Florida and Puerto
SOUTHEASTERN CHANNEL WINS EMMY
HAMMOND -- The Southeastern
Channel, Southeastern Louisiana University’s three-year-old educational
cable access channel, has won a coveted Emmy Award.
The channel won for its
documentary short “For the Love of the Game,” which told the story of former
Southeastern baseball coach John Stephenson and aired as a segment of the
Southeastern Channel student sports show, “The Big Game.”
“For the Love of the Game”
was produced, videotaped and edited by communications major Jason Shane
of Dallas and reported by communication graduate Jon Vitrano of Meraux.
It won in the “Student Program” category, which encompasses projects that
have been produced for a grade in a university class. “For the Love
of the Game” was produced in the Southeastern Communication Department’s
special topics course “Producing and Reporting for the Sports Television
Show” taught by channel General Manager Rick Settoon.
“The fact that the Southeastern
Channel is already an Emmy Award-winning channel in only its third year
shows the outstanding level of training and instruction provided by the
channel staff and communication department,” said Provost and Vice President
for Academic Affairs John Crain. “It’s evidence that we’re successfully
training students on a large scale to become top television industry professionals.”
Shane and Settoon were among hundreds of professionals and students
who attended the Emmy ceremony.
“I never thought I’d be
able to win an Emmy as early as age 19,” said Shane. “It’s really
meaningful because you’re up against the Emmy standard, and not every category
wins an Emmy every year. You must meet a standard of excellence. To see
the quality of the many professionals on hand along with their successful
work made it even more impressive.”
The Southeastern Channel
was the only university channel honored with an Emmy within the Suncoast
Region, which includes Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, Florida
and Puerto Rico. The award marks the first time a Louisiana university
has won an Emmy in the Suncoast Region. Of the winners in 36 categories
at this year’s event, the only Louisiana television channels winning were
the Southeastern Channel and WWL-TV of New Orleans.
“Our students deserve credit
for their dedication and efforts to produce a program now recognized as
the very best in college television,” Settoon said. “In particular,
Jason did a fantastic job. He handled almost every aspect of the production
process himself and really drove the project to completion. His talent
and commitment to a high standard of excellence brought home the Emmy.
He has a great career ahead of him in sports television.”
Settoon said the special
topics course in sports television will be offered in spring 2006. “The
class is for those serious about a career in sports television, whether
in front of or behind the camera,” Settoon said. “The fact that we’ve just
won an Emmy against programs like the University of Miami, which has produced
graduates like ESPN’s Suzy Kolber and Roy Firestone, gives the course great
The Southeastern Channel
has won over 30 national and international awards in the past year-and-a-half.
The channel can be seen on Charter Cable Channel 18 in Tangipahoa, St.
Tammany and Livingston parishes, on Channel 17 in Washington Parish, and
online at www.selu.edu/tv.