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|SOUTHEASTERN CHANNEL PROGRAM NOMINATED FOR EMMY AWARD
HAMMOND -- The Southeastern
Channel, Southeastern Louisiana University’s educational access channel
on Charter Cable Channel 18, has been nominated for an Emmy Award for its
student sports program segment, “For the Love of the Game.”
The segment about former
Lions baseball coach John Stephenson aired last spring as part of the student-produced
sports program, “The Big Game.” Southeastern communication major Jason
Shane of Dallas produced, videotaped and edited the feature while communication
graduate Jon Vitrano of Mereaux was the reporter.
The segment was nominated
for a student programming Emmy by the National Academy of Television Arts
and Sciences from among 840 Emmy award entries in the Suncoast Region which
includes Louisiana, Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi and Puerto Rico.
“For the Love of the Game” was nominated along with a production from the
University of Miami. The Emmy winner will be announced Dec. 3 in Miami.
“This nomination shows
not only the talent and hard work of our students, but that the Southeastern
Channel and Southeastern’s Department of Communication are training these
students to become top television professionals,” said Provost and Vice
President for Academic Affairs John Crain.
To become eligible for
a student programming Emmy nomination, programs must have been produced
for a grade in a university course. “For the Love of the Game” was produced
for a special topics course in communication entitled “Producing and Reporting
for the Sports Television Show ” taught by Southeastern Channel General
Manager Rick Settoon.
Segments produced in the
class were included in episodes of “The Big Game,” the channel’s
student-produced, ESPN-style sports magazine about Lion sports. Settoon
said that the course will be offered again during the spring 2006 semester.
“The Emmy has long been
recognized as the most prestigious award in broadcast television,” Settoon
said. “It’s a tremendous honor for the quality of our student productions
to be recognized on such a grand scale. Our students deserve credit for
their commitment to producing an outstanding segment.”
“For the Love of the Game”
described the reasons behind Stephenson’s return to the Southeastern diamond
as assistant baseball coach in 2005 long after retiring from a distinguished
college and major league career. A former player and coach for the New
York Mets, Stephenson holds the record for the most wins by a Southeastern
“The nature of John Stephenson’s
life is truly an inspiring story, and it’s an honor to let people know
of his legacy in the great American pastime of baseball,” Shane said.
“My heart was genuinely in this project.
“The real-life experience
and training I’ve received from the Southeastern Channel and communication
department has given me a great passion for television production, and
hopefully, a strong future in the industry,” he added.
The Southeastern Channel
has won over 30 national and international awards during the last two years.