April 26, 2016 — The fall season of CNT often featured the excellent work of students enrolled in Dr. Litty’s broadcast journalism class, and the October 1 episode in particular brought home honors from the Academy of Interactive & Visual Arts.  The AIVA is an invitation-only organization of top-tier professionals in media communications that offers an annual international competition known as the Communicator Awards.  Judges can award gold or silver in 11 main production categories ranging from Audio to Mobile to Website.

IMG_20160426_102150_262The winning episode first aired October 1, 2015, and was honored with an Award of Distinction (silver) in the student division for television news and related programming.  News anchors Briana Goins and Terrence Jefferies and sports anchor Deja Dykes introduced pre-produced stories on hazing awareness, solar charging stations, the lack of local sidewalks, the new swim team coach, changes in the Office of Greek life, and other issues.  The show was put together by producer Krystal Dean, sports producer Luke Nelson, associate producer Morgan Sheehan, and reporters including Ashley Wood, Jermal McAlister, international student Lauren Wilson, and Jamar Smith, who has since graduated.  The reporting team of Joseph and Joshua White covered news from UNCP’S ROTC program.

The show is mixed live on Thursday mornings by a studio crew directed by Kipper Weeks, a graduating senior, and technical director Jonathan Royce.

“They were a very productive class,” said faculty adviser Dr. Jamie Litty.  “For some, this episode featured their first real TV news packages, after weeks of learning the visual rhetoric of television news and how to write in broadcast style.”

“There was a core group of ambitious, self-motivated students who enjoyed friendly competition with each other and felt responsible for the quality of CNT every week,” she said.  “It shows.”

Engineering for Carolina News Today is provided by Mr. Chuck Lowery.


Shot of Alexis Locklear as a news desk anchor in the TV studioNov. 12, 2013–CNT news anchor (and Fall ’13 producer) Alexis Locklear has been named Best Student News Anchor from the Broadcast Education Association District II in their annual Festival of Media Arts.  The district comprises southern states, whose members met Nov. 9 – 10 in Boca Raton, Fla., for their annual conference.  Locklear’s winning demo reel was submitted by CNT adviser Dr. Jamie Litty.  Locklear is a senior from Pembroke who is a double major in broadcasting and theater.  She is also the reigning Miss Lumbee and a Chancellor’s Ambassador at UNCP.


Jan. 22, 2012—The spring season of CNT got the nod in the student category of video production in the 2011 Ava Awards.  The Ava Awards is an international competition judged by the Association of Marketing and Communication Professionals (AMCP) to recognize outstanding work in media that are part of the evolution of digital communication.  Judges can award Platinum, Gold and Honorable Mention in 12 main categories, including commercials, news and web design.

Gold-plated statuette
The trophy recognizes the efforts of practicum students and the Advanced Broadcast Journalism class.

The students’ winning episode included coverage of Fort Bragg training exercises, disaster relief for the recently tornado-damaged region, loss of the Student Activity Period, SIFE’s volunteer project to help the understaffed mailroom on campus, PRSSA’s golf tournament fundraiser, and concussion awareness for student-athletes, among other content.  The show was put together by co-producer Catie Andrus, associate producer Yu Wang, reporters Alex Williams and Tiara Washington, sports anchor Daniel Shipp and news anchor Joshua Shipman.  Students who have since graduated included co-producer Kristina Smith, associate producer Endira Morales, director and jack-of-all-trades Anthony Maerten, reporter Alaina Bowden, and news anchor Garrett Locklear.

“I remember we had lost a few important seniors to December 2010 graduation,” faculty adviser Dr. Jamie Litty said.  “So the show was produced largely by the half-a-dozen students in my Advanced Broadcast Journalism class.”

“I’m proud of them, and all the students earning practicum credit, who worked behind the scenes during the live mix in the TV studio on Wednesday mornings.  We’ve lost more, of course, to May and December 2011 graduation, but that’s the circle of life around here,” said Litty, who is also chair of the Department of Mass Communication and Director of Broadcasting.

Engineering for CNT is provided by George Johnson, Assistant Director of Broadcasting.


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