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MTSU EMC Productions Director Chris Robertson, ESPN’s Rece Davis, sideline reporter Justin Beasley and graphics designer Joshua Cragg pose with the award MTSU won at the Sports Video Group College Sports Summit on May 28 in Atlanta. Photo courtesy of MT

MTSU is well-known for having one of the top Electronic Media Communication programs in the nation, especially when covering sports.

A group of 19 MTSU students proved that fact when the program won an award at the Sports Video Group College Sports Summit on May 28 in Atlanta for the third year in a row.

The EMC Productions team won the collegiate athletics outstanding live game and event production for the MTSU-East Carolina men’s basketball game earlier this year. In 2012, the group earned an honorable mention for a home basketball game, and last year it earned the same award for its work on the MTSU-UTEP football game.

“Personally, working with EMC Productions was rewarding enough, and to win this only makes the experience that much better,” MTSU student and sideline reporter for the broadcast Justin Beasley said. “For EMC Productions, this is no surprise. There is a ton of work that goes into every production starting with Dr. Dennis Oneal, Mike Forbes, Marc Parrish and the other 19 students that work tirelessly to create a great product. We hope to continue this trend and keep MTSU in the know when it comes to our mass communication department.”

The head of the EMC Production crew, professor Oneal, also was pleased for the staff in winning the award.

“This award validates the professionalism of our program and its stature on a national level,” he said. “Our students are given the ultimate realistic experience in critical thinking and problem solving by producing sports programming for the Nashville television market. Our students control all aspects of the broadcast from producing and directing to setting up and taking down the equipment. MTSU has provided us with state-of-the-art resources and students are making full use of them. We are very proud that our students have been recognized as the best in the nation for college student produced sports programming.”

For the event, 300 entries were submitted in 16 different categories, which is all-time high for the award show. Also, some of the top sports media members from the major sports networks, such as ESPN, CBS, Fox Sports 1 and Turner Sports, were in attendance, and ESPN’s Rece Davis hosted the event. It was a great chance for the MTSU students in attendance to network with them.

“Meeting ESPN’s Rece Davis was a thrill,” Beasley said. “After we received our award, he told everyone there that this was the reason SVG existed, because students can now create content today similar to the professional broadcast on the major networks. We met other ESPN executives, exchanged business cards, and really had a once in a lifetime experience as far as college students are concerned.”

The EMC Productions team used its $1.7 million production truck starting in 2011, and before this year the group broadcasted games on ESPN3.com as a class. The production team is 100 percent student run.

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