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‘Inside Georgia Southern Football’ takes National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Emmy

“Inside Georgia Southern Football with Jeff Monken” won the 2012 National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Southeast Emmy for Outstanding Achievement in Television Student Production Excellence on June 9 at the Atlanta Grand Hyatt Ballroom. The Academy estimates that there were as many as 100 other entries in the category Outstanding Achievement: Television Student Production Excellence, Student Production – Non-News, and the Southeast competition region includes Georgia, South Carolina, Alabama and Mississippi.

The Emmy is the highest recognition awarded in TV, and the highest ever received by a Georgia Southern production team. The winning show, which originally followed the Georgia Southern vs. Alabama game on Nov. 19, will air on Georgia Public Broadcasting stations on July 8 at 9 p.m.

The weekly show was hosted by Terry Harvin and Head Football Coach Jeff Monken.  Students involved in the production include AnnNell Byne, Drew Chesire,  Patrick Griffin, Skyler Henry, Tim Hunt, Nelson Miller, Chris Ocampo, Jim O’Donnell, Ian Reese, Sienna Sewell and Jake Taylor.

The students were aided in producing the series by Executive Producer Matthew Taylor and Producers Susan DeBonis and Tyson Davis, Arthur Berger, and Berger’s son, Hunter.

“Inside Georgia Southern Football” began after Athletic Director Sam Baker approached the Department of Communication Arts about producing a weekly football show.

“Receiving this top television honor reflects on our students graduating with the highest academic achievement for an undergraduate degree,” said Dr. Pamela Bourland-Davis, the chair of the Department of Communication Arts. “The Department is so appreciative of Athletic Director Sam Baker and the Georgia Southern University Athletics programs for creating this academic opportunity, which has provided incredible opportunities for our students to work closely with our Multimedia Communication faculty in producing top-flight professional products. Communication Arts students have many opportunities to get involved in professional and academic experiences such as this, and this external award recognizes the quality of experiential learning.”



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