Outside of the tough times of the past year, a handful of Cal State Fullerton communications students have found inspiration to create award-winning media projects.
The team behind “Al Día”, the Spanish-language newscast produced by CSUF students, won first place in the TV news category for “Lo Que Está Trending”. Two other Titan teams have been named finalists for California State University’s 31st Annual Media Arts Festival.
The festival, which draws hundreds of film, broadcast, video, screenwriting and news media student registrations to the 23-campus system each year, is where finalist selections are screened and winners are announced. .
“We are beyond thrilled for all of our finalists,” said Jesús Ayala, lecturer in communications and educational advisor for “Al Día”. “Over the past few years, we have worked hard to elevate the rigor of our broadcast journalism program. I am confident that our graduates are fully prepared to be leaders in the broadcasting industry.
“Lo Que Está Trending” (What’s Trending)
First place: TV news category
“This is a fast-paced English entertainment segment covering the biggest and trendiest stories of the week,” said Edwin Flores ’21 (BA communications-journalism), executive producer of “Trend Lo Que Está.”
Produced by undergraduate journalism students and distributed in a vertical format for Instagram TV, the short clip covers a range of topics from COVID-19 issues and immigration reform to the reopening of Disney’s California Adventure. Park.
“We were just emerging from the winter surge of COVID-19 and saw many restrictions lifted and people duped by vaccine scams,” Flores said. “We also wanted to cover issues along the US-Mexico border since we are primarily a Spanish newscast.”
Due to COVID-19 restrictions, Flores and the crew had to modify the filming process, opting for a camera setup that required minimal assistance.
“One of the biggest lessons I’ve learned is to be flexible,” he shared. “We encountered many hazards, but I was surrounded by a passionate team. Leading them has been a joy and has further heightened my interest in digital journalism.
“It’s always an honor to have your work recognized,” Flores continued. “I think our project won because it’s an upbeat, bilingual version of Gen Z on the news that reaches younger audiences through social media.”
“Coronavirus: Global Pandemic” (Coronavirus: Global Pandemic)
“We chose the COVID-19 pandemic as the subject because it was the only thing people could focus on at the time,” said Giselle Martinez ’21 (BA Communications-Journalism), executive producer of “Coronavirus: Global Pandemic.” “It’s an important piece of history that we knew should be documented.”
Filmed during the early months of the pandemic, the play details what was known about the COVID-19 virus and its impact on various aspects of daily life.
Reflecting on his experience, Martinez noted that “participating in this project has helped me learn to find many stories and angles on a topic, something I do frequently now in my role as a news producer at KRDO-TV in Colorado. .”
“George Floyd and Black Lives Matter: a conversation »
“We filmed this in May 2020 following the horrific murder of George Floyd and the start of the racial protests sparked by the Black Lives Matter movement,” said Kelly Hoffman ’21 (BA Film & Television Arts), Executive Producer of “George Floyd and Black Lives Matter: A Conversation.”
The article traces the evolution of racism, discrimination, and police brutality in the United States and how these issues play out in the country’s current climate. Hoffman noted that discussing these topics helped her “see the value of facilitating and participating in civil dialogue and how important it is for our society.
“I’m so honored to have been selected as a finalist and grateful to everyone at Titan TV,” she shared. “My heart goes out to the family of George Floyd and all who stand by him – you are the future to make our world one of justice, equality and unity.”
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