WESTMINSTER COLLEGE WCN projects, students receive broadcast awards

Staff report


Westminster College broadcast and digital communications students, Westminster’s Cable Network and Titan Radio received several awards from College Broadcasters Inc. for projects featured on WCN.

Joe Ligo’s project, “Think Before You Post: Cyberbullying,” won first place for Best TV Public Service Announcement.

“Like any great production, this was a team effort,” Ligo said. “I’m so thankful for crew members’ hard work and the actors’ great performances.”

Ligo also credited three Westminster professors for their contributions: Terri Lenox, professor of computer science and chairwoman of the department; Jamie McMinn, associate professor of psychology and coordinator of the psychology-human resources program; and Brad Weaver; communication studies lecturer.

Ligo was named runner-up in this category in 2012 for “Get Out.” That year, “Titan Radio Never Stops” was named Best TV Promo. Ligo, the program director for the Westminster’s student-run Titan Radio, came up with the concept and produced the video.

“It’s great to bring home another CBI award to Westminster,” Ligo said.

Ligo, a senior broadcast communications major, is a son of Jess and Amy Ligo and a graduate of Mercer Area High School.

Connor Kobis’ project, “Fourth and a Miracle,” was named Best Documentary. The program documents the journey shared by Scott and Sarah Coy, two people, who through much adversity, have made it through life, sticking by each other’s side.

“To receive this recognition from professionals in the field is really an amazing accomplishment for me,” Kobis said. “I never in a million years would have expected to win this award. I’m so happy and proud that the story of Scott and Sarah Coy hit home with audiences across the nation.”

Kobis continued, “I look forward to doing more digital media work in the future and would love to move to Hollywood someday to pursue a career in filmmaking.”

Kobis graduated from Westminster over the summer with a degree in broadcast communications. He is a son of Michael and Kathleen Kobis of Elma, N.Y.

“The CBI awards confirm that Westminster students are reaching and defining the benchmarks for digital media best practices,” Weaver said. “Competing and winning on the national stage against heavy competition from major universities says so much about the quality of education Westminster students receive. I’m incredibly proud of Connor and Joe. They’re gifted, skilled, creative leaders who will help shape the digital media landscape.”

Westminster College also received national finalist awards for work produced by Titan Radio. WCN and its website were named national finalists for Best Audio Podcast for “Dirty Secrets and Broken News: Checkbook Journalism, Interview Poaching and Bigfoot Journalism.”

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