Broadcast education group honors ‘Homework Express’

Staff report


Youngstown State University’s “Homework Express,” a call-in homework help television show now in its eighth season, is being honored by the Broadcast Education Association.

The show, aired live from the television studios in Bliss Hall on the YSU campus, placed second in BEA’s national competition and will be featured at the international BEA Festival of Media Arts in Las Vegas from April 7-10.

“Homework Express,” which has been nominated twice for an Emmy Award, competed in the Studio Production category of the Student Video Competition.

“This is yet another indicator of the quality of our program and our talented students whose commitment and hard work are at the core of ‘Homework Express’’ ongoing success,” said Fred Owens, YSU professor of communications and coordinator of the Homework Express project.

The crew for “Homework Express,” including writers, line producers and directors, are students in the YSU Tele-communications Studies program in the College of Fine and Performing Arts.

The Dec. 6, 2012, episode of the show was submitted to the competition by Jeff Hogan, a junior telecommunication major and producer of the episode. Students Bradley Kolasinski, the episode’s director, and Jenna Frederick, who produced a segment on bullying for the episode, also will receive awards. The submission was presented on behalf of the entire crew.

“Homework Express” competed against colleges from around the country, including the University of Oklahoma, Michigan State University, Ithaca College, San Francisco State University and Kent State University.

BEA is the professional association for professors, industry professionals and graduate students who are interested in teaching and research related to electronic media and multimedia enterprises. Members include more than 1,600 professors, students and media professionals and about 275 college and university departments and schools.

The BEA Festival of Media Arts is an international exhibition of award- winning student work chosen in these competitions: audio, documentary, interactive multimedia, news, script writing, sports and video. The student competition is open to undergraduate and graduate students.

“Homework Express,” designed to help middle-school students with their math homework, is broadcast to more than a million households throughout Northeast Ohio. Live programs are broadcast Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:30 to 5 p.m. on Time Warner Channel 23 and Armstrong Channel 20. Repeats air on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays and on MyYTV on Saturdays at 10 a.m.

The program is partially funded by YSU. The remainder comes from underwriting sponsorships. Owens said underwriting sponsors are needed, including participating sponsors whose announcements appear throughout the program, as well as in-kind sponsors who provide gifts awarded to student callers. Interested sponsors should contact Owens at or 330-941-1855.

“Homework Express” is hosted by Kelly Stevens. Bill Brophy is executive producer; Amy Crawford is senior producer; Jim Dolan is studio engineer; and Owens is project director.

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