Students' video on communications system for Upstate first responders wins national honor

Broacasting students from SUNY Oswego won a national award for their film about a cross-agency mobile radio communications system for E-911, fire, law enforcement and other first responders in Upstate New York.

Student broadcasters Shaune Killough, Joseph Salvatore and Daniel FrohmThe writing, videography and production team of Daniel Frohm, Joseph Salvatore and Shaune Killough tied for third in the instructional/educational category of the Broadcast Education Association Festival of Media Arts, a national competition. Their video was made under contract with the Central New York Interoperable Communications Consortium. Nine counties in Central and Northern New York cooperate with the consortium’s project for an effective cross-agency mobile radio communications system for first responders.

Through communication studies faculty member Marybeth Longo and a production company she helped form, Great Laker Communications at SUNY Oswego, sophomore Killough and teammates Frohm, a junior, and Salvatore, a senior, set to work on a Motorola-sponsored $10,000 project to produce an explanatory film about the need for reliable communications among the wide variety of first responders in New York state. The project had mentoring and assistance from Longo and from sound and lighting professionals.

Students shot video from Onondaga County’s Air 1 helicopter and worked “many more hours than any of us cares to admit” on a video that’s in professional service today, said Killough, who was in charge of all post-production, including editing and graphics.

Killough said one reason he came to SUNY Oswego was that the college’s broadcasting program “wants you to get your hands on the equipment right away,” rather than as an upperclassman.


Honorable mention

In another category—radio hard news reporting—Oswego senior Patrick Malowski took honorable mention in the national competition for a piece titled “Harlem Shake Translation Controversial.” The broadcasting major put together his Harlem Shake audio report as part of a multimedia package for a broadcast journalism course. Malowski seized on the opening line of Baauer’s version of “Harlem Shake” that, translated from Spanish, says, “with the terrorists.”

The resulting news package—with interviews from students, a professor of Spanish and others about the dance craze and the song’s controversial wording—was published on the SUNY Oswego broadcast journalism students’ blog, Oswego News.

“I am just excited to know my work can stand out in a national competition,” finishing fourth among 80 entries, said Malowski.

Judging for the BEA’s Festival of Media Arts focused on professionalism, the use of aesthetic and creative elements, structure and timing, production values, technical merit and overall contributions to the discipline. The awards presentation will take place at the organization’s national convention in April.


PHOTO CAPTION: Award winners—SUNY Oswego students, from left, Shaune Killough, Joseph Salvatore and Daniel Frohm shot some of their video from Onondaga County’s Air 1 helicopter for a Motorola-sponsored project on behalf of the Central New York Interoperable Communications Consortium. The students’ work tied for third place in the instructional/educational category of the Broadcast Education Association’s Festival of Media Arts.

(Posted: Feb 18, 2014)

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