The MSU J-School Focal Point broadcast team was recognized by the Society of Professional Journalists' contest in The CCC Awards, for College Coronavirus Coverage. Focal Point won the award for its March 20 broadcast.
This is how one judge praised the Focal Point entry: "The team produced a polished, professional special report, tight and well-edited in a package of 22 minutes. The stories flow well from one to another, the result of good scripting. The camera work and editing were strong, with a variety of images. Viewers met a retiring MSU prof, an MSU student pulled home from a South Korean study-away program, seniors bereft at ending their MSU days early, a sidelined sports announcer, a concerned priest, and harried shoppers."
J-School professor Bob Gould praised the students' work: "Mike (Castellucci) and I are so proud of the students' efforts. It's a testament to still want to do quality work during the turmoil we are all facing."
The second Focal Point broadcast since instruction switched to online exclusively will be shown this Friday, most of which will be produced from students' homes and will focus on family life.
To read more about the contest, click here: https://blogs.spjnetwork.org/ccc/category/winners/
The CCC Awards attracted 258 entries from 125 media outlets. The winning Focal Point broadcast can viewed here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3gDGFmHCxlY