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MOUNT VERNON - Four Mount Vernon Nazarene University students were recently honored by the intercollegiate branch of the National Religious Broadcasters (NRB) for placing in the organization’s 2017 student production contests. The awards were handed out Feb. 28, 2017, at the NRB’s annual convention in Orlando, Fla.

Aubrey Bailey, a senior journalism and media production major from Wooster received three awards in the production contest. She placed first in the Audio Imaging/Branding category for her WNZR 30th-anniversary piece called “He Is My Strong Tower,” and second in the Audio PSA/Commercial category for her piece on WNZR’s “Take Dad to Dinner” Father’s Day promotion. Bailey also received the 2017 Audio Award of Excellence for receiving the highest overall score from the judges on the “Strong Tower” production.

Emily Porter, a senior journalism and media production major from Ashland, Ky., received two awards. She placed third in the Audio PSA/Commercial category for her 30-second piece promoting online broadcasts of MVNU Chapel services. She also teamed with fellow senior Jenna Potts for second place in the Video Multi-camera Production category for their work on MVNU volleyball broadcasts. Potts is a double major in journalism and media production and public relations from Springfield, Ohio.

Jessica Wells, senior journalism and media production major from Columbus, finished third in the Video Multi-camera Production category for her work on MVNU men’s basketball broadcasts.

This is the eleventh consecutive year that MVNU students have placed in the top three nationally in either audio or video. Upperclassmen students taking media production courses at MVNU this fall submitted projects following the NRB guidelines, and the top projects were then evaluated and entered into the contest.

While at the convention, Bailey and Eddie Dilts, sophomore journalism and media production major from Gahanna, competed in the 24-hour digital audio challenge against six other teams across the country. All teams had 24 hours to produce a 2-3 minute audio drama production.

Six other MVNU students also attended the conference. Faculty attending included Joe Rinehart, assistant professor of communication and Director of Broadcasting, who serves on the iNRB standing committee, and Marcy Rinehart, WNZR Station Manager and adjunct professor.

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MVNU’s group after the student awards at NRB 2017 in Orlando, Fla. – front row, left to right: Marcy Rinehart, Rachel Rinehart, Lilly Buckley, Abby Fairless and Aubrey Bailey; back row, left to right: Jenna Potts, Eddie Dilts, Josh Pope, Joe Rinehart, Kelsey Bryte and Dan Monnin (photo credit: NRB)

“NRB is a rewarding experience for both students and faculty,” said Joe Rinehart. “It is the largest gathering of faith-based media producers in the world, so it gives our students valuable networking and learning opportunities. In addition, the work they do is judged by communication professionals across the country. Faculty members advise the student challenge teams and all of us attend sessions and workshops that provide both professional and spiritual development.”

The intercollegiate branch of NRB is committed to promoting excellence and integrity, and providing a forum for student and faculty members to network and share ideas and goals. For more information on the National Religious Broadcasters, go to www.nrb.org.

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