Goshen College communication department members traveled to New York City for the Intercollegiate Broadcasting System (IBS) Media Awards over spring break.The IBS focuses on those who wish to pursue a career in film, radio, television or other forms of media.
Nine members from 91.1 The Globe, GlobeTV and FiveCore Media were present for the awards ceremony.
They were joined alongside Jason Samuel, manager of The Globe, and Kyle Hufford, who manages FiveCore.
The IBS awards allow students to submit as many pieces as they see fit. The only rule is that they can submit the same piece of work in one category.
Of all the submissions from Goshen students and beyond, GC was awarded 31 potential award nominations.
The conference took place on Friday, Feb. 24 and Saturday, Feb. 25, with the awards presentation held in the evening of the 25th. This was the first time the conference had occurred in person since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“In a lot of ways, this conference was almost brand new,” Samuel said. “It was the first time in three years that we were in New York. To be in that atmosphere for a national awards banquet with a talented crop of students is incredibly rewarding.”
The Globe Staff took home first place for Best Social Media Campaign and were national finalists for Best Social Media Account, Best On-Air Pledge Drive and Best College/University Radio Station (under 10,000 students).
The FiveCore staff was a national finalist for Best Use of Graphics.
This is The Globe’s 11th time being named a national finalist for Best College Radio Station.
“I’m proud of the staff, especially when they get to be recognized for their hard work,” Samuel said. “It means a lot to me to see them get called the best in the country. I know they are, but it’s nice when other people recognize that, too.”
Many students were individual national finalists as well. Freshmen Lily Herrera and Jasmin Smith were named finalists for Best Video Newscast and Best News Promotion.
Jeremiah Sherrill, a 2023 graduate, was a finalist for Best Station ID.
Sophomores Tyson Miller and Seth Smith Kauffman were finalists for Best Morning Show, Best Comedy Program, Best Live Broadcast Promotional Event and Best Program Promotion.
Sophomores Issac Sawatzky and Cormac Koop Liechty were finalists for Best News Promotion and Best Video Newscast.
Three students took home individual wins.
Sophomore Alyssa McDonald won first place for Best Video News Report and Best News Promotion.
Junior Amelia Lee was named the Best Radio Student Station Manager as well as being a national finalist for Best Talk Program, Most Creative/Innovative Show, Best Live Music Broadcast, and Best Use of Video in Radio Student Video.
“I am so grateful to be named the best student station manager in the nation,” Lee said. “It was a very unexpected moment and I was so shocked when I heard my name called. Leading The Globe is an honor and I am so glad to be station manager.”
Dante Stanton, a junior, took home first place for Best Radio Sports Director and Best Underwriting Spot.
He was a national finalist for Best Station or Event Promo, Best Video Sports Report, Best Audio Sports Update, Best Press Release, Best Morning Show and Best Sports Pre/Post Game.
“It was a cathartic experience,” Stanton said. “It was something that was promised to us when we came to Goshen College and COVID robbed us of that. To make it to this point was a big relief mentally.”
Students from the communication department will travel to Carmel, Indiana on March 25 for the Indiana Association of School Broadcasters awards ceremony.