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Communication students win national awards

MVNU communication students placed in the National Religious Broadcasters (NRB) audio and video categories for the 11th consecutive year.

NRB is an internationally known Christian media association that connects and encourages broadcast professionals.

Senior Aubrey Bailey came in first place for Radio Imaging with her testimonial piece which airs on WNZR. She also earned second place for her “Take Dad to Dinner” promotional spot in the Radio Public Service Announcement (PSA).

Bailey received the Audio Award of Excellence at the convention for the highest overall score of all the colleges and universities represented.

“I was glad to represent MVNU in this way,” Bailey said. “So many students from other universities have so much talent in audio and video and it was amazing to have the chance to see that.”

Seniors Emily Porter and Jenna Potts teamed up and earned second place for the TV Multi-Camera production category with their MVNU volleyball entry.

Senior Jessica Wells also participated in the TV Multi-Camera production category, submitting a portion of an MVNU men’s basketball game. Wells finished third.

Porter also earned third place in the Radio PSA category for her MVNU chapel promo.

Those who placed were presented with awards at the annual convention.

This year’s convention took place in Orlando, Florida, during MVNU’s spring break, Feb. 27 through March 2.

Nine MVNU communication students traveled to the convention to network with professionals, attend educational sessions and compete in audio and video challenges.

“It gives our students valuable networking and learning opportunities, not to mention hearing tremendous speakers and being part of worship,” said Communication Department Chair Joe Rinehart.

NRB also hosts 24-hour media challenges at the annual convention, allowing students to compete in video, audio or news production.

Bailey and sophomore Eddie Dilts participated in the 24-hour Digital Audio Challenge. The two had 24 hours to produce a top quality radio spot that was then judged by a panel of professionals.

Dilts was thankful for the experience.

“There were so many talented teams involved,” said Dilts. “It was fun to sit back and see what everyone created.”

The experience also allowed students to network within their field.

“It was an awesome opportunity to learn about what it’s like to have a career in broadcasting while growing in my faith,” said Bailey. “All of the sessions and services made me excited to start my career in this field.”

Joe Rinehart and Marcy Rinehart, WNZR Station Manager, were faculty leaders for the trip. Other students who attended the convention were senior Josh Pope, juniors Kelsey Bryte and Dan Monnin and freshmen Lilly Buckley, Abby Fairless and Rachel Rinehart.

All students taking media production courses at MVNU are invited to create pieces to be submitted in the annual challenges. Rinehart and Professor Dean Abbott select a handful of projects to be submitted in the national competition each year.

For more information about the NRB or the annual convention, go online at

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