EMC Productions, MTSU’s live TV production varsity team has won the award for Outstanding Live Game Production, Collegiate Student category of the College Sports Media Awards. The College Sports Media Awards are conducted by the Sports Video Group (SVG) and the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA). The award was announced June 1, 2017 in Atlanta in this national competition’s awards ceremony. The winning entry was for EMC Production’s coverage of the men’s basketball game between MTSU and Florida International and aired on ESPN3.
On hand to accept the award for EMC Productions were Zac Leonard, Stephen Hart, Kaelin Bastin, and Logan Day. All four of these students held key positions in the winning production team. Professor Bob Gordon, Executive Producer for EMC Productions had this to say about the team, “These students go beyond what is required. They don’t look at these events as assignments they have to do. They look at them as fun, exciting, shows that they want to do. They are preparing for a career in live event television production and I love helping them get their start.”This is the second win of this coveted award by EMC Productions. The first win was in 2014 for their live coverage of the men’s basketball game between MTSU and East Carolina.
EMC Productions is a unique organization at MTSU. It is essentially the university’s varsity team for live TV event production. Students compete for positions on the team, and just like athletics teams they must work and practice to develop their skills. The name of the organization will change to Media Arts Productions on July 1, 2017 when the name of the department changes from Electronic Media Communication (EMC) to Media Arts.