On February 24-27, the Hannibal-LaGrange University broadcast journalism team took a trip to Nashville, TN to compete in the 24-hour news challenge held by the National Religious Broadcasters. Communication Studies professor Christy Jung took the team which consisted of four individuals. Senior Kelsey McCaughey, Junior Emma Anderson, Junior Kamey Tyler, and Junior Alex Bradley were the four young ladies who competed in the competition. Prior to the event, these ladies dedicated a great deal of time and effort to make sure they were well prepared for the upcoming competition.
When it became competition day, these ladies were energetic and optimistic as they made their way to the Gaylord Opryland Convention Center for the start of the competition. Excitement and nerves were high as this moment that they had been preparing for had finally arrived. At 9am on Tuesday morning, the competition was in full swing. After a long day of walking, running interviews, gathering video footage, writing scripts, and editing, these ladies pulled together an award-winning story.
The Hannibal-LaGrange University broadcast team won first place in the 2020 iNRB competition. These ladies were full of emotions as their school’s name was called for the first place award. These ladies also received awards in 5 other categories including featured news, news package, and news segment.
Kamey Tyler said, “First off the trip was a lot of fun, it did not feel like a school trip because I was doing what I am passionate about with the people I love. I loved participating, but I loved winning even more. It was nice to have someone validate our work and to be recognized for achieving something great. It was a lot of work, but at the end of the day, it was so worth it.”
These ladies could not have achieved this without the support of their friends, family, and especially their coach, Christy Jung. “I am so proud of how our students represented Hannibal-LaGrange University. They worked together as a team, and they produced a quality story under tremendous pressure,” Jung stated.
These ladies are already preparing for next year’s competition which will be held in Grapevine, TX.
- Kelsey McCaughey / March 2020 / HLGU Vanguard